Peninsula Boys & Girls Club Receives Grant from Anthem

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A bulletin board created by York County club during a session on the affects of smoking. (Courtesy Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula)
A bulletin board created by York County club during a session on the affects of smoking. (Courtesy Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula)

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation recently awarded the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula a $12,000 grant to provide York and Gloucester teens with after-school activities that provide a positive environment and support healthy lifestyle choices.

The grant is one of many distributed through Anthem’s “Triple Play” program, which is a five-year, $10 million commitment to improving the health of the minds, bodies and souls of people in the communities served by the health insurance company.

Triple Play, which was founded more than a decade ago with the support of Anthem and co-sponsor The Coca-Cola Company, has served more than 10 million connections with kids and teens across the country.

Anthem’s Healthy Generations grant program works to identify the issues most in need of attention in each Virginia community is serves and direct financial support and volunteer efforts towards improving health in those areas.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula will use the grant to focus on programing that teaches the importance of physical activity and healthy eating habits. The ability to identify and build health relationships is also a core value of the program.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support and partnership of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, because without their support we would not be able to impact so many kids and teens each year,” COO Hal Smith said. “With this grant, we hope to continue to provide new and much needed healthy lifestyles programming to kids who need it most, and create a positive foundation for them to grow and thrive.”