Triple Play, co-sponsored by Anthem Foundation and founding partner The Coca Cola Company, promotes the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the program’s three components: mind, body and soul. Although many youth-oriented health and wellness programs have historically focused on physical fitness and nutrition education only, Triple Play also addresses the environmental factors that contribute to a person’s overall health and risk for health concerns. With youth obesity, anxiety and depression, and substance abuse on the rise, some experts believe that kids today will be the first generation not to live longer than their parents. Therefore, programs like Triple Play are critical to ensuring our youth’s physical and mental well being and in turn, our nation’s future success.The partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Anthem Foundation tackles these issues through whole-child health and wellness programming that reaches the kids and teens who need it most. By taking health and wellness beyond physical activity and nutrition, Triple Play teaches youth the skills to bring about positive change in themselves and their community, and create healthier generations for years to come.
With the explosion of technology, social media and school violence, teens today have an even greater need for resources that will provide them a safe, secure and supported environment where they can thrive. Jerry Revish from 10TV met with six teens from Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus to gain a better understanding of the issues teens face in today’s world. The candid discussion that took place in German Village’s Schiller Park, just steps away from Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus’ administrative office, revealed that this generation of teens is bold and adventurous, but at times, also fearful. Teens today are not only facing greater challenges than their parents did at their age, but technology and social media push those challenges front and center, making it difficult to escape. Despite their fears about the issues they face each day, this group of teens wants to make a difference. “We do know what’s going on in the world and we do want to make an impact,” says 18-year old, Isatu Barry. Without a doubt, they already are.