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Spooky Foods at Healthy U Day!

On October 25th, 2018, we celebrated our annual Healthy U Day in our after school care programs.  Healthy U Day is a kickoff for our Healthy U program in which we promote healthy behavior and prevent childhood obesity through physical activity, family involvement and nutrition education in our childcare programs. Our nutritionists Miss Lyndsay, Miss Jackie, and Miss Angelique made spooky food crafts with the children in our programs.  We used clementines and chopped celery to make Halloween pumpkins, and bananas and raisins to create spooky ghosts!   We even had a visit from Mrs. Sue-Sue Cornell, Healthy U State Grant Director from the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance.  Mrs. Sue helped us learn the easiest way to peel a clementine.

Our kids were SO excited to have fresh fruits, and our nutritionists stressed the importance of eating our fruits fresh, when possible.  We also discussed sneaky added sugars in dried and canned fruits.  We finished our Healthy U Day by burning off that sugar with some fun non-elimination games such as “Dr. Dodgeball” and “Dragon Tails”.  Mrs. Sue even got in on the dodgeball, and she shows no mercy for anyone!

We are so grateful to our collaborating partners with this New Jersey Healthy Communities Network grant funded by SNAP-Ed, The New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, and The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, for supporting our work in preventing childhood obesity and teaching our youth how to lead healthier lives.

We are in the process of finalizing our dates for our 2019 Farmer’s Market at the YMCA of Gloucester County.  We are seeking vendors and farmers that share our passion of bringing healthy, affordable foods to our community.  If you or someone you know may be interested in participating please reach out to Tyler Marchei, Senior Manager of Healthy Living at the YMCA of Gloucester County at

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YMCA of Gloucester County

The YMCA of Gloucester County is dedicated to the development of Spirit, Mind, and Body by providing leadership, programs and services to ALL county residents instilling the Christian ideals of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.