President Bill Clinton announced Monday that 4,000 Boys and Girls Clubs of America will join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s efforts to increase access to healthy food and improve physical activity for the 4 million young people the clubs serve.

“We applaud the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for their continued success in ensuring children can lead healthy lives,” Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, said about the efforts.

“Millions of children participate in afterschool programs up to three hours each day, five days a week, 180 days every year. Now, with a new commitment from The Boys & Girls Club of America and leadership of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, more parents can rest assured that their children are being provided healthy snacks, getting plenty of time to be physically active and will have leaders who are trained to help them learn healthy habits while they are young,” Brown said.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation was founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation. Its goal is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity and to inspire young people to develop lifelong healthy habits. The Alliance works to positively affect all the places that can make a difference in a child’s health including homes, schools, doctors’ offices and communities.

Photo of former President Clinton courtesy of Ralph Alswang