Addressing the problem of childhood obesity is a priority for Harvard Pilgrim, making a partnership with Boys & Girls Club a natural fit. Since 2008, Harvard Pilgrim has given over a half a million dollars in grants in addition to providing training, educational services, and volunteers to the Boys & Girls Club of Boston.
The funds from Harvard Pilgrim have allowed the Boys & Girls Club to create a number of hands-on activities including a cooking class series with recent White House pastry chef Bill Yosses and a raised-bed garden program to teach children the importance of fruits and vegetables.
Joshua Kraft, the chief executive of the Boys & Girls Club says that while they have always promoted healthy lifestyles, they “couldn’t provide the breadth and depth of our healthy lifestyles programming without the help of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. With their passion, vision and leadership we are able to improve the health of the 16,000 youths we serve and help build a healthier Boston.”
The New England Council thanks Harvard Pilgrim for their continued support of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston to address childhood obesity.