PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Several players for the Pittsburgh Steelers took a healthy message to students at Allegheny Traditional Academy Middle School on Tuesday.
Defensive end Cameron Heyward urged kids to get off the couch and take part in “healthy habits outside of just reading books and doing school work, or playing video games. Just getting out there and getting your body loose.”
They practice what they preach, taking to the gym to get their young proteges into mid-season shape. Their school appearance is part of the NFL’s Play 60 campaign.
“Going out for just 60 minutes a day and doing some type of physical activity is part of growing up as a kid,” says fullback Will Johnson.
Traditional was selected by the NFL as a school with a commitment to student health.
According to Play 60 spokeswoman Jacque Skowbron, “We’re really out there trying to promote that it’s still a lot of fun to play outside, and go outside and find your friends, and get the neighborhood kids together, and do whatever you find fun.”
The school also received a Play 60 grant of $10,000. That’s a healthy paycheck.