How The Award Winning Singer & Songwriter Sped Up The Quest For Healthier Kids At The #0to60 Event With The NFL, Fuel Up To Play 60, And the National Foundation On Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
6:30 AM: Rise and shine Denver! I woke up extra early to get ready for today’s event. After grabbing a healthy breakfast of my shake and a banana, I met with my hair and makeup artist to get glammed for the show.
7:30 AM: I’m picked up from the hotel and driven to Allendale Elementary School in Arvada, Colorado. I marvel at the mountains we pass by during our drive - the scenery here is truly breathtaking!
8:00 AM: We arrive at Allendale Elementary, and start our sound check to make sure that our equipment is set up properly. We finish right before we get word that the kids are about to get here, so we run to a room in the back where I can get ready before the big surprise.
8:45 AM: I was a little sleepy on the way to the school this morning, but as soon as I heard the voices of all the excited students filling up the gymnasium, I perked right up! I sneak a peek at all the kids and start to get nervous. Even though I’ve performed hundreds of times, seeing the energy from the crowd always gives me an adrenaline rush.
9:15 AM: I watched the announcement of the 2016 NFL Hometown Grant from the back of the room, and heard the great news that this year, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition will match the NFL’s contribution to promote health and wellness in schools through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The Foundation’s contribution will enable more schools to get active by adopting the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Since playing outside and participating in sports were an important part of my childhood, and my charity, The M.A.D. Girls (#madkids) program, I’m really happy that these school districts will be able to support their students through use of the grant money and the fitness program.
9:20 AM: My hands start to shake as I listen for the emcee to announce my name, and when he does, I run into the gymnasium to hundreds of energetic students! I can’t help but smile when I see how excited they are, and I take a few minutes to let them know why being active is so important to me. This is all being streamed live on my Facebook page...shaking and all! Finally, I get to perform “One Step at a Time” and dance with the audience, which is a perfect introduction into the next part of my appearance, which is…
9:35 AM: …the debut of my new song, which is called, “#0to60!”. I recorded this song for the new #0to60 campaign from the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition. We played the song while we lead the kids through some warm up stretches and then a fun exercise routine to get their hearts pumping and bodies moving! It’s surreal to see so many people being physically active to a song I recorded, and I’m glad the crowd seems to enjoy the song as much as I do!
10:00 AM: Now that the assembly is over, we head outside to participate in a physical activity clinic with the Denver Broncos cheerleaders and Miles, the Broncos mascot. I volunteered to lead some of the exercise stations, and in the process, worked up a sweat myself! I think chasing after students should definitely count as my workout for the day…
10:50 AM: After the clinic, I meet up with a few reporters to do some interviews on behalf of the NFL, Fuel Up to Play 60, and the #0to60 campaign. I get to talk about my 3 favorite things, which is music, football, and helping kids, so the interviews are fun and go by quickly.
3:15 PM: After swinging by the hotel to grab my luggage, I get ready to fly back home. I’m exhausted, but had an amazing time premiering the song and getting active with the students. Thank you to the National Foundation, NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 for their efforts to support students across the country. I’m excited to continue our work to inspire students and adults across the country to go from #0to60 every day!
For more information about #0to60, visit 0to60fitness.org