GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD): The Healthy U initiative is a collaboration between Amway and the YMCA that encourages health and wellness in local schools. The Healthy U program combines fun games and exercises with healthy eating education for kids in our community.
There is a higher than average incidence of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and Type II diabetes in the vulnerable populations the YMCA serves. Introducing the foundation for an active lifestyle creates habits that will last a lifetime.
The Y currently serves more than 6,000 low income school aged K-12 students in over 40 locations during the school day, after-school hours, and during the summer.
The program is offered free of charge to participants .
Another healthy initiative through the Y is the Veggie Van. The vehicle prides itself as Michigan’s “one and only mobile farmer’s market.”