Charlotte, NC. (Thursday, September 22, 2022) — The American Heart Association and the National Football League (NFL) and its 32 teams, in collaboration with Discovery Education, challenge kids to get moving with NFL PLAY 60’s Race to Super Bowl LVII Fitness Tracking Competition. From Sept. 26- Oct. 26, Race to the Super Bowl invites classrooms and afterschool programs to log minutes of physical activity each day through the NFL PLAY 60 app’s “Group Quickplay” feature.
The free app, available for iOS and Android, allows users to control personalized avatars onscreen with their own physical movement. As the group completes workouts through the app’s “Group Quickplay” feature, those physical activity minutes will be logged toward the group’s overall total. Students can complete workouts individually at home and have those minutes roll up as well. Groups and students can see where they rank in the standings by viewing a fun leaderboard feature, encouraging healthy competition. The class or afterschool program that logs the most minutes during the competition will receive a grant for $1,000. Each NFL market will have one winning recipient, for a total of 32 grants given. The leading school or afterschool program out of the 32 recipients will be awarded an additional grant of $1,000. Registration to participate via the app opens on Sept. 26.
“The American Heart Association recommends kids be active 60 minutes a day to support mental and physical health. This can also improve their behavior in the classroom,” said Michelle A. Albert, M.D., M.P.H., FAHA, volunteer president of the American Heart Association.
In addition to the Fitness Tracking Competition, NFL PLAY 60 offers many ways to support physical activity habits by meeting kids where they are. For the 2022-2023 school year, the NFL and American Heart Association are hosting two upcoming free, fifteen-minute Fitness Break broadcasts. The series helps students understand the connection between physical activity and long-term health and provides opportunities to move with exercise segments. Students and educators can take fitness learning further with ready-to-use lesson plans aligned to learning standards created by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts designed to fit into any classroom or learning environment. Registration is currently open for the Super Bowl LVII broadcast on February 9 and the NFL Draft broadcast on April 26.
“We’re excited to continue working to promote healthy lifestyles to students across the country with our partners at the American Heart Association in collaboration with Discovery Education,” said Megan Mendoza, NFL Manager of Community Relations. “The NFL PLAY 60’s Race to Super Bowl LVII Fitness Tracking Competition’s goal is to encourage parents, teachers and students to be more active. We’re excited to see the healthy impact this program will make for every participant.”
Lastly, educators can access the on-demand exercises from all 32 teams through the NFL PLAY 60 library, a digital playlist helping students reach the recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity. Those resources can be found online at heart.org/NFLPLAY60.
“Student’s health is a key factor in their success, in and out of the classroom,” said Amy Nakamoto, General Manager at Discovery Education. “We proud of our continued collaboration with the National Football League and the American Heart Association to inspire young people everywhere to get moving.”
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