Turning screen time into more exercise and good times, a recent PlaySmart pilot program at McKenzie Health System’s Croswell Clinic focused on helping the next generation make healthy choices. Funded by a grant from the Great Start Collaborative-Sanilac, the program encouraged kids ages 6 to 8 to exchange a video game for a piece of sports equipment.
Select participants were invited to wear an activity tracker and monitor their daily movement. All kids were welcomed to special kids’ fitness classes at Thumb Elite Athletics and encouraged to eat healthy, increase their activity and make smart choices. The PlaySmart participants were also encouraged to attend McKenzie’s “kid friendly” Healthy Lifestyle Workshops which included topics such as food/cooking, safety and summer fun.
Based on participation, kids earned tickets for prizes and rewards, including a grand prize drawing, a trip for four to Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Eight-year-old Hanna Moran was the grand prize winner.
“We are so excited for Hanna and her family. She was incredibly dedicated to the program and it paid off!” said Dr. Matthew Gormley, Croswell Clinic. “We are so proud that we were able to join these kids in focusing on healthy choices and a positive future. We had as much fun as they did!”