EDINBURG As part of their ongoing commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV implemented Healthy Habits as an integral party of its summer program.

Healthy Habits teaches young people how to understand nutrition and make better food choices. The program encourages members to participate in physical activities for the health of their growing bodies and the fun of staying fit.

By participating in Healthy Habits at the Boys & Girls Club this summer, young people:

Learned about the benefits of healthy habits such as eating right and being physically active;

Built skills to adopt healthier habits by participating in fun, engaging learning activities both at the Club and at home; and

Were encouraged to take small steps toward positive, lifelong behavior change.

The Healthy Habits program is a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's comprehensive health initiative called Triple Play. The goal of Triple Play is to improve Club member's knowledge of healthy habits, good nutrition and physical fitness; increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities; and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in healthy relationships. The program encompasses there following three components:

Mind - Developing a knowledge base to acquire healthy habits, such as making smart food choices, understanding appropriate portion sizes and creating fun and balanced meals.

Body - Becoming more physically active through fun daily fitness, including activities to get kids active and moving.

Soul - Strengthening character and reinforcing positive behavior with social recreation.

The Boys & Girls Club has played an integral role in the Edinburg community for 40 years, providing daily programs and services to over 16,000 young people. During the School year the Club is open Monday - Friday, 3:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and during the summer the hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Club has moved its main site and administration to its new building the Legacy Center located at 702 Cullen Street (Rogers and 281). The Club offers programs that emphasize character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sport, fitness and recreation.

If you would like to learn more about our joining the Club, about how to join our team of professionals, or about youth programs call 956-383-2582 or visit our website www.edinburgkids.com. If you would like to make a contribution please contact Sabrina Walker-Hernandez, Chief Professional Officer at 956-383-2582 or email swalker@edinburgkids.com or you can text "CLUB" to 20222 to donate $5.00.