Colts quarterback gathers support for child health program

April 21, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw and caught a pass Tuesday during a visit to the Indiana Statehouse during which he promoted a health and fitness initiative for children.

Luck and Riley Hospital for Children's top doctor spoke to the Indiana House and Senate as lawmakers adopted a resolution recognizing the success of the hospital's ''Change the Play'' initiative.

The program aims to help children learn about making better health and fitness choices. It has involved more than 20,000 youths in about 100 Indiana schools since it began three years ago, according to Riley officials.

Luck told legislators the program emphasizes the importance of eating right and exercising regularly, while also encouraging children to have fun.

''Being healthy isn't necessarily about being the best in the sport that you're playing,'' Luck said. ''It's about getting outside, taking a walk, kicking a soccer ball, going fishing, taking a hike, shooting hoops in the winter in the gym when there's snow outside.''

Luck caught a pass in front of the Senate thrown by DJ Morton, a third grader from Fishers Elementary. Luck later tossed a football from the House floor that House Speaker Brian Bosma caught from behind his podium.

Dr. Paul Haut, Riley's interim president, said Luck has done much to promote the fitness program by visiting with children in the hospital and at schools.