Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana | Healthy Lifestyles
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Healthy Lifestyles

BGC Kid in Playground
When school’s out, we’re in...

When school’s out, we’re in – making sure kids who spend time with us achieve social, emotional, and physical wellness. From building confidence to providing healthy snacks and activities, our Clubs are committed to teaching kids to form healthy habits for life.

Healthy Lifestyles

Our Program

  • Promotes the importance of leading a healthy and productive lifestyle
  • Encourages positive decision-making for physical, social and emotional development
  • Teaches good sportsmanship
  • Promotes social and interpersonal skills through fun activities fostering connections between peers as well as staff
  • Educates members and their families on the importance of life-long healthy behaviors, empowering youth to avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs

Members are motivated through wellness education and fitness challenges, and enjoy choosing their own activities from a wide range of intramural sports in Club gyms, pools, and dance facilities.

Some favorite healthy lifestyle activities include:

Sports Leagues

Leagues develop more than fitness as they promote the positive use of leisure time, stress management skills, team building and social skills. Athletic stand-outs as well as novices are welcomed to challenge themselves in a league that matches their interests.

SPARK

SPARK strives to improve the health of children and adolescents through evidence-based, physical education after-school programs serving K through 12th grade students. Fostering environmental and behavioral changes in youth through a highly active curriculum and content-matched equipment, SPARK’s philosophy is: include ALL youth, actively engage ALL youth, and instill the love of lifelong movement in ALL youth. No child sits on the sidelines during SPARK activities!

SMART Moves

Smart Moves Program


The SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves program is a nationally-acclaimed approach designed to sharpen critical-thinking skills necessary to avoid alcohol, tobacco, other substances, and premature sexual activity.

SMART Girls

Smart Girls Program


SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the needs of girls in three age groups. Through dynamic sessions, interactive activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood Program


Passport to Manhood promotes responsibility in Club boys ages 8-17 through interactive activities that reinforce positive behavior. Each of the 14 sessions concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood and each participant receives his own “passport” to underscore that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.

Triple Play

 Triple Play is a program that improves the health and well-being of local Club members thanks to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Club provides kids and teens with critical programming during out-of-school time that creates a positive environment and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. Triple Play is a game plan for the mind, body and soul.