The Walmart Foundation has contributed $250,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support nutrition programming for Native Club members.
Providing Outcome-driven Nutrition Education to Native Kids and Teens
Most U.S. youth do not meet recommended health guidelines, which is especially true for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 31.2 percent of 4-year-olds in these populations are obese, and diabetes rates for these groups are 177 percent higher than the general population.
Through a partnership with the Wal-Mart Foundation, 16 Clubs in Indian Country will receive Healthy Habits training in how to deliver nutrition education that will equip Native children and teens with skills and information they need to eat healthy. Youth at these Clubs will learn about basic cooking techniques, smart food shopping, working around resource constraints and using resources from the local community to create healthy meals for themselves and their families. Healthy Habits is part of BGCA’s award-winning Triple Play program.