GAINESVILLE - The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Thursday awarded a $400,000 youth fitness grant over three years to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County (BGCHC) to improve fitness and provide nutritional education to over 4,400 young people in Hall County. <br />
The Clubs will expand its Falcons Fitness Zone programming during the school day and during after-school hours and summers to address the soaring obesity problems afflicting our young people. Funding will allow BGCHC to provide all participants with a comprehensive, holistic program that enables them to connect nutrition and physical fitness with personal health and well-being which will provide benefits for a lifetime.<br />
The Fit Zone program continues to be one of the most sought after activities among youth and educators because it's fun, provides social interaction, allow for individual growth and is loaded with incentives for constant participation. <br />
"We are thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, which means providing more youth with Fit Zone programs which will promote health and wellness, said Steven Mickens, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County. "This partnership allows us to address the obesity problem facing our youth in a positive, fun atmosphere."
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