Health + Life Skills - Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities

Healthy and happy for life.
Helping kids to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand why it's important.
  • Overview
    Boys & Girls Clubs of America's tested and proven programs address today's most pressing youth issues.

    Young people learn the skills they need to succeed in life—what's more important than that?
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Kids Feeding Kids*

Every day at 5:00 p.m. Club members enjoy a healthy snack together. Snacks include foods from at least two major food groups and are served by trained snack helpers. The East Side, South Side Village and Jerry Gamble locations provide full meals through the Pawn America Kids Feeding Kids program.

The Arts

Regular Arts programming enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through visual arts and crafts, performing arts, and creative writing.

Triple Play: Healthy Habits*

Part of a national Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) program, Triple Play teaches members of all ages about diet, health and exercise. Members learn the importance of healthy food choices and being active every day.

SMART Girls*

SMART Girls is a girls-only group, lead by a female staff member, and explores personal attitudes and values as girls build skills and knowledge for eating right, staying physically fit, and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

SMART Moves*

SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) takes a team approach to helping kids say no to drugs, alcohol and adolescent sexual activity. Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives engage kids in discussions, role-play and practicing resistance to help them make smart choices even under pressure from peers.

Physical Education

Daily gym time teaches good sportsmanship and comraderie through lifetime sports such as step team, volleyball, basketball, golf, and yoga.

* Provided quarterly at every club.



Cooking Class

Kids gain confidence in the kitchen as they learn to bake cakes, make spaghetti and prepare other dishes. As they hone their cooking skills, kids also learn about nutrition, kitchen safety and food handling.

Family P.L.U.S.

Family P.L.U.S is part of a national BGCA program that gets families and parents more involved with local clubs through special events and other activities.

Girls Circle

Girls learn to make healthy connections with peers and adult women in their communities. Through discussions and creative activities, they learn to remove self-doubt and boost self esteem.


Family Events 

Community Involvement & Resource Fairs 

Camp Voyageur Field Trips or Overnights

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  • Documentation.

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