To instill the elements of active, healthy living in children, towards making a healthy lifestyle a life-long habit, North Delta’s Hillside Boys and Girls Club has received $5,000 from the Delta Foundation for the Club’s Active Living Program.

Delta Foundation Directors Richard Shantz and Walt Hayward present a cheque for $5,000 to Marcie Mark, Director, Resource Development, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southcoast BC and Kirsten Hamaoki, Coordinator of the Hillside Boys and Girls Club in North Delta

The Active Living Program is comprised of three components.

Physical Activities include sports such as basketball, floor hockey, ice hockey, baseball, and soccer, as well as physical activities such as yoga, dodgeball, freeze tag, and more played every day after school. There is fun and fitness in sport, but long term the benefits are relationships, life skills, and healthy living.

Daily, healthy, nutritious food is provided as a healthy snack is provided to all kids upon arrival after school, and many days as one or more meals at the Club. Food ensures kids have the energy to take them through the rest of the day and, for some, between school and the Club, is their primary source of nutrition.

The Cooking/Nutrition Program teaches children how to make simple nutritious snacks and meals, of particular benefit to children from families struggling financially and without access to nutritious food at home. They learn about fresh foods, safe meal preparation, kitchen safety, healthy eating (using the four food groups), and group work.