Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning into every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being. The program, for ages 6 to 15, is the “Mind” component of Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body & Soul.
This nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and premature sexual activity. SMART Moves features engaging, interactive, small-group activities that increase participants’ peer support, enhance their life skills, build their resiliency and strengthen their leadership skills. This year-round program encourages collaborations among Club staff, youth, parents and representatives from other community organizations.
SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 17. 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.
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Passport II Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11 to 14. Passport II Manhood consists of 14 sessions that each concentrate on a specific aspect 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 II Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce positive behavior.
SPORTS, FITNESS, & RECREATION
Sports, Fitness & Recreation develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills. Triple Play, a comprehensive health and wellness program developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 6 to 18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.
The Mind Component
The Mind component encourages young people to eat smart through the Healthy Habits program, which covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size.
The Body Component
The Body component boosts Clubs’ traditional physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness activities for all youth. Body programs include six Daily Fitness Challenges; teen Sports Clubs focused on leadership development, service and careers in athletics; and Triple Play Games, inter-Club sectional tournaments that involve multiple team sports.
The Soul Component
The Soul component helps build positive relationships and cooperation among young people. The Smart Guide to Social Recreation: Effective Games-room Management and Leadership provides strategies, tools and activities for running a top-notch games-room and social recreation program.