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Creating a Healthier Environment
The Old Colony YMCA is engaged in the YMCA of the USA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives and in helping families put nutritious food on the table by bringing farmers markets with fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods where healthy food options are scarce; giving parents peace of mind when they let their kids walk to school by creating safer routes; and keeping a generation of kids healthier by working with schools to increase physical education and physical activity during the school day. These examples are just the beginning.
Pioneering Healthy Communities is part of the Y’s Healthier Communities Initiatives, which are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices. Stoughton is one of the communities selected to convene a team of local leaders to participate in this community-based approach to create sustainable change to make their community a healthier place to live.
Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC), which launched in 2004, is the signature initiative of Activate America that focuses on policy and environmental change in communities to promote healthy lifestyles. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and corporate and foundation donors, Y-USA has provided seed funding to 117 Ys across the country and their communities to take on this work.
For more information on Pioneering Healthier Communities and the Y’s Healthier Communities Initiatives, go to: www.ymca.net/healthier-communities/