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Boys and Girls Club aims to teach Indianapolis youth the importance of fitness and health

Boys and Girls Club aims to teach Indianapolis youth the importance of fitness and health
Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 18:41:03-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- In Marion County, 28 percent of children live in poverty and underserved communities. The Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis is working to make sure those kids learn skills to keep themselves healthy and fit that can help them later in life. 

Research shows that where people live, work and play carries a significant impact on their health.

The kids compete in things like the “Super Snack Challenge” and physical challenges that encourage them to pursue a more active lifestyle.

“Triple Play is a wellness program for children from underserved communities,” said Maggie Lewis, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. “We want to make sure that they are able to, in any setting, deal with life when life shows up.”

Triple Play Day is a program built around games that are meant to teach kids valuable lessons about their health and wellness that they can use now and later in their lives.

“Often times, the kids that we serve live in areas that we call food deserts and so we want to ensure that they understand the importance of eating healthy and working with the foods that are in the house,” said Lewis.

More than 80 percent of Boys and Girls Club alumni say programs like "Triple Play" had a positive impact on their attitude towards fitness and health. 

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