Healthy and Fit for Fall
In keeping with our goals of healthy eating and increased physical activity, campers at the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton’s summer camp enjoyed participating in both activities daily. In May, members planted potatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, string beans, tomatoes, collards, herbs and flowers in our Club garden. Working with our NJHCN partner, City Green, members of the City Sprouts summer program hosted weekly, hands-on gardening lessons for campers. Each week during the nine-week summer camp, campers harvested vegetables and enjoyed consuming what they hand-picked. Campers prepared salads, made lavender sachets and made fresh lemonade with mint leaves. Because of the abundance of produce this summer, Club families and staff also enjoyed sharing in the gardens’ harvest.
Each day, campers participated in physical activities, from morning stretches, to organized gym activities. Campers participated in yoga, dance, and swimming. Campers even cycled in place while attending to an art project! All totaled, campers exceeded the sixty minute minimum physical activity requirement established by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for children to grow up healthy.
Moving into Fall and beyond, the Club will continue to support an environment and a culture of wellness, rich in healthy eating and physical activity options for our members, their families, our staff and our community.
About the Grantee
The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For over 70 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton has provided targeted programs that help youth achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle.