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Since Union County resident Lynne O’Connor joined the local Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), she has learned three key healthy lifestyle changes: eat healthier, lose weight gradually and exercise regularly.

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Twelve seniors will be designated “leaders of change” as the Newark YMCA pilots a resident-lead Policy, Systems, & Environmental (PSE) Change program with their senior residents. The Healthy at Home program, created by the NJ YMCA State Alliance and the Newark YMCA housing program, is part of the NJ SNAP-Ed program. The program aims to support SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) eligible community members in living healthier lives by providing nutrition education and options to remain active. The program debuted in December 2020, and is designed specifically for senior housing sites. 

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The featured art work is one of the 581 submissions received from community residents across the state as part of Community Conversations, NJ’s COVID-19 Storytelling Project, a program created by the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the New Jersey Department of Health. The statewide effort collected personal accounts of New Jersey residents regarding the challenges faced during the pandemic, how they overcame struggles, and where they found support in their communities during this unprecedented time. These honest, heart-felt contributions from across NJ were expressed through many creative outlets, such as: music, videos, poetry, artwork, interviews, and vlogs.

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Camp Mason and Fairview Lake YMCA locations are both idyllic. There is access to the Appalachian Trail for hiking, and to the Delaware River for a variety of watersports. Thrill seekers can explore the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Fairview Lake YMCA Camps sit on mile-long Fairview Lake in Stillwater, Sussex County on 660 acres. Both sites offer specialty camps for all kinds of activities, including arts and crafts, theater arts, sailing, science, farm, and ranch. 

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Youth advocates met with Representative Andy Kim during National Advocacy Days, March 16-18, 2021. As part of the event, 11 students participated in training and workshops where they learned how to be effective advocates and better cause-driven leaders. 

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Anti-Asian sentiment has deep roots in our country, dating back centuries, and sadly it has grown stronger since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States. Violence against Asian Pacific Islanders has risen at an appalling rate during the past year – exceeding 3,000 incidents nationwide according to Stop AAPI Hate – driven by hate, racism

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The New Jersey Alliance of YMCAs join the citizens of our state in mourning the tragic death of George Floyd and are heartbroken by the events of racial injustice that have been escalating against Black Americans across our country. New Jersey is the most diverse state in the nation and we, at the Y, celebrate what makes us all different and unique every

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