PlayCore Offers Ideas for National Childhood Obesity Month

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Play and recreation leader to use social media & calendar to promote active behavior.

A PE teacher leads students in activities from the PlayOn! curriculum, physical education for the playground.

We have an opportunity each day to reverse the obesity trend, the September event is a great way to connect and begin to make a change.

Childhood obesity has increased fourfold in the past four decades, with more than 23 million children and teens between the ages of 2-19 obese or overweight. Sadly, these children are at increased risk for hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other conditions normally associated with adulthood.

PlayCore, the leading play and recreation company, is taking an active step in stopping the trend by publishing a September calendar with daily activities and facts to help promote obesity awareness and active lifestyles. PlayCore’s ongoing research with play scholars and researchers has afforded the company the unique ability to create programs like PlayOn! a standards based curriculum created for schools to help promote physical education on the playground. PlayCore works with many scholars and researchers to help promote the value of play and recreation, and to provide communities with best practices in implementing recreation environments that maximize community health, participation, and connectivity. "We hope that parents will engage with the daily tips, share them, and get active with their children," said Anne-Marie Spencer, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for PlayCore. "We have an opportunity each day to reverse the obesity trend, the September event is a great way to connect and begin to make a change."

You can receive daily tips from the calendar by “liking” the company’s Facebook page at facebook.com/playcorenews, then checking back daily in September for a new activity or fact about childhood obesity. To receive your own copy of PlayCore’s Stop the Trend September calendar, contact PlayCore at info(at)playcore(dot)com, with Stop the Trend as the subject line.

About PlayCore
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, education, and partnerships. The company infuses this learning into its complete family of brands. PlayCore combines best in class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create play solutions that match the unique needs of the each community they serve. Learn more at http://www.playcore.com

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