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The Amerigroup Foundation Presents Boys & Girls Clubs of America with First Health Champion Award
BGCA Recognized for Creating Innovative Programs Focused on Motivating Kids to Get Fit and Stay Healthy
ATLANTA – August 15, 2014 – The Amerigroup Foundation announced today that Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is the recipient of its first-ever Health Champion Award, which recognizes the organization for the demonstrated success of its signature health and wellness program, “Triple Play.”
The award was presented to BCGA earlier today at the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club, the site of the finale stop of Triple Play’s 'Million Minutes in Motion' mobile tour, where hundreds of kids and community members gathered to celebrate one million minutes plus of exercise logged across the country this summer.
The Health Champion Award was designed to recognize an individual or organization making a positive impact on the health and wellness of the country. Health Champions create top-tier programs that bring awareness to health issues, help find solutions to those issues or innovate in the field of health care.
“Too often today, our kids are not even given the opportunity to learn about making healthy food choices, physical fitness and how it will impact their overall health,” said Fran Gary, Plan President of Amerigroup Georgia. “Boys & Girls Clubs of America has demonstrated its innovation and commitment to being a Health Champion by encouraging kids to have fun while eating healthier foods, becoming more physically active and feeling better about themselves. We’ve seen the success of the Triple Play program first-hand and that’s why we’re proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and excited to present them the with the first-ever Health Champions award.”
During the past three years, Amerigroup’s parent Foundation has partnered with BGCA and co-sponsor The Coca-Cola Company on the Triple Play Program and its ongoing efforts to promote healthy, active lifestyles, while combating the growing rate of childhood obesity among our nation’s youth.
With more than 3 out of 10 young people considered obese or overweight, early education and active programming for youth is even more critical. Since its inception in 2005, Triple Play has connected made more than 9.2 million connections with kids to share the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the program’s three key components focused on mind, body and soul.
A study of more than 2,000 children ages 9-14 showed that Triple Play succeeded in getting them to exercise more and eat healthier foods. Kids who participated in Triple Play got 90 percent of the federally recommended amount of daily exercise, while their peers outside the program got 78 percent. The program continues to grow, providing more programming for kids and Clubs each year.
About The Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. Together, with local, regional and national organizations, the Amerigroup Foundation works to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Amerigroup and its affiliated health plans serve. Amerigroup Foundation funding is focused on strategic initiatives working to address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative with five areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy Active Lifestyle. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Amerigroup Foundation, please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org.