Club promotes healthy lifestyles
By COREY DAVIS
Saturday, July 22, 2017
More than 200 children from across the Twin Counties who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region spent Thursday being active and getting introduced to some healthy foods as part of a national day of the organization.
The Boys & Girls Club of America’s Triple Play Program, a national health and wellness program developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, held a day of games, activities, healthy food and active living for the different clubs across the country, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region.
Crystal Deloatch, health and wellness coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region, said the Triple Play Program is the club’s premier health and wellness program, which demonstrates how keeping fit, eating right and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle.
Children participated in the national Triple Play Program event at the local club’s Lucy Ann Boddie Brewer Unit on West Raleigh Boulevard in Rocky Mount and at Buck Leonard Park, where children played basketball and kickball. Last year, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust helped the local club continue to enhance its Triple Play Program by funding the club with a grant of more than $340,000.
“Triple Play is a program that focuses on three components, which is the mind, body and soul — but it’s a program that we run everyday because we want our kids to be active at least 60 minutes everyday,” Deloatch said. “With the mind, we tried to help them make better food choices and develop healthy food habits such as the benefits of incorporating food and vegetables into their diet, while with the body we touch on all the aspects of being physically active and with the soul pushing them to develop positive relationships with their peers and cope well with adverse situations.”
During the Triple Play Program event, the children rotated through different exercise stations for 30 minutes, which consisted of doing sit-ups, jumping jacks, jumping rope, mountain climbing, dips and squats. A club employee operating as a deejay played music in the background. Once the music stopped, the children proceeded to a different station.
The children also participated in a smoothie station upstairs.
“I let them try some spinach in their smoothies and some like it and some didn’t,” Deloatch said. “It’s all about building a healthy mindset, and I made them all little handouts for them to take home so they can give it their parents. Their parents might want to start making them a snack instead of eating a donut or chips.”
Deloatch said the local club has continued to take the initiative to combine technology and physical activity. The club has such things as interactive bikes and an interactive smart fit wall, which is a sensory touch system that tests a person’s speed, agility and thought process. It also consists of educational activities, which challenge the children both physically and mentally, Deloatch said.
Deloatch added the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region will continue to push to help the growth of youth in the area.
“We’re hoping in the future we can make this Triple Play Program more community related,” Deloatch said. “We’re hoping other local organizations looking to do healthy initiatives ... that we can partner with them and make this even bigger.”