Go outside and play, kids. It worked for Sam Bradford
That was the message the St. Louis Rams
quarterback delivered Wednesday outside the U.S. Department of Agriculture
building, where he helped American Indian and other children plant
He delivered the same message to parents.
"Get your youth outside," he
said. "It's not all on them."
Bradford, a member of the Cherokee Nation,
teamed up with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other officials
to promote nutrition and exercise for American Indian youths, whose
rates of obesity and diabetes are much higher of other populations.
Bradford said he lived a healthy lifestyle
that was strictly enforced by his mother.
"My mom wouldn't let me sit in the house,"
said Bradford, who grew up in Oklahoma City before winning the Heisman
Trophy as a sophomore for the University of Oklahoma. "She would
limit my TV to an hour a day. After
that hour was up, I was out the door. What I was doing, it was up
to me, whether it was playing football, playing basketball
There was a creek by my house that I used to go out to."
The National Football League is co-sponsoring
Fuel Up to Play 60, an exercise and nutrition program in schools.
Vilsack said the garden planted outside
the USDA building was one of 1,300 around the country that, last
year, provided more than 90,000 pounds of fresh produce to food
kitchens and pantries.