PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Students from several area schools gathered at Heinz Field to learn more about proper nutrition and the importance of exercise.
Steeler alumnus and former defensive lineman Chris Hoke was there to help the students with punting, passing and kicking drills.
The students also toured the team’s locker room and other parts of Heinz Field, but the rain kept them indoors for most of the day.
During the event, Hoke told the students about the importance of eating healthy foods and getting up and moving for at least 60 minutes per day.
He admitted there are unique challenges when it comes to staying active in today’s modern world.
“It’s not like when we were growing up, when you were always outside, you’re playing games, you’re playing basketball, you’re playing catch with your buddies,” says Hoke. “It’s a real struggle to get these kids out with so many things that keep them indoors. And so really, the motivation is to get these kids outside.”
Max Zaborowski, a student from Fred L. Aiken Elementary School in Green Tree, says he understands why being active is important.
“It’s good to get outside and away from indoors and the TV and video games and all that,” says Zaborowski.
He added that he enjoys playing baseball, basketball and riding his bike.
Today’s group included students from Floyd C. Fretz Middle School, Cambria Elementary, Harding Elementary, Wilson Middle School, Fred L. Aiken Elementary, Kiski Area and Quaker Valley Middle School.