Sparks Elementary School

Cowboys Cornerback Promotes Wellness at Sparks Elementary

Oct 05, 2015

Carr Addresses Sparks Fifth GradersDallas Cowboys Cornerback Brandon Carr visited Sparks Elementary School on September 28 to kick off the 2015 NFL Play 60 Challenge, a four-week program designed to help schools encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for kids.

Carr, along with Frisco ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon and representatives from the American Heart Association (AHA) and Reliant, spoke to fifth graders about the importance of physical activity and a nutritious diet. Carr also joined students in completing a series of exercises in the gym.

“I believe children are our future,” Carr said of the need to encourage kids to develop healthy habits. “It’s important for them to have a sound mind and body.”

Thanks to the support of the Reliant Foundation, Sparks fifth graders will pilot the use of KidFit bands to monitor how much physical activity they are getting over the course of the challenge. FISD hopes to see an increase in physical activity and involve more schools in the challenge in the future.

The Play 60 Challenge includes three main components: a Teacher Guide that provides lesson plans integrating physical activities; a Student Planner allowing youth to track their goals and play time at school and at home; and a nutritional partnership with Fuel Up to Play 60 that encourages youth to combine a diet of nutrient-rich foods with 60-minutes of activity every day.

The challenge was created by the NFL and the AHA to engage and educate kids about staying fit in a fun and interactive environment and compel them to complete at least 60 minutes of activity a day – 30 minutes in school and 30 minutes at home.