Whitney Lemire (left) and Zoila Morales (right) presented a check to the Boys and Girls Club of Rusk County Director Peggy McAlister for $5,000  from Amerigroup Tuesday.

The Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County received a new grant to improve the health and well-being of Henderson area kids, thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Amerigroup Foundation.

The Club provides kids and teens with critical programming during out-of-school time that creates a positive environment and supports a healthy, active lifestyle.

The grant is one of more than 100 distributed across the country by the Anthem Foundation to support Triple Play programming, which delivers health education and programming that promotes the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition, and enables youth to build the skills needed to overcome environmental factors that can negatively impact health and wellness.

Triple Play approaches wellness with a comprehensive, multi-dimensional curriculum designed to help youth create opportunities to take charge of their personal health and wellness.

Club members receive evidence-informed health education and programming, delivered in a fun and engaging environment that enable youth to develop the most critical social and emotional skills that are core to success in all areas of their development.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support and partnership of Amerigroup Foundation because without their support we would not be able to impact so many kids and teens each year,” said Peggy S. McAlister, CEO, Boys & girls Club of Rusk County.  “With this grant, we hope to continue to provide new and much needed healthy lifestyles programming to kids who need it most, and create a positive foundation for them to grow and thrive.”

The Amerigroup Foundation is committed to improving health and strengthening Texas communities. Through its Healthy Generations grant program, Amerigroup Foundation works to identify the issues most in need of attention and then directs its financial support and volunteer efforts toward improving health in those areas. McAlister said promoting youth health and active lifestyles is an ongoing focus of the foundation.

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