Spring is finally here and we can begin to prepare our community garden. Shawn Frazier (our staff leadership on this project) has completed his research on the most useful and conducive plants to grow. The plants will supply our food bank and and be an excellent teaching tool for our afterschool and camp participants. This year we will plant Tomato, Lettuce, Onions and
Carrots. For the next Three months we will:
April: Prepare soil for planting. Begin participant education sessions. Begin plantings
May: Begin garden maintenance program
June: First harvest begins, training summer camp participants
Learn to Swim
Our YMCA is committed to providing healthy physical activities to our young people before they develop serious life-long health problems that accompany obesity, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, asthma and depression. Children who are overweight have a 70% chance of becoming overweight adults, leading to even more health problems – nationally, nearly 80% of diabetes patients are obese, while 70% of diagnosed cases of heart disease are related to obesity. Studies have also found that if overweight begins before 8 years of age, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe. Swimming is an ideal activity to fight obesity, because it can be done in a group, across ages, and is inherently appealing to most children.
As a result the Plainfield YMCA is continuing the initiative to teach every child in Plainfield how to swim. We are promoting our learn to swim program through the Plainfield Public Schools. The superintendant, principles and teaches have been very receptive to our learn to swim program. So far 4 out of the 10 elementary schools are participating in our program. We will continue our efforts to have all of the elementary school participating by September 2014.