SC Pioneering Healthier Communities Awards $47,000 for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) implementation in Out of School Time Programs

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Through a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the SC Alliance of YMCAs has awarded 16 grants to local Ys to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in their after school and summer camp programs.

In 2013, the SC Alliance of YMCAs received a state Pioneering Healthier Communities grant focused on state initiatives and public policy issues designed to make the healthy choice the easy choice in South Carolina. One of the strategies is to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in all YMCA Out of School Time programs such as after school care and summer day camp.  The YMCA is one of SC’s leading nonprofit providers of afterschool programs, thus the impact these new standards can have on SC children is significant. The YMCAs are committed to implementing the HEPA standards that will ensure that more children will have access to healthy and delicious food and plenty of opportunities for fun, physical activity while at the YMCA for after school and summer day camp.  Ys used the funding for shade structures, storage solutions for fruit and vegetables, portable play and physical activity equipment and various items to better prepare fruit and vegetables and healthy snacks.