Why we offer the 7th Grade Initiative | Westfield Area Y

Why we offer the 7th Grade Initiative

The goal of the 7th grade initiative is to help our kids pass through a critical juncture in the development of attitudes and behaviors, with enhanced self-esteem and increased understanding of the importance of exercise and healthy nutrition throughout the teen years and into adulthood.


According to results from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 17% of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese. These grim statistics are further evidence of the need for education and awareness programs like the 7th grade initiative.


Our goal is to energize the community and rally parents, teachers and Y staff to encourage further participation in the program.  Because of its central place in the community and focus on overall health and wellness, the Y is your place to help youth and their families battle obesity and learn lifelong healthy behaviors.


With the help of UnitedHealthcare, we will again be able to offer all 7th grades in our service area FREE physical, nutritional and educational opportunities and a complimentary Westfield Area Y limited pre-teen program plus membership for the school year. The Y also plans to award the health teachers and physical education teachers complimentary memberships in order to encourage them as “team leaders” for the students in their schools.


For an article by Dr. Mintz, a psychologist with specialization in health and sport psychology and a guest speaker at the 7th Grade Initiative kick off, click here.

OUR HOURS AND LOCATIONS

 
(908) 233-2700 (908) 233-2700 (908) 223-8820 (908) 301-1616 (908) 654-8460 (908) 317-9622 (908) 233-2700
220 Clark Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Clark Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
111 Ferris Place,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
500 East Street,
Garwood, NJ,
07027
170 Elm Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
422 East Broad Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Walnut Avenue,
Cranford, NJ,
07016
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7:00AM-9:00PM

 

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OUR MISSION

The Westfield Area YMCA is a nonprofit human service organization dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual and family in the communities it serves through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.