Submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County will host a “Triple Play Day” to equip young people with the skills they need to overcome environmental factors that can negatively impact health and wellness. Research shows that certain factors, like socio-economic status and access to health care services, have a profound impact on health. Many youth-oriented health and wellness programs have historically focused on physical fitne7-ss and nutrition education. However, there are many underlying factors that contribute to a person’s overall health and risk for health concerns, including: social determinants of health or environmental factors (where you live, work, learn, play); health behaviors, like diet and exercise, stress factors, and alcohol or drug use; socio-economic status; and physical attributes and family history. This is called social determinant of health, which can impact the causes of lifelong health disparities that have a profound impact on the overall development of young people.
According to statewide surveys, kids in Washington are struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse concerns – often concurrently. In fact, Washington youth with co-occurring needs (both mental health and substance abuse) are the least likely to graduate on time (12%) and most likely to drop out (80%). Triple Play seeks to address wellness in children from underserved communities who may be at greater risk for health-related issues later in life. Activities during Triple Play Day are based upon scientific evidence that identifies the specific social and emotional skillsets that enable healthier futures. Activities include:
- Kids Cooking Challenge: Youth will be given supplies and ingredients with the challenge of creating an “After-school Snack.” Teams are responsible for preparing, “plating” and presenting their after-school snack.
- Superhero Challenge: Each child will create a superhero persona and complete an obstacle course utilizing his or her powers.
- “Crack the Case”: Youth will be given a case to work and solve together. As various components of the case are solved, additional clues will be given.
Sponsored by Amerigroup Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company, Triple Play is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s signature health and wellness program.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 17 from 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m
WHERE: Tumwater Boys & Girls Club – 600 Israel Rd SW, Tumwater, WA 98501