Zumba’s taking Flight~

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Saint Aloysius School in Jackson is excited to announce that they have received a $10,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the YMCA of Toms River thanks to the efforts of our Marketing Director, Olive Taylor. The mission of the grant is to promote “policy and environmental change to impact childhood obesity”. Saint Aloysius School’s Physical Education teacher Caitlin McCarty in collaboration with the YMCA will develop a program, involving the students, which encourages healthy habits from eating to exercising. The program has already started at the school with Zumba classes for all grades which the students are really enjoying. The program will continue throughout the rest of the year and will incorporate parts of the CATCH program (www.catchusa.org) which is part of the CATCH Group that is made up of different universities, non-profits and corporations all working together to promote child health. Please visit our Facebook page under Saint Aloysius School for updates and to see how this exciting new program is taking shape.

“We are always looking for new and interesting ways to help our students”, Principal Elizabeth O’Connor said. “As a not-for-profit institution, we love finding creative ways to provide programs and when we were approached by the YMCA about a collaboration to help promote children’s health, we thought it was a great idea. We are looking forward to working with the YMCA, implementing this program and involving the students to show them how to make better, healthier choices. Our aim here at Saint Aloysius School is to educate our children and cultivate their growth spiritually, academically and physically. This venture allows us to continue that aim and have fun also!” she added.

YMCA Youth Development Director, Veanna Knoeller said “we are thrilled to begin implementing our first stage of our Wellness program. The staff and kids alike will be introduced to a new way to “get fit” & stay healthy by creative dance movements! Kids will be inspired through familiar music and introduced to movement, through dance! Our instructors are thrilled to bring Zumba to the Saint Aloysius students too! Our instructors at the Y will spend the entire day with the school to keep inspiring the Zumba Movement & encourage healthy living for all!!! Watch out, students may be dancing their way to class! This is just the beginning of our collaboration. In the next few months we will also be creating our Wellness Committee, with parents, teachers and even students! We will be evaluating the current Health and Wellness policies, implementing positive changes and creating new ideas to spark the entire community! The buzz won’t only be in the halls, but in the gardens too!

For more information on Saint Aloysius School please visit us at http://www.staloysiusschool.com, our Facebook page under Saint Aloysius School or by calling 732-370-1515.

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St. Aloysius School is hopping with EXCITEMENT!

St. Aloysius School in Jackson NJ is excited!!!! Our collaboration with the YMCA through the grant from the RWJ Foundation to promote healthy nutrition, wellness and health among our school community is something we are excited about. “We are always looking for new and interesting ways to help our students”, Principal Elizabeth O’Connor said. “As a not for profit institution, we love finding creative ways to provide programs and when we were approached by the YMCA about a collaboration to help promote children’s health, we through it was a great idea. We are looking forward to going forward with this and involving the students to show them how to make better, healthier choices. Our aim here at St. Aloysius School is to educate our children and cultivate their growth spiritually, academically and physically. This venture allows us to continue that aim and have fun also!” she added.

Zumba-xiting is in Full Bloom

We’ve only just begun at the Ocean County YMCA & St. Alolysius Catholic School! The buzz in the hallways and the excitement in gym classes is only the beginning! We’ve just begun organizing our Zumba classes for all the students for the remainder of the school year. We are thrilled to begin implementing our first stage of our Wellness program. The staff and kids alike will be introduced to a new way to “get fit” & stay healthy by creative dance movements! Kids will be inspired through familiar music and introduced to movement, through dance! Our instructors are thrilled to bring Zumba to the St. Alolysius students too! Our instructors at the Y will spend the entire day with the school to keep inspiring the Zumba Movement & encourage healthy living for all!!! Watch out, students may be dancing their way to class!

This is just the beginning of our collaboration. In the next few months we will also be creating our Wellness Committee, with parents, teachers and even students! We will be evaluating the current Health and Wellness policies, implementing positive changes and creating new ideas to spark the entire community! The buzz won’t only be in the halls, but in the gardens too!

Wellness is the New Black

Spring may not have sprung, but the relationship between the Ocean County YMCA (OCYMCA) and St. Aloysius School in Jackson, NJ is budding!   The buzz and the creativity between these two organizations has just begun! The OCYMCA is about creating healthy families, raising awareness about the childhood obesity epidemic and, improving the overall wellness for the community it serves. St. Aloysius School has the same passion and together we know we will make a difference in each of the children and families lives we serve.

We are just in the beginning stages of creating an effective policy that will address the overall health, wellness, nutrition and physical activity of the students and faculty of St. Aloysius School.

The beginning phase of collaboration will begin by implementing the CATCH (Coordinated  Approach to Child Health) curriculum during student gym classes. CATCH is designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices and prevent tobacco use in school-aged children. CATCH employs a holistic approach to child health promotion by targeting multiple aspects of the school environment in grades K-8. The four core components of CATCH include (1) the Eat Smart nutrition program, (2) physical activity and healthy eating curriculum, (3) the CATCH physical education program, and (4) a family education and involvement program.

The OCYMCA staff will begin training the teachers and staff at St. Aloysius School throughout the next year and will continue to provide support for the school team.  In addition, we will be hosting Family Fun Days for the St. Aloysius families to help engage the entire family in taking strides to their overall family health and wellness.  The approach is fun, engaging, and brings an entire family together, with the goal to increase their physical health and encourage better eating habits.

We have many exciting and creative ideas to keep children moving and bring families together! Stay tuned and keep watching the wellness movement.  The buzz has just begun!