YMCA Shaping Healthy Teens in Perth Amboy

Raritan Bay Area YMCA Perth Amboy is thrilled to continue its partnership with ShapingNJ for 2015.  At The Y, we are advocates for a healthier community and we are committed to providing our community with new avenues toward healthy living.  Last year, we began our community garden and farmers market. We will continue these efforts as Spring approaches. Currently, we are focused specifically on our neighborhood teens.

The CDC reports that; “In 2013, only 29% percent of high school students had participated in at least 60 minutes per day of physical activity daily” and that “15.2% percent of high school students had not participated in ANY KIND of physical activity on ANY day” over the weeks surveyed.  We found these numbers astounding!  We know that lack of physical activity causes many health risks, as such, our goal is to help change those statistics.

Keeping in line with this goal, our focus has been on creating opportunities for our neighborhood teens to be more physically active. With the help of the ShapingNJ grant and in collaboration with the City of Perth Amboy, Raritan Bay Medical Center and The Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse we plan to make this happen!

To begin, we have created “TEEN CENTER” nights in which every Saturday night, we will open our facility to ALL community teens (whether they are Y members or not).  Keeping the focus on healthy living and healthy bodies.  We plan to offer different programs for all teens 13-18 years of age, as well as open availability to our aquatics, gym, fitness and weight rooms.  We are confident that this will provide the opportunity for all teens to get the exercise they need while at the same time, bonding with their neighborhood teens to create a stronger sense of community.  Keep checking back to see how this program impacts our community.

Photos courtesy of Jack Heidelberger

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