INDIANAPOLIS – Smiles were big and stomachs were happy on Wednesday, April 5, as the Indianapolis Colts celebrated a Nutrition Kick-Off at Brookside Park on Indianapolis' Near Eastside with more than 150 youth from the community. As a part of their PLAY 60 initiative, the Colts, along with United Way of Central Indiana, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Pogue's Run, IPS and Fit City, held the event to address the issue of childhood obesity and educate families on healthy meal planning.
To teach youth about the importance of healthy eating, students from the John H. Boner Community Center and Edna Martin Christian Center after-school programs were invited to the Nutrition Kick-off, a launch event for a six week nutrition education program.
As a part of the event, the Colts presented the John H. Boner Community Center and Edna Martin Christian Center with a trophy recognizing the organizations' outstanding participation in the NFL's PLAY 60 Challenge, a six-week program that encourages youth to be active for 60 minutes each day.
To help prepare the youth and their families for the upcoming Nutrition Challenge, Annessa Chumbley from FitCity also presented an interactive cooking demonstration. As student volunteers from the audience helped combine, mix and taste the new recipes, Annessa taught the benefits of making healthy eating choices each day.
After preparing the kid-friendly and healthy snacks, the event guests received a dinner of Subway sandwiches, fruits, veggies and juice provided by the Colts and Pogue's Run Grocer.