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NHL, USA Hockey fight childhood obesity

Hockey community encouraged to join the "Million PALA Challenge"

Friday, 04.29.2011 / 10:29 AM / Let's Move


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League, USA Hockey and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition announced today a formal collaboration to help fight childhood obesity by encouraging all NHL fans and USA Hockey members to be physically active, develop healthy habits and join the "Million PALA Challenge."

Bylsma, Penguins build children's playground

Friday, 08.19.2011 / 11:00 AM / Let's Move
More than 40 Pittsburgh Penguins employees, led by head coach Dan Bylsma, are getting their hands dirty building a children's playground in McKees Rocks.


The event kicked off bright and early Friday morning with an 8:30 a.m. start time. And although the volunteers are currently deterred by a storm passing over the area, they're planning on getting right back to work once the sky clears.
The Pens employees are working with volunteers from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, McKees Rocks Borough, the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation and organizers from KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to "saving play" and encouraging kids to play outdoors.

Predators support PALA, Let's Move initiatives

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 12:32 PM / Let's Move
The Nashville Predators have partnered with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to encourage Preds fans to be physically active and develop healthy habits by taking part in the Million PALA Challenge.

Flyers partner with Million PALA Challenge

Friday, 06.17.2011 / 11:00 AM / Let's Move
The Philadelphia Flyers are encouraging their fans to take part in the "Million PALA Challenge" by making an effort to be physically active and develop healthy habits beginning now through September 2011. The Flyers are one of two NHL teams that have partnered with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in an attempt to get 1,000,000 youngsters and adults to sign up for and achieve the presidential active lifestyles reward.
Flyers fans can earn their PALA by being physically active for 60 minutes per day for youngsters (ages 6-17) and 30 minutes per day for adults for five days per week for a period of six out of eight weeks. Participants can log their times and compare their progress by registering online at www.presidentschallenge.org/NHL_FLYERS and using the ID 100625 to join the Flyers team.

Schultz joins volunteers to build a USDA People's Garden at Powell Elementary School

Wednesday, 06.08.2011 / 11:24 AM / Let's Move
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz will join nearly 50 Caps fans and 20 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff members and volunteers to build a habitat garden at Powell Elementary School on Thursday, June 9 at 9 a.m. This garden is part of the USDA's People's Garden initiative and the Capitals and USDA have been working with the staff and students at Powell Elementary School on making it a reality since February. The Capitals adopted Powell Elementary School, a largely minority D.C. Public School for preschoolers through fourth graders, during the 2010-11 season and have visited the school with staff and players on numerous occasions.
With the help of the USDA and Caps volunteers, Schultz and mascot Slapshot will help transform the grassy area on the Powell playground into a habitat garden and outdoor learning area. The project involves building a path, planting plants and flowers and installing bird feeders, a bird bath, a bat house, a tool shed and benches. The garden will include a picnic area, outdoor classroom, hummingbird garden, bird habitat, monarch watch garden and native bee garden. Throughout the course of the day, students will help volunteers on the project.

NHL, USA Hockey "Let's Move!" overview

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 9:10 AM / Let's Move

"Great moments are born from great opportunities." The meaning of these words hasn't changed since Herb Brooks used them to motivate the 1980 Miracle on Ice team. Today, we have a great opportunity to unlock the full potential that lives in every boy or girl who laces up a pair of skates or gym shoes.

Faced with steep declines in state funding and local tax revenues, many school districts and community organizations are discarding sports programs or considering painful cuts, despite the broad popularity of those activities among parents and students. And as many communities struggle to deal with issues related to education, childhood obesity, and youth violence, there has never been a more important time for the existence of positive and meaningful outlets for children and young teens to learn, compete, grow…and have fun.

USA Hockey proclaims 'Come Play Youth Hockey'

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 8:30 AM / Let's Move

Try hockey for free!

Learn more (PDF)

Rangers host free youth hockey event Saturday

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 8:30 AM / Let's Move
Last December, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, The New York Rangers and Coca-Cola, launched a new program to provide free indoor hockey clinics for youth in New York City aimed to advocate the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Throughout the program more than 500 New York City youth this winter were able to get into the action and sharpen their hockey skills.

To celebrate the success of the program, On Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., former New York Rangers Rod Gilbert, Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu and Brian Mullen will host a free all-day outdoor youth hockey event at Pier 86 at the Intrepid featuring interactive clinics and activities for the whole family.

Fun on the fly: Rinks around country open doors to allow kids to try hockey for free

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 8:29 AM / Let's Move
From the time the sun peaked above the sandy dunes of Cape Cod until it set over the shores of Hawaii, more than 6,000 kids laced up a pair of skates, grabbed a stick and gave hockey a try.

Some showed up with family and friends. Others arrived at the rink kicking and screaming and left with smiles on their faces. From Massachusetts to Nashville to Omaha, Neb., to Southern California, the day was a success. In all, 182 rinks in 48 states across the nation hosted Try Hockey for Free events, introducing 6,064 young kids to the game as part of Hockey Weekend Across America.
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