COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Xtra Inch, in conjunction with the First ChoiceSM Medicaid health plan, will hold its First Choice Fit® Marcus Lattimore youth football camp in Columbia, S.C., for boys and girls ages 5-12 on Saturday, July 20, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The camp takes place at the Gamecock Club’s Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Football Practice Facility, 20 National Guard Road, Columbia, SC, 29201 and is offered free of charge to all participants. Details are available at www.selecthealthofsc.com.
To provide a quality, one-on-one experience, the camp is limited to 125 participants and is filled. However, First Choice Fit camp also features a community health fair open to the public with no cost to attend. Health screenings will also be offered as part of the camp.
First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina has helped South Carolina children stay healthy for more than 20 years. Since 2013, we have made fitness fun with First Choice Fit. This program has helped hundreds of young First Choice members and South Carolina kids improve their health through education and fun activities. Being First Choice Fit means eating right, being active, and seeing your doctor — even if you have not been sick. This year, there are more fun programs and events than ever to help South Carolina’s kids be First Choice Fit.
New to First Choice Fit this year are our health heroes, FIT Boy and FIT Girl. These heroes help children stay healthy while fighting off germs, and getting couch potatoes to be more active. Members can follow along with their adventures in activity books and games. Kids can commit to being First Choice Fit by eating healthy food, staying active, and getting their annual well visits. They can even show their pride by posting a selfie of themselves being healthy with #FirstChoiceFit, with their parent or guardian’s permission.
“First Choice Fit camps improve football skills in a positive and encouraging environment while also challenging youth to develop as individuals,” said USC Gamecocks director of player development for life skills (and former running back) Marcus Lattimore. “Good health, strong values, dignity, and respect are the keys to success on and off the field.”
“Being First Choice Fit means eating right, being active, and seeing a doctor every year for checkups even when feeling well,” said Courtnay Thompson, market president at Select Health. “By encouraging more children to get well visits each year and teaching about preventive care, Marcus and First Choice Fit are helping to keep our state’s children even healthier for life.”
The camp schedule is as follows:
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Camp check in, health fair activities for campers, snack/sunscreen station. Once camper screenings are completed, the health fair will remain open for interested members of the public. Health screenings include body composition (height, weight and waist) and body mass index (BMI) for all ages. Total body fat percentage will be available for ages 10 and older.
4:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Rotating drills and activity stations with periodic water/rest breaks.
7:15 – 7:30 p.m.
A camper/coach/sponsor/parent huddle and closing remarks.
For more information, visit www.marcuslattimore.com or follow Lattimore on Facebook (MarcusLattimoreOfficial), Twitter (@marcuslattimore) and Instagram (marcuslattimore). Send camp questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about First Choice Fit, visit www.selecthealthofsc.com.
About The Xtra-Inch
The Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS is committed to developing young athletes, both physically and mentally, through its partnership with The Xtra-Inch, LLC. Through this partnership, the foundation hosts sports camps powered by The Xtra-Inch to give the athletes an “Xperience” unlike any elsewhere in the country. This unique camp teaches youth discipline and life lessons through fundamentals and stations created on the principle of functional movement. Every coach within The Xtra-Inch organization has completed a rigorous national certification for training athletes. All of our campers are in great hands and each camp includes an athletic trainer through the foundation’s athletic trainer program.
About Select Health of South Carolina
Select Health of South Carolina, part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, contracts with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) to offer First Choice, the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid managed care health plan, in all 46 counties statewide. Select Health’s First Choice health plan is the top-rated Medicaid health plan in South Carolina, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015 – 2016, 2016 – 2017, 2017 – 2018 and 2018 – 2019. First Choice was the top-ranked Medicaid health plan in South Carolina per NCQA from 2010 – 2011 to 2014 – 2015. First Choice is the first health plan in South Carolina to earn NCQA’s Multicultural Health Care Distinction, an honor it has achieved five times since 2011. For more information about First Choice by Select Health, visit www.selecthealthofsc.com.
Select Health also offers the First Choice VIP Care Plus Medicare-Medicaid plan in 40 South Carolina counties. For more information about First Choice VIP Care Plus, visit www.firstchoicevipcareplus.com.
About AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. Operating in 11 states and the District of Columbia, AmeriHealth Caritas serves more than 5 million Medicaid, Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services, and behavioral health services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven organization with more than 35 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. For more information, visit www.amerihealthcaritas.com.