Andrew Luck, Riley at IU Health, Bring ‘Change the Play’ Program to Hundreds of Hoosier Kids
Prying kids away from TV screens wasn’t a battle for hundreds of families this week.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts quarterback, and the experts at Riley at IU Health hit the road to give nearly 400 Hoosier kids ages 5 to 14 a taste of Change the Play—the popular health, fitness and nutrition program they developed together.
This Change the Play “tour” made stops in Bloomington, Ind., and West Lafayette, Ind., July 8th and 10th, respectively.
Kids who snagged spots for these free, two-hour Change the Play camps got to mingle with Luck himself—one of the state’s leading role models—and college athletes from Indiana University and Purdue University. They picked up tips on how to be quarterbacks of their own health, and rotated through a series of action-packed fitness and nutrition stations alongside Luck, the athletes and Riley at IU Health Physicians and dietitians. The stations were inspired by lessons taught in each of the eight weekly challenges that comprise Change the Play—how to stretch properly, fuel up in the morning and manage stress in positive ways, for example.
“I’m excited to visit Bloomington and West Lafayette to introduce even more kids to our Change the Play program,” said Luck. “Health is a precious commodity. I feel it’s my responsibility as a professional athlete to help kids learn how to defend their health—to make smart choices about what they put on their forks and do in their free time. Through Change the Play, I’m working with one of the nation’s leading children’s hospital to help arm kids against some of the negative health trends gripping our communities.”
Indiana is the 8th most obese state, a trend from which children are not immune. In addition, a growing number of kids here at home and nationwide are developing lifestyle-related chronic diseases that used to primarily only affect adults.
Luck and Riley at IU Health launched Change the Play in 2013 for kids and families to enjoy together at home. Earlier this year, a select group of Indiana schools were introduced to Change the Play, which culminated in an April “Field Day” of fun and fitness for 500 Hoosier schoolchildren at the Colts Complex in Indianapolis. Approximately 5,000 kids participated in this Change the Play school pilot program.
On September 8th, 2014, Luck and Riley at IU Health will debut a new eight-week Change the Play challenge, in conjunction with football season. The program will have two tracks:
- One for kids, families and friends to tackle together at home
- One for students and teachers to tackle at school
For the first time ever, Change the Play will be available to all Indiana schools.
Families and schools can sign up now for the upcoming challenge.
Riley at IU Health experts know the difference a healthy lifestyle can make in shaping stronger, healthier and happier kids.
Riley at IU Health provides compassionate, expert care to a quarter-million pediatric patients annually from across Indiana, the nation and world. In addition to delivering the expert specialty care for which it is known, Riley at IU Health feels an overwhelming responsibility to improve children’s health well outside of the traditional hospital setting, impacting kids who may never step through its doors.
About Riley at IU Health For more than 85 years, Riley at IU Health has been one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. Each year, Riley at IU Health provides compassionate care, support and comfort to 215,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world. Part of Indiana University Health, Riley at IU Health enjoys a unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, giving our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.
Emily Garrett, 317.962.5500