The Sussex County YMCA is proud to announce, we will once again be taking part in the Shaping NJ initiative. We will be partnering with Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC), Hardyston Township and Skylands Medical Group. Our goal this year includes enhancing walking paths for increased physical activity around Sussex County as well as providing greater access to healthy and affordable food with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for our participants identified in our Y First program.
Y First is a unique program allowing physicians to prescribe exercise at the YMCA (free of charge for 12 weeks for patients) instead of medication for a variety of chronic diseases where exercise is shown to provide a positive outcome. More than 1,000 Sussex County residents have benefitted from Y First.
Through the Shaping NJ initiative we will be working with our partners to subsidize CSA shares for low and moderate-income families in the county for whom food access is an issue. The YMCA will identify participants in the Y First program who would benefit from such subsidies and will work with our partners and allies to identify additional families for the program. We also will provide nutrition education and recipe ideas to participating families.
The Shaping NJ initiative will promote the many places to walk safely throughout the county by creating promotional materials and launching Sussex County Walks. We also plan to enhance the walking paths in Hardyston Township with exercise stops. Through these efforts, PCH and the YMCA will expand the opportunities for residents of Sussex County to participate in physical activity.