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Virtual Super Bowl Trip Can Get Kids Active, Healthy

January 24, 2017
in Kids

Now that we know the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will be meeting in the Super Bowl, the countdown to kickoff has begun. Football fans are not the only ones looking forward to the festivities in Houston. So are teachers and students in classrooms across the country who will be participating in the NFL Play 60 Challenge’s Virtual Field Trip live from Houston at noon CT on Jan. 31, a few days before the big game. Virtual field trips transport classrooms anywhere at any time with the push of a few buttons. In this case, teachers simply register for free online for access to the one-hour presentation. When the time comes, they call up the link and the fun begins. That’s all it takes. Powered by Discovery Education, a leader in virtual field trips for students, the event also will be archived. So anyone who can’t watch live, or just wants to see it again, can tune in any time. The show will feature a tour of the Houston Texans’ practice facility, where one of the teams will be working out before the big game. There will be a tour of The Health Museum, a fascinating place for people of all ages to learn about health, medical science and the human body. The show also will include a live question-and-answer session featuring questions submitted by students, and it will wrap up with a quick physical activity that everyone watching can do together. As partners with the NFL on Play 60, my organization — the American Heart Association — is excited to be part of this event. Our role is providing the expertise on how easy and fun it can be to get active and heart healthy. Much of that information will come from Dr. Mercedes Carnethon, an associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I’m happy to turn this spot over to her for more insight on a subject that she is passionate about — turning physical activity into a lifelong habit. As busy adults, finding time to exercise can be...

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