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The Health + Nutrition program provides resources and guidance for Scholar Athletes and the Ward 7 and 8 communities to make healthy choices that will have a long-lasting, generational impact.

Donate a bag of produce to our community in need

The Health + Nutrition program at the Youth Baseball Academy provides resources and guidance for Scholar Athletes and the Ward 7 and 8 communities to make healthy choices that will have a long-lasting, generational impact.

In partnership with 4P Foods, our bag donation program supports the weekly farmers market and produce bag distribution held each week at the Youth Baseball Academy. In order to keep pace with demand, the market needs to distribute 90 bags of produce this week, your generous donation supports this program and helps ensure access to healthy food for area families.

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A Community Partnership

Through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partnership, the Academy aims to increase access to organic foods in Wards 7 and 8 through a year-round CSA-style market filled with affordable, locally grown produce. As part of our partnership with 4P Foods, you can now make a direct contribution to the weekly market, helping to get healthy, nutrient-dense food to those who need it in the communities we serve.
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Promoting healthy choices with long-lasting impact

The Health + Nutrition program at the Youth Baseball Academy provides resources and guidance for Scholar Athletes and the Ward 7 and 8 communities to make healthy choices that will have a long-lasting, generational impact. Inspired by the Let’s Move! Initiative – which seeks to end the epidemic of childhood obesity – the Health + Nutrition program engages Scholar Athletes in nutrition and good health through holistic food education. Lessons include food preparation, cooking, tending to a vegetable and herb garden, and learning about the essential nutrients found in foods and their relationship to physical activity and brain function. The program is delivered in partnership with leading food education and nutrition organizations.

Program Features
The Health + Nutrition program provides Scholar Athletes and community residents with the knowledge and resources to make sustainably healthy decisions.

  • Scholar Athlete healthy cooking classes
  • Scholar Athlete fitness enrichment
  • Community-based adult healthy cooking classes
  • Community Teaching Garden
  • Weekly Community Farmers Market
Health & Nutrition
Wards 7 and 8 are considered urban food deserts – areas that lack access to affordable and healthy foods – like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk – that comprise the full range of a balanced diet. With extremely limited access to grocery stores, residents are forced to shop at convenience stores or consume fast food. Despite COVID19 related closures, the Academy remains a critical food access point. Prepackaged bags of discounted produce are available every Wednesday afternoon at our weekly farmers market. For the safety of our staff and community, distribution has been altered to contactless, curbside pick-up.
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Grab-and-Go meals distributed since March.

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produce bags distributed since March.

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masks distributed to partner schools and Scholar Athletes to facilitate a safe return to play.