Health & Wellness Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley
These programs develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors to nurture their well-being, set personal goals and grow into self-sufficient adults.
Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood encourages boys age 8 to 14 to develop and mature into young men. The Passport to Manhood program represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior. Each participant receives a “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.
Giving girls confidence, SMART Girls helps girls develop toward healthy attitudes. It 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, spanning ages 8 to 18. Through dynamic sessions, 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.
Healthy Habits Food Program
The Club’s Healthy Habits Food Program provides free, nutritious meals/snacks and nutrition education programs to more than 3,500 children, youth and their families, approximately 68% of whom are living in low-income environments, on a five-day per week, year-round basis at nine Boys & Girls Clubs in Appleton, Menasha, and Little Chute. The multi-faceted Healthy Habits educational curriculum promotes health and wellness for Club members, ages 6-18, teaching them to understand nutrition, develop healthier eating habits and become more active to maintain a healthy body.
Triple Play, a “game plan for mind, body and soul,” is designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience. The program involves all Club members in emphasizing good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.
In this program, teens have fun preparing snack items for themselves and their peers. This teaches them how to prepare simple dishes and use kitchen equipment responsibly. Because the food varies every week, teens learn several snack recipes using typical ingredients found at home.