MIDDLETOWN, NJ – New Jersey natives, World Cup Soccer Cup MVP Carli Lloyd and Jay Williams, an All-American basketball player and first round draft choice, today kicked off the next phase of Healthy U -- the largest and most comprehensive childhood obesity prevention program in the country -- with a joint free soccer and basketball ProCamp for 4th and 5th graders in the Middletown Township school district.
More than 400 young athletes got tips from the pros during the Healthy U Be Active ProCamp, presented by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance at Middletown South High School.
Healthy U was created in 2008 as collaboration between the Foundation and the Alliance to help kids and their families better understand proper nutrition and the health benefits of staying physically active. The Middletown Township school district, with support from The Community YMCA, is among the first and largest in the state to incorporate Healthy U into their daily curriculum.
“The Community YMCA is proud to be a partner with the Horizon Foundation in bringing the Healthy U program to Middletown students and children in 13 other schools and preschools across Monmouth County,” said President and CEO Rhonda Anderson. “Together, we are giving our children a strong foundation for a healthy future.”
Statewide, Healthy U impacts more than 46,000 children, ages 3 to 13, at over 500 YMCA and elementary school sites statewide. The program uses the evidenced-based and award-winning CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) curriculum, proven to prevent childhood obesity. The program is offered in preschool settings, after school programs and through in-school curriculum.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has invested nearly $5 million in Healthy U and recently committed an additional $1.25 million for program support through the next four years. The next phase of Healthy U will impact over 70,000 children ages 3-13 plus their family members through 2019.
Middletown students got more than soccer and basketball tips from Lloyd and Williams. They learned how important nutrition and exercise are to living a healthy life.
Caption: Jay Williams talks about the importance of staying active at the Healthy U Be Active ProCamp, hosted by Middletown Township on Oct. 14.
Caption: World Soccer Cup MVP Carli Lloyd shares soccer tips with 4th and 5th graders from Middletown schools at the Healthy U Be Active ProCamp Oct. 14 at Middletown South High School.