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Healthy Hoops

Asthma and Obesity Management Program

Healthy Hoops is an innovative asthma and obesity management program that uses basketball as a platform to teach children with asthma and their families how to manage asthma through proper nutrition, exercise and appropriate medication use. It also focuses on decreasing childhood obesity and increasing cardiovascular activity.

The program features basketball clinics for children taught by local and regional basketball legends. The program also includes hands-on asthma education for children and parents, weight managements, asthma and various other health screenings, and nutrition information. Healthy Hoops presents educational seminars in several states for school and congregational nurses, coaches and physical education teachers, parents, child care providers, and community-based organizations.

Healthy Hoops is a national program currently provided by the Partnership in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia and Indiana. It was created in 2003 by Keystone First in collaboration with local health organizations (the American Lung Association, the Health Federation, Allies Against Asthma, Asthma Educators, Devmar Home Health Agency) and basketball coaches to reduce the gaps in health care for children with asthma due to racial disparities.  Asthma is the most common chronic disease among American children. Since 2003, thousands of children and their family members have participated in Healthy Hoops programs nationally.

Healthy Hoops uses a holistic approach to improving the quality of life and health care by:

  • Educating on the importance of appropriate medication use, treatment compliance and monitored physical activity.
  • Providing clinical screenings, using objective measures of disease management and education, and to affect positive behavioral changes in the entire family.
  • Using basketball as an innovative approach to promote health management and education, and to affect positive behavioral changes in the entire family.

The individualized care not only enhances disease management and health outcomes, but also improves the quality of life, helping children live, healthy and happier lives.

The Partnership is committed to funding community health initiatives that improve the health status of vulnerable populations.