On Thursday, January 31, 2019, Morris Street School unveiled the Go! 5-2-1-0 Wellness message as a reminder to Eat 5 fruits and vegetables daily; 2 hours or less of screen time; 1 hour of play every day and 0 intake of sugar-sweetened beverages.
The community adopted the wellness message as far back as 2011 with support from the United Way of Western CT and the many community partners active with the Coalition for Healthy Kids. Using this message has helped to decrease soda consumption in elementary school children and juice consumption with preschoolers by promoting water first for your thirst.
The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut thanked the Anthem Foundation for infusing $25,000 in grant funding to encourage this message. The goal is to have health included in every policy or event including childcare, afterschool, school and work settings. In addition, good town policy promotes more walking and biking.
On cold dark nights, families can gather at the Danbury Public Library for a free Zumba program held Wednesday nights from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm, led by a Regional YMCA Zumba Instructor.
About the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut
The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut is a charitable, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community service organization dedicated to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities through the development of spirit, mind and body for all. It operates a full-service facility in Brookfield and three additional program sites, all of which provide a wide variety of programs and services to the residents of the 22 towns in Greater Danbury and Eastern Putnam County, NY. Learn more by visiting www.regionalymca.org or stopping into your local YMCA.