Healthy Hoops® Kentucky is a special initiative that uses basketball and fun to focus on the needs of kids with asthma and breathing problems. Under the guidance of celebrity basketball coaches and medical experts, children from the ages of 7 to 14 and their families will participate in a full day of health awareness, entertainment, asthma screenings, and basketball drills and skills workshops! It is free, open to the public but registration is required.
What is Healthy Hoops® Kentucky?
Why Attend Healthy Hoops® Kentucky?
If you’re the parent, guardian, coach, teacher, or friend of a child with asthma or breathing problems, you know that if left unmanaged, the disease can impact his or her ability to go to school, participate in sports, and just have fun.
Healthy Hoops® Kentucky is a new approach to giving kids and families the tools they need to keep asthma under control. These skills include learning how to use medications appropriately, proper nutrition, and how to monitor exercise and recreation. And the facts speak for themselves.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases among children. According to Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA):
- 6.3 million People with asthma are under the age of 18.
- Asthma is the third leading cause of hospital stays in children
- Asthma causes 2 million emergency room visits each year
- Asthma is the number one reason for missed school days
How Does Healthy Hoops® Kentucky Work?
In a fun and festive environment, children from the ages of 7 to 14 and their families will participate in:
- Basketball clinics with University coaches and players
- Asthma and health screenings
- Information sessions on asthma management and nutrition
- Children activities
11th Annual Tip-Off Event
When: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Central High School
1130 W Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40203
All participants are required to undergo health screenings. The health screenings are used to assess each participant’s health status, assess medications, review appropriate medication use, establish a personalized action plan, and evaluate results.
Parental/guardian participation is a vital component of Healthy Hoops® Kentucky. At each event described above, there are workshops for parents that provide management tips, prevention facts, and information about the importance of complying with the treatment plan(s) that their providers prescribe for their children.
An educational seminar developed by nationally recognized educators and based on national standards provides continuing education units for school nurses, recreational coaches, childcare providers, day care staff, parents, community based organizations, and physical education teachers.
Healthy Hoops® Kentucky Coalition
The collaboration between private organizations, the public sector, community groups, and health care experts is the key to Healthy Hoops® Kentucky success. It creates a strong link between people and organizations whose aim is to better the health of the community, one member at a time.