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Swimming lessons: A matter of life and death
Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 -

With summer officially starting on Saturday, New Jersey’s beaches, lakes and pools will become a source of fun for millions, but they can also be trouble for those with insufficient swimming or water safety skills. According to statistics on accidents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 10 Americans die every day from drowning, 20 percent of them children aged 14 or younger and drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental injury or death for children and the sixth-leading cause for people of all ages. In addition, for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for submersion injuries.


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Healthy Kids Day at Central Jersey YMCAs aims to help kids exercise minds and bodies
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 -

YMCAs across the state host Healthy Kids Day events.


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Hillsborough HS grad finds Oscar-winning success as part of "Frozen" team
Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 -

From ages 6-18, Hillsborough High School graduate Kelsey Hurley was a member of the Somerset Valley YMCA swim team.  Now, she is part of the 600-member team that made the $1 billion-dollar grossing film "Frozen", and received Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film — Disney’s first — and Best Original Song.


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Fighting type 2 diabetes and obesity in the local area
Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 -

Last week, the 2014 New Jersey state report titled “Providing Access to Healthy Solutions — An Analysis of New Jersey’s Opportunities to Enhance Prevention and Management of Type 2 Diabetes” was released.

The report, written by PATHS (Providing Access to Healthy Solutions), an initiative led by the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI), provides an overview of the landscape of type 2 diabetes in New Jersey, where approximately 700,000 individuals live with the disease and many others are at risk for developing it, including children. New Jersey ranks No. 3 in the nation for obesity among low-income children ages 2 to 5, of whom 16.6 percent are obese. In Cumberland County, the prevalence of obesity is 33.4 percent. These children are at greater risk of receiving a diabetes diagnosis in their future. This new report is a welcome look at how government and community agencies can come together to implement health care and prevention strategies that address type 2 diabetes in New Jersey.


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