The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is lining up with NFL linebacker and philanthropist Chris Draft, who was recently announced as its newest National Ambassador. The 12-year NFL veteran will spike parent involvement by empowering families to live healthy lifestyles. “Being physically active with their children helps parents be involved in their lives and shows kids how important it is to live healthy lifestyles,” said Draft. “Studies have shown that children’s physical well-being has a significant effect on their learning and long-term success. When children are well-rested, well-nourished, and physically fit they are more ready to learn. This is a great opportunity for me to show parents how to get moving with their kids so that more children succeed.” In his new role as a National PTA Ambassador, Draft will be the Honorary Chair of PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Month (November) — a month when PTA’s plan creative events that promote healthy habits among students and families. Draft will visit schools throughout the Healthy Lifestyles Month to meet with families, talk directly with kids and present awards to PTAs for the most creative healthy lifestyle events during November. Draft, who battles asthma daily, founded The Chris Draft Family Foundation in 2006. The Foundation focuses on educating families on the importance of physical fitness, nutrition, health maintenance, character education and healthy living conditions.”I firmly believe that kids need parents and role models to show them the way to a healthy lifestyles. I hope that my Foundation and my partnership with PTA will help call attention to the growing epidemic of unhealthy children,” said Draft. Draft joins National PTA’s other current Ambassadors in this campaign for kids. They include: Olympic Champion Dara Torres; Multi-platinum Billboard recording artist CeCe Peniston; and Hot Moms Club founder Jessica Denay.

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