Triple Play is a dynamic wellness program that is designed to help youth create opportunities to take charge of their personal health and wellness.
Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul is BGCA’s proven health and wellness program co-sponsored by the Anthem Foundation and founding partner The Coca-Cola Company. Since launching in 2005, Triple Play has made more than 14.4 million connections with kids and teens, promoting the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the program’s three components: mind, body and soul.
Healthy Habits (Mind): Addresses the ways an individual’s health behaviors are influenced by personal beliefs and exposure to positive modeling. In addition to nutrition education, activities focus on helping youth assess, practice, identify, consider, and recognize health behaviors and messages.
Daily Challenges (Body): Intentional focus on physical literacy: Ability - Increasing capability in basic movement skills and overall fitness; Confidence -the knowledge of the ability to play sports or enjoy other physical activities and Motivation- the intrinsic enthusiasm for physical activity for members to be physically active for life.
Social Recreation (Soul): Emphasis on social and emotional development, or the social, cognitive, and behavioral skills that youth need to be healthy and productive. There is an explicit focus on emotional regulation, healthy relationships (with self and others), and responsible decision-making.
Are you a parent looking for ways to keep your kids happy, healthy and active during breaks from school?
Triple Play delivers on the belief that whole child health fosters young people’s ability to gain diverse knowledge, skills, and protective factors that enable them to overcome barriers and thrive in adulthood. Through fun and engaging activities, the program delivers health education and programming that promotes the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. It also focuses on the underlying causes that negatively impact health by enabling youth to develop life-long skills that are foundational to their present and future success.
Youth who participate in Triple Play report double-digit increases in physical activity, improved eating habits and improved relationships with their peers, which have all been linked to positive long-term health outcomes. The metrics are even more significant when considered how health behaviors during adolescence can impact health in adulthood. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs impact kids and teens.
Social Determinants of Health
Research shows that Social Determinants of Health, or environmental factors (where you live, work, learn, play), have a profound impact on overall development and future health. Adolescents are particularity sensitive to negative social and environmental conditions. Youth who grow up in communities where there’s an abundance of negative environmental factors and social/economic barriers are at a higher risk for negative health outcomes in adulthood. As a result, it’s even more critical that youth develop the necessary skills to protect against these negative factors and create positive opportunities for themselves and future generations.
Our partners, Coca-Cola and Anthem Foundation, provide funding to support Triple Play.
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