UNION COUNTY, NJ – February is American Heart Month and The Gateway Family YMCA branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union will celebrate healthy families with an Open House on Monday, February 19. The Y will be hosting activities that are open to the community including family exercise programs, healthy recipe and nutrition tips, art activities, family swimming and basketball, focused on the theme, “Healthy Family, Healthy Heart!” Participating locations of The Gateway Family YMCA include: Elizabeth Branch – 135 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ, Five Points Branch – 201 Tucker Avenue, Union, NJ, Rahway Branch – 1564 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ and Wellness Center Branch – 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ. For branch specific schedules of free events, seminars and classes February 19, visit www.tgfymca.org.
“Our message this February is that getting healthy as a family can be fun. We know that everyone is busy, but health and family need to come first, and the Y is the perfect place to share health with those you love,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “Not only do parents and caretakers need to remain healthy in order to help their family, but we want to share that healthy lifestyle with the entire family. At the Y we provide healthy activities for all members of the family, and feel that families have the ability to bond over fun, healthy activities such as a family yoga class or family basketball challenge.”
During the month of February, The Gateway Family YMCA will be highlighting healthy family tips, nutritious recipes and simple exercises on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and The Gateway Family YMCA’s Mobile App. “Our goal is to stay connected to our members and community wherever they are, partnering with them as they work to build a healthy family lifestyle in today’s busy society,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO. “Social media has allowed us to become a part of the community in a way that isn’t restricted to those who walk into our facilities and programs. It has allowed us to grow a community online and include those who we do not see every day.” To connect with the Y on social media, visit www.tgfymca.org/social-media
The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities. The Y.™ For a better us.™
For more information about The Gateway Family YMCA, please visit www.tgfymca.org or contact the Elizabeth Branch at 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch 732-388-0057 or the Wellness Center Branch 908-349-9622.
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