Health & Life Skills
Making Good Decisions
Healthy Habits -- Sponsored in part by the Sara Lee Foundation, the Healthy Habits program provides youth with knowledge, skills and motivation to make healthier food choices and to increase activity levels. The Healthy Habits curriculum reinforces the relationship between behaviors, choices and health. Young people learn how to determine foods' nutritional value; portion size; environmental cues that prompt eating; and how to eat away from home. Lessons are underscored by the 345,600 nutritious meals served by BGCC each year as well as activities that ensure all youth participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
SMART Moves -- Helps young people positively handle the peer pressure of substance abuse or premature sexual involvement. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program uses discussion and role-playing to develop assertiveness, resistance and refusal skills and positive outcomes.
SMART Girls -- A health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable young women to develop to their full potential.
Passport to Manhood -- Promotes and teaches responsibility for young male Club members ages 11 to 14. Small-group discussions address critical issues for young men, such as ethics, decision making, wellness, fatherhood, employment and careers, cooperation and conflict, diversity, relationships and self-esteem.
StreetSMART -- Counseling young people how to effectively resist gangs and violence, resolve conflicts and be positive peer helpers in their communities.
UPS Road CodeSM – Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three teenage deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The UPS Foundation has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) on a national program to teach safe driving techniques to teens . Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago is proud to have been selected to receive a grant this year to implement UPS Road Code, bringing this critical life-saving initiative to our more than 75 teenagers at our Clubs.