Positive Sprouts

Positive Sprouts

Members working in the community garden at our Anacortes Club.

Positive sprouts focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by educating young people on the importance of eating nutritious foods and living healthy by building and maintaining community gardens. 

Today, 1/3 of American school children are overweight or obese; in 1960, only 4 percent of children were obese.

The Positive Sprouts program focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by:
1) educating Club Members on the importance of consuming fresh fruit and vegetables; and
2) providing Members and their families with access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Positive Sprouts curriculum includes:
• Age-appropriate activities with a focus on nutrition education and science exploration in the garden
• A Gardening How-To Section, including instructions on how to plan, build, plant, maintain and sustain your garden
• A Parent/Caregiver section, which offers simple home garden suggestions
• Recipes – a guide of easy-to-make recipes that incorporate fruits and vegetables grown in the garden

The Positive Sprouts program is a component of BGCA’s Live Healthy Strategy.

 Positive Sprouts – Fact Sheet


 

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Sierra-Pacific donates to Healthy Lifestyles Programs for Boys & Girls Clubs youth

Sierra Pacific Giving CheckSarah Nevares, from Sierra-Pacific Industries visited the Mount Vernon Clubhouse on June 11th to present Club members with a grant to enhance Healthy Lifestyle programs this summer for youth in Skagit County. The $2,500 investment will be utilized to support Positive Sprouts, a program that focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by educating youth on the importance of eating nutritious foods, and living healthy by building and maintaining community gardens. As a community partner, this reinforces Sierra-Pacific Industries commitment in growing healthy communities. The funds will also allow all Clubhouses in Skagit County an opportunity to add an educational field trip centered around conservation and stewardship.

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Growing a Balanced Diet

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Positive Sprouts water their seedlings in hopes of a hearty harvest this summer.

During the Positive Sprouts program, youth get the chance to plant seeds and watch fruits, vegetables, and flowers grow.  Club members learn what the plants need to survive and how to take care of them.  On Wednesday’s session of Positive Sprouts, La Conner youth discussed what people need to survive and how to take care of themselves through the food that they eat.  Club members participated in a relay game to separate a list of foods into different categories: Vegetable, fruit, grain, protein or dairy.  Next, youth discussed what they learned during the activity, like that beans are a good source of protein.    Several Club members were also surprised to learn that popcorn is a grain and can be a healthy snack option when not covered in butter and salt.

To finish off the session, youth headed to their raised beds where they tended to their plants by watering and weeding.  Later this summer the La Conner Positive Sprouts hope to be snacking on strawberries, lettuce, snap peas and more, all from their very own garden!

The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Positive Sprouts The National Gardening Associationfor our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of the National Gardening The National Gardening Association and Jamba Juice’s “It’s All About the Fruit and Veggies” Garden Grant.  Thank you to both the National Gardening Association and Jamba Juice for providing this valuable educational opportunity to our Members.

Positive Sprouts runs every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00pm. For more information regarding this, or any of La Conner’s targeted programs, please contact Program Director Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@bgcskagit.org.

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Positive Sprouts Prep and Plant

Positive Sprouts

Club members pose together in front of their newly sprouting garden.

Last week La Conner’s Positive Sprouts members enjoyed another week of fun in the sun with a variety of garden related activities.   Before setting out to work in the garden they enjoyed listening and learning about nutrition and wellness.  Next, a science experiment with celery, water and food coloring taught the club members how plants get their water.  To showcase what they had learned, youth created a mural depicting a garden scene complete with insects, which pollinate plants, rain, for water,  and sunshine to help the plants grow.

Once outside, Club members were able to collect soil samples to see what they needed help the plants grow and what they needed to discard. Youth worked together to till and weed the planter boxes aerating the soil so that it would be ready for planting.

Later in the week, members created a poster on “You Are What You EAT” then they were ready to plant their seeds! They worked together to plant rows of carrots, radishes, kale, lettuce, oriental vegetables, turnips, collards and spinach.  Next on the agenda for Positive Sprouts is planting flowers in front of the Club!

Positive Sprouts runs every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00pm. For more information regarding this, or any of La Conner’s targeted programs, please contact Program Director Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@bgcskagit.org.

The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Clay Tech and other Club Tech Programs for our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of the National Gardening The National Gardening AssociationAssociation and Jamba Juice’s “It’s All About the Fruit and Veggies” Garden Grant Thank you to both the National Gardening Association and Jamba Juice for providing this valuable educational opportunity to our Members.

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MV Spring Program Sign Up

Spring Programs are in season!

Spring Programs are in season!

Come Sign Up for our Spring Programs at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club.

Money Matters:  Every Wednesday from 5-5:30 p.m. starting Apr. 9.

Positive Sprouts: Every Friday from 4-4:30 p.m. starting Apr. 11. 

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Fall Positive Sprouts Harvest

Positive Sprouts

Club Members Morgan, Sammy, Carter, Rachel, and Moriah show off their first fall harvest.

This week at the La Conner Club, Members harvested pumpkins and squash from the raised-bed gardens outside the Club. Members planted seeds in early Spring, so they were really excited to see their hard work pay off. Since April of this year, Club Members have tended the garden 2-3 times a week to weed, plant, and learn about how to create and maintain a sustainable garden.

The Positive Sprouts Program focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by educating young people on the importance of eating nutritious foods and living healthy by building and maintaining community gardens. This program was led by Community Council Member, Greg Ellis with help from Program Assistants Audrey Kramer and Christina Barsness 

Positive Sprouts will start back up in April 2014.

If you have any questions about our Positive Sprouts Program or would like to volunteer, call 360-419-5306 or email Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at kdavis@bgcskagit.org.

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Kids in the Garden

SW Kids in the Garden

SW Kids in the Garden

In the past three weeks at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club our Members, Staff, and Volunteers have spent many hours preparing to launch our Positive Sprouts Program. This program introduces kids to agricultural concepts that combines the fun of growing your own food with eating healthy. The Sedro-Woolley Club now has almost 215 square feet of garden space and the veggies are sprouting strong. 

Thanks to volunteers and community members Sedro-Woolley Members are hard at work to grow some healthy snacks and give back to their community. A majority of the crops produced will be donated to the local Community Kitchen that serves dinner to needy families in Sedro-Woolley, many of our Members have volunteered their the past two years and are excited to help again by growing fresh vegetables. In this manner, the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club will raise great kids by raising great snacks.

If you have any questions about our Positive Sprouts Program or would like to help by getting involved in the Community Garden, call 360-856-1830 or email John Garman at jgarman@bgcskagit.org.

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Positive Sprouts

Positive Sprouts

Club members help out at the Anacortes American Newspaper Garden

The Anacortes Club recently began the Positive Sprouts program. Positive Sprouts focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by educating young people on the importance of eating nutritious foods and living healthy by building and maintaining community gardens. The Anacortes Club has partnered with the Anacortes American to help plant and maintain their Newspaper Garden. Club Members join publisher Jack Darnton each Tuesday afternoon from 3:30pm to 4:00pm to help plant vegetables and flowers as well as learn about the importance of the garden and how to maintain it.

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Earth Day Tree Planting

Members giving back to the community and helping out the environment .

Members giving back to the community while helping out the environment .

Members of the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club Torch and Keystone Clubs joined efforts with the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group to give back to our community and help our environment. Club Members joined other members in the community to plant over 100 trees near the river at Edgewater Park on Saturday, April 20th. Other dirty but fun and environment-enhancing jobs included picking up trash and spreading mulch. Fortunately for volunteers, the weather held out making for a day of hard work filled with wonderful memories.

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Kicking off Positive Sprouts

Youth & Teen Members developing their green thumbs in Positive Sprouts.

Youth & Teen Members developing their green thumbs in Positive Sprouts.

Last week, the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club kicked off the Positive Sprouts program with a short, fun activity on how to plant seeds in soil. Members took a cup and colored a fun face on the side of it. Then, they scooped soil into the cup and carefully planted their seeds. In the following days, Members will water their seeds and be able to watch them germinate into “hair” for the face they drew on the cup.

Positive Sprouts at the Mount Vernon Club takes place every other Friday from 5:00pm – 5:30pm.

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New Program Sprouts in La Conner

Positive Sprouts Gardening Journal

Members kicked off the start of the new program at  the club, by creating their own gardening journals.

Today members had an opportunity to create their own gardening  journals for the new Positive Sprouts program. These journals are for tracking nutrition patterns, noting observations, and recording eco-discoveries about their community and Club garden.

 The Positive Sprouts program focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by educating young people on the importance of eating nutritious foods and living healthy by building and maintaining community gardens.

The La Conner Club runs Positive Sprouts every Tuesday, from 4:05 – 4:35pm

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