McGinn Honored for Healthy U Participation

Credits: Courtesy of Gina Heuck

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The McGinn Elementary School has been recognized as one of 25 public elementary schools in New Jersey that successfully implemented the Healthy U program in the 2013-14 school year. 

Healthy U is a statewide youth obesity prevention initiative that promotes nutrition education, physical activity and family engagement. Grants to initiate the program come from the Horizon Foundation.

“This is our first year working closely with the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA to create a healthier environment in our schools,” said Dr. Sasha Slocum, principal of McGinn Elementary School.  “Through Healthy U, students learn from experience that being physically active every day can be fun and they are developing good nutrition habits, such as choosing water, fruit and vegetables over other options.  We are seeing more energy and a greater focus in school.”

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“The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is proud to be a part of the team that brings this program to our local school,” said Shannon Frank, School Age Child Care director at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. 

Nearly 40,000 children in New Jersey ages 3 to 13 participate in the Healthy U program implemented at 485 Y sites and in 25 public elementary schools. The program is made possible through a partnership between The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. Since 2008, the Horizon Foundation has invested $3.45 million in the initiative.  For more information visit

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. For information on membership or programs, or to request a schedule of classes, call (908) 889-8880 or visit  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

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