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From Healthy Kids Camp to Healthier Communites

Last the month the Raritan Valley YMCA reported that there were ten policy change statements signed by local summer camp directors.  The signed forms included a MOU with policy adoption criteria and suggested policies for the reduction of sugar sweet snacks and beverages and fried foods, while supporting increased physical activity in the Healthy Kids Camp project.  The initiative, spearheaded by the Y in conjunction with the Healthier Middlesex (hospital) Coalition, held its evaluation meeting on October 10th and came up with some 2019 action items:

Next Possible Steps:

Continue the program in 2019 with goals of enrolling additional camps and increasing numbers served by hosting a camp director training in January 2019 and using outside contacts to bring new camps in.

Contact the American Camp Association (ACA) for their endorsement and inclusion in communications to NJ ACA accredited camps.  Host a meeting with accredited camps.

Meet with personnel from the NJ Department of Health to explore the possibility of updating camp policies under the NJ State Youth Camp Safety Act to reflect those of the NJ state childcare regulations which mandate specific healthy eating and physical activity requirements.

Research area school and recreational sports concession food and drink menus and use the Healthy Kids Camp policy model to improve to healthier food items sold at sporting events.

By working together, the partnership can promote environmental and policy change, to help decrease the prevalence and severity of leading chronic health conditions affecting Middlesex County.

Our collective impact is impressive.

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 www.raritanvalleyymca.org or call 732-257-4114. The Y is located at 144 Tices Lane in East Brunswick.