First Down for Fitness

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Even pro football players are making time to Inspire the World to Fitness.

In October, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona and Washington Redskins players Matt Bowen, Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright, Robert Royal, Darnerien McCants and other team members launched “First Down for Fitness,” an event to motivate kids to lead healthy and active lifestyles. The event included more than 100 sixth and seventh graders from Louden County, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. There were six different fitness stations hosted by Redskins players and coaches, including jump roping, cardiovascular and weight training, football drills, 40-yard dash and various demonstrations. The event concluded with a healthy lunch and the kids receiving Redskins fitness fun packs containing a jump rope, stopwatch, T-shirt, hat and other fitness-oriented items.

“We need to find new and creative ways to get kids off the couch and onto the playgrounds. I applaud the Washington Redskins for their commitment to fighting childhood obesity in their First Down for Fitness campaign,” Carmona said. “By engaging all sectors of society in combating the scourge of overweight that affects 9 million of our children, we can help give them the tools for a healthier today and a brighter tomorrow.”

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April Durrett

IDEA Author/Presenter
April Durrett is a contributing editor for IDEA Fitness Journal.
November 2003

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