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Westfield Area Y Local Healthy U Champions Take the Field at Metlife Stadium

Left to right:  Quinton Redding, Westfield Area Y School Age Child Care Coordinator/Jefferson School KEY; Amanda Aguirre, Westfield Area Y Associate Director of Physical Programs; Carolyn White, Westfield Area Y School Age Child Care Director; Mark Elsasser, CEO, Westfield Area Y and President, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance; Marla Itzkin, Westfield Area Y Assistant Director of Communications & Marketing and Jonathan  Pearson, Director, Corporate Philanthropy & Community Affairs and Executive Director of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Credits: Westfield Area Y
The Y is pleased to announce that more than 140 Healthy U champions from across New Jersey, including YMCA staff, school teachers, school administrators and community supporters, recently gathered at MetLife Stadium for a spring celebration of the Healthy U Program.
The event showcased on-the-field demonstrations of Healthy U activities, shared best practices and featured keynote speakers Steven M. Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City and Dr. Glenn Pomerantz, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. 
Healthy U is a statewide youth obesity prevention initiative that promotes nutrition education, physical activity and family engagement.  Nearly 40,000 children in New Jersey ages 3 to 13 have been impacted by this program implemented at 485 Y sites and in 25 public elementary schools.  The program is made possible through a collaborative partnership between The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. 
The Westfield Area Y is proud to offer the Healthy U program in all Y preschool and school-age programs and works closely with school teachers and administrators to implement Healthy U in Westfield’s Washington and Jefferson elementary schools.   To learn more about Healthy U, visit
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

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