PLAY 60 Challenge
The Texans have joined forces with the local American Heart Association in Houston to tackle the increase in childhood obesity. The program, reaching approximately 4,000 students in the Houston area, includes a curriculum with strategies to help teachers incorporate fitness into daily lesson plans to combat youth inactivity. Two local middle schools were also awarded the chance to participate in Texans Feud, a health and nutrition game show that kicked off the challenge in their school with Houston Texans players, cheerleaders, and TORO.
PLAY 60 Field Day
Houston Texans players hosted 100 youth from the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs for a tour of Reliant Stadium, a chance to meet TORO and drills at the Methodist Training Center. In conjunction with the Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program, Dairy Max and Borden, Texans team dietitian Roberta Anding teamed up to give the children a lesson on healthy eating. The field day was designed to give Houston youth the encouragement to lead active lifestyles.
Last month, the Texans refurbished a playground at Alcott Elementary, neighbors to the Houston Texans YMCA. The playground was funded by an NFL Youth Fitness Zone Grant. More than 30 Texans employees and YMCA staff installed a swing set, two geo-domes, a teeter totter, a merry-go-round, two soccer goals and a tether ball. The Playground Build was to promote the NFL’s PLAY 60 program and encourage kids to play outside 60 minutes a day.
Fuel up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to combat childhood obesity. Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The ultimate goal is to ensure changes made at school are sustainable and complements – not competes with – an academics-focused environment.
In partnership with the United Way of Greater Houston, the Texans’ rookie class motivated students to PLAY 60, by staying active and eating healthy. In October 2012, 60 youth from the Houston Texans YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs were treated to field day games at Discovery Green. Each player had his own team and led the kids in sack races, tug-of-war, hula hooping, relays, and more. The winning team was awarded with iPod shuffles and each player nominated an MVP from their group for showing an exceptional attitude.
Houston Kids Triathlon
In conjunction with the PLAY 60 initiative, the Houston Texans sponsored the first annual Houston Kids Triathlon in April, a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. More than 1400 youth from ages 5-15 gathered at the University of Houston to participate in one of the fastest-growing sports worldwide with defensive end J.J. Watt and center Chris Myers to cheer them on. Through trainings held at 16 YMCA locations around Houston, children will learn the importance of healthy preparation for the race. For more information about this year’s race, please visit: http://www.houstonkidstriathlon.org/