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Steps for Success

July 17, 2017

It takes 30 minutes of walking to put you on a path to a healthier life!
Join us for a 2-week walking challenge!

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Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5-14. Summer is a great time for parents to ensure their children are equipped with essential water safety skills. The YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages.  Find a Y: njymca.org/locations

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New Jersey YMCA State Alliance announced today the three winners of its “Healthy NJ” social media contest. The contest ran from April 24 to June 2 and offered three $500 prizes to be given to a local nonprofit organization working to Build a Culture of Health in their community.

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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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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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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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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.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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