I think it’s safe to say that as parents, we all want to do everything we can to ensure that our children are happy and healthy. We put emphasis on their well-being. We devote our time to ensuring that both their physical and emotional needs are met. And if you’re like me, you’re always looking for tools that help ensure you’re giving your child the healthy, happy foundation they need in life. Here recently, I’ve been putting more emphasis in my home on ensuring my children are happy and healthy in three main areas; mind, body and soul. So I was obviously thrilled when the Boys and Girls Clubs of America introduced the Triple Play program. This dynamic wellness program is helping parents everywhere not only discover that eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle but is also partnering with them to implement simple strategies to keep their kids and teens living a balanced lifestyle that they can be proud of.
So what is the Triple Play program? Supported by Anthem Foundation and Coca-Cola, this comprehensive healthy and wellness program serves young people at Boys & Girls Clubs and gives them the tools are awareness necessary to take the first steps down the path to a great future. Based on the mantra “I FEEL BETTER WHEN” the Triple Play program is encouraging people to recommit to improving their health and wellness practices one decision at a time. Through encouraging small daily changes, the Triple Play program helps implement daily actions that can have a long-term, lasting impact and help lead to a healthier lifestyle at a young age. In conjunction with this comprehensive program, it’s easy to help children and teens take daily steps to better their lives.
I FEEL BETTER WHEN…
As a parent, I often feel that I lead by my actions. I try to live a balanced lifestyle and model that for my children. But I often have to realize that verbalizing our actions is an important part of the Triple Play program for my children. Boys and Girls Club of America is asking families everywhere to finish the sentence I FEEL BETTER WHEN… and start making daily changes based on those answers. As I’ve asked my boys to finish this sentence, I’ve gotten responses like “I feel better when I get to play basketball” or “I feel better when I eat breakfast before school” or even “I feel better when my friends are nice to me”.
By allowing them to answer this question daily, we’re making positive steps to ensure that we can make small changes each and every day to keep them feeling their best.
Create a Game Plan
Once the sentence I FEEL BETTER WHEN..has been finished, it’s time to put into action the steps to ensure that change are being made. In my family, that means it’s time for a game plan. For us, this might include planning a family breakfast. It may mean scheduling some extra time for physical activities after school. It may even mean planning a play date. Whatever it includes, coming up with a game plan that helps my children to adopt lifelong, healthy lifestyles that include vigorous physical activity and a balanced diet is super important. That’s where the Triple Play program comes in. They have an amazing tool that can be used to create a custom plan for each and every family that encourages all members to create, model and reinforce healthy habits.
Nourish Mind, Body and Soul Every Day
Once you’ve got a game plan, the rest is easy! All that’s left to do is put your plan into action by finding ways to nourish your children’s mind, body and soul each and every day. To do this, it’s important to break down these areas and discover how small daily changes in each of them can have a big impact.
Mind: Develops a knowledge base for young people to acquire healthy habits, such as making smart food choices, understanding appropriate portion sizes and creating fun and balanced meals.
Body: Promotes young people becoming more physically active through fun daily fitness, including activities to get kids active and moving.
Soul: Strengthens interpersonal skills, positive behavior and good character through social recreation programs and activities.
It’s easy to see that these are areas that we all touch on in our children’s lives each and every day. But now, it’s easier than ever to ensure that daily changes are made with help from Triple Play! Simple ensure your family is making once small change in each area daily and you’ll be well on your way to a healthy and happy lifestyle that is the foundation every child needs.
Now that I’ve shared how we’re incorporating the Triple Play program into our daily lives, it’s your turn! Triple Play is currently available to some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serving over 4.2 million youth in the US, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Since the program was launched back in 2005, Clubs across the country have seen encouraging changes in their members. And it’s your turn! Find out more about how Triple Play can help make a change in your family’s life by clicking HERE! Then get all the details on how the Anthem Foundation, Coca-Cola and Boys & Girls Clubs want to partner with you to make families happy and healthy again. Finally, be sure to download your own Game Plan and start a conversation with your family based on the I FEEL BETTER WHEN phrase.
Now tell me, how will your family incorporate Triple Play into your happy, healthy lifestyle?