FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): One of Indiana’s favorite quarterbacks was in Fort Wayne on Thursday.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Riley Children’s Health hosted a free fitness and nutrition camp at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium at the University of St. Francis. The camp, called Change the Play, is designed to teach kids ages 5 to 13 how to make good health, fitness and overall wellness choices.
Luck said it’s easy to get passionate about kids’ health.
“I know when I was a kid I wanted to be outside all day, everyday, running around,” Luck said. “I want to make sure that’s not lost on the kids with all the electronic distractions that we have today.”
Indiana is the seventh most obese state in the nation, according to Riley Children’s Health. The growing number of children that are obese raises the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
“Riley recognizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to healthier, happier kids,” Chief Medical Officer of Riley Children’s Health Paul Haut said.
“(I’m) trying to let kids take control of their lifestyle and make it a healthy lifestyle with going outside having fun, eating right, eating well and not stressing too much,” Luck said.
Luck and Riley Children’s Health also hosted a camp in South Bend on Monday and Evansville on Wednesday.