Ashburn (April 18, 2013) – The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation (WRCF) and Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association are teaming up to fight childhood obesity by hosting a “Fuel Up to Play 60 Football Clinic” on Friday, April 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Redskins Indoor Training Facility in Ashburn, Va. The event is not open to the public.
Redskins players will teach students how to eat right and live a healthy lifestyle, in addition to hosting an exclusive football clinic. Redskins players will lead more than 100 Washington, D.C. metro area elementary and middle school students in various action packed fitness stations that include agility ladders, football drills and a Play 60 mini-combine obstacle course.
“It is important that our young Redskins fans realize the importance of nutrition and physical fitness,” said Redskins linebacker and Fuel Up to Play 60 team representative, Brian Orakpo. “Through special events such as the Fuel Up to Play 60 Football Clinic, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the NFL can come together to get children to understand the benefits of daily physical activity.”
Bev McKay from Millwood, Va., who operates Hazelwood Dairy Farm, will also be in attendance. He will talk to students about his farm, as well as the commitment and care that go into producing wholesome milk and other dairy foods as part of a nutrient-rich diet.
After completing the “Fuel Up to Play 60 Football Clinic,” students will receive a gift bag full of fun and educational items such as Fuel Up To Play 60 posters featuring Brian Orakpo, Redskins Read Activity Books, Redskins Play 60 door hangers and more.
The “Fuel Up to Play 60 Football Clinic” is part of the WRCF, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the NFL’s campaign to combat childhood obesity. A youth-led program, Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to make changes at school that will help them stay active and fuel up with nutrient-rich foods such as low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein foods.
Committed to ensuring the youngest burgundy and gold fans live healthy lifestyles, the WRCF hosts numerous fitness events and provide educational materials to help kids stay active for at least 60 minutes a day.
For more information on the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s programs and events or to donate, visit www.redskins.com/foundation or follow the Foundation on twitter at @WRFoundation.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, the non-profit philanthropic arm of the team, combines the influence and popularity of the Washington Redskins with the resources and assets of area corporations. Founded by owner Daniel M. Snyder, the Charitable Foundation is guided by its Leadership Council that consists of CEOs who help shape and define the philanthropic efforts of the Redskins to achieve a measurable impact on youth development in the areas of education, community outreach and health and wellness. Visit www.Redskins.com and click on Community for more information.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring three Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, “Hail to the Redskins.” The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.
ABOUT FUEL UP TO PLAY 60: Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research with youth, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student challenges. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visitwww.FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.