Precor Grant Supports the YMCA of Central Ohio’s Efforts to Curb Childhood Obesity
[COLUMBUS, ARPIL 10, 2013]– The YMCA of Central Ohio received a $3,000 grant from Precor to support efforts to help children in central Ohio live healthier lives through the implementation of the Y’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in early childhood and afterschool programs. Adopting these standards is part of the Y’s commitment to first lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to help curb childhood obesity.
“As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y takes its responsibility seriously, by helping those most in need,” said Andrew A. Roberts, President of YMCA of Central Ohio. “YMCAs are one of the largest providers of early childhood and afterschool programs in the nation. Now, by adopting standards that will help our kids make better food and activity choices, we strive to be the healthiest.”
The YMCA of Central Ohio serves 2,500 children in our our child care programs each day.
All early childhood and afterschool programs are implementing the HEPA standards, which include:
· Establishing a minimum of expected physical activity for children of different ages enrolled in Y programs;
· Defining food and beverages offerings, including designating water as the primary beverage during snack times and offering fruits and vegetables as snack options;
· Limiting the amount of screen time (watching TV, playing video games, and using computers);
· Encouraging breastfeeding of infants in the Y’s care; and
· Committing Ys to conducting parent education to encourage healthy behaviors at home.
“Like the Y,Precor believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, our neighbors, and our community,” said Paul Byrne, President. “By collaborating, we have a greater potential to help more people make positive lifestyle choices.”
The YMCA of Central Ohio is one of 50 YMCAs to receive a grant from Precor as part of the $300,000 gift to YMCA of the USA, the resource office for the nation’s YMCAs, to support the implementation of the HEPA standards in YMCA early childhood and afterschool programs. Locally the funding will be used to support infrastructure opportunities such as purchasing supplies and equipment, and staff trainings that can help the YMCA to provide a healthy sustainable environment in an early childhood or afterschool site.
About the YMCA of Central Ohio
The Y is one of Central Ohio’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are a diverse association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life, joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve our community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. As part of the fabric of Central Ohio for nearly 160 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymcacolumbus.org.