In 2009, the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA applied for a Pioneering Healthy Communities grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kingsport became a proud recipient of that grant. The Y recognized the need for collaborative effort across our community and knew none of us could gain enough traction on our own. A group of City leaders and community members led the charge to learn how to begin building an infrastructure to fight unhealthy lifestyles which had become an epidemic in our region.
In 2011, the foundation was laid for what is now known as Healthy Kingsport and the Kingsport YMCA has been a supporter along the whole journey. We have seen and continue to see the benefit of collaboration of many organizations working together towards a common goal. Being united in making small starts to healthier habits pushes all of us further along.
Our YMCA’s cause is to strengthen community through focusing on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y has a longstanding dedication to providing programs and services that build health of spirit, mind and body for all. We continue this commitment today by engaging and supporting children and all “health seekers” —individuals of all ages who wish to pursue a healthy lifestyle but struggle to do so. The Y also adapts and changes to the needs of our community within the three areas of focus listed above. For example, healthy living is just as much a part of our Afterschool and Day Camp programs (youth development) as it is in the programs conducted primarily for wellness. The Y gives children and families an opportunity to build relationships and learn how to live healthy–together.
From serving healthier snacks in our Afterschool program, to exercise programs adaptable to all ages and abilities, to chronic disease prevention through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, your YMCA’s goal is to help everyone have the opportunity to be healthier in spirit, mind, and body, aligns with the principles of Healthy Kingsport.
The Kingsport YMCA is a Platinum Partner and has been foundational to the Healthy Kingsport initiative. The Y is committed to making lasting personal and social change for a better quality of life for our community and invites you to join us as a partner in this crucial effort to create a brighter future for all of us.