AstraZeneca supports Duffy’s Hope, Let’s Move!

Duffy’s Hope 10th Annual Field Day in Wilmington.

On Friday, approximately 50 AstraZeneca employees will head to Rockford Park in Wilmington, Del., for the 10th Annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Softball Game and Let’s Move! Delaware Field Day in support of the Let’s Move! initiative.

Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids, is dedicated to putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. The goal is to give parents helpful information about fostering environments that support healthy choices.

This two-day event is hosted by Duffy’s Hope, Inc., an organization that strives to enrich the Delaware community by working with at risk youth to strengthen their academic achievement and social surroundings through advocacy, education, mentoring and community outreach. In partnership with AstraZeneca and Nemours, the weekend with Duffy’s Hope will feature a Let’s Move! flash dance, healthy lunch and obstacle course. AstraZeneca employees will help distribute lunch and water to the 1,200 children expected to attend the event.

“AstraZeneca strongly believes in providing the community with the right education and tools needed to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Roianne Ross, Director, Political Action Committee and Grassroots said. “We are happy to honor our commitment to effective collaboration with partners who share our passion for making a meaningful difference to patient health.”

By joining forces with Duffy’s Hope and Let’s Move!, AstraZeneca is able to further support its Young Health Program: IM40, a five year initiative committed to improving the health and academic success of all children, especially those ages 12 to 15, in vulnerable communities in Delaware.

IM40, based on the 40 Developmental Assets® model, strives to enable youth to increase their inventory of developmental assets with the help of caring adults and community asset building programs. The events this weekend support the eighteenth developmental asset known as “Youth Programs.” These programs are meant to encourage young people to spend one or more hours per week in sports, clubs or organizations at school and/or in the community.