The Walmart Foundation announced today a donation of $250,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The donation will be used to provide Healthy Habits, BGCA’s outcome-driven nutrition education program, to more Native kids and teens.
Most U.S. youth do not meet the recommended health guidelines, which is especially true for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 31.2 percent of 4 year olds in these populations are obese and diabetes rates for these groups are 177 percent higher than the general population.
“We want to ensure that more people have access to the foods they want and need, and our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country will help an often underserved population learn ways to eat healthier,” said Angela Collier, Sr. Manager, Walmart Foundation. “We are proud to work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help Native kids and teens live a healthier lifestyle and make smarter choices.”
Boys & Girls Clubs are in a unique position to provide nutritional education for Native kids and teens. Clubs serve approximately 82,000 Native youth in 24 states, representing some 90 different American Indian, Alaska Native and Hawaiian tribal communities through nearly 179 Clubs.
Through this partnership 16 Clubs in Indian Country will be trained to deliver nutrition education that will equip Native children and teens with skills and information they need to eat healthy. Youth at these Clubs will learn about basic cooking techniques, smart food shopping, working around resource constraints and using resources from the local community to create healthy meals for themselves and their families. Healthy Habits is part of BGCA’s award-winning Triple Play program.