Sussex County YMCA After School Program Gearing up for the new School Year

The Sussex County YMCA is dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Through our efforts to help communities stay healthy and strong, the Sussex County YMCA is assisting a program to teach local children more about healthy living.

Through a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, our Y was able to purchase new equipment for the Franklin Borough Elementary School for this upcoming school year to supplement their “CATCH” and “Healthy U” programs.

With increased time, intensity and duration of physical activity during the school day and after school, these programs teach children that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be fun. Establishing these healthy habits in childhood can promote behavior changes that can last a lifetime.

Some of the new equipment consists of hockey sets, safety goggles, kick balls, scooters, hoops, frisbees, ping pong equipment, climbing rope, jump ropes, cones and more. Staff from the Sussex County YMCA will provide additional training to the Franklin Borough Elementary after school staff on the supplemental CATCH equipment to help strengthen the impact of the “Healthy U” program. Everyone involved is excited to see kids enjoying the new equipment and learning to enjoy a more active and healthy lifestyle.

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