These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. Physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Every child has the opportunity to participate each day in sports, fitness, or recreational activities at the Boys & Girls Club of Rockford. Programs in this area develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills. Activities take place in the clubs' social recreation centers, outdoors, and in the gymnasiums.