Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Date: April 20, 2016
|WHAT:||Event to celebrate and re-launch the Motivate the First State campaign. Motivate The First State is a public-private partnership unique to Delaware that has inspired thousands of residents to be more physically active while also earning money for select statewide nonprofits. Through its free online social network powered by Plus3.com, participants logged nearly 100,000 healthy activities and almost 3.8 million minutes of physical activity in 2015. $39,948 was earned for YMCA of DE, Boys and Girls Clubs of DE and Special Olympics DE.|
|WHY:||This campaign is designed to elevate the physical activity of Delawareans of all ages to improve their health status, while benefitting three Delaware charities: the Delaware YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Special Olympics.|
|WHEN:||Friday, April 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.|
Dover YMCA - gymnasium, 1137 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901
|VISUALS:||Governor Markell, Secretary Landgraf and Dr. Rattay walking with students of South Dover Elementary School, from the Dover YMCA to South Dover Elementary School's playground, to highlight the importance of physical activity. Governor Markell recognizing top Motivate the First State nonprofits and participants.|
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.