The Healthy U program is designed to prevent childhood obesity by instituting behavioral changes in children ages of 3-13.
The program uses a multi-pronged approach to educate children on proper nutrition, increase their physical activity and engage parents to get more involved with their children to lead a healthier lifestyle.
How Healthy U Started
In 2008, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance created Healthy U and implemented the program in 21 counties and all 41 YMCA member associations throughout New Jersey. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded $3.45 million in grants for the program, which spans from January 2008 through December 2015.
About Healthy U
The Healthy U program is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive, statewide initiative to address childhood obesity. Healthy U uses CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) program curriculum in the preschool, after school and elementary school settings. CATCH is an evidence-based and award winning curriculum that was created in 1992 by national education and child health experts. It is coordinated by the The University of Texas Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health and the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.
Results show improvement in key health measurements including increased physical activity and healthier eating. In 2012, Healthy U was expanded to reach more than 40,000 children ages 3-13 at 480 YMCA sites and 50 public schools.
Supported through generous funding by The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey