Students are building a healthier, more awesome world

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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!

Celebrating Healthy Kids with FLOTUS & Amy Poehler

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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:

http://www.ymca.net/news-releases/20110809-afterschool-standards.html

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Lauderhill Students Continue to Create Change

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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.

http://touch.sun-sentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76920385/

Malcolm Gladwell at YMCA General Assembly

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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.

Malcolm Gladwell addresses the YMCA General Assembly

Malcolm Gladwell addresses the YMCA General Assembly

Marketing Monday on Michigan in Motion

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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.

http://www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/radio/Michigan_in_Motion

 

Scroll down and see links to all three segments.  I’d love your feedback!