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Browns host Healthy Family Training Camp

Posted Mar 20, 2013

BEREA -- The Browns hosted their sixth annual Healthy Family Training Camp at the Casey Coleman Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening.

BEREA -- On Wednesday evening, the Cleveland Browns partnered with the American Heart Association for the sixth-annual Healthy Family Training Camp at the Casey Coleman Fieldhouse in Berea, an event designed to teach families about heart-healthy habits and good nutrition.

Nearly 600 parents and children attended the event to learn how to stay active and eat properly.

“We really want kids to see that being healthy is fun,” said Jenner Tekancic, director of community relations for the Browns. “You have to get 60 minutes of activity a day and eat right to become more healthy. There’s a lot of different recipes that we’ll be sharing tonight and there are many healthy tips that we’ll be giving away to the families for parents to instill with their kids. We hope it is a really memorable time for them to be in the Fieldhouse while learning these important things for their lives.”

Events like the Healthy Family Training Camp allow the American Heart Association to achieve its mission of helping children live stronger, healthier lives through education, research and public policies. Their goal is to reduce disability and death caused by heart disease and stroke, the Nos. 1 and 4 killers in America.

“What this event does is really promote healthy activity for children,” said Lindsay Silverstein, Metro vice president and executive director for the Cleveland chapter of the American Heart Association. “As parents, we learn so much through magazines, social media, our work, and then, as children, they learn so much through TV, social media and at school, but sometimes, we don’t have the opportunity to learn together or to talk about it. That’s really what Healthy Family Training Camp is all about.”

Browns tight end Dan Gronkowski was on hand to help promote the NFL’s Play 60 message.

“This is a good opportunity to come out, hang out with the kids and teach them a little bit about health and fitness,” Gronkowski said. “When I grew up, I always looked up to professional athletes, so it’s good to be out here and showing the kids how to be healthy. It’s good to be a good role model to them.”

Those who attended the Healthy Family Training Camp participated in many different stations, including field-goal kicking, Zumba dancing and inflatable activities. Also, participants were able to learn about CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) training and had the opportunity to get free blood pressure and glucose screenings.

All kids who completed each of the activities turned in their scorecards to have a chance to win Browns prizes, and gifts from the American Heart Association, including certificates to purchase fitness equipment. As guests exited, kids received a healthy meal in content and size.

“The diversity is to show that everyone really believes in heart-healthy living,” Silverstein said of the different stations. “We have a ‘Go Red for Women’ booth, which is to give ideas out to women about the signs and symptoms for heart disease. We have our community partners that are able to do the testing to know your numbers because we know how important it is to know your numbers. It really takes a whole community to make such a difference.”

The American Heart Association is a national partner of the NFL through the Play 60 movement, while locally, this event and the Play 60 Challenge are the anchors of our partnership in this market.

To sign your school up to be part of the Spring Play 60 Challenge contact the Community Relations Department at 440-891-5000.

The Browns Play 60 program is in association with Cleveland Clinic, Medical Mutual and the American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to Play 60. A generous donation of milk was provided by the American Dairy Association Mideast.

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