Recently, Youth Development Strategies, Inc. (YDSI) conducted a study of 2,242 Boys & Girls Clubs members, ages 9 to 14, to assess the program's impact. Here's what they discovered:
- Girls taking part in Triple Play became significantly more active with nearly two hours more activity weekly than girls not participating in the program.
- Triple Play participants increased to 90% of the recommended amount of daily activity (60 minutes each day) while kids outside the program decreased to 78%. Since 2005, more than 1 million children have had the opportunity to benefit from Triple Play.
About The Program
Triple Play is designed to provide young people ages 6 to 18 with a basic knowledge of nutrition, exercise, and teamwork so they can learn to make positive food choices, enjoy sustained physical activity, and develop a sense of self-reliance.
"So many kids, especially girls, end up spending more time shopping or at the food court in the mall than working out in the gym, so it's encouraging to find programs like Triple Play that turn that around," said Olympian Shawn Johnson, Triple Play's Ambassador for Action.
Success Stories from California to Ohio
Before enrolling in Triple Play as a teen, Deyatric "D" Brown, of Canton, Mississippi, struggled when walking across a room due to his heavy weight, said his mother, DeLisa Brown. Encouragement and inclusion by other children in Triple Play have drawn him into a walking competition that involves laps around a track. "Now he is more active; he's competing with other kids. I'm pleasantly surprised he can do it so well. The more weight he loses, the better he can move," said his mother, who said her son lost a significant amount of weight when he joined the program.
Triple Play changed the life of Boys & Girls Club member Nayila Deveaux, of Burbank, California, who used to spend after-school hours "sitting around" but after participating in the program, did athletic drills, motivated by a chart that updated her progress. "It makes me proud," said Nayila.
Before enrolling in Triple Play at her local club, Cleveland, Ohio, native Jasmine Moore, "was too shy to go out and be involved in things she's doing now, like sports, dancing, bike riding, and cheerleading," said her mother, Veronica Graves. "She's made such a big change".
Parents can access tips from Triple Play in the free guide—Triple Play Parents Game Plan, available in English and Spanish at http://www.bgca.org/.
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