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Seventh-Graders Get a Jump Start on Forming Healthy Habits

The YMCA and UnitedHealthcare present the “7th Grade Initiative Kickoff,” a night of fun for 7th graders and their families.

Seventh-Graders Get a Jump Start on Forming Healthy Habits

The evening will include:

  • Fitness testing
  • Personal trainers, nutritionists and other health experts to answer questions
  • Interactive climbing wall and Sportwall
  • Free food and giveaways


Parents at the event will have the opportunity to register their children for the 7th Grade Initiative, a free program that offers students a Pre-Teen Plus membership in addition tophysical, nutritional and educational opportunities at no cost throughout the school year.



  • Seventh grade students in Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside and Westfield and their families
  • Westfield Area YMCA
  • UnitedHealthcare



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

7:00-8:30 pm



Westfield Area Y, Main Facility

220 Clark St.

Westfield, NJ  07090



Research indicates that seventh grade is a key junction in a child’s development of attitudes and behaviors regarding body image, nutrition and self esteem. The goal of the 7th Grade Initiative is to help kids pass through this critical time of development with a healthy self-image and a thorough understanding of the importance of exercise and healthy nutrition throughout the teen years and into adulthood.

Supported by UnitedHealthcare, the 7th Grade Initiative gives students free access to the Westfield YMCA exercise facilities as well as free programs that educate students about health, fitness and nutrition.  As part of the program, students can also take part in theannual Health BEE, a quiz-show style competition that tests students’ knowledge about health and fitness topics.


For more information, contact Mary McElrath-Jones at (914) 552- 5713,   mary_r_mcelrath-jones@uhc.com or Greg Hatzisavvas at (908) 232-3306,  ghatzisavvas@westfieldynj.org

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