Nutrition and active fun have a direct impact on a child’s capacity to achieve academically, develop life-long healthy habits, and make a successful transition to adulthood.
Chronic diseases are largely preventable, yet they remain the leading cause of premature death and illness in California, and the main source of increasing health costs in the United States according to the CDC.
At the Y, we believe healthy eating and active fun are key building blocks for a child's healthy future. Despite the overwhelming evidence showing a link between healthy eating and activity, and academic and health outcomes, we see kids moving in the wrong direction- towards unhealthy, junk food, rather than fresh whole foods, and towards activities that are sedentary- like computer based interests- rather than those that get kids moving. San Francisco's youth health indicator's show that kids aren't as active as they should be.
The Y feeds thousands of youth in underserved communities each week by leveraging USDA food programs. In the school year, this looks like 20,000 meals each month, and over the summer the reach is even greater- we serve over 30,000 meals to youth at camp!