May 9, 2012 For Immediate Release
YMCA Live Well Lauderhill Students Present to Local Leaders
May 9th at 330pm at Lauderhill Community YMCA (located inside Lauderhill Middle School)
Students Working on a Project at Y to Improve the Healthy Food Options
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, May 9, 2012 – Students from the YMCA of Broward County met today at the Lauderhill YMCA to present their plan focused on healthy food choices to members of the Broward County School Board. The students are part of Live Well Lauderhill, which is a community project through Pioneering Healthy Communities. They will discuss healthy food options in and around Lauderhill Y as part of the overall Community Action Plan.
The student led initiative’s goal is to increase and promote healthy food options in YMCA After-School programs. Stock more food and beverage choices that are healthy and create a policy for all Y events and programs to provide healthful foods.
According to the Broward County Plan, very few options for healthful foods exist in the Lauderhill Community. The Y inside of the Lauderhill Middle School does not have a healthy foods policy for events and vending. When students leave the school and Y, the majority of food purchases are made from local convenience food stores. The limited options for healthful foods lead students and families to purchase primarily processed, packaged foods rather than fresh, wholesome foods.
The Lauderhill Y is located inside the Lauderhill Middle School at 1901 NW 49th Ave., Lauderhill Florida. The Y serves children during the school day and in After School programs. By adopting a formal healthful food and beverage policy for our Y After School programs, meetings, and events we will be able to positively impact families in our program and a model for best practices for school policies.
The YMCA of Broward County was named a Pioneering Healthy Community grantee, by the CDC and YUSA. This grant challenges the Y to convene a broad-based community leadership group to make policy, system, and environmental changes that create a healthier community.
The Broward County Community Action Plan is the result of community conversations, a community tour, and student presentations. It formally presents the student-led community agenda for change with detailed time lines, action steps, and outcomes. One of the three plan objectives is to bring increased healthy food options in and around Lauderhill Middle School and the YMCA.
38% of adults are overweight and 24% of adults are obese. 26% of adults engage in no leisure time physical activity. 33% of middle school children and 40% of high school students do not receive adequate physical activity. 10% of middle school and high school students are at or above the 95th percentile in Body Mass Index measurements. (Broward County Health Department).
About YMCA Broward County
The YMCA of Broward is one of the area’s largest nonprofits committed to addressing the most pressing needs of our community. In 2011, this YMCA Association of over 1000 employees, gave $1.22 million dollars back to families in need and served over 200,000 Broward residents through 7 Family Centers and nearly 100 afterschool, special needs, youth and senior health outreach sites. Each day kids, families and seniors are impacted by the Y when a mentor inspires a child, families make healthier choices and a community comes together for the common good. The YMCA mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Visit www.ymcabroward.org or YMCA of South Florida.org for additional information.