Posts Tagged ‘healthy habits’

Rock Outside with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County!

April 20th, 2017 by Laura Smith

Hey Fort Collins!

OK, now that we have your attention we have a fun scavenger hunt for you! Thanks to the creative mind of our Arts Program Specialist at the Fort Collins Unit, dozens of painted rocks have been hidden all over Fort Collins. We need YOUR help in finding these adorable rocks. If you spot one while hiking, running, biking, taking a stroll, grabbing some ice cream, etc...make sure to post a picture of you (and the rock!) to our Facebook page.

Please rehide the rocks after you've taken your silly photos so others can rock(out) as well.

We're all about free fun here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, and what is more fun that #optingoutside and finding painted rocks?!

Now go hunt, we'll see you out there.


The Growing Project partners with BGCLC

October 6th, 2016 by Laura Smith

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County not only strives to give Club Kids great futures, but also encourage them to learn valuable skills that help them in life, not necessarily just the classroom. One such program started this summer thanks to Marla Flynn, arts program specialist at the Fort Collins Unit. Flynn decided to partner with The Growing Project, a nonprofit located in Fort Collins that promotes the value of a strong, diverse local food system so that all residents of Northern Colorado can become more educated directly on agricultural experiences.

This summer, Club Kids were taught the importance of growing fresh, nourishing, regional food and why going local is so great! During the programming this summer, youth would venture to Hope Farms where they would learn something new each day, including watching a successful garden grow!


At the Fort Collins Unit, youth have their very own garden where they plant, care for and harvest their yummy veggies. Each week, youth also open their own "farm stand" where they give away their bountiful loot to other Club members and their families.


Thank you to The Growing Project and Hope Farms for educating youth and hanging out with the BGCLC. Can't wait to continue this awesome partnership!


A ramtastic day at Hughes Stadium!

July 21st, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Club members, CSU coaches and CSU collegiate athletes all had one thing in common on July 6: smiling (and sweaty) faces at Hughes Stadium. Thanks to a partnership with Colorado State University Athletics, the BGCLC took over the stadium field for the first time ever during an active field day with CSU Athletes. Fifty or so athletes from soccer, football and volleyball divided Club members into groups and taught them various drills for each sport. Each participant spent 30 minutes focusing on each sport, which included catching passes, working on volleyball serves and dribbling the soccer ball.


The field day, which ran from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., also consisted of a free lunch courtesy of McDonald’s, some CSU swag, and the opportunity to chat with athletes during an autograph session.


Thanks to this partnership, over 75 club members from Loveland, Fort Collins and Wellington got to meet some of their idols and feel on top of the world, for at least the afternoon. This clinic was put on in attempt to engage youth members in outdoor physical activity while also exposing them to a collegiate atmosphere. While this was the first event of this magnitude, judging from the feedback from athletes and Club members, be on the lookout for future events and continued partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and CSU Athletics.

Youth Enjoy Colorado Crush Game

April 28th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

On Friday, April 15, over 30 youth from all four Club locations joined together at a Colorado Crush Indoor Football game!

Partnering with the Colorado Crush, these lucky Club kids were able to be part of the game in several really fun ways: First, they welcomed the players as a fan tunnel while the players were called onto the field, getting to high-five every Crush player!  Next, two lucky Club kids got to do the official coin toss (and helped the Crush win it!).

During half time, all youth were brought onto the field to play some flag football!  It was a real blast having the announcer call their plays and hearing the crowd cheer for them.  The Club kids also enjoyed watching the game and all received a Crush t-shirt to remember their fun evening.

Thank you to the Colorado Crush for giving these youth such an amazing experience!

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The Great Outdoors

March 18th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

While the snow has now arrived again, just earlier this week many of our youth were enjoying some lovely hikes on our local trails here in Larimer County!  One of our three priority outcome areas for all our youth is Healthy Lifestyles.  Hiking the great outdoors is one of the many ways the Boys & Girls Clubs show kids and teens how to exercise while having fun, and the excitement of appreciating our amazing backyards.

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Girls Gym Takeover!

December 18th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (3) Often times, the gym at our Loveland Club is overrun with boys. There are always a few girls that jump in regularly with the boys, but for the most part, girls find other areas of the club to hang out in. In order to combat this issue, the Girls Gym Takeover Program was implemented at our Loveland Club.

The Girls Gym Takeover Program's main goal was to increase the number of girls participating in gym time throughout the week. The girls were given opportunities to provide input regarding activities and games that they would most like to participate in. Some of the activities that the girls c2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (6)ame up with were: Hula Hoop Challenges, Volleyball, Dance, Cheerleading, Obstacle Courses, and Basketball. When asked about the Girls Takeover Program, Alissa, 9, stated, "I really like the hula hoop contests.  I would want to do more contests in the future!"

Since the implementation of the Girls Gym Takeover Program, the number of girls that set foot in the gym has increased dramatically from last spring!  The number 2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (5)of girls who attended at least one sport or fitness program grew from 85 female participants in the Spring of 2015 to 123 female participates this Fall. Likewise, the number of girls who participated at least weekly has doubled since last spring from 7 to 14 participants. Overall, this program has positively benefited the girls at our Loveland Club! One of the biggest benefits of the program was many of the girls became more comfortable with themselves and their athletic abilities. Of the 19 kids that graduated the Triple Play Program at our Club, 8 of them were female! That graduation rate can be partially attributed to the Girls Gym Takeover Program, which has given our female Club Members the extra time and exposure to gym activities.


The Growing Project!

November 16th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

One of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Healthy Lifestyles, with the goal of each youth adopting a healthy diet.  Members from the Fort Collins Unit just wrapped up a multi week program that involved weekly trips to Hope Farms to learn about organic gardening and farming, along with additional activities at the Club including recycled art projects and making healthy snacks. Thank you to volunteers from the Growing Project for making it all happen! 

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Flag Football season is underway!

October 15th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Wellington faced off against Loveland yesterday with Wellington coming away with the victory.  All three Clubs will visit Greeley next week for a five team Monster Bowl Tournament!

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Personal Fitness Goals in Loveland

October 8th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

“I want to get to 100!” – Dylan, 11, after completing 60 laps in his first pacer (he got to 84 by the end)


Triple Play is an exciting program where youth set personal best fitness goals and work toward achieving them over an eight week time frame.  In Loveland, over 25 youth participated three days a week in an assortment of athletic activities like floor hockey and football with their eyes on the prize of meeting their personal fitness goals at the end of the eight week session.

One of the great things about this program is that it challenges kids to become physically active on a regular basis. Even kids who are normally pretty active were challenged by the program's demand to be in a physically active program at least three times a week.

One boy, Elijah, went from being virtually non-existent in the gym to being an everyday participator.  In the Fall of 2014 he rarely set foot in any kind of sports program, but he decided to join Triple Play in the spring and he completed the program.  He tried new sports, he tested his fitness levels and ultimately gain a new interest in physical activity.  Elijah is now seen regularly in active programs, always heading over to the gym to see what he can participate in today.

One of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Healthy Lifestyles, with the goal of each youth adopting a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices, and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.  Triple Play is a program that falls under this priority outcome area.

“ We missed the cut off for track, I’m glad I can get Aedyn involved in something like this, it’ll be good for him.” –Aedyn’s dad

Health & Life Skills

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11 to 14 concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. The program includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior.

SMART Girls offers youth ages 8-17 guidance toward healthy attitudes and lifestyles, eating right, staying fit, and more. Encouraging young women to have healthy attitudes and lifestyles, SMART Girls helps them reach their full potential. Through dynamic sessions, group activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls enjoy the opportunity to build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care, and developing positive relationships.

The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. The program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.

NetSmartz teaches Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction with Club professionals. Topics include personal safety, shopping safety and ethical use of the Internet.

Healthy Habits
Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being. The program, for ages 6 to 15, is the Mind component of Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul.