Healthy Lifestyles

Good health requires practice. It means not only having a place to go where you get the chance to run, jump, kick, throw and high-five; it also means eating right and having the knowledge and confidence necessary to choose wisely. Boys & Girls Clubs are 100% committed to every aspect of a healthy lifestyle. That’s why we provide the right resources – from coaches to carrots – to help kids make the right choices. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s Healthy Lifestyles programming helps young people learn that informed decisions about health and social issues can mean the difference between a life without options and a life filled with hope.

Program Highlights


Thanks to a partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, all of our afterschool programs and summer programs also provide healthy snacks and a balanced meal every day to every single child who attends.


Bringing the philosophies learned at Gates Camp back to Denver, Outdoor Education programming seeks to expose Club members to the resources available to them in urban and wilderness environments through experiential learning activities. Activities such as outdoor rock climbing, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, camping, geocaching, fishing, mountain biking, rafting, and hands-on educational experiences heighten participants’ awareness of outdoor activities and resources available to them in not only in their Club neighborhoods, but in the great Colorado wilderness.


Gates Camp is a residential summer camp facility located at the base of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area west of Boulder, Colorado. Our unique camp offers Boys & Girls Club members a chance to experience new activities, learn a variety of new skills, and try new behaviors. Our campers have the opportunity to make deep connections with both nature and dedicated staff.

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This evidence-based, abstinence-focused program focuses on developing middle school youth’s interpersonal skills by promoting good decision making, and overall pregnancy prevention skill-building. DTL is implemented for gender and age specific groups; 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade. The program is designed to address the whole youth by addressing issues of adolescent life by:

  • Enabling young people to make healthy life choices
  • Supporting their passage into positive adulthood
  • Assisting youth in developing healthy interpersonal relationships
  • Stressing that postponing sexual activity is the best plan
  • Discussing social pressures, challenges to personal limits, and communication and refusal skills
  • Seeking to delay middle school-aged youth onset of sexual activity


An increasing number of young people are not getting sufficient exercise or developing positive routines to ensure their long-term health. Our Clubs offer members a variety of activities to keep them active and healthy.

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Families at each of our Clubs have the opportunity to engage in hands-on comprehensive healthy eating cooking class. Families practice making healthful options together and taste the results. Class participants get a healthy cookbook full of the recipes, which includes health tips, nutrition values and budgeting. Families also walk away with a bag of groceries to recreate the foods at home.


SMART MOVES (Skills Mastery & Resistance Training) is a nationally-acclaimed comprehensive prevention program that helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as premature sexual activity. SMART Moves features engaging, interactive small group activities designed to increase participants’ peer support, enhance life skills, build resiliency and strengthen leadership skills. The program’s components include:

  • SMART Kids, for children ages 6-9
  • Start SMART, for youth ages 10-13
  • Stay SMART, for youth ages 14-18

All modules of this program address age-appropriate issues to help youth make wise choices, adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors and develop positive character traits.


Smart-Girl is a prevention and enrichment program designed to engage girls in activities that develop their social-emotional skills. Smart-Girl gives girls the chance to think about and discuss the challenges they encounter and to formulate and practice appropriate and productive responses. Through this process, Smart-Girl nurtures girls’ social-emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills – qualities proven to lead to success in life.


Health HYLAs get members to take a deeper look at how health ties into their lives. Using fun activities, health staff teach youth the importance of being informed consumers (how to read a nutrition label), critical thinkers (who’s making money off me if I buy tobacco products), and active decision makers when it comes to their own health.