September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and because the NFL and the players are so involved in keeping kids active, I wanted to be sure to bring attention to this cause before the month ends. This week GENYOUth, Discovery Education, and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez visited Central Park East Middle School in East Harlem, New York, for a live webinar where students at the school and around the country asked Mark questions about how he stays healthy and in shape.
GENYOUth CEO Alexis Glick moderated the "Feed Your Mind With Exercise and Nutrition" webinar while the kids asked Mark about everything from his injury (he broke his nose and got a black eye in Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders) to his Dad giving him mental agility drills to do as a kid while playing basketball to keep his performance on and off the field sharp. Mark also led the students in a round of exercise. Two things that I learned from the webinar which shocked me are that today only 4% of elementary schools have physical education programs (I thought ALL elementary kids took PE!) and over 30% of America's youth are overweight or obese. Check out the full video from the webinar here.
Most of you might know GENYOUth's Flagship program, Fuel Up To Play 60, which is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat or fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is currently active in more than 70,000 schools.