‘Obesity is a big problem in our society'
Local youth with the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester, from left, Kennedy Johnston, 9, Frankie Sylliboy, 10, Chloe Garcia, 5, Abbey Brown, 8, and Janna McLean, 8, work on their artistic skills. Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News
TRURO - Healthy living will be stressed more than ever through the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester this fall.
The organization is introducing a health and wellness program that will include activities such as swimming and, possibly, yoga.
The children will also do some journaling as to "what sorts of things they're putting in their bodies," said club program director Joanna McCallum.
"Obesity is a big problem in our society and a lot of children are nervous about participating in competitive sports. This program has a number of non-competitive activities," she continued.
Launched in 1964, the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester offers opportunities for more than 200 children. Most attend elementary schools, but, depending on the program, some attend junior high and high school.
Another new program this fall is ‘Power Up!,' which assists students with homework and more.
"We will be doing some fun things, like science experiments," said McCallum. "It's going to be a reward program so the kids will have to complete their homework to participate in the fun things."
Another of those "fun things" is digital animation.
"Digital animation is actually easy to do and it's a lot of fun," said McCallum. "It's a way to engage kids in social media - because it's all about Facebook for them - and to make that connection."
‘Girl Power!,' which offers programs and activities to help girls develop self-esteem, confidence and appropriate conflict resolution skills, is also returning.
It's designed to engage younger girls as well as the teenagers who have taken part in previous sessions.
The club's regular activities include arts and crafts, floor hockey, drama, basketball, hiking and cooking.
"When we cook we try to make it nutritional foods that are easy to make on their own," said McCallum. "We want to expose (the children) to healthy things that are also fun to make and eat."
The Boys and Girls Club's afterschool program for elementary-aged children runs Monday to Friday, 2-6 p.m. Pick up is available from both Harmony Heights and Truro elementary schools.
The club is exploring the need for out-of-town pickup as well.
For more information on programs and the club, call 895-5008 or visit www.bgctc.ca.
FUNDRAISER FOR BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
- The Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester is currently raising money through raffle tickets
- Prizes include two return tickets anywhere West Jet flies, two nights at Stonehame Lodge and Chalets, and a luggage set
- Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and can be purchased at the club, as well as Scotiabank in the month of October
- Draw date is Nov. 15