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Up until I was in my early 30’s, I believed that the only way I could feel healthy and happy was to be a small size. Having struggled with my weight for most of my life I had developed a very unhealthy mentality about weight. I finally got tired of all the different diets I’d tried, I’d lose weight and then gain and then lose it again. However, even when I was smaller I still didn’t feel healthy. My weight affected every aspect of my life and determined whether I was happy or miserable. I finally realized that I didn’t just want to be thin, I wanted to feel better too and have the energy I needed to get out and be a mother. I knew that I had to make some big changes in order to feel my best both physically and mentally. What many people don’t realize is that your body isn’t the only thing you need to keep healthy. I’m really excited to learn of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play Program, because they have the same idea that optimal health involves the mind, body and the soul.
Just like I made changes in my life to be healthy, I began trying to instill these into my kids lives too. We are an active family, and I make sure to lead by example by getting out and being active. I found that most times, they are more inclined to get out and take walks, or go for a bike ride, or go for a hike……if you’re doing it with them.
Our kiddos and teen’s health consists of so much more than just staying active or eating a well-balanced diet. It also means connecting with their community, teaching them to accept their differences as well as others, and really understanding that even the smallest lifestyle changes can make a lasting impact.
The Triple Play Program is BGCA’s leading comprehensive health and wellness program that serves the young people at Boys & Girls Clubs. This was made possible with national support from the Amerigroup Foundation in partnership with Coca-Cola. By demonstrating that eating right, keeping fit, and forming positive relationships all add up to a healthy lifestyle. I think it’s wonderful that they teach acceptance of their own differences as well as others. I think the world is seriously lacking in that right now. Kids are impressionable, so teaching them these things while they’re young is ideal.
I do my best to touch on all areas of health with my kids. We stay active and get out to play sports, take walks, go on hikes, ride bikes. We take frequent day trips to our state park whenever we can.
I keep as little sweets and unhealthy foods in the house to lessen the temptation. I cook more meals at home vs. eating out, and I also lead by example by eating as healthy as I can. The entire family is also on vitamins, and it’s helped a lot.
When it comes to teaching them acceptance of others, I like to get them involved in different activities where they get to meet other kids and see how different each of them are. One of our favorite things to do, since we are limited to places to visit where we live, is to have frequent play dates for my youngest. It helps teach her how to get along with others and understand that not everyone is the same. She also learns how to act and react with different situations.
I want my kids to develop good habits concerning their overall health, and also help them to be kind and productive citizens. I want them to be tolerant of peoples’ differences, and learn to get along and accept others.
To help us parents implement these ideas and habits at home, Triple Play has provided us with the Triple Play Parents Game Plan.
The Triple Play Parents Game Plan offers a holistic approach with three key areas of focus:
- 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.
This is a really helpful guide even though it is only a sampling. You can experience all of the great elements of this program at your local Boys & Girls Clubs. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter also to stay up to date with their events and promotions.