Reds trainers work out with youth as part of PLAY campaign

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Athletic trainers for the Cincinnati Reds are taking part in the 'PLAY' campaign by working out with local youth.

PLAY, which stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth, is a public awareness campaign developed for the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in 2004 to fight child obesity.

Through a series of fitness programs at all 30 MLB ballparks, PLAY was designed to encourage youth throughout the country to be active, eat right and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Reds players, along with trainers Paul Lessard and Steve Baumann, are taking part in the event.

Since 2004, PBATS has conducted over 100 PLAY events inside all 30 MLB ballparks reaching thousands of children with positive messages about making smart life choices and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

Working with the Taylor Hooton Foundation and Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs, PBATS incorporates anti-steroid education within their PLAY campaign to generate awareness about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs.  Young people often lack information about how to train the healthy way - without taking drugs and putting their lives and health at risk.