Health & Wellness

YMCA receives $3,000 Grant to Curb Childhood Obesity

Livingston, NJ – The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges was  recently the recipient a $3,000 grant awarded by Precor, a company that designs premium fitness equipment.  The grant will be used to benefit children in the surrounding areas including Livingston, West Essex, South Orange, Maplewood, East Orange, Wayne, Hardyston, and Newton. 

Prector’s goal is to work with the Y to help kids live healthier lives through the implementation of the Y’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in early childhood and afterschool programs.  The Y adopted these standards as part of the Y’s commitment to first lady, Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to help curb childhood obesity.

“As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y takes its responsibility seriously, by helping those most in need,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO. “YMCAs are one of the largest providers of early childhood and afterschool programs in the nation. Now, by adopting standards that will help our kids make better food and activity choices, we strive to be the healthiest.”

Sign Up for E-News

The Metropolitan YMCA serves over 2,000 children in the area every week using HEPA standards.  Through  early childhood and afterschool programs kids interact in an atmosphere that:

  • Establishes a minimum of expected physical activity for children of different ages enrolled in Y programs;
  • Defines food and beverages offerings, including designating water as the primary beverage during snack times and offering fruits and vegetables as snack options;
  • Limits the amount of screen time  (watching TV, playing video games, and using computers);
  • Encourages breastfeeding of infants in the Y’s care; and
  • Is Committed to conducting parent education to encourage healthy behaviors at home.

“Like the Y, Precor believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, our neighbors, and our community,” said Paul Byrne, President. “By collaborating, we have a greater potential to help more people make positive lifestyle choices.”

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is one of 50 YMCAs to receive a grant from Precor as part of the $300,000 gift to YMCA of the USA.  Locally, funding will be to support infrastructure opportunities such as purchasing supplies and equipment, and staff trainings that can help the YMCA to provide a healthy sustainable environment in an early childhood or afterschool site.

For more information about Precor visit www.precor.com

About the Y

The Y is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being while providing opportunities to give back and support the community.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Battle of Short Hills Set to Unfold at Oak Ridge Park

June 20, 2017

CLARK, NJ - Union County residents and visitors can partake in a once-in-a-lifetime experience this Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, when hundreds of uniformed men, women and children stage a re-enactment to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the 1777 Battle of Short Hills.

The two-day event covers everything from dramatic clashes with British regulars to the ...

Millburn Police Department Investigating Multiple Burglaries to a Motor Vehicle

June 20, 2017

On June 13, 2017 Millburn Police Officer Nacim stopped a 2000 Toyota Camry at Essex/Lackawanna for being unregistered and having a brake light out. The 21 year old driver, Tyre Graves out of Irvington, was placed under arrest on an outstanding Irvington criminal warrant.  Mr. Graves was issued summonses and turned over to the Irvington Police Department.

On June 13, 2017 Millburn Police ...

One More Trenton Raid?

June 21, 2017

June is budget month in Trenton; the Governor and state Legislature are seeking to balance the budget in a challenging fiscal situation. Unfortunately, environmental funds top the list of places to find“extra” money to balance the budget.

Just a few months ago, with strong bipartisan support, the state Legislature acted to give voters the opportunity to protect natural resource ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_69982c79ebaa59580998_edd1b0e024441d375f9e_handssquare

Sun, June 25, 11:00 AM

South Mountain Reservation, Millburn

Down the Block Family Fun Hike

Carousel_image_01e37271d11ea8c09753_cb5650fe352ff73f5107_unnamed__16_

Tue, June 27, 8:00 AM

Millburn

Millburn Farmer's Market

Carousel_image_829d2c3161ea42e6fe29_065ffe32d8ac18f60aa8_best_ffef0cd0403475009f34_img_2937

Thu, June 29, 10:30 AM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Tai-Chi for Seniors Summer Class at Millburn ...

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_01e37271d11ea8c09753_cb5650fe352ff73f5107_unnamed__16_

Tue, July 4, 8:00 AM

Millburn

Millburn Farmer's Market

Summer Tennis Lessons Available for Ages 3 and Up

June 22, 2017

The Millburn Recreation Department and the US Sports Institute are offering Summer Tennis Lessons at the Millburn High School tennis courts for ages 3 through adults during the months of June, July and August.  Lesson programs start at $70.00 and registration closes soon.  Lesson programs are available in group, private or semi-private categories.

For further information Click Here ...

Advisory: School’s Out, Drive Safe

Advisory: School’s Out, Drive Safe

WHO: State legislators, local elected officials, advocates and experts

WHAT: The 100 days of summer are the most dangerous days of the year on the road. School’s Out, Drive Safe serves as a reminder for drivers, pedestrians, bike riders and all users of New Jersey’s roads to use caution and care when out and about this summer with the ...

The Hudson Shakespeare Company presents Taming of the Shrew at Millburn Library on June 22, 2017 at 7pm

Come join the Hudson Shakespeare Company at the Millburn Library on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7pm for their presentation of The Taming of the Shrew.

The Hudson Shakespeare Company is bringing this play back to its roots; 'The pleasant garden of great Italy' where all the great young scholars have arrived to study, learn, seek their fortune, and fall in love. Being part of a ...

Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce Seeking Candidates for Board of Directors

Millburn, NJ – The Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates to be considered for serving on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.  Candidates who are interested in furthering the Chamber’s mission with their time, energy, expertise and passion should complete the required on-line survey by April 19.

Rick Davis, President of the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of ...