Move With the Birds!
2/2/2018
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Move With the Birds!

As we run somewhere to watch the Birds soar to historical heights (our first-ever Super Bowl win!), I’d like to express my support for the NFL’s ongoing initiative: NFL PLAY 60.

This is a multi-faceted effort to encourage children (in this “electronics age”) to get up and get at least 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Many benefits derive of course from doing so, not the least of which is slowing dispiriting stats on the spiking rates of childhood obesity and all the related health effects on kids (which can morph into life-long medical issues).

As a parent, I so cherish being reminded on a daily basis through my experiences with Alex as to why childhood is such a magical time of life. Conversely, one feels badly to see any child, for whatever reason, not be able to enjoy it most fully.

As a coach of youth sports, I am pleased to be a co-sponsor of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Act. This proposed legislation will require that school districts start, expand or otherwise improve a comprehensive school physical activity program that includes at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity for every child every regular school day. There are productive strategies for doing so other than having “gym” every day (which is not logistically feasible for most schools).

All of the foregoing aligns well with best practice guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), both of which recommend that children and adolescents get 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Keep the kids moving!

                                  The Eagles: America’s Team


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