BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF NEW BRUNSWICK Fredericton and Saint John

NEW ADVENTURES IN EVERYDAY LIVING

THE YOUNG CHEF INSPECTS THE CRACKER AT ARM’S LENGTH. SHE INCHES IT CLOSER, TAKES A BITE, AND THEN SLOWLY CONTEMPLATES ITS TASTE.

Little adventures like these play out everyday at Boys and Girls Clubs across New Brunswick. For the many children who benefit from these programs, the opportunity to experiment with new foods not only opens up avenues of culinary possibility, but also empowers them to chart their own course towards a healthier future.

Just as importantly, by letting kids play chef, such activities enable them to appreciate how much fun healthy eating can be. According to Lisa Roy, the Director of Program Services at the Fredericton Boys and Girls Club, the NB PLAYBOOK is helping make these after school adventures possible.

“The NB PLAYS! resource is fantastic.There’s a lot of flexibility with the four key components and how you can apply them to your after-school programming. It’s really easy to use.” -Lisa Roy

Tracy Stuart of St. John Boys and Girls Club agrees. She sees a connection between the PLAYBOOK’s holistic approach, its hands-on activities, and the Boys and Girls Club’s goal of helping children develop the skills they need to succeed.

“They learn their skills through playing games,” Stuart says of the children in her care. “They grow their own herbs. They’re learning by doing.”

The success of Stuart’s approach is evident in its appeal: this past summer, over one hundred children took part in a one-day event on healthy eating that drew participants from St. John and its surrounding areas.

A GOOD PLACE TO BE.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of New Brunswick offer safe, supportive spaces where children and youth can thrive.

We hit the road this summer to visit the Boys and Girls Club of St. John before circling back to the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericton—here are just some of the great people we met.

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