Local Sources- With the start of the National Football League (NFL) season, schools in Indiana will have the opportunity to compete for a $1,000 grant from the American Heart Association and Indianapolis Colts as part of the NFL Play 60 program and this year’s Race to Super Bowl LVII activation.
From Sept. 26 to Oct. 26, students can track their minutes of physical activity within the Group Play feature of the free NFL Play 60 app, which is available for iOS and Android.
The Group Play feature, designed for classroom and after-school program use, includes a leaderboard function that allows for healthy competition between classrooms, grades and schools.
At the end of the challenge, 32 schools, one per NFL team, will receive a $1,000 grant to use for physical activity equipment. One national winning school will receive an additional $1,000 grant.
“Rallying around our hometown team, the Indianapolis Colts, is a great way to help kids get the 60 minutes of physical activity that is recommended each day,” said Dr. Sandeep Dube, president of the American Heart Association’s Indianapolis board of directors. “Getting active for 60 minutes a day is critical as kids who are regularly active have a better chance of a healthy adulthood.”
The grant competition is just one component of this year’s NFL Play 60 program.
This year’s in-school activation, Race to Super Bowl LVII, will provide students opportunities to get physically active throughout the 2022-2023 NFL season from Kickoff to the 2023 NFL Draft.
Another way students can get active with Race to the Super Bowl LVII is through a series of NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Break broadcasts. The first of three broadcasts will air on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. CT. This 15-minute, synchronous back-to-school, back-to-football broadcast features the Los Angeles Rams and the Carolina Panthers. The broadcast helps students to understand the connection between physical activity and classroom performance along with opportunities to move with exercise segments.
Two additional Fitness Break broadcasts will be held later in the school year. A Super Bowl broadcast will be held on Feb. 15 and an NFL Draft broadcast on April 26. Advanced registration for all three broadcasts is required via www.heart.org/nflplay60.
The American Heart Association, devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, recommends that kids get a minimum of 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity each day. Developing healthy habits and reducing sedentary behaviors in kids is key to immediate and long-term health benefits that can play a role in the classroom experience.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, active kids learn better, focus more, think more clearly, react to stress more calmly, and perform and behave better in the classroom.
In addition to the Race to Super Bowl LVII activities, students and teachers can access on-demand exercises from the 32 NFL teams in the digital NFL PLAY 60 library to help them reach their recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity.
For more information on NFL PLAY 60, visit heart.org/NFLPLAY60.