Club Members Promote Play, 60 Minutes Every Day!

Recent studies show 50 precent of Black and Latino youth born in 2000 expect to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.

To help combat this statistic, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco received a Healthy Hearts SF grant earlier this year as part of the CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Health national program.

With support from the Healthy Hearts SF grant, BGCSF members participated in a five-day summer workshop at Excelsior Clubhouse and Don Fisher Clubhouse with eco hip-hop artist DJ Cavem and nutritionist/DJ Alkemia Earth. Some of the youth were selected to help write lyrics and star in a music video about physical activity and nutrition, which is live on our BGCSF YouTube channel!

A total of 47 Club members from Don Fisher Clubhouse, Excelsior Clubhouse, Sunnydale Clubhouse and Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunters Point participated in this project, which reflects a special initiative in BGCSF’s new strategic plan to strengthen the voice of youth in our organization and in our world.

During the workshop, youth helped write the lyrics and later recorded the song in the Notes for Notes recording studio at our new Don Fisher Clubhouse. The youth were filmed at The Garden at AT&T Park and they were even filmed on the ballpark field!

Exercise is my thang
You know how we do it
Healthy is the new cool
And I’m feelin’ brand new
Everybody on that health game
And it’s so cool
–Bella, age 14

The video highlights BGCSF’s Power Play program, which is a result of an important policy change made in 2010 that increased physical activity participation by 22%. Structured after the one hour of homework help BGCSF offers, Power Play is a 30-minute block of non-competitive daily physical activity offered at each Club site throughout the school year. It is open to youth in the community, who can drop in to participate and do not need to be a member (unless the Clubhouse is already at capacity).

Along with empowering our youth’s voices, this video is part of a toolkit created by our Citywide Director of Health & Fitness, Tavi Baker, to help other after-school programs implement policy changes and improve access to physical activities for Black and Latino youth.

For more information about BGCSF’s Power Play program, email powerplay@kidsclub.org.

PHOTOS FROM THE 5-DAY HEALTH WORKSHOP

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