The San Diego Chargers and American Heart Association launched the NFL Play 60 Challenge six weeks ago, encouraging students throughout the city to embrace healthy eating habits and live an active lifestyle.
Over the last month, kids have been filling out “Game Planner” notebooks to track their nutrition and activity level. Those who participated were placed into a lottery drawing, and approximately 200 winners enjoyed a pair of Jr. Chargers Training Camps this past week. On Wednesday the camp took place at Carlton Oaks Middle School, while on Thursday it was held at Hill Creek Middle School. Those who participated enjoyed a 90 minute program which consisted of five stations based on common Charger workout drills.
All Santee School District middle schools participated in the program, including: Cajon Park, Carlton Hills, Carlton Oaks, Chet F. Harritt, Hill Creek, Pepper Drive, PRIDE Academy, Rio Seco, and Sycamore Canyon. As an added bonus, the Chargers donated an XBOX 360 with Kinect to the nine schools, which is another way for the students to engage in an active, moving lifestyle.
More than 2,700 middle school students participated in the 6-week program. The NFL Play 60 Challenge educates youth about the importance of staying fit and creates an engaging and fun environment at school to inspire students to be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day.