YMCA & UnitedHealthcare Launch Initiative To Help Students Form Health Habits

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Students started making healthy nutrition choices as the Westfield Area Y kicked off its 7th Grade Initiative and UnitedHealthcare Health Bee on Tuesday, October 8. Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside and Westfield students and their families were invited to participate in health activities and register for the free year-long program that provides physical, nutritional and educational opportunities designed to help combat childhood obesity.

Students started making healthy nutrition choices as the Westfield Area Y kicked off its 7th Grade Initiative and UnitedHealthcare Health Bee on Tuesday, October 8. Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside and Westfield students and their families were invited to participate in health activities and register for the free year-long program that provides physical, nutritional and educational opportunities designed to help combat childhood obesity.

UnitedHealthcare joined with New Jersey YMCAs to help 7th grade students form healthy habits during a critical time of development.  On October 8 leaders from both organizations attended the kickoff for the 7th Grade Initiative  and UnitedHealthcare Health Bee at the Westfield Area Y. From left to right, Michael McGuire, chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare of New York and New Jersey, John Verga, vice president, key account sales and account management at UnitedHealthcare and Mark Elsasser, chief executive officer of the Westfield Area Y.

UnitedHealthcare joined with New Jersey YMCAs to help 7th grade students form healthy habits during a critical time of development. On October 8 leaders from both organizations attended the kickoff for the 7th Grade Initiative and UnitedHealthcare Health Bee at the Westfield Area Y. From left to right, Michael McGuire, chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare of New York and New Jersey, John Verga, vice president, key account sales and account management at UnitedHealthcare and Mark Elsasser, chief executive officer of the Westfield Area Y.

WESTFIELD – The YMCA and UnitedHealthcare partnered to kick off an initiative aimed at encouraging seventh graders to develop healthy habits last week.

The evening included fitness testing, a climbing wall, advice from health experts, free food and other activities for the students and their families.

Parents had the opportunity to register their children for the 7th Grade Initiative, a free program that gives students a Pre-Teen Plus YMCA membership in addition to physical, nutritional and educational opportunities throughout the school year.

The 7th Grade Initiative also offers students the opportunity to participate in the annual UnitedHealthcare Health Bee, a quiz-show style competition that tests students’ knowledge about health and fitness topics. In addition to the Westfield YMCA, UnitedHealthcare Health Bees will be held at the Metuchen, Eastern Union County, Summit, Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Hunterdon County YMCAs.


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