Check out some of the great work happening in Broward County thanks to our community partners. The May Healthy Living newsletter is on http://www.livewelllauderhill.wordpress.com
I’m so proud of our middle and high school students who are working with corner stores to create healthier options through store mapping, choice architecture, and creative marketing techniques. Build your world students!
See video of the clip featuring Amy Poehler as the First Lady thanks the Y for our leadership and announces new national partner commitments:
I was proud to represent YUSA at an event with First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate four years of the “Let’s Move” campaign. Mrs. Obama was joined onstage by actor/comedian Amy Poehler as a fun tie-in to the major announcement made by the National Recreation and Park Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Both organizations have signed on with the Partnership for a Healthier America to commit to healthy out of school guidelines. Mrs. Obama recognized the Y as the pioneering organization to develop stringent Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (#HEPA) standards several years ago and welcomed these two additional partners. Between the Y, parks, and the Boys and Girls Club, over 5 million children are served through afterschool programs across the country. By improving the health of these environments, we build healthier children. Learn more about the origins and requirements of the Y’s HEPA standards:
As the summer concludes, the Lauderhill Y teens continue to make progress on their community action plan. Over 50 Lauderhill teens spent their summer at the Y in the Teen Leadership Institute engaging in a variety of activities including meeting numerous times with FIU professors and city leaders to continue their Art of Community project with funding from the Community Foundation of Broward. This fall, a full scale public art project will be installed around the Overpath, creating a community gathering place where once there was high crime and unsafe conditions. The teens were featured in the Sun Sentinel for their leadership and continued progress towards their goals. We are so proud to work on behalf of these students.
I had the awesome opportunity to attend the YMCA General Assembly in Philadelphia, PA last week. This gathering happens every 3 years and was attended by over 4,000 indivduals, of which, 1,000 were Y volunteers. In addition to a wealth of professional development opportunities, the event laid out the forthcoming nationwide Y campaign and development of the national strategic plan for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.
I was especially struck by author and social scientist Malcolm Gladwell’s comments which said that the Y is the most important vehicle for “human capitalization” in the nation, meaning the Y has the ability to help individuals reach their full potential. When we don’t educate children well, fail to keep our population healthy, and don’t engage communities in meaningful service, we leave talent, potential, and opportunity on the table. The crtical social issues of our time require us to maximize this potential.
Had a great time taping 3 segments on the Michigan Business Network. Listen as we talk non-profit messaging, social media, work/life integration, and have an overall love fest with the Michigan labor force.
Scroll down and see links to all three segments. I’d love your feedback!
I had a great time at Power 96.5 promoting the 50 Moving Forward program. Check out this awesome opportunity for those 50-64. Learn more about the program and register to participate at http://www.ymca.net/50movingforward/
I was asked to speak at this summit last month at the University of Missouri. It was great to work with Community Commons and tour their cool offices in downtown Columbia.
There is one misquote in the article when I was quoted as saying some of the students in the program at Lauderhill Middle School will not graduate high school. It should read that many students in this area and school are not on track to graduate high school.
It was a packed week of conferences, policy roundtables, and trainings.
A highlight was the PHC/REACH conference and the Lauderhill tour and student panel. Follow more highlights at http://www.livewelllauderhill.wordpress.com
The YMCA is excited to open two new Community Partner Sites offering EnhanceFitness.
A warm welcome to:
Ascension Peace Presbyterian Church in Lauderhill http://www.tfpby.org/churches/churchinfo/ascensionpeace.html
Colony Pointe in Pembroke Pines