Dallas Cowboys All-Pro tight end Jason Witten and his SCORE Foundation have teamed up again with UnitedHealthcare to fight childhood obesity and encourage healthy lifestyles in North Texas – this time at the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club. The kids got to enjoy a celebratory lunch with one of the Cowboys’ most beloved players.
The program partners unveiled a newly-remodeled teen activity room at the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club in February, which will house the Play.Move.SCORE. youth health and fitness program. The teen room received a full makeover, including new paint, furniture, flooring and blinds. The room is also equipped with a new sound and Xbox Connect gaming system to encourage the teens to have fun and get moving.
“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to work with Jason Witten, the SCORE Foundation and the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club to makeover the teen room and enhance Club facilities,” said Tom Quirk, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Texas. “We hope club members will be inspired to take charge of their health and well-being and learn that being fit can be fun.”
Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation and UnitedHealthcare launched the Play.Move.SCORE. program in 2010. Since that time, the partners have donated a virtual personal training computer system, exercise and sports equipment and Healthy Edge® Plus, a software program that tracks kids’ weight, body fat and body mass index (BMI) using wireless scales. Boys & Girls Club members have participated in Fitness Games and a Top Chef Healthy Snack competition, as well as a curriculum that teaches them how to make healthy choices each day.
The SCORE Foundation and UnitedHealthcare also sponsor Blessings in a Backpack, a weekly program that provides health snacks for the weekend.
“I am thrilled to continue this partnership with UnitedHealthcare to keep kids healthy in the Metroplex,” Witten said. “Staying active and developing healthy habits is important for teens and the new activity room offers fun and creative ways to help keep them active and energetic all year long.”