Press Releases: 2012
AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation, KMHP and Wells Fargo Team Up to Build New Playground
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Planned for Monday, June 11
June 08, 2012
In an effort to combat childhood obesity and give Philadelphia children a safe place to play, employees from AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation, Keystone Mercy Health Plan and Wells Fargo volunteered their time to build a new playground at Philadelphia's Chester A. Arthur Elementary School on Friday, June 1.
“It takes a village to raise a child, and we’re deeply grateful to the employees of AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation, Keystone Mercy Health Plan and Wells Fargo, as well as all of the donors who helped us improve our village,” said Renee Musgrove, principal of Chester A. Arthur Elementary School. “Our students and the thousands of children in the neighborhood now have a safe place to engage in healthy, physical activity.”
According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, nearly 60 percent of Philadelphia children from ages 6 to 11 are overweight or obese. One of the reasons often cited for this health crisis is the lack of safe places for children to engage in physical activity.
"It pains me to know that for the 10 cities with the nation's highest obesity rates, the direct costs connected with obesity and obesity-related diseases are roughly $50 million per 100,000 residents,” said Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. “There is no doubt we can use that kind of money for other things, like building more playgrounds like the one AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation, Keystone Mercy Health Plan and Wells Fargo volunteered to build at Chester A. Arthur Elementary School. It has been proven time and time again that healthy and active children become healthy, active and happy adults. Let's keep up the good work."
Maria Pajil Battle, president of AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation, said, “This public and private partnership demonstrates the opportunity to give Philadelphia children a safe, accessible place to exercise. These playgrounds help to place our children on the path to good health at an early age.”
Earlier this year, the Foundation built a playground in Columbia, SC and plans to build playgrounds in York, PA and New Orleans, LA later this year.
About the AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation
About Wells Fargo
About Keystone Mercy Health Plan
Keystone Mercy Health Plan, a member of the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, is a Medical Assistance (Medicaid) managed care health plan serving more than 300,000 Medical Assistance recipients in southeastern Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Keystone Mercy is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping members get care, stay well and build healthy communities. For more information about Keystone Mercy Health Plan, please visit www.keystonemercy.com.
For more information, contact Keystone Mercy at 215-937-8648.