LAWRENCE, Kan. – Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence’s Sunflower Elementary site received a Focus Grant to improve the health and wellbeing of local youth, thanks to Amerigroup Foundation. Colby Wilson, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, welcomed Kansas Senator Marci Francisco and Amerigroup Kansas President Laura Hopkins to the Club Wednesday morning to visit the site and for the Amerigroup check presentation.
The $5,000 Focus Grant to the Sunflower Elementary Club provides kids with critical programming during after school time that creates a positive environment and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. This grant is one of dozens distributed across the country by Amerigroup Foundation to support Triple Play programming, which focuses on being healthy through the mind, body and soul.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support and partnership of Amerigroup Foundation, because without their support we would not be able to impact so many kids and teens each year,” said Wilson. “With this grant, we hope to continue to provide new and much needed healthy lifestyles programming to kids who need it most, and create a positive foundation for them to grow and thrive.”
Last summer, Amerigroup kicked off its partnership with the Sunflower Elementary Club when Senator Francisco and Amerigroup associates visited the site to volunteer with the youth during the first stop of the Nationwide Triple Play Mobile Tour, which was a full day of Triple Play fitness activities highlighting the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. Sunflower BGC Program Manager, Sean Kellerman, was on hand for the mobile tour as well as the check presentation on Wednesday.
“Kids and teens today face a variety of challenges when it comes to eating healthy and staying physically fit. That’s why we support Triple Play, to help ensure that our youth build life-long healthy habits with a firm foundation of support,” said Laura Hopkins, president of Amerigroup Kansas. “The Triple Play program and Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence are working to build great futures for our kids by changing the opportunity equation to help them make healthy choices and participate in healthy activities each and every day.”
Amerigroup Foundation is committed to improving health and strengthening Kansas communities. Through its Healthy Generations grant program, Amerigroup Foundation works to identify the issues most in need of attention and then directs its financial support and volunteer efforts toward improving health in those areas. Promoting youth health and active lifestyles is an ongoing focus of the foundation.
The Triple Play grants announced today are part of a five-year, $10 million commitment from Amerigroup Foundation’s parent company foundation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to promote healthy lifestyles.
About Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, 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’ campaign 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.anthem.foundation.
About Triple Play
Triple Play: A healthy lifestyles Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul, was launched in 2005 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and with support from The Coca-Cola Company. The goal of Triple Play is to encourage kids to eat healthier, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships. A two-year study of more than 2,000 children ages 9-14 showed that Triple Play succeeded in getting them to exercise more, eat healthier foods and feel better about themselves. The study found that Triple Play kids increased to 90 percent of the federally recommended amount of daily exercise, which is 60 minutes a day for children, while their peers outside the program decreased to 78 percent. Triple Play includes five program components, each of which serves between 20,000 and 500,000 youth annually. Since its inception in 2005, Triple Play has made more than 10 million connections with kids across the country. In 2011, the Anthem Foundation joined BGCA and Coca-Cola as a Triple Play sponsor. Learn more about the program at www.bgca.org/tripleplay.
About Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence is full of promise for more than a thousand local children. It is a place where kids play, have fun, experience joy, laugh, and learn about themselves and the larger world they live in. For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, visit www.bgclk.org.