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Middlesex County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) – Reviewing Our Work Alongside the CHNA Report

The Raritan Valley YMCA’s grant from New Jersey Healthy Communities Network continues to make strides in the community.  Today, with over 50 other county health representatives, Y staff attended a presentation opened by the CEO’s of Robert Wood Johnson and St. Peter’s Hospitals and delivered by Bruno and Ridgeway, the consulting firm that assimilated county health data and surveys.

The presentation outlined the top health issues itemized below.  These medical conditions support the purpose and importance of the Y’s grant work in the areas of health education, policy and environmental change.  Furthermore, the work that we have done with healthy camps and concessions has provided youth and adults access to education, activity, and healthy foods.  The top medical issues probably are no surprise to many:

Today we learned that Middlesex County has the worst ranking in NJ for obesity and high cholesterol.  Obesity, mental health issues and diabetes ranked as top self-reported health issues.  Over 30% of the survey respondents said they are not exercising and18% do not feel well, mentally or physically.

The Community Health Needs Assessment data, revealed on July 31, 2019, supports the need and opportunity for the YMCA and its key partner, Healthier Middlesex, to continue their grant work in:

1)    Mobilizing local camps to implement policy regarding healthier concessions and food service with reduced sugar drink and snack options

2)    Providing access to underserved areas for increased physical activity

3)    Offering health educational programming

4)    Securing signed policies by camps, concessions stand operators, and government authorities that agree to these initiatives

5)    Expanding our efforts

Stayed tuned for our post summer impact report… as we continue being champions for children’s health and well-being through policy and environmental change!



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.