Program encourages children to eat healthier and move more
The Southern Nevada Health District, the Clark County School District (CCSD), and the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces are launching a new program called the Slam Dunk Health Challenge to encourage students to eat healthy and participate in physical activity. The Slam Dunk Health Challenge kicks off in February.
The Challenge is open to all CCSD first- through fifth-grade classrooms. Students in participating classrooms earn points each day for eating fruits and vegetables and being physically active. The Challenge encourages grade-school children to learn about healthy food and participate in physical activity every day. The program includes resources for teachers including lesson plans and activities and weekly video segments featuring Las Vegas Aces players and Coach Bill Laimbeer urging students to eat healthy, stay active, and track their progress.
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Las Vegas Aces and the Clark County School District,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Southern Nevada Health District Chief Health Officer. “Students participating in the Slam Dunk Health Challenge will be learning and establishing healthy habits that we hope they will carry into adulthood.”
The four-week program begins in February, and teachers can participate through the end of April. Winning classrooms will receive tickets to attend a Las Vegas Aces home game.
“We are thrilled to be working with Southern Nevada Health District to assist the children of Las Vegas in developing consistent exercise and healthy eating habits early on in life,” said Aces center Carolyn Swords. “You don’t need to be a professional athlete to benefit from making smart lifestyle choices, and the benefits of taking care of your body will last us all a lifetime.”
For information about the inaugural Slam Dunk Health Challenge or tips about adopting a healthy lifestyle, visit Get Healthy Clark County or call the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at (702) 759-1270.