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YMCA of Beaufort Co. receives grant from Precor

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The YMCA of Beaufort County received a $3,000 grant from Precor to support efforts to help children in the Beaufort County Community live healthier lives.

They plan to do this through the implementation of the Y's Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards in early childhood and after school programs.

Adopting these standards is part of the Y's commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America along with First Lady Michelle Obama to help curb childhood obesity.

"As a leading non-profit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y takes its responsibility seriously, by helping those most in need," said YMCA Operations Director, Kaylin Garst, in a press release. "YMCAs are one of the largest providers of early childhood and after school programs in the nation. Now, by adopting standards that will help our kids make better food and activity choices, we strive to be the healthiest."

The YMCA of Beaufort County serves 250 children in programs every week. All of the programs are implementing the HEPA standards, which include:  

Establishing a minimum of expected physical activity for children of different ages enrolled in Y programs; defining food and beverages offerings, including designating water as the primary beverage during snack times and offering fruits and vegetables as snack options; limiting the amount of screen time (watching TV, playing video games, and using computers); encouraging breastfeeding of infants in the Y's care; and committing Ys to conducting parent education to encourage healthy behaviors at home.

"Like the Y, Precor believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, our neighbors, and our community," said Paul Byrne, Precor president, in a press release. "By collaborating, we have a greater potential to help more people make positive lifestyle choices."

The YMCA of Beaufort County is one of 50 YMCAs to receive a grant from Precor as part of the $300,000 gift to YMCA of the USA. 

In Beaufort County funding will be used to support infrastructure opportunities such as purchasing supplies and equipment, and staff trainings that can help the YMCA to provide a healthy sustainable environment.

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