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Hoover Middle School Wins Bay Area 49ers’ NFL Play 60 Spring Challenge

San Jose (May 21, 2019) – San José Unified’s Hoover Middle School has been named the winner of this year’s NFL Play 60 Challenge. Sponsored by the American Heart Association and the National Football League, the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge inspires kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Schools from across the Bay Area competed during the month of May to see which group of students could accumulate the greatest number of exercise minutes over the course of three weeks. The Hoover team of 552 middle school students logged 720 minutes per week of exercise, almost doubling the recommended 420 minutes. During the three week period, participating Hoover Middle School students logged a total of 397,923 minutes of physical activity with an average of 1.5 hours a day of physical activity per student.

To help celebrate the win, 49ers PREP reps (from their youth football program) visited Hoover Middle School on Tuesday, May 21 for a morning of fitness activities and educational games. The celebration included 6th, 7th, and 8th graders joining in Play 60 football drills. Sponsored annually by the American Heart Association, the NFL’s PLAY 60 Challenge inspires students to be more physically active while encouraging schools to become places that promote active lifestyles year-round. Heart healthy habits, such as integrating physical activity into the school day, are key to helping youth perform better academically while improving cardiovascular capacity.

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