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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Redskins encouraging physical fitness

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

At least three Redskins players will appear on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Thursday for a news conference calling for the passage of the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act, which would place greater emphasis on physical education in schools. Cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall, Fred Smoot and safety Chris Horton will represent the Redskins and the league's NFL PLAY 60 program, which encourages children to get 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

The group will be joined by obesity expert and founder of the world renowned Cooper Aerobics Center, Dr. Kenneth Cooper. I've had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Cooper on several occasions and what he's accomplished in terms of encouraging people of all ages to occassionally leave the couch is remarkable. And fortunately his son, Dr. Tyler Cooper, will carry on the tradition.