Tim Sturgess, 2010 United Way Campaign Chair and Troy Fears, United Way Executive Director, will be walking from the YMCA of Clay County in Brazil to the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club. Both are United Way of the Wabash Valley partner agencies who, along with other agencies, do their part to battle childhood obesity.
The walk will be a total distance of 17 miles, rain or shine and will begin at the local YMCA at 11 a.m., traveling along United States 40, and finishing at the Boys and Girls Club at approximately 6 p.m.
"With this event, we hope to inspire people in the Wabash Valley to live united, which is United Way's call to the public to get involved in our community by focusing on the building blocks of life: Education, income and health," Fears said. "Now in its 37th year, the United Way/NFL partnership connects NFL PLAY 60 with United Way Worldwide's 2018 goal to get 1.9 million more young people healthy and active."
Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and wellness with partner organizations like United Way.
PLAY 60, which encourages children to get 60 minutes of exercise daily, is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs.
Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $200 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants and media time for public service announcements.
"The United Way and its member agencies are working hard to bring the issue of childhood obesity into the light," Sturgess said. "Statistics show that children today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. One of the contributing factors is childhood obesity. We can change that. But we need to address it now."
United Way of the Wabash Valley is currently in the process of setting up a "text-to-give" option for the event. Everyone can text a $5 donation and the money raised from the "text-to-give" will go toward the United Way general campaign.
The 2010 campaign has currently raised 77 percent of the $1.8 million goal.