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Madison Area YMCA and Quest Diagnostics Launch Community Wellness Initiative

Madison Area YMCA Senior Director of Organizational Development Sharon Kunas; Quest’s National QuestCares Leader Caitlin McHugh; Madison Area YMCA 2014 Annual Campaign Volunteer Chairperson Kerry Patel; Madison Area YMCA Board Member Georgeanne Limbach; Barb Short, the Executive Director of the Quest Diagnostics Foundation and director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Inclusion for the company; and Madison Area YMCA President & CEO Diane Mann. Credits: Madison Area YMCA

MADISON, NJ - The Madison Area YMCA has partnered with Quest Diagnostics, headquartered in Madison, to establish an new Community Wellness Initiative which launched simultaneously with the Y’s Annual Campaign kickoff last week.

Quest Diagnostics and the Madison Area YMCA established the partnership with shared goals to help improve health literacy and health behaviors in the community. This corporate partnership for community wellness is the first of its kind for the Madison Area YMCA.

“We are honored and excited to partner with Quest, a leader in the healthcare industry and in corporate social responsibility,” said Madison Area YMCA president and chief executiven officer Diane Mann. “Quest and the Y share many common goals for wellness and community wellbeing, and our shared commitments to social responsibility and community health led to forming this wonderful initiative for our area.”

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In November 2012, Quest CEO Steve Rusckowski founded, along with Madison Mayor Bob Conley and interim Drew University President Vivian Bull, the award-winning Chief Executive Council for Madison (CECM), inviting chief executives who lead corporations in Madison or live in Madison and lead corporations elsewhere to come together for stakeholder collaboration, collective community impact, and to foster the next generation of Madison’s leaders.

Mann and Board Chairman Tom Uhlman were invited to serve on the CECM, and the Quest-Y Madison partnership is but one example of impact yielded from that collaborative group, which recently earned the New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs Innovation in Governance award.

Highlights of the partnership will include vouchers for Quest Blueprint for Wellness screenings and “My Guide to Health” personal reports to help participants understand their current health status, identify risks and consider appropriate lifestyle, exercise and nutrition changes.

The 2014 initiative also plans workshops and a speaker series on wellness, health, nutrition and healthy lifestyles for children, teens and adults of all ages. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist for women’s rowing and Quest community wellness ambassador Esther Lofgren will also participate in key wellness events.

The Madison Area YMCA’s Annual Campaign raises awareness and charitable support for the Y’s cause to advance social responsibility, healthy living and youth development. Funds donated to the campaign help ensure that Y membership and programs are accessible to all community members regardless of ability to pay. 

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