Today, so many of our young people fall into the “at-risk” category. Equally frustrating is the health disparities associated with race and environment. Black and Hispanic children are at higher risk for almost every risk factor that contributes to the possibility of childhood obesity and the increased risk for premature death.
Evidence indicates that minority and low-income populations have less access to recreation facilities and resources; and that traffic and neighborhood safety inhibit an active lifestyle. Furthermore, poor health adversely affects academic achievement.
“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.”
– First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010
We provide sport specific training for boys and girls, strength & conditioning, and team competition. Soccer, track & field, softball and tennis are featured activities. We utilize the athletic facilities of local high schools.
Our coaches are certified, and former college athletes mentor younger participants to prepare for college through sports competition and academic achievement.
The “Making the Connection”: Hartford Youth Health, Fitness, and Academic Success program is designed to coordinate health and fitness activities with nutrition education for 100 underserved Hartford middle grade youth and families. With assistance from the City of Hartford and Hartford Public Schools, the Blue Hills Civic Association seeks to combat health disparities in poor and minority children caused by the lack of physical activities and poor eating habits.
The project will sponsor a series of periodic Health Clinics—open to youth participants and their parents and families and the general public— to increase civic engagement and influence community change by educating the community and families about the importance of healthy eating habits and alternatives to high carb and low protein foods. The program will involve more families in extra-curricular school activities and help improve the health and eating habits of students and families engaged.