Taste the difference, make a difference

The youth make a difference initiative

Healthy Lifestyles

Over 50 percent of children in the Port Angeles and Sequim School Districts in Washington state are eligible for free or reduced lunches. To address this food insecurity, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula members are served with a nutritious supper daily with a meal patterned after a USDA offering including milk. To break the cycle, this organization offers healthy lifestyle programs such as "Kids Take Heart" and "Healthy Habits" to teach nutrition, "What's Cooking" to demonstrate food preparation, and a focus on agriculture and growing food in "Garden Club."  As part of their commitment to quality programming, youth must play a key role in designing the programs, and in some cases instruct them. Their 4H partner program, "Healthy Habits", trains teen facilitators on a ten-week curriculum to instruct to younger members. "Garden Club" members meet weekly and continually make decisions about garden contents.


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