Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures (HKHF) provides Northeastern University students with the opportunity to gain leadership skills, engage with the surrounding Boston community, and learn about childhood obesity as a public health issue. Students with an interest in civic engagement, community health, social justice and community service work with HKHF’s Family Gym program (previously called Open Gym) throughout the year.
Family Gym is a free play program for families with children ages 3-8 that aims to encourage young children and their families to be active together and to promote open, non-fee based recreational use of Boston’s community centers. Family Gym takes place on Saturdays from 10:00am-11:30am at a three different community centers in Boston. In partnership with Northeastern University’s Service-Learning Program, students are recruited and receive training and support to take a core role in leading activities for families, conducting community outreach, and developing wellness resources for families attending Family Gym.
View the Family Gym video below to learn more!
If you are a Northeastern University student interested in becoming involved with Family Gym as a volunteer or for work study, please contact HealthyKids@neu.edu.
Testimonials from Student Activity Leaders:
“Although this service-learning experience required a lot of work, I enjoyed every minute of it and am thankful that I had the opportunity to work with such a great program, and truly feel that I have made a difference in the lives of others as well as my own life.”
“The most important quality I have been able to develop and improve upon through [HKHF] is my level of self-confidence. Through this service-learning experience, I have learned to have more faith in my abilities and in learning to communicate and motivate people to participate in a program, I have become more comfortable with meeting new people and sharing what I know and have learned with them. At [HKHF], the caregivers were very interested in our lives outside of the program and loved that we were students giving back to the immediate community by sharing our knowledge and time with them.”
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