COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A local group brings the Healthy Hoops program to Columbus. AmeriHealth Caritas sponsored the group to promote health and asthma awareness.
This is the only time Healthy Hoops has been in the Columbus area since its inception in 2002. The group touts that it has impacted more than 20,000 children and families.
Shaquala Phillips brought her five children to the event.
“When I heard about the healthy part, I was like let’s go,” said Phillips. “We can get checked and makes sure they are up to par. I just love the fact that they’re doing stuff for children anyway.”
Thursday night, the group hosted a holiday party that included a basketball clinic, health screenings, a meal, and activities for families to enjoy together.
“This is the perfect time to do this,” said Phillips. “With all these flu outbreaks and everything that’s going on, this is the perfect time to get your child checked even if they aren’t sick.”
Healthy Hoops uses basketball, with local coaches, as a platform to teach participants and their families how to better understand and effectively manage their asthma and associated health conditions. More than 20,000 children and their families nationwide have been touched by this industry-acclaimed program since its inception in 2002.