Because healthy eating and physical activity undeniably contribute to higher academic performance and positive behavior in and out of school, Healthy Living is central to HOLA’s mission.
Through this program, we increase youth participation in positive activities and decrease their involvement in destructive behavior while building fitness levels and nutritional awareness. These efforts cultivate the discipline kids need to acquire life-long fitness and nutritional habits, practice good sportsmanship, and maintain a healthy mind, body and lifestyle.
Our Healthy Living program also focuses particularly on nurturing the confidence, self-esteem, leadership, and grit of underserved girls, many of whom lack positive outlets and safe spaces in which to build critical noncognitive abilities. Wholly inclusive and collaborative, HOLA intentionally promotes athletics and nutrition program elements among girls, and as we’ve strengthened the female presence in these activities, we have observed a ripple effect. As more younger girls see more teenage role models, they become more comfortable participating in activities in which girls are historically underrepresented.