Funded by the YMCA Endowment Fund, Energize is an in-school program that aims to prevent childhood obesity by providing lessons on healthy eating choices and the importance of 60 minutes of exercise per day.
Programming runs from September through May and classes meet anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes every other week. Each class receives an enriching experience through active and visual lessons and additional physical education to add to their school day.
Energize in the Community
Energize is an in-school program that incorporates sessions on health and wellness in 32 MCCSC fourth grade classrooms in 12 MCCSC elementary schools. Energize collaborates with IU School of Public Health, IU Community Health, IU Public Health, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, and Active Living Coalition.
The Goals of Energize:
- Prevent childhood obesity
- Develop healthy lifestyles
- Improve behavior
- Increase physical activity in the school schedule
- Promote positive character development by providing activities that emphasize team building
- Create awareness of healthy food choices and their benefits by incorporating "My Plate" education
"I love the format. This program is perfect in every way!"
"The lessons were all fantastic and beneficial to the students. My students love this program."
"I loved the engaging lessons and how the Energize teachers kept students moving and interested! The Energize team is phenomenal!"
"I love the balance of lessons and physical activity. I think the kids particularly loved the demonstrations like seeing how much sugar is in their cereals and watching how blood pumps in their heart."
"Energize was a big highlight of this year!"
"Thank you for all the things that you have done for us and pushing us to keep our bodies healthy. At home, I have told my parents all about the things that I have learned. If I did not understand a health concept, you always explained it to me. All the things that you do have helped me make a healthier life for my family."
"You inspire me to exercise more and I understand that exercising is really important."
Are you a principal or teacher interested in learning more about the Energize program and what it can do for your school? Contact the Community Youth Outreach Coordniator, Ashley Lowers, at (812) 961-2154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Community Youth Outreach Coordinator!
Ashley received her Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 2013. Before moving to Bloomington for school, she grew up in South Bend, IN. During her time at IU, she met her husband and started their family. Ashley began her career at the YMCA as a Youth Sports Counselor in 2011, and since has worked as a Youth ABA Therapist and taught at a local daycare. When she is not working in her current role as Community Youth Outreach Coordinator, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband and children, as well as attending events in the community. Ashley also enjoys hiking and being outdoors.