The article is part of our series of blog posts featuring each of the individuals and/or organizations selected for the National AfterSchool Association’s Most Influential in Health and Wellness for afterschool. The Walking Classroom proudly sponsored the competition because of our strong belief in the value of afterschool programs and the importance of promoting healthier lifestyles for all kids.
Our next honoree is:
The YMCA is a cause-driven organization for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. They believe a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.
The Y aims to improve the nation’s health and well-being by providing programs and activities that promote wellness, reduce risk for disease, and help others reclaim their health. These programs and everything else the Y does are in service of making our Ys and our communities better. The result is a country that values health and communities that support healthy choices.
The Y’s programs, services, and initiatives enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body; prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic.
Selections were made by NAA based on strong advocacy for and support of health and wellness in afterschool. Those selected represent individuals and organizations whose service, action, and leadership align with and support the NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards and affect large numbers of youth, families, or afterschool professionals.