Grantee Blog 2020

Enacting a Lasting Change

Creating new policies and changing existing ones are effective ways that one can
positively influence the health of a population. The Raritan Valley YMCA will be devoting
resources from our grant to enact a lasting change within the aging population. This will
be done by partnering with local institutions that serve this population. These
partnerships will be upheld with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The
MOU states that the Raritan Valley YMCA wishes to encourage institutions serving
seniors and the disabled to serve more water and promote the need to drink more
water. Research conducted by New York Hospital and Cornell Medical Center has
concluded that 75% of all Americans are suffering from chronic dehydration. Chronic
dehydration has been linked to kidney function, kidney stones, hypertension, urinary
tract infections, intestinal failures, and even dementia. Agencies can help educate and
promote increasing the availability of water as well as educating the public of the
downsides of caffeinated and surgery drinks. This will be done through the utilization of
the #NJSugarfreed campaign: The #NJSugarfree
campaign is designed to help people in New Jersey avoid obesity, diabetes, and heart
disease. They offer three pledges with steps to tackling this problem. The Raritan Valley
YMCA is willing to offer incentives to institutions that sign the MOU. If your agency is
interested in promoting this work and policy, please contact

About the Grantee

Raritan Valley YMCA

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. To learn more about the Raritan Valley YMCA programs, health and wellness, visit or call 732-257-4114. The Y is located at 144 Tices Lane in East Brunswick.