The Paulding County School District’s Activate for Kids school wellness initiative will host a variety of events Saturday, Sept. 21, at P.B. Ritch Middle School to encourage students, families and their communities to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
The day’s activities will include: A fitness boot camp, DJ, kickball, Play 60 pledge, rock wall, pro athletes, tennis and basketball clinics, as well as prizes and Smoothies made using a Blender Bike.
“We encourage students, their families and our community to participate in our Worldwide Day of Play events that encourages children to adopt healthy behaviors which, we hope, will develop into lifelong healthy habits,” said Kimberly Blackmon, Activate for Kids school wellness coordinator. “By inviting not only students, but also their families and friends to participate, we are reaching out to the whole community in the full spirit of the Activate for Kids program.”
Activate for Kids is a partnership between UnitedHealthcare and the Paulding County School District that works with schools, health care organizations and community partners to help kids and their families eat better and be active, healthy and well.
The program works with school nurses and wellness coordinators to address childhood obesity and related health issues through a coordinated, community-based intervention that supports at-risk children, families and schools, all at no cost to schools or families. Activities include cooking classes, before- and after-school fitness sessions, and weight-management programs.
“Activate for Kids engages schools to become an important setting to enable kids to adopt healthier habits,” said Dr. Catherine Palmier, CMO, southeast region, UnitedHealthcare. “That’s why UnitedHealthcare is partnering with Paulding County to create and deliver support services for school nurses, nutritionists, physical-education teachers, children, parents and health care professionals. We believe that by addressing childhood obesity via public- and private-sector partnerships we can empower children to lead healthier, more active lives.”
For more information about Activate for Kids, visit www.activate4kids.com.