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YMCA Strong Kids Campaign: Prevent Childhood Obesity

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 8, 2012
Contact: Kirstin Hawkins, Branch Communications and Outreach Director
P 253-534-7870 E khawkins@ymcapkc.org

Gig Harbor residents Ken and Nancy Keiter are supporting the Y’s outreach in childhood obesity prevention by offering a challenge grant to expand the Y’s work and encourage others to join this movement. Every new or increased donation to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign directed to prevent youth obesity will be matched by the Keiters, up to $10,000.

“We want to increase support so this outreach effort can be made available at more schools in our community. The Y is a leader in community health and reaches far more people than those just within the doors,” says Ken Keiter.

The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties has partnered with MultiCare and other community leaders to increase physical activity and improve nutrition in our community. This 5210 initiative
encourages youth to commit to daily health goals:

5 servings of fruits and vegetables
2 hours or less of recreational screen time
1 hour or more of physical activity
0 sugar sweetened drinks

Additionally, the Y currently serves students at Evergreen Elementary School on the Key Peninsula by offering Get Up and Move. This program ensures children have access to 60 minutes of physical activity at no cost to the kids or families. To date, over 235 kids have participated ”I didn’t have a Y in my hometown and I feel strongly that we need to educate the next generation about good habits,” said Nancy Keiter. “The Y brings folks together every day, and that to me is community. It is all about bringing people together.”

Learn more and donate online at www.ymcapkc.org/5210challenge.

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The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is a non-profit organization providing services to 100,000 people in Pierce and

Kitsap Counties. The Y gives back $3.5 million in financial assistance annually, enabling 13,000 people in need to join YMCA

programs. The Y has been enriching Pierce and Kitsap communities for 125 years.