Grant will help support implementation of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards designed to improve children’s health
Lakeland, FL – The YMCA of West Central Florida received a $3,000 grant from Precor, Inc. (national fitness equipment provider) to support efforts to help children live healthier lives through implementation of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in the Y’s early childhood and afterschool programs.
“As a leading voice on improving the nation’s health and well-being, the Y is helping to build a healthier future for the nation’s children,” said Kirk Eich, YMCA Executive Director. “YMCAs are one of the largest providers of early childhood and afterschool programs in the United States. We strive to also be the healthiest. By adopting these standards we come closer to our goal.”
The YMCA of West Central Florida serves 500 plus of children in [EARLY CHILDHOOD/AFTERSCHOOL] programs every week.
The Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards include:
· Offering healthy options at Y-provided snacks and meals
· Providing fruits and/or vegetables at snack times
· Providing milk and water as beverages
· Setting limits on screen time for duration and purpose
· Providing daily physical activity offerings, outdoors when possible
· Having adult’s model healthy food and beverage choices and active play
· Committing Y’s to conducting parent education to encourage healthy behaviors at home
The YMCA of West Central Florida is one of 50 YMCAs to receive a grant as part of an on-going national partnership between Precor and YMCA of the USA, the resource office for the nation’s YMCAs, to support the implementation of HEPA standards. Locally, the funding will support purchase of supplies and equipment and staff trainings that will help to create a healthy, sustainable environment in an early childhood or afterschool site.