Play4Health™ is a grassroots chronic disease prevention and wellness program designed to engage and educate kids, their parents and communities about obesity, its link to chronic disease and the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. With the rise in childhood obesity, Play4Health™ is on a mission to change the way kids think – and act – about health and wellness. The Play4Health™ physical activity platform was created by celebrity health and wellness expert, Rafy Oquendo.
Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century - World Health Organization
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The fundamental causes behind the rising levels of childhood obesity are a shift in diet towards increased intake of junk food and a trend towards decreased levels of physical activity.
The initial Play4Health™ program initiative was sponsored by Sanofi US in collaboration with Rafy Oquendo’s All Star Training Center, MiLB™ and Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years, and kids who are obese are more at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. Play4Health™ is intended to heighten awareness of the connection between obesity and chronic disease.
Our goal is to increase awarenessof the importance of physical fitness for lifelong wellness that combines the Play4Health™ "triple play" for chronic disease prevention: exercise, nutrition and other healthy behaviors, which will result in living a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Play4Health™ was launched in 2012and it took place at Minor League Baseball™ ballparks. The events included an on-field interactive field day experience were kids had the chance to learn exercise activities and other healthy behaviors in a fun and engaging way.We are bringing Play4Health™ to a city near your, stay tuned
- In a population-based sample of 6 to 18-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
- In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends those aged 6–18 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
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