Good health requires practice.
It means not only having a place to go where you get the chance to run, be active and high-five; it also means eating right and having the knowledge and confidence necessary to choose wisely. Boys & Girls Clubs are 100% committed to every aspect of a healthy lifestyle. That’s why we provide the right resources – from coaches to carrots – to help kids make the right choices. Boys & Girls Clubs' Healthy Lifestyles programming helps young people learn that informed decisions about health and social issues can mean the difference between a life without options and a life filled with hope.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE KEY PROGRAMS BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OFFER THAT ARE FOCUSED ON OUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PRIORITY OUTCOME:
The SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves program is a nationally acclaimed prevention program. Members will be exposed to various activities designed to hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as learn how to avoid and/or resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and premature sexual activity.
Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 8-17. Passport to Manhood concentrates on specific aspects of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young men in discussions and activities that reinforce positive behavior.
SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls in three age groups. Through dynamic sessions, highly participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
Triple Play, BGCA’s comprehensive health and wellness initiative, strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.