One third of children in the industrialised countries is overweight or obese and at high risk of developing chronic diseases in adult life, and this number is continuing to rise.
Play Wellness is a comprehensive education program aimed at fighting childhood obesity in younger generations.
The project involves over 17.000 children in the Wellness Valley aged 3 to 9, together with their teachers and their families and consists of three actions:
– Free physical activity for children during school hours
– Training courses for teachers and meetings for parents to inform them about the benefits of physical activity for children’s growth
– Educational toolkits specifically designed to involve children and their families in the activities, including: a day-by-day lifestyle book for pupils; a guide to the wellness lifestyle for their parents; wellness posters and cards for the teachers and the school environment.
For its particular social and educational value, Play Wellness has been affiliated with the international network of Let’s Move!, the public health campaign led in the United States by former First Lady Michelle Obama.