YMCA receives grant to fight child obesity

Published 06/05 2014 04:42PM

Updated 06/05 2014 04:56PM

The YMCA of Northern Utah has recieved a $3,000 grant from the fitness company Precor in order to better prevent childhood obesity.

The YMCA has committed to use the money to implement the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards into the Y's early childhood and after school programs. YMCA says that they join First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America in their commitment to end childhood obesity.

Some of the standards they are planning on incorporating include providing a fruit or vegetable at every meal, daily physical activity and limits to television screen time.

Richard West, CEO of the Y, said: "YMCAs are one of the largest providers of early childhood and after school 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 Northern Utah is one of 50 YMCAs to receive this grant from Precor. Here in Utah, the funding will support purchase of supplies and equipment and staff training that will help to create a healthy, sustainable environment in all YMCA program sites.

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