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YMCA of Lansing Receives State Grant to Teach Children Healthy Lifestyles

Thursday, October 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release

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Anne Brand

(E) abrand@ymcaoflansing.org

(O) 517-827-9611

 

 

 

YMCA of Lansing Receives State Grant to Teach Children Healthy Lifestyles

Lansing, MI—The YMCA of Lansing has received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to expand and enhance the Y’s work to teach children healthy habits and address childhood obesity through physical activity and before/after school and summer programming at six area locations.

This funding will help launch of the YMCA of Lansing’s pilot program, ‘Activate Lansing: Champions for Healthy Communities,’ which combines an evidence-based physical education and afterschool curriculum, and serves 246 children through the Y’s afterschool programs at Cavanaugh, Cumberland, Fairview, Kendon and Post Oak Elementary Schools in the Lansing School District, as well as participants in the Downtown Wellness Center’s Summer Refugee Program.

The primary goal of Activate Lansing is to decrease the rate of childhood obesity in the community, by educating both children and families about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. 

“The YMCA of Lansing is deeply committed to making sure every child we serve can grow up with healthy habits.  The generous funding from MDCH will allow us to make a significant impact in the areas of our community where it’s needed most,” said Jeff Scheibel, President and CEO of the YMCA of Lansing.

The MDCH grant is a portion of a $400,000 grant that was awarded to the YMCA State Alliance of Michigan, and will be distributed to eight other Y associations throughout the state.

To find out more about the YMCA of Lansing, please go to lansingymca.org

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About the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing
The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has six operating units, including Mystic Lake Camp near Clare, and branches downtown, on Lansing’s west side, in the Oak Park area to the south, in East Lansing, and DeWitt. The YMCA employs nearly 500 individuals, and serves nearly 16,000 memberships throughout the community. A volunteer board of directors provides leadership to the association, a member of the national organization – the YMCA of the USA. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver lasting personal and social change. www.lansingymca.org and www.ymca.net


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