YMCA of the USA Supports the RWJF Commission's Recommendations to 'Build a Healthier America'
Jonathan Lever, Vice President for Health Strategy & Innovation, YMCA of the USA
“YMCA of the USA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation share a vision for improving the health and well-being of all Americans, and we fully support the recommendations announced today by the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America. The recommendations by the commission align with much of the Y’s work in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For example, we are investing in youth by helping YMCAs adopt Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards for early child care and afterschool programs. Through our Healthier Communities Initiatives, Ys are helping to revitalize neighborhoods by facilitating policy changes such as adding community gardens and making cities more walkable. Finally, the Y is improving the nation’s health through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, an innovative lifestyle intervention program that helps adults with prediabetes make behavior changes that dramatically reduces their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.”
“The Y looks forward to collaborating with the RWJF Commission on how to best implement these recommendations that will ultimately make our neighbors healthier and strengthen our communities.”
YMCA of the USA