by chelsea on September 17, 2012 in News You Can Use

Darrell Griffith and Passport Health Plan to Offer the Healthy Hoops Kentucky Tip-Off for Children with Asthma

Basketball legend Darrell Griffith will join Passport Health Plan and other local sponsors to offer a free asthma awareness event for children ages 7 to 13 called theHealthy Hoops Kentucky Tip-Off. The Healthy Hoops Kentucky Tip-Off will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Moore Traditional High School in Louisville, KY. All asthmatic children ages 7 to 13 are welcome to attend free of charge and can register by visiting www.healthyhoopsky.com or by calling 1-800-578-0603, press 0, then press 8429. Children do not have to be Passport Health Plan members to participate.

Under the guidance of Griffith and other celebrity basketball coaches and medical experts, children and their families participate in a full day of health awareness, basketball drills, entertainment, asthma screenings and skills workshops. The program teaches the children and their families how to lead healthy, activelives. Participants receive a comprehensive clinical screening to evaluate their asthma and receive a free consultation with an asthma health professional. Each family leaves the screening with an asthma action plan and tools to keep asthma under control. Over the past three years, members who have attended the Tip-Off event have personally experienced fewer emergency roomvisits and hospital admissions, as well as having improved medication compliance.

In Jefferson County there are approximately 18,000 children with asthma, a disease that if left unmanaged can impact a child’s ability to go to school, participate in sports, and just have fun. By attending the event, children and their families will learn how to use medications appropriately, how to monitor exercise and recreation, and how to keep asthma under control. They will also receive nutrition counseling. “We hope to serve about 200 children on this special day. Asthma has a very real financial and emotional impact on families and we’re encouraging families to use the day to learn, have fun, and meet some of their favorite basketball celebrities.” said Stephen Houghland, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Passport Health Plan.

Healthy Hoops Kentucky is sponsored by Passport Health Plan, The Kroger Co., the University of Louisville, Astra Zeneca, KentuckyOne Health, The AmeriHealthMercy Family of Companies, Mainline Broadcasting and other local organizations. It is coordinated by a coalition of community leaders who represent the following organizations: Passport Health Plan, University of Louisville, University of Louisville Athletic Department, Metro Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Jefferson County Public Schools, Astra Zeneca, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Metro Louisville Government, The Kroger Co., and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.