Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Teamwork Englewood, and Partner Organizations Kick-off Spring Break with Play Streets

Community-Driven Event at 63rd and Peoria Promotes Fun, Safe Play

Powered by the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Chicago, IL – The Active Transportation Alliance, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago and World Sport Chicago, in partnership with Teamwork Englewood, and seven other community-based organizations; will continue the Play Streets initiative launched last year by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Chicago Department of Public Health through a community-driven Spring Break event for all-ages.

Teamwork Englewood will have several events accompanied by live music form Englewood’s resident DJ. There will be activities for adults such as Yoga and Zumba.

63rd Peoria St. and surrounding area will be opened to the community. Events are free and members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend & participate in their much anticpated dance flash mob.

The Play Streets event will be held Friday, March 29th 2013, 11:00am – 2:00pm, 63RD Peoria Street., Englewood in Chicago.

Just one in three children in America engages in the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day (Source: National Association for Sport and Physical Education). Last year

Play Streets events however, got the ball rolling and people moving. In 2012, 78 percent of kids attending Play Streets events were engaged in ‘moderate’ or ‘rigorous’ physical activity for at least 60 minutes.

Play Streets events in Chicago aim to tackle the various barriers to play including: promoting safety, opening public spaces, changing sedentary habits and providing resources and technical support for community-based organizations to facilitate play. Teamwork Englewood joins a local network promoting fun, healthy living, safer blocks and community cohesion.

The Chicago events this year will be among the first of a national, year-long movement to get community members outside and active. Play Streets events are taking place in ten cities across the country.

Other local community-organizers and events include: Beyond the Ball (Little Village), Near North Unity Program (Near North), Near West Side Community Development Corporation (Near West), Quad Communities Development Corporation (Washington Park), Southwest Organizing Project (Chicago Lawn), and Network of Woodlawn’s Public Safety Alliance (Woodlawn).

Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 38 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for 100 million members – one in three Americans.

With 7.2 million members, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, is the largest health insurance company in Illinois. Started in 1936, BCBSIL remains member owned rather than publicly traded and is committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and its communities, fostering greater access to care, and working to lower the overall cost of care while improving the health care quality and patient outcomes.

Teamwork Englewood was formed in 2003 as part of the New Communities Program sponsored by the Local Initiatives support corporation (LISC) and the MacArthur Foundation. Comprised of residents and stakeholders, its goal is to unite the many organizations serving Englewood residents and work together toward the common goal of building a stronger community. Teamwork Englewood is committed to providing quality services aligned to best practices.

The mission of Active Transportation Alliance is to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. We advocate for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago) organizes capital and other resources to support initiatives that stimulate the comprehensive development of healthy, stable neighborhoods and foster their connection to the socioeconomic mainstream of the metropolitan region. Since 1980, LISC Chicago has infused more than $196 million into housing, human and economic development projects, leveraging a total of $4.8 billion in aggregate community investment. The results are quantifiable: with LISC Chicago support nearly 30,000 units of affordable housing and 5 million square feet of commercial space have been developed and more than 20,000 Chicago residents have been engaged in planning, provided training, or direct service to improve their quality of life.

World Sport Chicago (WSC) is an independent, non-profit organization that strives to teach life-enhancing values and character development through sport. We believe that sport has the power to strengthen individuals, and in turn, Chicago’s communities. This mentality is translated into programs and events designed to create opportunities and support our partnerships with civic agencies, other non-profit organizations and professional Chicago sports teams. WSC is the living legacy of the Chicago 2016 Olympic and Paralympic bid and is designated by the United States Olympic Committee one of ten national Community Olympic Development Program partners.
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