YMCA & Elizabeth partner for National Public Health Week

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The Gateway Family YMCA and the City of Elizabeth partner for National Public Health Week

Building Future Leaders program participants at the Elizabeth branch YMCA were asked to create a poster representing diabetes awareness and prevention during the city’s first annual national public health week celebration.

Building Future Leaders program participants at the Elizabeth branch YMCA were asked to create a poster representing diabetes awareness and prevention during the city’s first annual national public health week celebration.


ELIZABETH — During the City of Elizabeth’s first annual national public health Week in April, the Building Future Leaders (BFL) program participants at the Elizabeth branch YMCA were asked to create a poster representing diabetes awareness and prevention.

This week, the BFL program celebrated their hard work and presented a prize to the winning group.

For the contest, students researched information and created five posters with the following themes: Diabetes Prevention, The Risk Factors for Diabetes, Why I should Know About Diabetes, Lifestyle Changes and Diabetes, and The Costs of a Healthy Diet compared to an Unhealthy Diet.

YMCA staff and members were asked to vote on which poster had the greatest impact. The team with the winning poster received a Gift Certificate from the Y at the celebration.

“Approximately 79 million adults have pre-diabetes and most do not know,” stated Michael Johnson, YMCA community initiatives director. “People with pre-diabetes are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease.”

The Gateway Family YMCA works to raise awareness of diabetes and other health issues, providing diabetes information and awareness, community screenings and the YMCA diabetes prevention program.

The Gateway Family YMCA, formerly The YMCA of Eastern Union County, is a charitable non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The YMCA provides quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.

For more information The Gateway Family YMCA, please visit www.tgfymca.org or contact the Elizabeth Branch at elizabethinfo@tgfymca.org 908-355-9622


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