The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade recently announced receipt of a $50,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation’s Healthy Eating and Active Living program. The funds will support the B&GC’s Little Chefs Initiative, a program that encourages area youth to prepare and eat healthy meals with their families and to become “Eat Green Ambassadors.”
“We are very grateful for the Aetna Foundation’s generous grant to support our Little Chefs Initiative,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade President Alex Rodriguez-Roig. “Our positive programs, including our health and life skills programs such as the Little Chefs Initiative, are designed to influence our youth throughout the rest of their lives. This grant will help them and their families to further develop healthy eating and cooking habits.”
As part of the initiative, participating children receive a chef hat, apron, cooking utensils and locally grown organic ingredients. Each is asked to prepare seven chef challenges at home and to share these meals with their loved ones.
The children’s experiences will be documented in photographic and written presentations. Awards will go to the most creative and inspiring presentations.
The grant is part of the Aetna Foundation’s Healthy Eating and Active Living program, which funds initiatives that increase understanding of the obesity epidemic. Proceeds from the Aetna Foundation have supported disease prevention programs, funded neighborhood revitalization efforts, increased appreciation of the arts and assisted those in need. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have awarded more than $445 million in grants and sponsorships.