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Donald Driver visits lucky family in Racine

August 21, 2015

506919105d34e02170cef0c109f79329b0fcedf4Driven to Better Health partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin challenges families to improve health

Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading receiver, “Dancing with the Stars” champion and four-time children’s book author Donald Driver made a personal visit to the Szymczak family of Racine, Wisconsin, Friday, Aug. 21, to congratulate them for winning the 2015 Driven to Better Health family contest.

The Szymczak’s were one of 1,700 families throughout Wisconsin who participated in Driven to Better Health by posting pictures of how they lead healthy and actives lives.

Driver and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin established the Driven to Better Health program to promote active and healthy lifestyles to Wisconsin’s youth through school- and family-based events. The program is another step Children’s is taking toward its vision of making the kids of Wisconsin the healthiest in the nation and demonstrates Driver’s commitment to instilling healthy habits in today’s youth.

c8f2163f2e9ed4a7c6e3a5e75b4f2527efb457a3The Szymczak’s implemented Driven to Better Health by demonstrating improved nutrition, physical education and physical activity by planting and tending to a vegetable garden as a family. The garden provides them with healthy organic veggies, makes planning and eating meals more fun, gets the kids outside and connects the family through a shared experience.

During the challenge Driver inspired and motivated participants by sharing family recipes, work-out photos and encouraging words via social media. He shared this video message to kick off the partnership.  

“Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and I know that healthy habits start at home, which is why we felt it was important to involve parents and children in this summer’s campaign,” Driver said. “By getting active and eating better, we saw that families not only improved their health but also came closer together, and that is truly something special.”

d2eaf4c9f15085929e18a31ef0e90b2b0ea9931c“While Children’s Hospital is known for treating sick children, our goal is for all kids to be and stay healthy. Children’s is thrilled to have Donald Driver’s support and enthusiasm in helping create healthier communities, school and families,” said Bridget Clementi, executive director, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Health Education. “Driven to Better Health is a way for us to encourage healthy habits and increase physical activity. It’s not just about kid’s health, but healthy families, too.”

The Driven to Better Health campaign started in 2014 with a school challenge that was won by Riverside Elementary School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, which Driver visited in May. Registration for the next school challenge will open Sept. 15 at driventobetterhealth.com.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2013, Children’s invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.

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