Health & Wellness

Press Releases

A Healthier Sussex County Expected with YMCA Expansion

A 9,000-square-foot addition will allow the Sussex County YMCA to launch sports leagues and expand community wellness programs that address some of the county’s pressing concerns: obesity, diabetes, cancer and the rise in abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal and prescription drugs. The Sussex County YMCA will break ground on the $3.8 million project in May, building a full-size high school gymnasium and expanding the wellness center by 2,000 square feet to meet a growing need.

With more than 9,000 members, “we are at full capacity and are expanding so that we can best meet the wellness needs of all of our members,” Sussex County Y Executive Director Jennifer Gardner said. “The addition gives us much-needed room and flexibility to expand programs that promote residents’ wellness and increase youth and family programming.”

“The YMCA is a great asset that can fulfill the needs of so many in our community,” Sussex County Chamber of Commerce President Tammie Horsfield said. “I believe the Y’s expansion will allow more opportunities for our residents, assist in improving Sussex County’s quality of life, and help to make our community healthier.”

Sign Up for E-News

A 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment of Sussex County found that rates of substance abuse, obesity, cancer, diabetes, depression and anxiety are increasing. One in four residents of Sussex County is obese, and it is among the 25 percent of counties nationwide with the highest incidence of cancer rates. Original plans for the Y, built in 2005, included a gymnasium.

“The Room to Grow Campaign allows us to complete the building and make state-of-the-art renovations,” said Richard K. Gorab, president and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. The Sussex County YMCA is one of six branches of the Metro YMCA, the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey. “We are thrilled that we already have secured $2.9 million in commitments for this much-needed project, but we need to raise another $900,000 to ensure we have the resources to complete all the exciting renovations,” Gorab said.

The addition will increase the Y’s size by 28 percent, to a total of 41,500 square feet. The project is expected to be completed in January 2018. If fully funded, the project will include lobby and welcome area renovations, a cycle room for spin classes, a social gathering area, and upgrades to locker rooms and bathrooms.

The Y plans to offer league sports in basketball, volleyball and pickleball, a game that combines elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong. Partitions will allow the gymnasium to be divided and used for multiple activities at once, Gardner said. With the added space, the Y will expand community programs that encourage people to pursue healthy lifestyle changes. Those include: diabetes prevention; the Y First Physicians Referral Program, in which adults and children struggling with specific chronic health issues receive a prescription from their doctor to participate in a free 12-week fitness plan at the Y; and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a program that helps cancer survivors regain stamina, strength and emotional wellbeing.

The Y will continue to offer free memberships to more middle schoolers. A total of 208 sixth, seventh and eighth graders are participating in the program’s first year. Research shows that children in middle school are reaching the age of making independent decisions about their health and well-being, Gardner noted.

Meanwhile, the Y’s senior membership has seen a steady increase, and that is expected to continue as the county ages. Seniors come to work on balance and strength, and to enjoy the company of others, Gardner said.

“Our chair yoga class is so popular, we can’t fit another chair in,” Gardner said, noting the new space will alleviate that problem.

“The Y has been an important community center for more than a decade, and that role will only grow as we expand offerings and address some of Sussex County’s serious health concerns,” said Jarrod Cofrancesco, Chairman of the Sussex County Y’s Board of Managers. To contribute to the Room to Grow campaign, contact Metro YMCA Chief Development Officer Lisa Kelly at lkelly@metroymcas.org or 973-758-9622, or visit the Sussex County YMCA for a tour.

ABOUT THE Y Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey, serving more than 35,000 individuals and providing nearly $1.3 million in direct financial assistance. Its six YMCAs, located in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne, are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. They offer an array of programs that build spirit, mind and body for people of all ages and all circumstances.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Man Arrested for Pot Despite Efforts to Cover Smell

December 15, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Port Jervis, New York was arrested on drug charges after being stopped for a missing license plate.  On December 12 around 1:30 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Christopher Favaro stopped a silver Toyota Camry on Route 15, driven by David Formisano, 18, police report.

Favaro smelled marijuana when speaking with Formisano, despite the driver’s effort to cover ...

Sparta Police: Son Gets a Conscience, Faces Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – When a father and son stopped for traffic violations it first appeared the father would be in trouble but in the end it was the son who ended up under arrest.  On December 5 around 11:15 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino saw a Honda driving with the windshield wipers on but not the headlights, police report.

When Rubino spoke with the driver John Maziot, the officer smelled alcohol ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man's Toke Break Leads to Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drug charges having been found smoking in the parking lot of the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  On November 11 around 11 p.m. Cpl. Joseph Anotnello and Police Officer Steven Guido were patrolling on the boardwalk when they smelled marijuana, according to police. 

The officers saw four people in the lower level parking lot appearing to be smoking ...

Obituaries

- Jun 2, 2017
Jillian Mari Baluyot, 17, of Nutley, passed away on June 2, 2017. Born in Secaucus, she lived in ...
Read more
- Feb 21, 2017
Marisa Rincon (30) passed away in Randolph on February 21,2017. She was born is West Chester, PA ...
Read more

Thanks for Saving my House

December 10, 2017

It was strange to get a phone message at a local movie theater that my house was on fire in Lake Stockholm on Friday. It was thirty years ago that I had a house fire in the same community, but tonight I was at the AMC movie in Rockaway getting a call about my house again being on fire. I arrived in Lake Stockholm to see the firemen keeping damage to a minimum!

Without the great effort of ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, December 20, 12:00 PM

Stanhope

Top Notch Resume II: Advanced

Business & Finance

Fri, January 12, 12:00 PM

Rutgers/Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick

North Jersey Orchid Society 51st Annual Orchid ...

Fri, January 12, 12:00 PM

Rutgers/Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick

North Jersey Orchid Society 51st Annual Orchid ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

Sat, February 24, 7:00 PM

The Prudential Center, Newark

Sparta Education Foundation Night Out with the NJ ...

Giving Back Sports

AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

Champion Newton High School Football Team Earns Key to the Town

December 16, 2017

NEWTON, NJ – For the second time this week people gathered on the plaza in front of the Newton Town Hall for a celebration.  On Wednesday night Newton High School football team, marching band and coaches were honored with a Key to the City from the Newton Mayor, council and Town Manager. The event was to celebrate the first state championship title for the Brave’s football ...

Need another reason to brush and floss? Gum disease may increase cancer risk.

A study published in the journal Cancer Research this past week looked at the oral health of over 120,000 people in the U.S. for 10 years and found a 21% increase in the risk of esophageal cancer when people had gum disease caused by certain kinds of bacteria. 

 

National Library of Medicine – HealthDay summary: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_170118.html

Journal ...

Family Health

When a Stroke is Possible, Experience Makes the Difference

When it comes to accurately diagnosing whether someone has suffered a stroke, “one can never be too smart,” says Dr. Gary Belt.

Belt, a stroke neurologist at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Overlook Medical Center, has more than three decades of experience in making those tricky diagnoses. He knows that superficial signs that seem to indicate a stroke can’t always be ...

Red Cross Holiday Gift Guide: 3 Ways to ‘Give Something That Means Something’ This Holiday Season

December 17, 2017

 

PRINCETON, NJ, December 15, 2017 — After responding to a string of historic disasters, the American Red Cross is appealing to the public to “Give Something That Means Something” this holiday season. Throughout the Holiday Giving Season, donors can help bring hope and relief to children, families and communities that need it most with their holiday ...