The Westfield Area YMCA will hold a kickoff event for this school year’s 7th Grade Initiative on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Main Y Facility located at 220 Clark Street in Westfield. Seventh graders and their families are invited to learn about the free program and enjoy the interactive sport wall, climbing wall and fitness testing.

In partnership with UnitedHealthcare, the 7th Grade Initiative provides a complimentary membership and specialized programming to all 7th graders who live or attend school in Garwood, Cranford, Mountainside and Westfield to encourage the development of healthy lifestyle habits. Research indicates that 7th grade is a key year in a child’s development of attitudes and behaviors regarding body image, nutrition and self-esteem.  More than 400 students participated this past school year.

Registration is open for this free program. Contact Amanda Aguirre at 908-301-YMCA (9622) ext. 258 or