Every football player has heard it since his first day of Pee Wee football: “There is no ‘I’ in team.” While every guy on the team has to do his individual part, not even a star quarterback can win the game on his own.
We can apply this concept to our community health. Every one of us has to take responsibility for our individual health, but it takes a team effort to improve the health of the whole community. That’s why UnitedHealthcare is bringing its Game ON! experience to 80 high school football games around the country to get kids and families excited about being active and staying healthy.
Game ON! is an interactive experience that encourages a healthy lifestyle through real-life opportunities. Kids and adults can test their speed and agility on an obstacle course, try their luck at a football toss or visit the “cheer card” station to create posters that show their school spirit and offers a health tip.
Here in New Jersey, the Game ON! experience will be at several schools in Bergen County during Friday night football games. We’ve already shred the experience with fans at two great games, and we’re looking forward to more. On September 7, we were at Old Tappan High School for the game against Indian Hills, and on September 14, we made a check presentation to Lakeland High School before they faced off against Paramus. We’ve got three more games to go, so mark you calendar:
· October 5; Lakeland High School vs. Kearny High School
· October 19; Lakeland High School vs. Old Tappan High School
· November 2; Old Tappan High School vs. Teaneck
Each of the participating schools will receive a grant from UnitedHealthcare to support their athletic or wellness programs. The grants are our way of helping schools teach kids and families how sports can be a fun way to work together to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
We’d love to see lots of New Jersey high school football fans come out to the Game ON! experience, but if you’re stuck at home, you can follow the fun on Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #gameonuhc where you can see photos and obstacle course scores posted by the fans. To see a video of My 9 News coverage of Game ON!, click here.
|Students race for the best time on the obstacle course at UnitedHealthcare Game ON!|