NEW YORK – The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, as part of her "Let's Move" initiative, has teamed up with the NHL and USA Hockey to produce a Public Service Announcement that encourages children to become and stay active by playing hockey, the White House, the National Hockey League and USA Hockey announced today.
The 30-second spot, which was shot in the White House, features the First Lady detailing the many virtues and health benefits of playing hockey – including its ability to get the heart pumping, build lean muscle and teach teamwork -- all while children are having fun. Scenes of boys and girls throughout the country playing the game in all its forms and in various settings show the myriad ways hockey can be enjoyed.
The PSA will debut on Versus' nationwide coverage of the 2011 NHL SuperSkills on Saturday, Jan. 29, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, and run during Versus' coverage of the 58th NHL All-Star Game Sunday, Jan. 30. It also will air throughout the remainder of the 2010-11 NHL season and 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs on all NHL media platforms and during games broadcast by League rightsholders.
First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let's Move! to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. To extend the reach of messages and information about healthy eating and regular physical activities, the NHL and USA Hockey will team up to help promote the goals of the Let's Move! initiative and the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award through the sport of hockey.
For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.
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