The Healthy Futures Initiative
The Hockomock Area YMCA Healthy Futures Initiative is our Y’s commitment to reduce inactivity and poor nutrition in the fifteen communities we serve through programs, projects, and policies. Healthy Futures incorporates prevention and intervention based strategies to ensure we are supporting families in our communities.
Our Community Guide allows you to easily locate an outdoor space including hiking trails and forests, lakes/ponds, fields and playgrounds.
Nutrition Detectives: A free, evidence based nutrition education program developed by Dr. David Katz offered to all school districts in our service area by a trained YMCA facilitator. This prevention-based program empowers youth to use the five ‘detective’ clues to make more nutritious choices.
Safe Routes to School Program: A program that educates children and adults on the importance of walking and biking to school safely through a combination of pedestrian and safety education sessions, assemblies, and workshops. The Hockomock Area YMCA will support schools in the organization of events and activities such as Walk to School Day, Safe Routes to School Task Forces, and helping create excitement around increasing physical activity.
School Wellness Committees: The Hockomock Area YMCA supports School Wellness Committees by attending meetings, sharing best practices and strategies, reviewing language to strengthen policies, and as-sisting schools in reaching the HealthierUS School Challenge requirements.
Healthy Futures Harvest Project: The Healthy Futures Harvest Project, occurring at our Y and throughout our communities, is our multi-pronged approach to educate youth and families on how to create gardens, grow and harvest foods, increase access to fresh local produce, and foster a sense of community. The Harvest Project includes a youth–based garden program tied to curriculum, adult learning workshops, sponsorship for raised-garden beds throughout the community, and development of school and community gardens.
Mansfield Community Garden Veggie Share
Perfect for individuals or families looking for fresh veggies and to learn about sustainably grown food. Get 20 weeks of veggies (June-October). Locally grown using organic practices on Essex Street in Mansfield and freshly harvested on day of pickup.
Promoting Achievable Change (PAC): A free twelve-week, physician or school faculty referred intervention pro-gram for youth who are struggling with high BMI’s. Through weekly one-hour group classes that include parent participation, youth learn basic nutrition information, participate in physical activities, and learn to set small realistic goals to support sustainable behavior changes. This program includes a 12-week free family member-ship. PAC can also be offered at a school or in a private setting for students identified at risk.
BOKS Program: The BOKS before-school physical activity program is designed to jump start kids' brains and pre-pare them for a day of learning. The program combines play, physical activity, team games, and short talks on nutrition to create healthier habits for children to achieve life-long fitness. The Hockomock Area YMCA offers support in the planning and launch of the program.
Before School Breakfast Program: There are recommended program models designed to expand the school breakfast program and make a healthy breakfast available to students outside the cafeteria, these in-clude "grab-n-go" options, breakfast in the classroom, picnics, and special breakfast events. Assistance is available to choose the program that will work best for your students and employees. Funding for equipment and launching the program is available through Fuel-up to play 60.
For more information or to participate, please contact
Caitlin Gibbs, 508.772.1351