Indiana lawmakers recognize Change the Play program

Posted by: Tory Flynn, Ben Gavelek  | Tuesday, April 21, 2015 5:00 pm

STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville), authored a resolution recognizing Riley Hospital’s Change the Play program. To raise awareness during the ceremony, state lawmakers were joined by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, a longtime advocate for Change the Play, as well as Dr. Paul Haut, Chief Medical Officer, Interim President, and CEO at Riley Hospital, who discussed the importance the program plays and how it encourages kids to make better choices related to exercise and nutrition. 

“Indiana continues to rank as one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to childhood obesity. With one-third of Hoosier children considered overweight, we must continue to support and advocate for programs like Change the Play that are truly making a difference and helping kids live healthier lives,” said Speaker Bosma. 

Change the Play was developed by Riley Hospital, in partnership with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, and was designed to encourage kids to make better decisions related to food and exercise. Since the program first launched in 2013, it has impacted nearly 20,000 kids at over 100 schools, clubs and summer camps across the state. 

“Ultimately, our goal with ‘Change the Play’ is to reach beyond the hospital walls and empower the youth of Indiana to make smart choices so they can build healthy, active, fit lives and thereby stronger communities,” said Dr. Paul Haut. “We believe our visit to the Indiana Statehouse will help us inform more state leaders about the benefits of this impactful program and enlist their help in supporting this important cause.” 

From academic assistance to nutritional tips, Change the Play provides a variety of resources that kids can use to make better life decisions. The program also offers an exciting eight week challenge which kids can do from home or even in the classroom. 

“Proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle are extremely important during a child’s early years,” said Rep. Richardson. “That is why I applaud Change the Play and appreciate all the work they are doing, especially Andrew Luck and Dr. Haut.  Providing a solid foundation helps kids live healthy, longer lives.” 

Visit play.iuhealth.org to learn more about the Change the Play program.