Ladue Middle School sixth graders won the NFL St. Louis Ram’s “2013 Play 60 Challenge.” The students took a field trip to Rams Park, part of the reward for dedicating themselves to winning this prestigious award.
This is the inaugural year of the NFL Play 60 Challenge, a program designed to encourage kids to become and remain physically active. Ladue Middle School’s sixth-grade physical education teachers coordinated the school’s participation, with help from all of the sixth-grade classroom teachers, and won with more minutes logged by these Ladue Middle School students than any other group.
With childhood obesity rates at an all-time high, nearly one in three kids and teens in the United States are obese or overweight. Physical activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits, and inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. That’s why the National Football League and the American Heart Association teamed up to create the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge (formerly What Moves U), a program that inspires kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day in school and at home. It also helps schools become places that encourage physically active lifestyles year-round.
The American Heart Association’s health expertise, combined with the NFL’s commitment to physical fitness, have made this program possible.