Overview

We believe in the pos­i­tive rela­tions between phys­i­cal activ­i­ty, nutri­tion, self-esteem, hap­pi­ness, social and cul­tur­al inte­gra­tion, and the econ­o­my.

Urban Geor­gians lack suf­fi­cient places to play and learn healthy nutri­tion. Obe­si­ty is a rec­og­nized nation­wide epi­dem­ic, and its cause is clear­ly linked to a lack of phys­i­cal activ­i­ty and poor eat­ing habits.  Atlanta Con­tact­Point aims to attack this epi­dem­ic head on – start­ing with good, old-fash­ioned play and incor­po­rat­ing the impor­tance of nutri­tion, social respon­si­bil­i­ty, and envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.

overview

Did you know?

  • Atlanta ranks 63rd nation­al­ly in park acreage
  • Rough­ly 17 per­cent (or 12.5 mil­lion) of chil­dren and ado­les­cents aged 2—19 years are obese and anoth­er 13 per­cent are over­weight
  • For years, schools have been elim­i­nat­ing recess to spend more time on math and read­ing
  • The impli­ca­tions of play depri­va­tion are sub­stan­tial, because play is essen­tial to the social, emo­tion­al, cog­ni­tive, and phys­i­cal well-being of chil­dren begin­ning in ear­ly child­hood

Let’s Play

Play allows chil­dren and  adults to engage cre­ativ­i­ty and imag­i­na­tion while devel­op­ing phys­i­cal, cog­ni­tive, and emo­tion­al strengths. It increas­es their capac­i­ty to store new infor­ma­tion, as their cog­ni­tive capac­i­ty is enhanced when they are offered a dras­tic change in activ­i­ty, and it offers an oppor­tu­ni­ty for par­ents to view the world from their child’s per­spec­tive as they engage ful­ly with their chil­dren dur­ing play­time.

 “Play is the high­est form of research.” — Albert Ein­stein

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