Initiative Seeks to Promote Physical Fitness Resources Among Families in the Northeast
To promote fun, accessible fitness and wellness in the 6th District, Councilman Bobby Henon is launching Philly Play. Philly Play will highlight the importance of physical activity and play as preventative health measures to elementary-aged children. The program will also look to improve accessibility to free and low-cost health and wellness resources for district families.
“The best way for our children to learn the importance of a physically active and healthy lifestyle – and set the tone for a healthy future – is to do so together with their families,” Henon said. “There are a variety of City resources available for families that Philly Play brings together. And I want everyone to see that physical fitness is fun, too.”
As part of Philly Play, Councilman Henon is hosting the inaugural Fall Fest on September 28, along the 6700 and 6800 blocks of Torresdale Ave. In addition to traditional street fair activities, Fall Fest will include free healthy family checkups, information on new health insurance enrollment from regional health partners, a farmers’ market, a ZoomDance action-adventure station, a giant obstacle course, and other fun activities for kids and families.
Philly Play will coordinate free City resources already available – like play spaces, recreational centers and walking paths – with events such as Fall Fest, Biking with Bobby, as well as:
- User-friendly tools such as interactive and static maps showing the closest play areas and bike routes;
- Information and data gathering from District residents on how they use current resources;
- “Make the Northeast Your Playground!” campaign to encourage users to share their favorite workout and play areas in the 6th District.
While childhood obesity ison the decline across many states, the issue remains a critical one in Pennsylvania, which was one of three states that recently saw an increase, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Philadelphia is of particular concern, where 40 percent of children are listed as overweight or obese. With Philly Play!, Councilman Henon hopes to promote the wealth of free and low-cost resources already available to families to combat this pervasive epidemic.
Visit www.phillyplay.org for more information on Philly Play.
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