Little Hearts, Big Thank You
Over the past two years, the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton has been working diligently to make improvements to healthy eating and physical activity standards in our Early Childhood department. On October 17, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton accepted a resolution to adopt a wellness policy which strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 2 ½ to 5, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. Policy changes include a minimum of 60 minutes of daily physical activity that is planned, outcome driven and developmentally appropriate and with the expectation that all children are expected to play and participate. Policy changes for good nutrition include providing and promoting water as the primary beverage, celebrating birthdays, holidays and special events with healthy foods (fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain items) and non-food treats and not serving candy or other foods and other beverages that are primarily made of sugar. Staff model healthy behaviors, including eating well, staying properly hydrated and strive to get 60 minutes of daily physical activity. We will continue to develop and maintain partnerships with nutrition experts, and other community and health care organizations, looking to make healthy food affordable and accessible for parents. We will continue to cultivate our garden to educate youth about the importance of including fruits and vegetables into their diet. When registering their child, we will have parents agree to abide by program standards, including nutrition guidelines.
The NJHCN Blog details our journey through assessment, review, education and training, and implementation changes to physical activity and healthy nutrition in an Early Childhood setting. We could not have accomplished this without the help of our partners: the Clifton Department of Health, Montclair State University, and City Green, and our coach, Janet Heroux. And to the Partners for Health Foundation, for their support for our youth development programs. From little hearts, a big thank you!
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.