UnitedHealthcare and Jason Witten's Score Foundation "Play. Move. Score." To Battle Childhood Obesity
PLANO, Texas (June 7, 2010) – Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation, local Boys & Girls Clubs and UnitedHealthcare have kicked off "Play. Move. Score.," a summer-long health and fitness program to help fight childhood obesity.
Dozens of Boys & Girls Club members took part in the program's opening event Monday, June 7, at the Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club. Dallas Cowboys star tight end Jason Witten also attended the event.
"Play. Move. Score." is designed to educate boys and girls about good nutrition, help them make physical fitness a daily practice, and guide them in developing individual strength and good character. Dallas- and Fort Worth-area Boys & Girls Clubs will track the progress of members participating in the program over a three-month period.
"Play. Move. Score." includes a portable multimedia physical training system, healthy-eating education, as well as body mass index and health assessments. The program will be available throughout the summer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. More than 400 area youths are expected to participate.
"This is a great partnership between my foundation, UnitedHealthcare and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth," said Witten. "The ‘Play. Move. Score.' program is a lot of fun, and it teaches young people valuable skills that are meant to last them a healthy lifetime."
"The rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled over the last 30 years. We simply must address this issue for the health of future generations," said Scott Flannery, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of North Texas. "We're excited to work with the Boys & Girls Club and the Jason Witten Foundation to bring this important health and wellness program to our communities' children."
UnitedHealthcare donated $30,000 to fund the "Play. Move. Score." program and help purchase the HOPSports training system for the local Boys & Girls Clubs. HOPSports is a portable, multimedia physical education system that focuses on cardiovascular education and strength training. Each module engages students in at least a 30-minute workout led by a virtual trainer.
About Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation
Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation was launched in 2007 to help families in crisis, and has been a leader in the fight against domestic abuse and in efforts to promote youth health and education. In 2008, the foundation started the groundbreaking Jason Witten's SCOREkeepers program, which placed male mentors on staff at six different family violence shelters across the state. In addition, SCORE has opened Jason Witten Learning Centers in Texas and Witten's native Tennessee.
About Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Clubs provides summer and after-school programs to youth ages 6 to 18 throughout Dallas and Tarrant County. Club programs center around 5 Core Program Areas: Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Character & Leadership Development, Sports, Fitness & Recreation. For more information on how you can get involved in the fight against Childhood Obesity contact Mpotter@bgcdallas.org.
UnitedHealthcare (www.unitedhealthcare.com) provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to individuals, public sector employers and businesses of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of approximately 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 600,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.