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Two Chances to See Andrew Luck, Riley at IU Health, Bring ‘Change the Play’ Program to Hoosiers

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Andrew Luck, Riley at IU Health, take popular kids’ health, fitness and nutrition program on the road for two free Change the Play camps in Bloomington and West Lafayette, Ind.



INDIANAPOLIS – Prying kids away from TV screens won’t be a battle for hundreds of families next week.
 
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts quarterback, and the experts at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health are hitting the road to give nearly 400 Hoosier kids a taste of Change the Play—the popular health, fitness and nutrition program they developed together.
 
This Change the Play “tour” will make stops in Bloomington and West Lafayette, Ind., July 8th and 10th, respectively.
 
Kids who snagged spots for these free, two-hour Change the Play camps will get to mingle with Luck himself—one of the state’s leading role models—and pick up tips on how to be quarterbacks of their own health. They will rotate through a series of action-packed fitness and nutrition stations alongside Luck, local college athletes and Riley Physicians and dietitians. The stations will be inspired by lessons taught in each of the eight weekly challenges that comprise Change the Play—how to stretch properly, fuel up in the morning and manage stress in positive ways, for example.
 
“I’m excited to visit Bloomington and West Lafayette to introduce even more kids to our Change the Play program,” said Luck. “Health is a precious commodity. I feel it’s my responsibility as a professional athlete to help kids learn how to defend their health—to make smart choices about what they put on their forks and do in their free time. Through Change the Play, I’m working with the state’s leading children’s hospital to help arm kids against some of the negative health trends gripping our communities.”
 
Indiana is the 8th most obese state, a trend from which children are not immune. In addition, a growing number of kids here at home and nationwide are developing lifestyle-related chronic diseases that used to primarily only affect adults.
 
There will be two opportunities to capture Change the Play in action, as Luck and Riley at IU Health bring their signature program to Bloomington and West Lafayette:
 
(Note: Registration is now closed; camps are not open to the public.)
 
TUESDAY, JULY 8th – BLOOMINGTON, IND.
WHAT:
  • Change the Play Camp (closed to public)
WHEN:
  • Media arrival @ 12:45 p.m. Camp runs from 1-3 p.m.
WHERE:
  • Indiana University Memorial Stadium | Parking available in Orange and Blue lots via Gate 4 off 17th St.
LUCK COMMENTS:
  • 1 p.m.: Opening remarks by Luck and Riley experts begin promptly
  • Luck will be available for Change the Play media comments directly following
VISUALS:
  • 200 kids ages 5-14 exercising with Luck to sounds spun by DJ MetroGnome
  • Dozens of Indiana University Athletics athletes—from golfers to swimmers—leading kids through activity stations, along with Riley Physicians and dietitians
INTERVIEWS:
  • Luck (group comments), Riley experts, IU athletes and kids
 
THURSDAY, JULY 10th – WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.
WHAT:
  • Change the Play Camp (closed to public)
WHEN:
  • Media arrival @ 12:45 p.m. Camp runs from 1-3 p.m.
WHERE:
  • Purdue University Mollenkopf Athletic Center | Parking available in Lot F off Northwestern Ave. or Lot R off Cherry LN.
LUCK COMMENTS:
  • Opening remarks by Luck and Riley experts begin promptly at 1 p.m.
  • Luck will be available for Change the Play media comments directly following
VISUALS:
  • 200 kids ages 5-14 exercising with Luck to sounds spun by DJ MetroGnome
  • Purdue Athletics athletes leading kids through activity stations, along with Riley Physicians and dietitians
INTERVIEWS:
  • Luck (group comments), Riley experts, Purdue athletes and kids
 
Luck and Riley at IU Health launched Change the Play in 2013 for kids and families to enjoy together at home. Earlier this year, a select group of Indiana schools were introduced to Change the Play, which culminated in an April “Field Day” of fun and fitness for 500 Hoosier schoolchildren at the Colts Complex in Indianapolis. Approximately 5,000 kids participated in this Change the Play school pilot program. 
 
What’s next for Change the Play? This fall, Luck and Riley at IU Health will kick-off a fresh eight-week Change the Play challenge, in conjunction with football season. The program will continue being available to kids and families across Indiana and beyond, but for the first time ever, it will also be available to all Indiana schools. In addition, Riley at IU Health will host a Change the Play event on Kids Day at the Colts Training Camp July 26th in Anderson, Ind.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
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About Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health For more than 85 years, Riley at IU Health has been one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. Each year, Riley at IU Health provides compassionate care, support and comfort to 215,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world. Part of Indiana University Health, Riley at IU Health enjoys a unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, giving our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.

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