The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has received two grants totaling $6,500 from the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation to help teach youth healthy habits.

The foundation grants are part of $66,000 in funding to various Boys & Girls Clubs in California to expand Triple Play programming, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s health and wellness program, which aims to demonstrate how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships can lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Anthem Blue Cross Foundation provided a $5,000 Healthy Habits grant to the Santa Monica club, which will be used to continue to teach club members the importance of healthy eating habits and being physically active. The club additionally received a $1,500 grant for a Gamesroom Tournament to bring club members together for fun competitions that challenge their minds and build friendships, a club spokesperson said.

“We’re thrilled to have the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation as a co-sponsor of the Triple Play program and thank them for the work they are doing to make sure that we are continuously able to bring the program to our youth,” said Aaron Young, president and CEO of the Santa Monica club. “Anthem Blue Cross is truly committed to improving the health of kids and families, and the grants provided to Boys & Girls Clubs make an immediate, positive difference in the lives and futures of our club members.”

The Healthy Habits program includes curriculum-based and cooking classes to encourage healthy habits while explaining the importance of nutritious food – with ingredients coming from the club’s newly built edible garden.

In addition, club staff conduct healthy eating and body image discussions in the teen program, and they promote healthy eating choices by providing nutritious snacks and meals to members. The Healthy Habits program will continue into the summer.

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