HAMILTON, ON, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - A new Boys and Girls Clubs of
Canada initiative will give youth in Hamilton access to workshops and
programs designed to educate on the benefits of physical activity and
healthy eating, and develop leadership skills. The programs are an
expansion of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's Youth ABC (Ability to
Bring Change!) initiative. The program will now include new healthy
living topics relevant to youth, and was made possible by a $100,000
donation from the Coca-Cola Foundation. The Boys and Girls Club of
Hamilton is the first Club to launch the enhanced programming,
available soon to Clubs across Ontario.
"Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton, one of the earliest and largest Clubs
in Canada, is thrilled to pilot the expanded Youth ABCs initiative,"
said Glenn Harkness, Executive Director of Boys and Girls Club of
Hamilton. "This new program will get the youth in our community more
active and healthy. It will have a positive impact on the lives of
participating youth and their families, and strengthen our community as
Details of the enhanced program include:
A "Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit" workshop that draws on the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and Canada's
Food Guide to educate youth about the benefits of physical activity and
healthy eating, and model healthy living behaviours.
A "Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit" challenge aimed at improving young people's health and wellbeing while developing
young people's leadership and training skills.
Promotion of the "Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit" training, providing Clubs with the information and tools required to reach more young
people, and improve their health, wellbeing and leadership of more
young people through the Initiative.
"Active, healthy, young leaders are the foundation of a strong,
sustainable community," said Mayor of Hamilton Bob Bratina, "On behalf
of the residents of Hamilton, I want to congratulate the Boys and Girls
Club of Hamilton and the Coca-Cola Foundation for coming together to
support our youth. Thank you for giving our youth the tools and
knowledge they need to live healthier and more actives lives."
Coca-Cola Canada has been a long-time supporter of the Boys and Girls
Clubs of Canada. The work made possible by this donation will benefit
more than 500 youth over the next year.
"At Coca-Cola, we believe great things can happen when people come
together. We are proud to partner with The Boys and Girls Clubs of
Canada to inspire healthy, active young people across Ontario," said
Rich Leslie, Vice President, Field Sales, Coca-Cola Refreshments
Canada. "We are looking forward to supporting the ongoing growth and
success of the Youth Ability to Bring Change initiative."
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is a leading charitable organization
providing after school programs that support the physical, educational
and social development of children, youth and their families each year.
Boys and Girls Clubs operate in 650 locations across Canada and have
been helping young Canadians to discover, develop and achieve their
potential for over 110 years. To learn more, visit www.bgccan.com.
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $500
million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including
water stewardship, community recycling, active healthy living, and
education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please
go to www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/the-coca-cola-foundation.
About The Coca-Cola Company
Coca-Cola in Canada operates in all ten provinces, and employs 6,300
people in more than 50 facilities, including seven production
facilities across Canada. We offer a wide variety of beverage brands,
many of which come in no-calorie and low-calorie options. These
beverages include sparkling soft drinks, still waters, juices and fruit
beverages, sports drinks, energy drinks and ready-to-drink teas. We're
proud to offer some of the most popular brands in Canada including
Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Coca-Cola Zero®, Sprite®, Fanta®, Nestea®,
PowerAde®, Minute Maid®, Dasani® and vitaminwater®. Coca-Cola in Canada
is represented by Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada and Coca-Cola Ltd. For
more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.livepositively.ca or www.cocacola.ca
Image with caption: "To celebrate a $100,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation Rich Leslie, VP of Field Sales at Coca Cola Canada, gets the game started as a local member of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton faces off with Mayor Bob Bratina. (CNW Group/Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131114_C7397_PHOTO_EN_33372.jpg
SOURCE: Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton
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