As the father of two active boys, Bobby understands that play and physical activity are vital to growing happy, healthy children and families. Studies show that 60 minutes of physical activity each day reduces the risk of childhood obesity, and regular physical activity improves a child's self-esteem, helps build strong bones and muscles and reduces stress and anxiety.
Bobby believes that one of the easiest ways for a parent to get their child started on the path to a healthy lifestyle is to make play time a family priority. That's why in 2013Bobby created Philly Play, an initiative that promotes fun, accessible fitness and wellness activities in the 6th District and highlights the importance of physical activity and play as preventive health measures.
In spring 2014, City Council expanded Philly Play to all 10 Council Districts, and the Department of Parks and Recreation selected 10 recreation centers across the city to host Philly Play programming, which included a six-week pilot program that featured structured play and nutrition education. In addition, Philly Play offered:
- More than a dozen Pop Up Play events throughout Philadelphia where kids had the opportunity to play and learn about healthy lifestyle choices by participating in fun activities with District and At-Large Council Members, community leaders and event partners; and
- An end-of-summer Challenge Event at Vogt Recreation Center, where more than 3,400 kids from around the City showed off the skills they learned during the summer and competed in events at various skill and fitness levels.
Additional information about Philly Play can be found online at www.phillyplay.org or in your neighborhood at your local recreation center or school.
Check out maps of play-related areas and resources in the 6th District, broken up by zone:
Bobby's play and health-related legislation:
Resolution #130640 Recognizing Saturday, September 28 as "Philly Play Day" in the City of Philadelphia.