Press release

YMCA of Greater Hartford Receives Grant from the Aetna Foundation



Hartford, CT
"Community-based programs can have a powerful impact in changing residents' health and lives"

Hartford, CT - The YMCA of Greater Hartford has been granted $62,500 by the Aetna Foundation in support of REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health), the 3rd Grade Swim Program, and the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center's Youth Sports programs.

REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) is a coalition of nearly 40 community partners, led by the YMCA. Its goal is to foster policy, systems and environmental changes that will mitigate weight and nutrition health disparities among residents in Hartford's Upper Albany, Clay Arsenal and Northeast neighborhoods

The 3rd Grade Swim program provides swim instruction to underserved Hartford and East Hartford 3rd graders. The program also provides increased access to health, wellness and academic learning opportunities for children, and it develops an urban competitive swim team.

The Youth Sports Program serves young people from Hartford's North End, in the lowest-income zip code in Connecticut. The program blends physical activity with wellness education for both children and their families. The program, in part, works to combat childhood obesity.

"Community-based programs can have a powerful impact in changing residents' health and lives," said Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., president of the Aetna Foundation. "We are pleased to support The YMCA of Greater Hartford's programs, which take both strategic and tactical approaches to improving the health of children and families from underserved communities."

"Kids and families throughout Hartford are building a stronger future through participation in the programs offered at the YMCA of Greater Hartford. We are grateful to the Aetna Foundation for its support of Y's innovative programs that strengthen communities and changes lives," said Jim Scherer, interim president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford.

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