YMCA Staff Published in Health Journal

The Southern District YMCA is committed to being the healthiest after school child care provider during a time when childhood obesity is on the rise. Staff are committed to the YMCA healthy eating and physical activity standards which promote daily wellness practices such as eating fruits and vegetables, drinking water, and engaging in vigorous activity. In the 2010-2011 school year, the Southern District YMCA joined forces with researchers at the University of Massachusetts to test the newly developed A+ toolkit in our 15 area after school programs. A+ is a toolkit created to assess the wellness practices of an after school program, identify program gaps in meeting after school healthy eating and physical activity standards, and move staff to formulate action plans to offer the healthiest program environment. As a result of using A+ each school year, YMCA after school programs are able to celebrate their wellness strengths and offer quality after school environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice.  The Southern District YMCA’s experience with A+ was documented and published in Health Promotion Practice journal.

Visit the Southern District YMCA’s website to read the abstract.

Read the full article here.

In Health,
Kimberly Meyer
Director of Community Based Programs
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