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Jaws Youth Playbook (JYP) focuses on a mission to improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth, primarily in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

jawsjypJYP does this by raising awareness and advocating for the access to safe play and healthy choices, and supporting programs providing positive youth health and wellness platforms. JYP focuses on three Pillars of: Environment (access to play and physical play spaces), Nutrition and advocacy. Some examples of programming JYP supports under each pillar:

Environment: Programming such as building a fitness room at a Boys and Girls Club, constructing a playground in an under-privileged community, refurbishing ballfields in inner-city communities, etc.

Nutrition: Supporting Farmers Markets in underprivileged neighborhoods that don’t otherwise have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, supporting healthy food in school programs, etc.

Advocacy: Getting involved in PE in Schools, Ron testified in front of Congress in 2010 on the issue of Childhood Obesity, and other legislative, regulatory actions that impact childhood obesity