Earlier this week we were delighted to announce the launch of a
major initiative in Washington, DC with Donovan McNabb and the Washington
Redskins. See below for more, or visit
the redskins website.
17, 2010, Washington, D.C. - The Washington Redskins
and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced today they are teaming up with Redskins
quarterback and health advocate Donovan McNabb to help tackle the nation's
childhood obesity epidemic. As the newly appointed 2010 Redskins Health
Ambassador, McNabb will work side by side with Washington, D.C. youth to
demonstrate fun and easy ways to make exercise part of their daily lives.
Beating childhood obesity is a top priority on the local and national agenda,
gaining momentum through the Redskins' commitment to the Play 60 movement for
an active generation and first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!"
campaign. D.C. has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the
nation, which has long-term implications since obesity is linked to chronic
diseases like diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
"We can beat this! I'm so excited to teach
kids and their parents how exercising for 60 minutes a day will keep them
healthy and help prevent chronic diseases. Football has always motivated
me to stay active, fit and healthy, and I want to motivate kids to find an
activity that will help them do the same," said McNabb. "Seeing the
effect chronic disease has had on my father's life has pushed me to help kids
take up healthy habits and provide them with the right tools for a healthier
future. Like I tell my father - together, we can beat this."