On Monday, more than 100 children in Redwood City sweated on the AstroTurf behind Hoover Community School.
“Who likes to play?” yelled Shannon Carrithers, a volunteer with the Network for a Healthy California — Children’s Power Play! Campaign, a statewide initiative aimed at children from low-income families. “I’m not talking about Nintendo. I’m talking about playing with a real ball.” With temperatures soaring over 90 degrees on the first day of summer day camp, health advocates armed with footballs and Hula Hoops were on hand in hopes of inspiring the children to “power up your summer!” Translation: Play actively at least an hour every day, eat more fruits and vegetables, and drink water instead of soda.