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“Titans Tuesdays” is a long-standing community initiative of the team in which players and staff spend a part of their only day off during the weeks of the season to reach out to students at greater Nashville schools as a means of saying “thank you” for the tremendous support the club receives throughout the season.
The Titans have enjoyed a long-running relationship with Metro Nashville Public Schools and visit thousands of local youth on most Tuesdays during the season. Since 1998, players and staff have shared stories regarding healthy living and making good choices in and out of the school environment with local students.
The focus of the Titans current school program is based on the NFL’s Play 60 campaign, which encourages youth to get at least 60 minutes of active play each day. The Tennessee State Parks department began a partnership with the Titans’ school program in spring 2012 and has added further educational elements to the program that include displaying of bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, owls and other animals that are in the care of park rangers after they were hurt in the wild. There are 54 state parks across Tennessee, and any one of them is a great place to be active and Play 60. For more information on this partnership, and to locate the state park nearest you, please visit www.tnstateparks.com.
Additional partners of the Titans school program are the American Heart Association with their “Jump Rope for Heart” program and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association and their “Fuel Up to Play 60” program. Both of these organizations are long-time partners of the Titans and you can find more information on them at www.heart.org/jump and www.fueluptoplay60.com .
PLAY 60 CHALLENGE
The NFL’s Play 60 movement together with the National Dairy Council and the American Heart Association allow schools the opportunity to expand their commitment to nutrition and physical education while enjoying the benefits of local NFL involvement.
Each year Davidson County Metro school selects local schools to participate in the Play 60 Challenge and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program which is locally supported by the Tennessee Titans, American Heart Association and the Southeast Dairy Association. Here’s what the involvement entails:
• Each selected school that participates in the Fuel Up to Play 60 and Play 60 Challenge programs receives from the Tennessee Titans:
• “A school assembly on making positive choices, presented by a Tennessee Titans player”
• Player posters for each student
• “A private one-on-one with the Tennessee Titans player for up to 25 students, following the assembly
Each school also receives the following related to each program:
FUEL UP TO PLAY 60
• With Fuel Up to Play 60 Advisor Activation – the school/advisor will receive a Free School Wellness kit with tools, resources and display materials to help you kick off, promote and implement the program.
• Opportunities for funding, recognition and rewards for students, educators and your school.
• Apply for funding - up to $4,000 for your school.
PLAY 60 CHALLENGE
• Each teacher receives a Teacher Guide with tools to incorporate physical activity into any subject from 5 minute activities to full lesson plans.
• Each teacher that implements one activity per week for 6 weeks is entered in a drawing for $100 gift card
• Each student receives a Student Activity guide to track their physical activity
The Titans “PLAY 60” Challenge, along with the American Heart Association and the National Dairy Council. PLAY 60 encourages youth to get at least sixty minutes of physical activity per day in order to fight childhood obesity and lead a healthy lifestyle.
THE NFL TITANS "PLAY 60" CAMPAIGN
The Titans “Play 60” initiative encourages youth to get at least sixty minutes of physical activity or play per day in effort to fight childhood obesity. With the help of local non-profit organizations, like Nashville Metro Public Schools, American Heart Association and the National Dairy Council, have enhanced this mission and opportunity to reach out to America’s youth. Since the NFL’s Play 60 inception, the NFL has committed more than $100 million to youth health and fitness through programming, media time for public service announcements and grants from Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams’ Jr., and his fellow NFL owners and players. For more information about the NFL’s Play 60 campaign please visit http://www.nflrush.com/health
THE SOUTHEAST DAIRY ASSOCIATION
On behalf of dairy farm families, the non-profit Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) works with schools and health professionals to promote Fuel Up To Play 60 (FUTP60) in the schools. This school wellness program provided locally by the Southeast Dairy Association and the Tennessee Titans is helping to make wellness part of the game plan in Tennessee Schools. The program helps encourage students to “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods often missing from their diets and to “get active and play” 60 minutes daily. Learn more at www.FuelUpToPlay60.com. For more dairy information, visit www.southeastdairy.org or click here to connect with SUDIA on Facebook.
THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. To find out how to help kids live heart-healthy lives, visit www.heart.org/kids. To learn more about your heart health and what you can do about it, take the “Life’s Simple 7” quiz at www.mylifecheck.org.