The New York Football Giants announced today that they will install a Giants-themed Youth Fitness Zone at Little Falls School No. 1 on Tuesday, October 16, starting at 12:30 p.m. The event is part of the NFL-United Way's Hometown Huddle league-wide day of service, youth health and fitness awareness initiative. The fitness zone will have multiple pieces of fitness equipment – including squat press, shoulder press, ab crunch to name a few – and a refurbished basketball court, which will be accessible to all students. Giants players will be on hand to assist in painting the room and to help put the finishing touches on the new Youth Fitness Zone. In addition, Giants Assistant Strength-and-Conditioning Coach Markus Paul will be joined by other front office staff and United Way and American Heart Association volunteers to provide instruction on how to safely use the school's new equipment.
In April, Little Fall students took the NFL PLAY60 Challenge with the Giants. For the entire month, they focused on developing healthy eating habits and maintaining an active lifestyle. Tuesday, the Giants will celebrate their new healthy choices and encourage them to continue making good choices by eating healthy and to PLAY60 every day.
Little Falls School No. 1 is located at 32 Stevens Avenue, Little Falls, N.J. 07424.
To learn more about the Giants Hometown Huddle and PLAY60 initiatives, visit Giants.com.
About Hometown Huddle
*Since 1999, NFL teams have participated in a variety of hands-on community service projects, known collectively as Hometown Huddle. The NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle is a league-wide day of service designed to bring awareness and impact to the issue of youth health and fitness. During Hometown Huddle, NFL players, coaches and leadership participate in a variety of youth fitness projects in different NFL cities across the country on the same day—building fitness zones, hosting youth football clinics, rebuilding neighborhood playgrounds, upgrading fitness facilities. *
*The United Way/NFL partnership connects NFL PLAY60 with United Way's goal of 1.9 million more healthy young people by 2018. Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations like United Way. PLAY60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs. Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed $200 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements. *
About Youth Fitness Zone
*The Youth Fitness Zone initiative takes many shapes and sizes: playgrounds, gymnasium refurbishments, activity trails, and interactive fitness technology installations are among the more than 75 projects that have taken place since the program began three years ago. In many cases, NFL Charities and NFL teams will continue to develop Youth Fitness Zones as part of the Hometown Huddle day of service initiative, combining efforts to create one lasting legacy in the local community in the spirit of NFL PLAY60. *
About NFL PLAY60
*A rise in the obesity rates among today's youth as well as the decline of physical education programs in schools across the country have prompted the NFL to take a leadership role in the movement to get youngsters physically fit. NFL PLAY60 was officially launched in October of 2007 to help increase the health of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. *
NFL PLAY60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of national partners, all working to make the next generation active and healthy. In addition to its national reach through PSAs and online programs, NFL PLAY60 is also implemented at the grassroots level through the NFL's in-school and team-based programs including the NFL PLAY60 Challenge.