Brewers Host National Play Campaign

Today the 2014 National PLAY Campaign made a stop at Miller Park to promote the importance of children living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Yovani Gallardo, Brewers Head Athletic Trainer Dan Wright, Brewers Director of Medical Operations Roger Caplinger,  Taylor Hooton Foundation Founder and President Don Hooton, and Ryan Crothers of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation were on hand to help educate area youth about the importance of leading healthy and active lives.

After an introduction from Dan Wright, Don Hooton spoke about the tragedy that befell his family when his son, Taylor, began using anabolic steroids. He stressed to the kids the dangers of performance enhancing drugs and illegal substances. Instead, he said, they should focus on leading healthy, active lives and working hard.

So, following the presentation, participants were divided into groups and rotated through a series of stations demonstrating a variety of healthy practices. These stations touched on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention, strength and conditioning, and education about the dangers of illegal drugs.

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The Play (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth)  Campaign was created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). The program was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted over 150 events inside all 30 Major League ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America’s young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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