Reporting Rick Dayton
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The National Football League is trying to do more than just play football games on Sunday.
Once again, the league is continuing its effort to help kids fight the battle of the bulge.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the road this week. So was safety Ryan Clark on Tuesday as he visited the Dilworth Traditional Academy.
“Get out and do something. We want you guys to be healthy, but most of all doing these things are fun. Sitting in front of a computer or a PlayStation by yourself, you are not getting an opportunity to get out an exercise to move around,” Clark said.
Clark is one of many Steelers involved in the NFL’s Play 60 campaign, which is an effort that encourages children to eat well and participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
“You are nervous because you want to get your point across, but you know you have to allow them to have fun and enjoy it. And you want to keep their attention span or keep it short enough to keep their attention, but it was a good time,” Clark said.
The H.J. Heinz Foundation is helping the NFL with the Fuel Up To Play 60 Campaign and the National Dairy Council is continuing its support.
“They are very excited about NFL Play 60 and then when you add the element of a player, it’s phenomenal,” Sharon Piano with the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association said.
One of the things that Clark has learned as he has become a parent is it is more important that kids learn to do it the right way.
“If you think about drinking milk and the protein that it provides for your bones and it also can be a tasty snack. So, for me, it’s about reminding them that everything that is good for you doesn’t have to be terrible,” Clark said.