St. Louis Rams QB urges healthy lifestyle

April 25, 2011 at 10:24 PM

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is scheduled to visit Washington to urge American Indian youth to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Bradford, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is scheduled to visit with Tom Vilsack, secretary of the Department of Agriculture. Both are scheduled to join more than 30 students from Eastern and Western Tribes, Southeast Alaska and Tuba City, Ariz., in planting a garden with vegetable seeds that are indigenous to North America.

The garden, named "The Roots of American Agriculture," is part of the People's Garden at the USDA headquarters in Washington.

Athletes and the Obama administration are promoting the "Fuel up to Play 60" campaign, which urges youth to make a commitment to healthy eating and 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" -- an effort intended to solve the problem of child obesity within a generation, so children will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

Bradford and Vilsack are to be joined at the USDA by Robin Schepper, executive director of Let's Move!; Jacqueline Johnson Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians; Keith Moore, director of the Bureau of Indian Education and Janie Hipp, senior adviser to Vilsack with the USDA Office of Tribal Relations.

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