For the third consecutive year, the Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted the 1st Down for Fitness program on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Redskins Park. The program focuses on healthy eating and active lifestyles among area youth.
Nearly 200 students, all of whom participate in the FBI Washington Field Office's Junior Special Agent program, spent the afternoon at Redskins Park learning how to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their daily lives.
Redskins Strength & Conditioning Coaches John Hastings, Bobby Crumpler and Harrison Bernstein led the students in the official Redskins pre-game warm-up before breaking the students out into five groups for the activity stations.
Wide receiver Santana Moss and running back Ladell Betts guided the students through an obstacle course while defensive tackles Lorenzo Alexander and Anthony Montgomery pulled against the students in tug-of-war.
In another corner, linebacker Matt Sinclair, defensive end Alex Buzbee and linebacker Khary Campbell tested the students' agility through speed ladders while cornerback Leigh Torrence helped the students muscle the sleds down the football field.
Finally, the students spent time with Redskins Team Nutritionist Jane Jakubczak learning about the food pyramid.
Each student also received a bag filled with Redskins items including a pedometer, fitness poster, lunch bag, and a Redskins Read activity book.
The day concluded with a healthy lunch that was generously donated by the Washington, D.C.-area Subway restaurants with the help of Vince Carbone, a local franchisee in Ashburn, Va.
The 1st Down for Fitness program is just one of several health and wellness programs by the Redskins Charitable Foundation. Other initiatives include ATLAS and ATHENA and the building of Redskins Youth Fitness Zones.
These initiatives dovetail with the NFL's revitalized commitment to the fight against childhood obesity through "Play 60: The NFL Movement for an Active Generation" platform which focuses on health and wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.