York City, Capital Blue Cross, and Eat Play Breathe York, in partnership with many community organizations with host another Play Streets event this weekend. Play Streets are roads closed to traffic and opened to the community to encourage physical activity. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and its Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to end the childhood obesity epidemic in America, are working with York City, Capital Blue Cross and Eat Play Breathe York to create new places for kids to play.
Play Streets will be held on July 20 from 12-4 p.m. on S. Lehman Street between King and Edison Streets along Albemarle Park. The event is free and will include fun, family friendly activities for the community. Featured activities will include BOP’s Imagination Playground and NEOS, The York Water Company’s water splash station, inflatable’s, caricature drawings, face painting, free t-shirts and prizes, DJ music and group games hosted by Capital Blue Cross and SecureCorps. Capital Blue Cross will also provide free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the event to encourage guests to make healthy food choices.
The impact on activity rates from Play Streets is expected to be significant. Pioneer programs have already shown that when given the choice between participating in Play Streets or a sedentary activity, the majority of children chose the more active option of Play Streets. Enjoy this free fun event within York City and increase your family’s activity level this weekend!