Help Kids Create Healthy Habits
A Game Plan for the Mind, Body & Soul- Triple Play has made more than 14.4 million connections with kids and teens, promoting the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the program’s three components: mind, body & soul.
Healthy Habits (Mind): Addresses the ways an individual’s health behaviors are influenced by personal beliefs and exposure to positive modeling. In addition to nutrition education, activities focus on helping youth assess and recognize health behaviors and messages.
Daily Challenges (Body): Intentional focus on physical literacy: Ability – Increasing capability in basic movement skills and overall fitness; Confidence -the knowledge of the ability to play sports or enjoy other physical activities and Motivation- the intrinsic enthusiasm for physical activity for members to be physically active for life.
Social Recreation (Soul): Emphasis on social and emotional development, or the social, cognitive, and behavioral skills that youth need to be healthy and productive. There is an explicit focus on emotional regulation, healthy relationships (with self and others), and responsible decision-making.
Whole Child Development
Triple Play delivers on the belief that whole-child health fosters young people’s ability to gain diverse knowledge, skills, and protective factors that enable them to overcome barriers and thrive in adulthood. Through fun and engaging activities, the program delivers health education and programming that promotes the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. It also focuses on the underlying causes that negatively impact health by enabling youth to develop life-long skills that are foundational to their present and future success.
Youth who participate in Triple Play report double-digit increases in physical activity improved eating habits and improved relationships with their peers, which have all been linked to positive long-term health outcomes. The metrics are even more significant when considering how health behaviors during adolescence can impact health in adulthood.
Social Determinants of Health
Research shows that Social Determinants of Health, or environmental factors (where you live, work, learn, play), have a profound impact on overall development and future health. Adolescents are particularly sensitive to negative social and environmental conditions. Youth who grow up in communities where there’s an abundance of negative environmental factors and social/economic barriers are at a higher risk for negative health outcomes in adulthood. As a result, it’s even more critical that youth develop the necessary skills to protect against these negative factors and create positive opportunities for themselves and future generations.