In partnership with the Eastside Boxing Club, the Healthy Snacks for Active Youth program provides nutritious, hearty snacks for at-risk youth in the Eastside Boxing Club’s after-school boxing training program.
ESB recently conducted an evaluation of their Youth Boxing Program. A portion of the evaluation was dedicated to identifying program successes and what youth liked best about the afterschool program. The evaluation found,
“… food has been an asset to the program that has helped to increase the health of youth accessing the program regularly, it also helps to bring youth through the door.”
Youth chose food as one of the things they enjoyed the most about the boxing training program, in addition to the atmosphere, the relationship with the instructors and their physical results.
When asked what could be improved about the program, youth asked for additional food options, specifically healthy food options including fruit, cheese, and crackers, suggesting that exposure to healthy food via the snack program is already changing their eating behaviours and choices for the better.
Finally, when asked what they liked best about the program, one participant responded,
“What I like about boxing is that they teach you well and feed you good after.”
The findings of the evaluation point to the success of the Healthy Snacks for Active Youth snack program in increasing healthy eating as well as to the critical role the snack program plays in increasing attendance at the after school program.