From Exercise to Education.
From Pushups to Prevention.
From Healthy Bodies to Hunger Prevention.
For 120 years the YMCA has been a vibrant part of Texas and more than 160 years nationwide, the YMCA has been a cause for change, impact and transformation. But we are so much more than most people realize.
The YMCA sits at the forefront of several key issues facing our nation, including adult and childhood obesity. The Texas State Alliance of YMCAs provides a single, unified voice for the YMCAs in Texas. This year, our alliance was among 14 selected states to receive a two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for our Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) initiative. Through our PHC efforts, we will work to combat childhood obesity across the state. Using one of the six identified strategies by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, our Texas State Alliance of YMCAs will focus on a statewide effort to improve physical activity standards in and out-of-school time. In communities throughout Texas, our organization plans to collaborate with community partners, engage key stakeholders, work with local School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) throughout independent school districts that we serve and ultimately reduce childhood obesity in Texas.
As an alliance of YMCAs in Texas, we can create a healthier and more active state for our future generations. As an organization, we are committed to working together to adopt Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards. By implementing the HEPA standards, we vow to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in our meals and snack times and increase physical activity for youth in all of our early childhood and afterschool programs. Through our HEPA commitment, we create communities with a shared vision – communities in which everyone plays a part in building a stronger and healthier tomorrow.