YMCA’S HEALTHY EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY STANDARDS FOR AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER DAY CAMP PROGRAMS
The Y is one of the nation’s largest providers of childcare and afterschool programs. Now we want to be the healthiest.
COMMITMENT TO OUR NATION’S YOUTH
The Y is expanding its longtime commitment to children and youth by adopting a set of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards that will be disseminated through early childhood, afterschool and day camp programs nationwide. The standards we are adopting will build a healthier future for our nation’s children by providing healthy environments rich in opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.
Among the standards, these will specifically apply to our Camp Greenwood:
- Establish a minimum of expected physical activity for children of different ages;
- Define food and beverages offerings, including designating water as the primary beverage during snack times and offering fruits and vegetables as snack options;
- Limit the amount of screen time (watching TV, playing video games, using computers);
The standards are based in part on years of research supported by collaborations with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), University of Massachusetts at Boston, the Healthy Out of School Time Coalition (HOST) and the National Institute for Out of School Time (NIOST). Through these collaborations, as well as the experience of Ys across the nation, the Y has learned the most effective ways to create healthy environments in out-of-school time settings.
The Greenwood Family YMCA is committed to youth by fighting the childhood obesity crisis.