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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.

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.

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
10k

Grab-and-Go meals distributed since March.

1.2k

produce bags distributed since March.

32

hours of healthy cooking instruction given to Scholars each year.