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The Y is a cause for strengthening community, working tirelessly to nurture the potential of kids, improve the nation’s health and well-being and give back and support our neighbors. When you advocate with the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change for your family, friends and community.
We are a powerful ally and advocate for Ocean County. Through advocacy at the local, state and federal levels, the Y is bringing families safe and affordable child care and afterschool options; making healthy choices available in communities to help prevent chronic disease; and ensuring that Y's have the ability to be a resource for healthy living, youth development and social responsibility in the communities they serve.
Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE)
At the Y, we work with community leaders to make the healthy choice the easy choice in all of the places where people live, work, learn and play. In 2011, the Ocean County YMCA was awarded an ACHIEVE grant to support our Y and health department in advancing community leadership efforts to prevent chronic diseases and related risk factors. ACHIEVE is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is a partnership among the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Society for Public Health Education and Y-USA.
The ACHIEVE model capitalizes on the experience and expertise of national organizations in strengthening community leadership, building capacity, and activating change. Establishing partnerships with national organizations to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes is an efficient and effective mechanism for achieving chronic disease prevention and health promotion goals in communities.