The Jack and Cindy Jones Youth Center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s Mar Vista Gardens branch has been selected to participate in the Major League Baseball (MLB) “Wanna Play?” program in an effort to improve the overall fitness of its youth.
The “Wanna Play?” program encourages club members, ages 6 to 12, to realize the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and improved nutrition education. Youths are taught that their health is critical to reaching their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, prevalence of obesity among children ages 6-11 has increased from 6.5 percent to 17 percent. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and MLB have teamed up to help improve the physical fitness of young people by focusing on agility, coordination and balance.
Through the nine-week program, members will participate in a variety of fun, engaging activities and games to learn about ways to improve their fitness, nutrition and hydration, as well as learn basic baseball and softball skills.
“Wanna Play is a valuable educational program that teaches youth about the importance of leading a healthy life,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica President and CEO Aaron Young. “The program is about more than just fun and games. It helps children improve their overall fitness and realize their full potential.”

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