Statewide Social Media Contest
Published: Friday, April 21, 2017

The New Jersey Alliance of YMCAs is hosting a statewide contest on social media in order to get more people involved in promoting healthy lifestyles and building a Culture of Health. Participants can share photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and tag @njymca #HealthyNJContest, plus the name of the New Jersey nonprofit that the prize would support. Photos could be featured on the YMCA website as part of an interactive map, and three lucky participants will get a $500 grant for the health-related cause of their choice.

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Durand students take part in "Healthy U" program
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2016

A spoonful of a sugar, well, it can get a kid rethinking beverage choices.

Facing a selection of energy drinks and sodas, Durand Elementary School upperclassmen picked chocolate milk as a healthy option.

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Mission-specific: YMCA conference focuses on social responsibility
Published: Friday, April 1, 2016

We know that when we work together with other community leaders, we can bring about meaningful change. The 'Y' can marshal the resources to address pressing social issues such as education, joblessness, drug addiction and child welfare. Through this conference, we want to move more 'Y's from awareness to action.

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Diabetes Prevention Deserves Funding Help
Published: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The recent decision by Gov. Chris Christie to veto bipartisan legislation expanding the evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program to Medicaid recipients in New Jersey was ill-advised and is a setback in the movement towards preventative health equity. Moreover, it deprives some of our most vulnerable residents of a critical intervention in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

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New Jersey Healthy Communities Network Announces $860,000 in Grants to 43 Organizations
Published: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network, through a funding collaborative, awarded $860,000 to 43 nonprofit organizations to enhance the built environment and develop policies to support healthy eating and active living.  Grant awards are $10,000 per year for two years, with the stipulation that action plans and goals are being met by the end of year one.

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The Y Embarks on its First National Advertising Campaign
Published: Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Y.M.C.A. — or the Y as it is now known — has existed for more than 160 years and has never felt the need to advertise. After all, even without the help of the ubiquitous song from the Village People, most people know what the Y is.

Or they think they do. Concern that the public has misconceptions about the Y’s mission and programs has spurred the nonprofit to undertake its first national advertising campaign.

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Which Big National Players Are Joining Forces to Make a Local Health Impact?
Published: Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation kicked off a new 10-year partnership with the YMCA on January 1, 2016, as part of its efforts to foster a "Culture of Health." The collaboration is building on existing programs and introducing new initiatives by starting with a grant of just under $12 million over the next three years. With a presence in 10,000 neighborhoods across the United States, the YMCA is well positioned to coordinate a national strategy at the local level.

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Carli Lloyd, Jay Williams aim to curb childhood obesity
Published: Thursday, October 15, 2015

About 420 Middletown students were able to mix it up with basketball great Jay Williams and one of the best in the world of women's soccer, USWNT midfielder Carli Lloyd.

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