For Immediate Release
June 17, 2015
Contact: Nicole Lesson
Miami Lakes, FL - With research proving play is critical to the overall well-being of children, 217 cities and towns, including Miami Lakes, earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as 2013 Playful City USA communities for their efforts to give children the childhood they deserve by providing ample opportunities for play. Playful City USA celebrates and highlights these unique initiatives developed by communities across the country.
Today’s generation of children play less than any previous generation despite the vast benefits of play. The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being of children.
Sponsored by the Humana Foundation, Playful City USA is a national program from KaBOOM! that celebrates and promotes local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the lack of play among children.
In the seventh year of the annual program, only 16 Playful City USA communities received recognition for the seventh consecutive year, Miami Lakes being one of them. Playful City USA communities are recognized for making a commitment to play and physical activity by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community.
For more information on the Town’s youth programming, please visit www.miamilakes-fl.gov/parkres or contact Katya Lysak, Leisure Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org