On Tuesday, March 2, the NETS teamed up with the Lutheran Family Health Centers and Health Plus to host a basketball clinic at Sunset Park High School for 100 children from six area schools. The fun filled afternoon event featured NETS player Josh Boone, the NETS Dancers and the team's mascot, "Sly." Participating children ranged in age from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
This second annual event is a key component of the Shoot for Better Health campaign which encourages students to score a perfect 5-2-1-0 every day. Endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, this unique initiative is aimed at reducing obesity and obesity related chronic diseases among children. This event educated children on healthy eating habits and the importance of regular exercise. During the basketball clinic, students participated in drills and exercises alongside NETS staff, Dancers and Sly.
As a major contributor to the program's success, the NETS will also host an awards night in March where participating students will be publicly honored during a live NBA game. "The Nets are very pleased to be partners with Lutheran Family Health Centers and to provide an incentive for these children to excel in such a crucial area of their lives," said Brett Yormark, president and CEO, Nets Sports and Entertainment. "We appreciate being part of this important goal to improve fitness and dietary habits of local school kids and we look forward to hosting the children at a game in March."
The 5-2-1-0 plan for good health, created by Lutheran's school health program, means eating five servings of fruits and vegetables, limiting TV and computer time to only two hours a day, getting at least one hour of exercise a day, and drinking zero soda or sugar sweetened drinks. For the past eight weeks, the students who participated in the clinic kept daily diaries tracking their nutrition and exercise habits. Lutheran's school health program then used these diaries to help assess the health habits of the students and help them and their families "Shoot for Better Health."