With new reports showing childhood obesity still high nationwide, more than 125 young people from Boys & Girls Clubs around the nation will convene in Colorado Springs September 6 – 8, 2013 as Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BCGA) hosts its Triple Play Leadership Summit at the Olympic Training Center. Club staff will learn from experts and return home with leading practices and tools to use in their own communities.
According to a recent report from Trust for America's Health, obesity rates for children continue to track at all-time highs, a major issue for communities throughout the country. To address this, Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Triple Play program is working to combat this issue, one kid and one connection at a time. BCGA encourages its members to think of personal wellness as a three-legged stool comprised of mind, body and soul. Through Triple Play, the non-profit's comprehensive health and wellness program, Club members are taught that they must balance all three equally to be their best.
Made possible by The Coca-Cola Company and the WellPoint Foundation, Triple Play has made more than 7.2 million connections with kids since 2005. The goal of the Triple Play program is to encourage kids to eat healthier, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships.
"Boys & Girls Clubs of America organized this Summit in Colorado, statistically a state with one of the fittest populations in the country, to encourage and empower attendees to address the issues of increasing health and fitness and reducing obesity in their own communities," said Wayne B. Moss, Boys & Girls Clubs of America's senior director of healthy lifestyles. "We believe that through knowledge and commitment, our Club members will have an ongoing positive impact at their Clubs and at home."
Friday, Sept. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. – BGCA has organized a Town Hall meeting, bringing together more than 125 Boys & Girls Club youth, Club staff and experts from around the country to create an engaging and interactive conversation around the issue of obesity. A panel discussion and interactive discussion will teach attendees how to empower individuals and communities to make healthier Club, neighborhood, school and home environments.