In Washington earlier this month, President Obama proclaimed May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. His message, to encourage “individuals, businesses, and community organizations to renew their commitment to personal fitness and health,” was one the Denver Nuggets had already begun to embrace. While the team’s immediate concerns now are the Lakers and getting a ticket to the Finals, the organization did make time during the 2008-2009 season to address a major healthcare initiative in its community: childhood obesity.
The Team Fit program partnered the Nuggets with The Children’s Hospital and elementary school children in grades 3 through 8. Its focus was on teaching kids the benefits of proper nutrition and regular physical activity. Schools throughout the metro Denver area signed up classrooms and received fitness tips from the team’s strength and conditioning coaches, a health and wellness poster for each child, and activity worksheets. As a bonus, participants completed fitness logs for a chance to win Nuggets’ prizes, and some students were treated to a visit from the team’s strength and conditioning coach and a member of the team.
With Team Fit, the players and coaches reached over 1,200 young students promoting the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.
How you can get in the game:
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You can also donate to The Children’s Hospital directly.