Andrew Luck and Riley Children’s Health to Host Change the Play Camps for Hundreds of Hoosier Kids
INDIANAPOLIS (June 14, 2016) – This week, hundreds of children will learn what it takes to become quarterbacks of their own health at three Change the Play camps. Camps will be held in South Bend, Evansville and Fort Wayne. The children will join Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck and experts from Riley Children's at Indiana University Health, the partners behind the Change the Play program that was designed to teach kids ages 5-13 how to make good decisions when it comes to health, fitness and overall wellness. The camps will take place Monday, June 20 in South Bend, Wednesday, June 22 in Evansville and Thursday, June 23 in Fort Wayne.
Campers will rotate through six action-packed stations led by Luck, local, collegiate and high school athletes, as well as Riley Children’s Health team members. Each station is inspired by lessons from the eight week Change the Play challenge – teaching kids the importance of making healthy food choices and staying active.
Each location will have two camp sessions, allowing up to 1,500 children to participate statewide. Children must be registered to attend the camps, which are free of charge.
“I am thrilled to bring the Change the Play camp to South Bend and Evansville for the first time, and to be back in Fort Wayne,” said Luck. “It’s important to me that kids learn how to make healthy decisions that will impact their lives long-term. That’s why I’ve partnered with the experts at Riley Children’s Health to encourage healthy habits in kids. My goal is to show them being active is easy and fun.”
Indiana is the seventh most obese state in the nation, a ranking that increasingly affects children. A growing number of U.S. children are overweight or obese, raising their risk for chronic conditions that used to affect primarily adults, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
“Riley recognizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to healthier, happier kids,” said Dr. Paul Haut, chief medical officer of Riley Children’s Health. “In addition to providing highly skilled care, Riley at IU Health is determined to improve children’s health across Indiana, reaching kids who may never step through hospital doors.”
Luck and Riley Children’s Health launched Change the Play in 2013 with a challenge for children and their families to tackle at home. The challenge was expanded to all Indiana schools in 2014, and is used in more than 100 schools statewide. The spring of 2015, Change the Play launched the Kids Club to provide more in-depth insight on health related topics. Kids Club members receive membership kits as well as monthly themed emails with video messages from Luck, kid-friendly activities and recipes. Families and schools can sign up for the Change the Play challenge and Kids Club at www.iuhealth.org/ChangeThePlay.