focus on health
Whitlock, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Boston, knows that technology isn’t
a cure-all for the kids of Charlestown. For kids
to learn, they need to be healthy, fit and drug-free.
hopes to bring all the Boys & Girls
Clubs a health and wellness program.
in young children, especially poorer children, has
become a problem that needs to be addressed, she
added that the clubs intend to serve healthy snacks
after school and hot meals before the kids leave,
so they don’t go home hungry. (The Chelsea
club currently serves 200 hot meals a day.)
problem Charlestown faces is the rise in the number
of youths involved in drug use over the past few
years, Whitlock said.
a way to combat drug use, especially OxyContin in
Charlestown, she wants to place social workers and
teen leaders in each of the clubs as part of the
Health and Wellness program.