The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to end the childhood obesity epidemic in America, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) today announced the 10 cities which will host Play Streets over the next year, including San Francisco, CA.

Each city will host at least four Play Streets events by closing designated roads to traffic and opening them up to the community as a place to play. The 10 winning cities will receive funds, technical assistance, and communications and marketing support from PHA, BCBSA, and the local Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to create Play Streets events in their communities.

The other cities selected are: Minneapolis, Minnesota;Savannah, Georgia; Durham, North Carolina; Buffalo, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Omaha, Nebraska; York, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; and Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Play Streets is one of many initiatives around the country in which BCBSA and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are promoting prevention and wellness. Many of these programs are geared to increasing physical activity and helping people make better nutrition choices. The effort is meant to stem obesity and prevent the chronic illnesses that are linked to it.

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