NEW ORLEANS: Boys and Girls Clubs of America is reinforcing its commitment to the health and wellness of children and teens in Louisiana, thanks to USD 15,000 in Triple Play grants from the Anthem Foundation.
Triple Play is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's leading healthy lifestyles program, making a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of kids and teens during the critical after-school time at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country.

The Anthem Foundation will issue the Triple Play grants to the following clubs to encourage healthy eating and physical activities for club members:
•Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans
•Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Baton Rouge
•Boys & Girls County of Southeast Louisiana

"It has been proven that children and teens are more likely to be inactive and consume unhealthy foods during out-of-school hours," said Aaron Lambert, president, Healthy Blue. "To help address this trend, we are excited to continue to support programs like Triple Play that educate and motivate youth to get active and develop smarter eating habits that improve overall health and wellness."

As Boys & Girls Clubs of America's proven health and wellness program, Triple Play is a game plan for the mind, body and soul. Supported by founding sponsor The Coca-Cola Company and co-sponsor, from the Anthem Foundation, the program's three components encourage club members to eat healthier (mind), become more physically active (body) and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships (soul).

"Boys & Girls Clubs of America is focused on providing programs that are designed to make a lasting impact during the critical after-school hours and beyond," said Dr. Jennifer Bateman, national vice president for programs, training and youth development with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Thanks to the Anthem Foundation this grant will create a healthy environment where youth across Louisiana can adopt a healthy lifestyle that will positively influence their physical, social and intellectual wellness for years to come."

The Anthem Foundation is committed to improving health and strengthening communities. Through its Healthy Generations grant program, the Anthem Foundation works to identify the issues most in need of attention and then directs its financial support and volunteer efforts toward improving health in those areas. Promoting youth health and active lifestyles is an ongoing focus of the foundation.

The Triple Play grants announced today are part of a five-year, $10 million commitment from the Amerigroup Foundation's parent company foundation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to promote healthy lifestyles.

(Posted on 12 October 2017, 1669949406 44O200O169O3)