These results suggest the utility of the NFL PLAY 60 physical activity programming as a potential viable intervention to help improve youth aerobic capacity. This study also highlights the potential of such comprehensive school-based programs to help improve BMI scores in children. Considering the high rate of obesity in America, coupled with the global cost of physical inactivity, reversing these trends in youth is critical. Implementing evidence-based physical activity programming, combined with FitnessGram assessments, may help improve overall childhood health.
The project was supported by the NFL Foundation which partnered with The Cooper Institute to develop the NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram Project to evaluate and implement NFL PLAY 60 programming in schools across the country. Continuing research with this large participatory research network offers potential to continue to advance both the science and practice of physical education programming in the U.S.
About The Cooper Institute
The Cooper Institute (CI), established in 1970, is a 501.c.3. nonprofit dedicated to promoting life-long health and wellness through research and education. Founded by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, The Institute translates the latest scientific findings into proactive solutions that improve population health. Key areas of focus are research, youth education, and advocacy. The Cooper Institute is home to the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, the world's largest and longest running observational study on measured fitness, and FitnessGram®, the most widely used youth physical fitness assessment, education and reporting tool in the world. For more information on The Cooper Institute, visit www.CooperInstitute.org.
About The NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.
About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), founded by America's dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, 13 million students are making better food choices by selecting nutritious options like low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Additionally, 16 million students are getting more physically active during the school day as a result of the program. 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, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student contests. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is one of the world's oldest and largest voluntary organizations dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, visit http://www.heart.org/or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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