Creative Play Encourages a Trip to the Playground to Fight Childhood Obesity

Creative Play, Nevada's premiere playground equipment and outdoor leisure/recreation company, promotes outdoor play to help combat childhood obesity and raise a healthy generation of kids.

Online PR News – 14-June-2010 – – Creative Play, a Las Vegas playground and outdoor leisure/recreational development company, encourages children to go outdoors and play. The announcement supports First Lady Michelle Obama's national Let's Move! program to help families develop healthier lifestyles.

"Let's Move! is a hot national topic and it embraces a serious problem in children's health, but Creative Play has always touted the benefits of playing outdoors," says Malcolm Hunt, general manager of Creative Play. "Countless studies indicate that outdoor play is becoming obsolete, and one of the simplest ways to encourage activity is to find a playground."

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the number of obese adolescents has tripled since 1980, and 16 percent of children between the ages 6 and 19 are currently overweight. Obese children have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and arthritis.

"Today's kids just don't play outside like we did when we were kids," says Donnie Garritano, president and CEO of Creative Play. "Playgrounds are a great outlet for encouraging creativity, social development and improved physical health."

A variety of factors have contributed to a decrease in outdoor play. Options for leisure at children's fingertips abound with personal computers and hand-held game devices. And, the trend toward structured activities for kids and limited recess at school also have curbed outdoor time.

"Playgrounds are being designed today with the intention to connect children with nature and promote exercise that flexes the mind and the body," says Garritano.

About Creative Play: Creative Play is a premiere Nevada playground equipment and outdoor leisure/recreational development company that is committed to providing safe, engaging outdoor environments using innovative play solutions and outdoor amenities. Creative Play is also the first to develop KidsScape™, outdoor play environments that bridge play structures with nature. Creative Play is Nevada's exclusive distributor of Landscape Structures®, DuMor, Water Play, Pebble Flex, Shade 'n Net and ICON. Visit Creative Play at Facebook: Creative Play Twitter: @NVPlaygrounds.

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