Boys & Girls Club Teen Health Program for Healthy Mind, Body and Soul {Interview}

Boys & Girls Club Teen Health Program for Healthy Mind, Body and Soul {Interview}

60 percent of teens—those between the ages of 13 to 17—say that spending too much time online is a “major” problem facing their age group (Pew Research). During Teen Health Week (April 1-7), Dr. Jennifer Bateman, National VP of Youth Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Dr. Laura Herrera Scott, VP of Medicaid Clinical Operations for Anthem, were on hand to discuss these concerns of screen time overload and provide valuable tips for parents to help their teens to stay healthy, active and mindful this spring break.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, across its 4,300 locations nationwide, has always been committed to providing youth with health-focused programming, and in 2010 the Anthem Foundation became a co-sponsor to expand Triple Play, a health and wellness program that focuses on developing a youth’s mind, body and soul. 

Join me in a recent interview with Dr. Bateman and Dr. Herrera from the newly renovation Teen Tech Center at the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club in St. Louis as they discuss insights learned from the Triple Play program, including:

▪ New ways to look at teen health through tips and insights learned from working with youth nationwide.

▪ The importance of whole child health and wellness for U.S. teens and how it allows young people to gain diverse knowledge, skills, and protective factors enabling them to overcome barriers to wellness and positively impact their future health.

▪ Real teen success of the Triple Play approach – teens who participate report double-digit increases in physical activity, improved eating habits and improved relationships with their peers.

View the entire interview here: 

Dr. Jennifer Bateman is the National Vice President for Health, Wellness & Gender for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In this role, Bateman drives the health and wellness agenda for BGCA and leads efforts designed to foster holistic well-being in youth including physical health, nutrition, mental and emotional wellness and access to preventive care. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology and Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Ed. in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University. Interview Source:  Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Laura Herrera Scott, MD, M.P.H, is the VP of Medicaid Clinical Operations for Anthem. In this position, Dr. Herrera Scott, is responsible for overseeing the administration of medical services for the company’s Medicaid health plans and the development and implementation of activities designed to improve patient outcomes. She received her MD from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn and her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Interview Courtesy:  Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Cynthia Tait

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