The YMCA and The Horizon Foundation Bringing Healthy U to 40,000 NJ Children
Originally published in Barista Kids
Yesterday afternoon, the Montclair Geyer Family Center YMCA was host to members of The New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The NJ Department of Health, NJ Department of Education, Montclair’s own Celebrity Chef Alma Schneider, Dr. Renee Baskerville, Montclair’s 4th Ward Councilor, and many more.
The big to-do was for a very special announcement—The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance is expanding its HealthyU Initiative program.
Healthy U, New Jersey’s first comprehensive, statewide initiative to combat childhood obesity in an after-school setting, will now reach wider and further with its award-winning curriculum. Initiated in 2008 by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the program has impacted more than 20,000 children ages 5-13 at 400 YMCA sites across New Jersey. With an additional $2.25 million support from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, this YMCA program will reach preschool children ages 3-5 and become incorporated into the curriculum of twelve New Jersey public schools. In three years, with the new expanded program, 40,000 children will benefit from Healthy U.