Health & Nutrition
• Health, Nutrition and Overall Well-Being
• Gender and Age-Appropriate Programs
• Basic Safety Skills and Internet Safety
• Teen-based Mentoring
• Drug/Alcohol Prevention
• Bullying Prevention
PROUD TO BE ME
Proud To Be Me brings together a group of 20-30 girls ages 6 to 11 for fifteen, one hour, weekly meetings. The girls discuss and learn about self confidence, manners and etiquette. As part of Proud to Be Me, staff members assist the young girls in developing a talent or hobby of their choice.
At the Proud to Be Me Pageant girls introduce themselves to the audience, describe themselves in three words, showcased their talent, and answer questions regarding current events, politics, and ethical choices randomly selected for them. The program is credited with building the participants self-esteem and increasing their self-confidence by giving them the chance to "be themselves" in front of a large audience. There are no winners or losers declared so everyone feels enriched through their participation.
Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.
Obesity is a serious health concern affecting children and adolescents at staggering rates. Today, one-third of American schoolchildren are overweight or obese; in 1960, only 4 percent of children were obese. African-American girls and Latino girls and boys are disproportionately affected. Overweight adolescents also have a 70 percent increased risk of becoming obese adults. Children and youth today are less physically active than in previous generations, in part due to increased technology and media use that contribute to a more sedentary lifestyle. One study found that children aged 8-18 averaged approximately three hours per day watching TV, videos, DVDs and movies.
Children also may be spending less time engaged in physical activity during school. Daily participation in school physical education among adolescents dropped 14 percent over the last 13 years — from 42 percent in 1991 to 28 percent in 2003. In addition, less than one-third of high school students meet current recommended levels of physical activity
Through Healthy Habits, youth learn about good nutrition and how to make smart meal and snack choices. Members receive coaching in sports leagues and fun activities, developing their coordination and leadership skills. Organized social recreation activities strengthen character, increase confidence and enhance the ability to relate well to others.