UnitedHealthcare and J.J. Watt Foundation Team Up to Fight Childhood Obesity with New Boys & Girls Club Program
HOUSTON (July 9, 2012) The J.J. Watt Foundation, UnitedHealthcare, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston are teaming up to help local youths get fit by inviting kids to participate in the Get in the Game Fitness Challenge this summer. Sponsors are also donating exercise equipment and providing a Summer Backpack for Kids program to make it a fun, engaging program for Houston-area youth.
About 200 kids from four participating Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston are expected to take part in the Get in the Game Fitness Challenge, which consists of at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, nutritional snacks, and education about fitness and food. The fitness challenge will kick off tomorrow, July 10 at 10:00 a.m. with a special competition at the Fort Bend Boys & Girls Club at 5525 Hobby Road, where teams of youths from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston will run, jump and climb through a fun obstacle course.
The J.J. Watt Foundation and UnitedHealthcare are also donating $1,500 worth of exercise and sports equipment to each of the four area Boys & Girls clubs for the fitness activities. On Fridays, each child will receive a backpack containing healthy snacks to eat over the weekend.
"I am very excited to partner with UnitedHealthcare and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston on this outstanding program," said Watt. "It is very important for kids to stay active and healthy, especially during the summer months while they're not in school. This program will give kids access to equipment that will keep them playing and send them home with healthy foods to eat each weekend. All that's left for the kids to do is have fun, enjoy themselves and be kids!"
"The goal of the Get in the Game Fitness Challenge is to provide children with a fun way to get fit while learning about the importance of lifelong good nutrition and exercise," said David Milich, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of South Texas. "Prevention of childhood obesity can help in the fight against diabetes, heart disease and other ailments, and enable children to enjoy long and healthy lives."
About the J.J. Watt Foundation
The J.J. Watt Foundation provides after-school opportunities for children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the basic character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic and perseverance while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
For six decades, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, BGCGH, has been in the forefront of youth development, working with the youth who need us most. BGCGH is dedicated to ensuring that the community's young people have greater access to quality programs and services that provide promise, hope and opportunity. Clubs are located in the most vulnerable neighborhoods in the Houston area and serve nearly 10,000 youth ages 7 to 17 each year. For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, please visit www.bgclubs-houston.org.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.