For the first time, the Y is located in the North End of Newport at The Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School. The Y will be present at the Met School Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 PM giving youth from the local community on campus the support they need with the Y’s Prescribe the Y program. “We are excited the Y will be present at the Met School this year,” Brad Martin, Principal, The Met School.

The Prescribe the Y program at the Newport County YMCA is a comprehensive 12-week program focused on increasing physical activity and establishing good nutritional practices to maintain or decrease BMI for children ages 6-12 measured at a BMI greater than 85%. Two Wellness Coaches guide participants through one-hour classes in cardiovascular activity, strength training, and nutrition education. Parents attend designated family dinner nights with their children twice per session to support their efforts and learn how to incorporate healthy eating into family life.

The program works with Health Coaches using traditional exercise methods to ease participants into a fitness routine that is comfortable for them. Weekly meetings with wellness coaches and fitness professionals to establish and maintain healthier eating patterns and a more physically active lifestyle. Met School participants will even be able to work with the school’s community garden.

“The Y creates a supportive environment where children and their families can receive guidance, support, and the resources they need to develop lifelong healthy habits. At its core, Prescribe the Y focuses on the key components of the YMCA; healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. The Y is proud of our results and hope to help more participants in the future make healthy lifestyle habits,” Mike Miller, CEO, Newport County YMCA.

Prescribe the Y is generously funded by The Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund, The van Buren Charitable Foundation and The Newport County YMCA. The program is free to those that meet the scholarship requirements and all children who complete the program will receive a FREE one-year YMCA family membership!

To join the Prescribe the Y program, participants must obtain a referral letter or recommendation from Aquidneck Medical in Newport or Portsmouth. For questions, please contact the Y’s Healthy Living Director Jessica Graham at or call 401-847-9200 ext. 132. For more information about Prescribe the Y and other Y programs, please contact Sara Meirowitz at or call 401-847-9200 x109.

The Met School would like to invite the community to their upcoming Open Houses. East Bay Campus, 115 Girard, Newport on 11/1/17, 12/6/17, 1/17/18 and 2/7/18. All open houses will run on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm.

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