Whether it’s building a playground in Houston with Avenue CDC, or supporting Chicago’s bike-sharing program and Maggie Daley Park, we are committed to providing safe places to walk, run, bike and play.
What can help to control weight, build lean muscle, reduce fat, promote strong bone, muscle and joint development, and decrease the risk of obesity? Exercise. And, exercise is a big part of helping kids maintain and grow into a healthy weight. Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity each day. How are we helping kids and their families stay active?
It’s building a playground in Houston with our nonprofit partner, Avenue CDC. It’s supporting Chicago’s bike-sharing program or adaptive bike trails in Oklahoma City. Across our five states, HCSC is dedicated to providing safe places to walk, run, bike and play.
Some of our key partnerships and collaborations to help build healthier and active communities include:
As a partner through our Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative, we work with KaBOOM! to create environments for kids to run, jump, climb and swing, while getting heart-healthy exercise and play.
In 2016, our employees helped build eight playgrounds, and we offered grants for two Imagination Playgrounds™. Five of the playgrounds included shade structures to help reduce harmful sun exposure and keep playgrounds cool during hot summer months. These activities provided 7,884 children safe and fun places to play in their communities.
Bike-share programs offer residents, commuters and visitors an environmentally friendly and low-cost transportation choice ideal for short trips. This can lead to fewer cars on the road, less pollution and congestion, more personal mobility and enhanced health and wellness. We have made major investments in bike-sharing programs in our communities.
Our 5,800 Divvy riders in Chicago have biked 19,826,633 miles, burning 852,545,208 collective calories.
On the trails in Helena, Montana, you might come across the 11 mountain bikes provided by our partnership with a local college and bike shops for Carroll College students.
With cleaner air, less crowded streets, inexpensive commutes and healthier residents and visitors, the benefits of bike-sharing programs are here to stay.
Parks and Recreation
Parks and recreation programs are an important part of any community. They can positively impact child development, help keep the air clean and create a space for physical activity. HCSC has made contributions in all of our states to help revitalize parks and support recreation programs that promote fitness among children and families.
In Illinois, we worked with Lots of Love NFP, Posen Park District and the University Park community on spruce-up projects to help clean, paint and green three existing playgrounds. In Oklahoma, we sponsored the new Clyde Riggs Education Garden and Trails, a fully accessible education garden and adaptive bike trail.