Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Healthy lifestyles start here

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 10, 2014

Dignity Health grant

 

St. John’s Dignity Health Medical Group awarded the Club and FoodShare with the first-ever $50,000 Collaborative Grant to deliver healthy lifestyles programming to Club members.

The Dignity Health 2013 Community Grants Celebratory breakfast was held Feb. 11 at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

“Helping our kids stay healthy and active is important. This grant will enable us to provide expanded opportunities and a more comprehensive experience for our members as they learn how to develop a healthy lifestyle. We are thrilled to join FoodShare in being the first to receive this award,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP Chief Professional Officer.

The Club’s healthy lifestyles programming is a comprehensive health and wellness initiative, called Triple Play: A Game Plan for Mind, Body and Soul. It 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.

BGCOP will be working with FoodShare, which offers the Kids’ Farmers’ Market Program. The program will provide nutritional education to Club members and provide them with hands-on experience in food preparation, and the opportunity to take home fresh produce, so they can put what they learn into practice. The program’s goal is to improve the long-term diets of children in Ventura County.

The two organizations’ programs work in tandem to ensure overall good health and well-being through positive reinforcement of physical activity and good nutrition.

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