Jason Witten's Score Foundation and UnitedHealthcare Host "Play.Move.Score. Get Fit Challenge" to Fight Childhood Obesity
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (July 16, 2013) Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation and UnitedHealthcare are teaming up again to fight childhood obesity by hosting the "Play.Move.SCORE. Get Fit Challenge" for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Fort Worth members.
The Get Fit Challenge, led by Dallas Cowboys All-Pro tight end Witten, will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at the Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club (1000 Enterprise Drive). Three teams of Boys & Girls Club members from Fort Worth and three teams of Club members from Dallas will compete in a series of physical and food challenges in which kids participate in a relay race to perform fitness exercises, select healthy snacks and identify healthy phrases. The top team from Dallas and the top team from Fort Worth will advance to the final to determine the championship team. Each member of the final two teams will receive two tickets to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.
The SCORE Foundation and UnitedHealthcare are also sponsoring the annual Summer Snack Backpack for Kids program, which provides healthy snacks to more than 200 kids each weekend throughout the summer. In addition, the two organizations will donate to the Boys & Girls clubs Healthy Edge® Plus, a software program that tracks kids' weight, body fat and body mass index (BMI) using wireless scales.
"I am thrilled to continue this partnership with UnitedHealthcare to keep kids healthy in the Metroplex," Witten said. "Summer is an important time for kids to get out and play and develop healthy habits, and Play.Move.SCORE. will help keep them active and energetic all summer long."
In 2010, Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation and UnitedHealthcare launched Play.Move.SCORE., a health and fitness program that teaches kids about healthy living and encourages Boys & Girls Club members to make healthy choices and participate in physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day. The SCORE Foundation and UnitedHealthcare also have donated a virtual personal trainer computer system and hosted a Top Chef Healthy Snack competition and fitness challenge for Boys & Girls Club members. In addition, children have participated in the Healthy Habits curriculum, learning how to make healthy choices each day.
"We are so pleased to partner with the Jason Witten SCORE Foundation and UnitedHealthcare for a fourth consecutive year," said Daphne Barlow Stigliano, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. "Monitoring BMI is an important part of the Club's healthy lifestyles initiative, and investments in technologies like Healthy Edge® Plus enhance the Club's capacity to deliver effective health programs to youth who need them the most."
"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to work with Jason Witten and the SCORE Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Fort Worth to help develop important community support programs for our kids," said Scott Flannery, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of North Texas. "Kids who develop good fitness and nutrition habits can live longer and healthier lives."
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 provide summer and after-school programs to youth ages 6 to 18 throughout Dallas and Tarrant County. Club programs center on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Citizenship. More than 40,000 local youth are impacted every year as a result of this positive collaboration.
About UnitedHealthcareUnitedHealthcare 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 780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.