In order for children to live long, healthy lives, we know that it is important that they establish good habits early. Our Healthy Lifestyles programs focus on teaching young people about good nutrition, providing opportunities for daily physical activity, and helping youth learn to avoid negative, risky behaviors.
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- Our Clubs are teaching kids how to be healthier: 85% of youth surveyed report having learned to be more healthy at the Club
- Clubs allow youth to be more physically active: 76% of participants report getting more exercise at the Club than they would at home.
- Club kids can stand up to negative peer pressure: 84% of members say they know how to say “No” to someone offering them drugs or alcohol and still keep their friends.
Healthy Habits is designed to teach young people about the benefits of developing healthy habits such as eating smart and being physically active; equip young people with skills to adopt healthier habits by participating in fun and engaging learning activities both at the Club and at home; and encourage young people to take small steps toward positive behavior changes. Lesson topics include learning about food groups and portion control.
The Triple Play Daily Challenges program promotes becoming more physically active through fun daily fitness routines. Club youth of every age and fitness level have a chance to participate in a variety of games and activities designed to introduce them to traditional and non-traditional sports, encourage their participation in daily exercise, and enhance their physical health and skills.
SMART Moves helps youth resist alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as premature sexual activity. The program features engaging, interactive, small group activities that increases peer support, enhances life skills and strengthens leadership ability. Gender-specific SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood groups are offered for older youth that address self-esteem, societal attitudes and positive relationships.