Healthy U is New Jersey’s first comprehensive, statewide initiative to combat childhood obesity in an afterschool setting and is reaching wider and further with its award-winning curriculum. Initiated in 2008 by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the program has impacted more than 20,000 children ages 5-13 at 400 YMCA afterschool sites across New Jersey. With additional support from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Somerset Valley YMCA will now be expanded, for the first time, to reach pre-school children ages 3-5.
The Somerset Valley YMCA will be kicking-off the new school year of Healthy U at their preschool and school age sites in Hillsborough and Somerville.
Healthy U is a part of their preschool and afterschool childcare program. The program involves leading children through a variety of physical activities during their day and also provides them activities and education for healthy eating. Family involvement and health tips are also provided. The YMCA is playing a major role in helping children get their 60 minutes of physical activity each day.