From local street corners to the hallways of government power, the Y is working to advocate for public policies that can strengthen our community through the promotion of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. When you advocate for the Y, you lend your voice to a movement that's committed to nurturing the potential of kids, improving the nation's health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and serve others.
The Y is a leading member of the following community partnerships and initiatives. We encourage you to learn more about them and support their activities to strengthen our community.
Tennessee Obesity Task Force
Formed in 2007, the Tennessee Obesity Task Force is a statewide coalition which links scientists, clinicians, city planners, school officials, state agencies, policymakers, transportation experts, nutritionists, parents, and representatives of our most vulnerable populations in an effort to address our state's health and obesity crisis. You can learn more about the task force and its advocacy efforts at eatwellplaymoretn.org
Pioneering Healthier Communities
Healthier Communities is a YMCA initiative that brings together community leaders to find ways to improve our collective health and well-being. Partnering with leaders from all sectors of society, PHC seeks to promote public policies and environmental changes that make it easier for all of us to live a healthy and active lifestyle. In doing so, the initiative seeks to address the three main risk factors – physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and tobacco use—that are contributing to an alarming rise in the number of friends and neighbors suffering from chronic diseases including diabetes, stroke, heart disease and several types of cancer.
For more information on Pioneering Healthier Communities, contact the Y's Ted Cornelius
by calling (615) 259-9622.
NASHVILLE ON THE MOVE
Held the first Friday of every month, Nashville on the
Move is a free lunchtime walking event designed to help employees become more
active during their workday. Nashville on the Move also encourages companies to
take steps to improve their employees' health by taking the following specific
Activity breaks throughout the day
Serving healthy meeting food and
Making water the primary workplace drink
Nashville on the Move is
organized by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee's Pioneering Healthier Communities
initiative in partnership with Metro Public Health and area business partners.
For more information, visit NashvilleMoves.org
The YMCA of Middle Tennessee is proud to be a member of Alignment Nashville, a partnership that brings community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Nashville's youth has a positive impact on public school success, children's health, and the success of our community as a whole. To learn more, visit AlignmentNashville.org
NATIONAL ADVOCACY EFFORTS
Lend your voice to the Y's national advocacy efforts and learn how you can get involved by visiting ymca.net/advocacy