Woburn is rising to the challenge when it comes to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic. In February, the Intrepid Keystone Club at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn won a grant to create a youth-led initiative to educate young people in Woburn about the importance of active, healthy lifestyles, while also creating opportunities for youth to be active in their daily lives. For more on this initiative, click here.

Now, the city is doing its part to promote healthy lifestyles for children. Woburn recently received a wellness grant of $8,700 from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council as part of the Middlesex Community Transformation Grant to promote safe walking for school children. 

Woburn will use this grant to work with the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program to look at the walking conditions at five local schools: Altavesta Elementary School, the Goodyear School, the Linscott-Rumford Elementary School, Clyde Reeves Elementary School and Joyce Middle School. 

The idea behind this wellness grant is that if the children in the community have safer walking routes to school, healthier and more active lifestyles will be encouraged and there will be less instances of childhood obesity. 

The Safe Routes to School program will also help the schools develop educational and promotional tools to encourage walking and biking as healthy transportation options. 

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Congratulations to the Intrepid Keystone Club at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn! They were the only group from Massachusetts to receive the UnitedHealth HEROES grant for $955 to help fight childhood obesity in the community.

The UnitedHealth HEROES grant is a joint effort with Youth Service America (YSA), a national nonprofit. This grant is awarded to a youth-led program that includes an activity component, in which kids can count their steps, and a service component that increases awareness, provides direct service, enables advocacy on behalf of a cause or features youth philanthropy around the issue of childhood obesity. 

The Keystone Club will use this grant to host weekly challenges at the Boys and Girls Club such as running laps, walking or jumping rope. Members of the group will chart the progress made by participants and everyone who participates will earn prizes and incentives. The goal of this program is to educate young people in Woburn about the importance of active, healthy living, while providing them with opportunities to be active in their daily lives.

During the program, the Keystone Club will present facts and tips on how to stay healthy and active. The Keystone Club will showcase their achievements at a health fair on Global Youth Serivce Day on April 26th. They will also be hosting a relay race that will feature a compliation of all the challenges in which members participated in over the course of the program.

To read more about this story and the childhood obesity epidemic, click here.

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The Woburn Youth Council at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn have been highly involved in the local community through participating in service learning projects as well as volunteering for numerous community events. Now they are beginning a new project to serve the community.

The Youth Council will be selecting youth-based community service learning organizations to receive a mini-grant! To learn more about this great opportunity, please attend the Information Session which will be held on January 15, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, 1 Charles Gardener Lane. Any questions you may have about this mini-grant project will be answered there.