The Issue: Prevalence of Poor Diets Among Youth
Most young people in the United States do not eat the recommended 2.5–6.5 cups of fruits and vegetables and 2–3 ounces of whole grains every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For youth aged 2–18, 40% of their daily caloric intake comes from added sugars and solid fats in foods such as soda, pizza, and grain- and dairy-based desserts. Diets poor in nutrition can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and certain cancers.
The Campaign: Providing Healthful Snacks to At-Risk Youth
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Boys & Girls Club of Cape Girardeau can fund one week of healthful afterschool snacks for 100 at-risk youth in its Healthy Habits program. Each additional $5 raised will fund another day's worth of snacks for five kids. Healthy Habits participants learn how to make smart food choices, consume appropriate portion sizes, and maintain a high level of physical fitness. Five afternoons a week, they participate in homework time, leadership-development activities, and arts and sports programming. To fuel their daily exercises, the kids receive healthful snacks with two different items, such as string cheese and apples.
Boys & Girls Club of Cape Girardeau
Boys & Girls Club of Cape Girardeau provides children with programming that encourages them to participate in the democratic process and become the future leaders of the world. Club programs develop leadership potential and target community-based activities to help participants learn and grow. Through working at bake sales, volunteering on service days, and attending zoo field trips, young participants can gain a connection with and respect for their community, enhancing their communication skills and self-esteem. The organization also works with youth to establish strong education and career goals, teach them about financial success, and improve their academic abilities through tutoring and cognitively challenging games.
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1913 Whitener St.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701