YMCA Inspires Health Families

UNION COUNTY – Family, Fun, Fitness, Health and Community are words heard every day at the YMCA of Eastern Union County. This fall, the YMCA opened the doors of its branches to the community in Elizabeth, Union and Rahway, inviting families to join in healthy activities celebrating Family Fun & Fitness Day at the Y.

“The turnout was way more than I expected and seeing the whole family engaging together really made the event worth the while,” stated Thomas Galuppo, Youth & Teen Coordinator at the Five Points Branch in Union.

Krystal Canady, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Union County said, “What an impactful way to strengthen our communities.” At the YMCA of Eastern Union County – Elizabeth Branch, Mayor Christian Bollwage was on hand to participate in the Family Fun & Fitness Day events, which included raffles, a DJ, the local Fire Department and a K-9 Dog Presentation.

Rafael Cano, Health & Well-Being Coordinator shared, “The event ran very smoothly and we were able to accomplish our goal, which was to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and balanced nutrition.”

Families from the surrounding communities participated in the activities during the event. Jessica Ezell, a community participant, shared, “My family really enjoyed Family Fun and Fitness Day, the YMCA should do more events like this!”.

Families had the opportunity to participate in events that included a live DJ, raffles, family games, family Zumba, boot camp, swimming, healthy snacks, while the YMCA provided information on healthy activities for the entire family.

“Family Fun and Fitness day was non-stop fun for the whole family. Families were able to participate in all the activities together. The atmosphere was very positive and it brought many families together,” added Galuppo. Hands down, the favorite family activities at the Five Points Branch included Family Zumba and face painting. Throughout the YMCA branches, staff donned healthy vegetable costumes, which garnered a lot of giggles from the children.

At the YMCA of Eastern Union County, cultivating healthy families is part of every program and event. “Seeing all the families come together in a healthy fun way gives meaning to what we do here at the YMCA,” stated Lisa Yanez, Child Care Director at the Five Points Branch Early Learning Development Center.

The YMCA of Eastern Union County offers a variety of programs and events to support healthy family living in the communities of Elizabeth, Union and Rahway. The Y creates opportunities to share family experiences to help create strong, connected, and healthy families.

For more information, contact the YMCA of Eastern Union County – Five Points Branch at fivepointsinfo@ymcaeuc.org, 908-688-9622, Elizabeth Branch at elizabethinfo@ymcaeuc.org, 908-355-9622, Rahway Branch at rahwayinfo@ymcaeuc.org, 908-388-0057 or visit www.ymcaeuc.org.

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