Meadowlands Y is all about Healthy U at Met Life Stadium

Author: mariajj2001
Date Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014

Local Healthy U Champions Take the Field at MetLife Stadium More than 140 Healthy U champions from across New Jersey, including YMCA staff, school teachers, school administrators, and community supporters, gathered recently 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 Meadowlands 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 Wood-Ridge’s Catherine E. Doyle elementary school and the Wood-Ridge Intermediate School, as well as the Nutley School District. Healthy U uses the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) curriculum in the preschool, after school and elementary school settings. CATCH is an evidence-based and award winning curriculum that was created in 1992 by national education and child health experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health (UTHSC) and the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. Healthy U is monitored and measured to determine positive changes in healthy eating and increases in moderate to vigorous physical activity. Data is collected and evaluated through student self-reporting surveys, activity observations, and Fitness Gram. Results show improvement in key health measurements including increased physical activity and healthier eating. For more information about the Healthy U program and Catch or how the Meadowlands Area YMCA can bring this to your school district, please call Amelia Griffiths at 201 955-5300 ext. 15. Healthy U at Met Life Stadium Pictured here (R to L): Megan White, Aquatics Director, Joe Min, Development Director, Sheila Dunn, Family Wellness Director, Jane Egan, CEO, Amelia Griffiths, Childcare Director, Ellen Daly, Preschool Director, Jeff Hirschman, Senior Program Director


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