Healthier Sound Shore

healthy-soundshoreLet’s face it: healthy living is hard!

With demands on our time, tempting junk food around every corner, and bodies that protest against the strain of exercise, it’s no wonder that many of us struggle every day to do the right thing for ourselves and our families.

In December 2005, the Rye YMCA launched Activate America, an initiative developed by Y-USA to respond to our country’s growing obesity, declining fitness and chronic disease crises.

The goal of this coalition—now called Healthier Sound Shore– is to create long-term, sustainable improvements in lifestyle and health in the communities we serve.

Over the past eight years, our accomplishments have included:

  • Forming Safe Routes to School committees in Rye, Larchmont and Mamaroneck.healthier-communities
  • Supporting infrastructure improvements (Boston Post Road Diet, Forest Avenue sharrows) that have led to safer roadways for all users.
  • Establishing a Cross District Wellness Committee that currently involves the parent wellness representatives from Rye, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Harrison schools.
  • Coordinating the application process for federal Safe Routes to School funding that resulted in the City of Rye receiving nearly $224,000 for infrastructure projects near Rye City schools.
  • Organizing video and poster contests for middle and high school students to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and walking.
  • Supporting school-based edible gardens by connecting schools with resources (including grant funding and in-kind services).
  • Organizing community forums around school-based edible gardens, Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School and diabetes prevention.

Click here for a list of specific accomplishments since 2005.

Click here to view the Rye Y’s Community Impact booklet, which describes our community outreach work in more detail.

In mid 2012, the Rye Y expanded our community health efforts by reaching out to local partners in Mamaroneck and Port Chester.  Through Healthier Port Chester and Healthier Mamaroneck, we are finding new ways to connect low-income African-American and Hispanic families with opportunities for healthier living.

Click here to learn more about the work of Healthier Port Chester and Healthier Mamaroneck.

By mobilizing the energy, talents and expertise of our communities, we can make a real difference in combating obesity and chronic disease.

Click on one of the links below to learn more.