Local Middle School Students Attend Titans Press Conference as Part of Play 60 Challenge




Eight students were chosen to attend Coach Fisher's press conference Monday at Baptist Sports Park.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** The Tennessee Titans invited eight metro Nashville middle school students to attend Coach Fisher's press conference on Monday, as part of the Titans "Play 60 Challenge."

These eight lucky students have been chosen because they excelled in the program that encourages youth to get up to 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  Each Tuesday a Titans player makes a surprise visit to a metro middle school and to encourage them to participate in the Play 60 program and to lead a healthier lifestyle.  The participating students that represented their schools at the press conference were from: Bass Middle, Donelson Middle, Gra Mar Middle, Haynes Design Center, Kennedy Middle, Marshall Middle, Margaret Allen Middle and Rose Park Middle. 

One student from each school who has excelled in the Play 60 Challenge was invited to attend Coach Fisher's press conference and a meet and greet with Strength and Conditioning coach Steve Watterson, who shared with the students how he keeps the Titans players fit, healthy and hydrated.

Partnerships with local non-profit organizations, like the America Heart Association, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) and Nashville Metro Schools have enhanced this mission and opportunity to reach out to area youth.



Strength and Conditioning Coach Steve Watterson takes questions from the students in the team's weight room. 
In the 20th annual America's Health Rankings study, Tennessee ranked 44th among states in overall health.  Increased physical activity has been associated with an increased life expectancy and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease as well as related risk factors such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. Childhood obesity rates are at all-time highs: today nearly 25 million kids in the United States are obese or overweight.  According to the CDC, obese children and adolescents are at risk for health problems during their youth and as adults. In addition, they're more likely to become obese as adults.  One study found that approximately 80% of children who were overweight at the age of 10–15 years were obese adults at the age of 25 years.

Since the NFL's Play 60 inception, the NFL has committed over $100 million to youth health and fitness through programming, media time for public service announcements and grants from Titans Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams' Jr., and his fellow NFL owners and players.

For more information about the NFL's Play 60 campaign please visit www.nflrush.com or www.americanheart.org

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