Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Receive Grant from L&E Bottling

Youth participate in structured activities such as dance and gymnastics at the Boys and Girls Clubs. The group has four clubs, in Tumwater, Olympia, Lacey and Rochester. Photo by Jennifer Crain.


Submitted by Washington Beverage Association

Childrens Garden 05-12 (19) low resThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County will receive a matching grant of $10,000 from L&E Bottling in Olympia to help fund the healthy programs for more than 2,600 local youth through the Triple Play Healthy Lifestyles Program. With a focus on building healthy habits, the Triple Play program engages club members to take part in healthy eating and daily fitness challenges while fostering a positive body image and developing healthy relationships.

“Investing in the youth of our communities has always been top of mind at L&E Bottling, and no one executes a program better than the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County,” said Brain Charneski, President of L&E Bottling in Olympia. “This matching grant from the American Beverage Association to fund the program developed by the Club staff should provide returns to the community for a long time by teaching life lessons in developing a healthy lifestyle.”

“A very important component of what we do is to teach kids about healthy lifestyles through proper nutrition and physical fitness,” explains Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Chief Executive Officer, Joe Ingoglia.  “This support from L&E Bottling and both the state and national beverage associations allows us to provide healthy snacks for our Clubs kids and to engage our 2,600 Club members in challenging, but fun physical activities.”

The Triple Play Healthy Lifestyles Program will include educational programs and activities, recreation-based special events and a larger selection of healthy options for meals and snacks for club members. Some of these activities include members developing their own garden and meal budgets, learning how to plant and cultivate crops in order to prepare nutritious and inexpensive meals for their families and setting up daily fitness challenges for youth to ensure they are physically active for at least 60 minutes each day. In the coming year, the program hopes to support more than 200 youth in the local community to develop healthy habits that will be sustainable as they grow up.

“We can’t do the work we do without the support of wonderful partners like L&E Bottling and the Washington and American Beverage Associations,” summarizes Ingoglia.


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