SCORE Foundation and UHC help fight childhood obesityBy Kim Whitaker, United Healthcare June 15, 2012
DALLAS (June 12, 2012) – Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation and UnitedHealthcare are once again teaming up to fight childhood obesity by donating exercise equipment and sponsoring the annual Summer Backpack for Kids program for youth at Dallas and Fort Worth Boys & Girls Clubs.
The annual effort kicked off this week with a “Play.Move.SCORE. Fitness Challenge” competition where Boys & Girls Club members competed in an obstacle course race that included running, jumping, climbing, jumping rope and more. The fitness challenge was held Monday, June 11, at the Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club in Grand Prairie, Texas.
UnitedHealthcare and the SCORE Foundation donated $1,500 worth of exercise equipment to six Boys & Girls Clubs in Dallas and Fort Worth. The Boys & Girls Clubs will use the equipment to provide a summer-long exercise program for children and track each child’s progress.
UnitedHealthcare and the SCORE Foundation will also continue the Summer Backpack for Kids program, providing backpacks full of healthy snack options for Boys & Girls Clubs members. The program provides weekend snacks to 300 children each Friday over a 10-week period.
“I am very excited to continue this great partnership between my foundation, UnitedHealthcare and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Greater Fort Worth,” Witten said. “The Play.Move.SCORE program gets kids active and ensures that they have healthy foods to give them energy throughout the summer. Providing these clubs and the kids they serve with this new exercise equipment will make it easy to keep them active all summer long.”
“The goal of this partnership is to engage children in friendly and fun competitions to help them develop lifelong fitness and to encourage them to make healthier food choices,” said Scott Flannery, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of North Texas.
“With early education, children can make better choices so they can live a long and healthy life.”
Last summer, Play.Move.SCORE. gave more than 300 Boys & Girls Club members the opportunity to participate in Healthy Habits sessions, learning the basics of nutrition and healthy eating. Children also participated in a Top Chef Kids Challenge, creating delicious and nutritious snacks that were judged on taste, presentation and creativity.
This marks the third year of the UnitedHealthcare and Jason Witten SCORE Foundation partnership to prevent childhood obesity, a leading cause of diabetes, heart disease and other ailments. In 2010, the two organizations launched Play.Move.SCORE, a health and fitness program that encourages local Boys & Girls Club members to make healthy choices and participate in physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
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.
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.