For 10 years and counting, the Junior League of Greenville (JLG) has partnered with Greenville Health System (Prisma Health) to host Home Run for Healthy Kids®. This free three-day educational field trip at Fluor Field promotes healthy lifestyles for Greenville County students and specifically targets Title I or lower-income schools.
The JLG launched Home Run for Healthy Kids in 2008 to teach children how to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. After research showed staggering statistics for obesity, accidental injuries, and unhealthy youth in South Carolina, we felt compelled to create an event that would empower our community’s youth with increased knowledge and health awareness. The JLG is committed to ensuring that children and families have the opportunities and services essential for physical, intellectual, emotional, mental and social well-being, and the event is a great way to demonstrate this commitment while showing students that being healthy and fit can actually be fun.
Home Run for Healthy Kids® is designed to engage students to practice healthy lifestyles and to ensure students receive the support they need to grow up safe, happy, healthy and thriving. This is accomplished through hands-on learning activities, giveaways and educational information sessions. During Home Run for Healthy Kids, Fluor Field is transformed into four “zones” of education and entertainment that highlight ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Zones include safety, physical well-being, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Each student attendee also receives nutritious snacks and a backpack filled with quality giveaways promoting a healthy lifestyle and physical activity at home.
Since 2008, Home Run for Healthy Kids has reached nearly 20,000 students from more than 40 schools and invested close to $165,000 with the goal of improving the community by teaching children about making healthy decisions. Prisma Health Children’s Hospital has been the presenting sponsor since the event’s inception and a valuable partner in helping us expand it year to year to reach more students. We would not have been able to impact the lives of so many students over the last 10 years without their support.
The mission of Home Run for Healthy Kids, “to improve the community by providing a free event for Greenville County students focusing on child’s healthy lifestyles, safety, nutrition and physical activity,” directly aligns with Prisma Health’s vision to transform healthcare for the benefit of the people and communities it serves. Prisma Health is committed to improving the health of the people in our community and has been engaged and supportive of the event’s cause from the start. In addition to serving as the presenting sponsor, several Prisma Health groups take part in serving students at Home Run for Healthy Kids. Safe Kids Upstate, part of the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health and Advocacy, and the Prisma Health Eye Institute serve as station partners to help promote health and wellness to the kids that participate in the event. This year the Prisma Health Mobile Health Clinic will be providing onsite medical coverage, and in past years, the Prisma Health Emergency Department has also been a partner to educate our students on safety and accident prevention.
This year’s event will bring together nearly 2,800 Greenville County students and take place Oct. 4-6 at Fluor Field. To learn more about Home Run for Healthy Kids® or the Junior League of Greenville, please visit jlgreenville.org.
Courtney Atkinson is the Junior League of Greenville’s president and Elizabeth DuBose serves as the chair for Home Run for Healthy Kids. DuBose is also manager of therapies for Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital.