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In 2005, the Rye Y established the Activate America community coalition. Based on a YMCA of the USA initiative, Activate America was the Y’s response to our country’s growing obesity, declining fitness and chronic disease crises.
The goal of the coalition—now called Healthier Sound Shore—is to create long-term, sustainable improvements in lifestyle and health in the communities we serve.
Safe Routes to School
Each year, the Rye YMCA, parents and local community leaders gather to recognize the winners of the Heads Up! Poster Contest. The contest, which is part of the Rye Y’s Safe Routes to School initiative, engages Rye High School students in creating posters that illustrate the dangers of distracted walking and driving.
We also provide support to the parent volunteers who organize annual Walk to School Week activities and we participate in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Safe Routes to School Committee.
Cross District Wellness Committee
Since 2010, the Rye Y has brought together the parent volunteers who serve on Wellness Committees in the Mamaroneck, Rye and Rye Neck school districts. Through quarterly meetings, parents, teachers and community advocates share ideas, learn from guest speakers and support each other’s efforts to foster healthy eating and physical activity at school.
We also participate in an annual series of “Crunchy Carnivals,” family wellness nights held at Larchmont and Mamaroneck elementary schools.
Healthier Sound Shore Community Conversations
Twice a year, the Rye Y convenes a panel of experts to discuss important and timely issues related to health and wellness. Recent topics have included “Safe Streets, Safe Communities” about pedestrian safety and “All About Lyme,” which addressed the growing problem of Lyme Disease.
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