Healthy U is a collaborative partnership between the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey with the goal of combating childhood obesity through nutrition education, physical education and family involvement.
The Healthy U program uses the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) curriculum to promote physical activity and healthy eating among youth, ages 3 -13 years old. CATCH is research-based and proven to work. And the aproach brings schools, families and communities together to teach kids that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be fun.
The Newark YMCA’s after school programs have been a part of Healthy U since 2008. Our goal is to promote healthy habits that can last a lifetime through physical activity and good nutrition.
In New Jersey, 1 in 3 school age children are either overweight or obese. These children risk developing serious health problems in adulthood. Through the Healthy U program, we can make a positive impact on youth and families. The goal is to prevent and reduce obesity in children through physical activity and nutrition behaviors, and strong parental involvement.