Afterschool programs can help tackle the growing problem of childhood illness in our nation’s children caused by a lack of opportunity to exercise, food insecurity, stress, anxiety, depression, and a lack of knowledge regarding nutrition and wellness. These studies point to the programs’ potential power to promote the general health, fitness, and wellness of young people by keeping them active, promoting healthy habits, creating a safe, judgment-free environment, and providing healthy snacks. Students learn to make better choices and increase their physical activity, as well as their knowledge of nutrition and health practices. This leads to improved self-image.
Because all of our members receive free/reduced school meals the Club offers a daily nutritious snack to all our children when they arrive at the club. During our summer camps, we partner with the JC School Nutrition Service to provide lunch and breakfast.