Project Health and Life Skills

There is much to learn in the area of health as well as skills for living the best life you possibly can. Training in this area is provided for young people to advance in life the right way thanks to a series of specially created programs designed for that purpose.

Let's take a look at some of the programs that are underway at this moment that can be of great benefit to the youngsters they are aimed at.

SMART Moves

The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses the problems of drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. Based on proven techniques, the program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives.

More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6-15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.

Smart Girls

An outgrowth of the popular and effective SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 10-15. All major areas of healthfulness as well as making sensible lifestyle choices are covered in this program.

The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential. Girls are encouraged to partake in this program and it is made interesting and fun to ensure they stay with it and learn some really useful lessons along the way.

B&G Club Garden

Lead by John "Pop" Spera - a faithful and hardworking volunteer - the children of the B&G Clubs of Rutherford County know how to grow! The Garden is a year-round project for our members, teaching activities like composting, caring for the soil, planting, caring for the growing plants, weeding, how to tell when a vegetable or fruit is ripe, proper harvesting, pruning and EATING the fresh crops.

Stop by in the summertime for fresh tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, squash, beans, okra, broccoli, green onions, potatoes, cabbage, romaine lettuce, peppers, pumpkins, gourds, radishes, carrots, peanuts, strawberries and take some home with you. Also, the garden grows sunflowers, roses, tulips and many other pretty flowers.

You can't beat the taste of naturally grown crops and there are many health benefits from eating food that has been grown without being sprayed with harmful pesticides and chemicals.

Resources

If health is a subject that really interests you and you want to read more about it from different viewpoints and aspects, here are some helpful resources external to this website that you can look up at your leisure: