Childhood obesity rates are at an all-time high: today, nearly one in three kids and teens in the United States are obese or overweight. We know that physical activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits, and that inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. That’s why the American Heart Association and the National Football League have teamed up to create the PLAY 60 Challenge, 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. By leveraging the American Heart Association’s health expertise and the NFL’s commitment to physical fitness, you can help us can achieve our goal of getting kids physically active for 60 minutes every day.
This week, Jacksonville Jaguar Cornerback, Alan Ball, joined the American Heart Association advocacy staff in Tallahassee to get this message to the policy makers who can make a difference in our children’s lives. The American Heart Association has filed a bill (HB 277) to allow schools the opportunity to provide their communities a safe and convenient place for our kids to play and exercise. The bill would protect the liability of the schools if they choose to enter into Joint Use Agreements or give the public access to their facilities during non-school hours. This will create more opportunities for kids to go out, play and exercise in the convenience of their own neighborhoods. The more opportunities we can provide the more likely we can help prevent obesity and get our children active.
So please join our efforts by checking your email inbox in the days ahead for more ways you can support House Bill 277, Joint Use Agreements, to give our children the chance to live longer, healthier, happier lives.