Nutrition And Fitness
According to the Center for Disease Control, obesity has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years. In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Almost 45 percent of these overweight kids ages 10 to 17 live in poverty.
Our after school program integrates lots of physical activity into daily programming. Elementary students participate in Recharge!Energize!, a physical fitness curriculum which uses football as a teaching tool. The kids have such a good time, they don’t even realize that they are learning!
We have a small raised bed garden where students learn the importance of eating healthy food and we even incorporate the crops into daily meals. Our students enjoy learning about different vegetables, and take great pride in maintaining them as they grow.
Elementary students learn the martial art form of Taekwondo with Officer Kirk Wolfe of the Lancaster Police Department. Taekwondo teaches students the importance of staying fit and active while learning self-defense moves and the value of hard work.
ReCHARGE! ENERGIZE:This program is designed to help 2nd through 6th graders learn about and practice good nutrition and physical activity habits through fun, team-based strategies. The curriculum was created by experts in the field of physical education, and has been successful nation wide. Recharge!Energize! aligns with the following National Health Educators Standards:
- Standard 1: Student will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.
- Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting and decision-making skills to enhance health.
- Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.
What’s for Dinner
One thing that sets our program apart is that we provide a free dinner to all attendees. Sadly, many of our students would go to bed hungry if not for our ‘What’s for Dinner’. All means are eaten 'family style' and we always have amazing volunteers helping out. 'What's for Dinner' makes a big impact and helps to fight hunger in our community. Thank you to all those who donate the food we serve!