Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club and UHC team up for children’s health and Hispanic Heritage Month

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Dallas Cowboys players Dakorey Johnson, left, and Jameill Showers read children’s health book to preschool children.

The Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club and UnitedHealthcare celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and brought awareness to children’s health by hosting a “play day” at Mi Escuelita Preschool in Dallas.

According to the most recent America’s Health Rankings report, obesity in Texas has nearly tripled over the past 25 years – from 12% in 1990 to 31% in 2014. At almost 37%, that number is even higher for Hispanics in Texas.

At the recent event, The Rookie Club, UnitedHealthcare and nutritionists from Dairy MAX and Fuel Up to Play 60 worked with the kids on a variety of activities aimed at creating healthy habits. Players from the Rookie Club read books about health and colored MyPlate diagrams to learn about the different food groups. The players also got active with the kids, swinging at a football pinata filled with healthy treats.

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Dallas Cowboys player Vince Mayle and children from Mi Escuelita preschool show off their colored MyPlates while learning about food groups.
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Dallas Cowboys players Damien Wilson, left, and Mark Nzeocha hold up football pinata for children to swing at.

Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Rookie Club is an annual outreach initiative designed to introduce the team’s newest members to the importance of giving back to the North Texas community. It’s UnitedHealthcare’s fifth consecutive year to team up with the Dallas Cowboys to demonstrate both organization’s commitment to making the next generation of youth the most active and healthy.