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Healthy Lifestyles

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, we want to teach kids and teens how to live healthier. Our programs focus on helping kids eat a more balanced diet, become more physically fit, and engage in healthy relationships. We hope to build healthy habits now that will last a lifetime.

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Kids Face Challenges Every Day

When it comes to healthy habits, many kids in Georgia are struggling. Often, they do not have access to healthy food and safe spaces to get active. Georgia ranks 3rd in the nation for the prevalence of overweight children. Our state also faces high rates of teen pregnancy, violence, and physical inactivity.

Healthy Lifestyles: Programs with Impact

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, our programs teach kids and teens how to eat a balanced diet, become more physically fit, and engage in healthy relationships. We are helping kids build healthy habits now that will last a lifetime. Check out our programs!

Triple Play

TriplePlayTriple Play is a comprehensive health and wellness program and includes three components: Mind, Body and Soul. 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 boosts Clubs’ traditional physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness activities for all youth. The Soul component helps build positive relationships and cooperation among young people. All of our Clubs use this philosophy to drive our programs.

Soccer for Success

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Soccer for Success is an after-school program developed and supported by the U.S. Soccer Foundation. The program is designed to introduce youth ages 6-14 to the sport of soccer, while also providing them and their families with the tools they need to make healthy lifestyle decisions. The curriculum is designed to keep children engaged in fun activities three days a week. The program begins with a mastery of basic soccer skills and then helps participants hone and improve their skill set.

Making Proud Choices!

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Making Proud Choices! A Safer Sex Approach to STDs, Teen Pregnancy, and HIV prevention curriculum is an eight module curriculum that provides young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex. It is based on cognitive-behavioral theories, focus groups, and extensive experience working with youth.

Positive Sprouts

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The Positive Sprouts program focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by: 1) educating Club members on the importance of consuming fresh fruit and vegetables; and 2) providing members and their families with access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The Positive Sprouts curriculum includes activities with a focus on nutrition education and science exploration in the garden; instructions on how to plan, build, plant, maintain, and sustain your garden; simple home garden suggestions; and easy-to-make recipes that incorporate fruits and vegetables grown in the garden.

SPARK

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SPARK is a research-based, public health program dedicated to facilitating activities that promote lifelong wellness. Using a highly active curriculum, supported with content-matched equipment, the focus of SPARK is the development of healthy lifestyles, motor skills, movement knowledge, social, and personal skills.

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Check your Local Club page for more about the programs we offer at specific locations!

Our kids are getting active!

50% are engaging in physical activity at least five times per week.

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Our members are making smart choices!

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High school members are two times less likely to have ever used marijuana, and two times less likely to ever have a drink of alcohol than their Georgia peers.

Our kids are hitting the field!

More than 800 kids participated in Soccer for Success – an expanded partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation serving 20 Boys & Girls Clubs across the city.

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Our kids are experiencing the great outdoors!

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More than 550 kids and teens visit Camp Kiwanis each year – many experiencing outdoor adventures like hiking, kayaking, and archery for the first time.

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Enroll Your Child Today

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta works to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing them with a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Ready to sign up? We can’t wait to meet you and your family! Find out next steps and get answers to frequently asked questions!

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Find a Club Near You

Our Clubs are kid-focused, fun, and engaging! We have 25 locations in 10 counties in and around Atlanta. Nearly all of our spaces offer a learning center, game room, technology center, fine arts facility, full court gym, meeting rooms, athletic fields, and a dedicated space for teens. Want to find the Club that is right for your family? Check out our locations!

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Success Stories

“It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, we see success day in and day out! From our kids to our staff to the supporters that make our work possible, we’re surrounded by everyday heroes. Find out how our Club family is helping make their communities and the world a better place.

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Want a New Career?

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, we have trained, dedicated, and nurturing staff. We are fortunate to work with some of the best and brightest minds in the field. No matter your role, we will put your passion to work for our kids. We’d love to meet you and find out how you can help change lives. Come join us!

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We love our volunteers! They give us critical support and show our kids that helping hands extend beyond our doors. Whether you are looking to help with homework, tackle landscaping projects, or coach a sports team, we have the right opportunity for you. We welcome both individuals and groups. Find out how you can give and get involved.

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