YMCA-LogoThe YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas is pleased to announce we will pilot a new level of collaboration around the National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) Salsa, Sabor y Salud program. NLCI developed Salsa, Sabor y Salud to improve awareness of habits leading to better nutrition and increased physical activity for Latino families with children 12 and younger. The program was developed for community based organizations, schools, clinics, wellness programs, and other agencies and organizations working with Latino families. In 2010, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas was nationally one of the first Y associations to roll out Salsa, Sabor y Salud, to the North Texas community.

Salsa, Sabor y Salud, builds on the rich traditions and values of Hispanic and Latino cultures to help families adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Families participate in eight weekly group sessions that help them learn about making healthier food choices and incorporating physical activity into their routines. Each week features a different theme incorporating traditional Hispanic and Latino culture.

Salsa, Sabor y Salud is one of few programs that encourage participation from the entire family. It is also one of the programs that is specifically designed for relevance to Hispanic and Latino families and allows Ys to create relationships with other community-based organizations that support them.

The YMCA/NLCI Salsa program is funded in part by a grant from the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD) and the YMCA’s Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors. The YMCA Board recognizes the growing importance of the Hispanic/Latino Community in Dallas but also the nearly 50% increase in the rates of some chronic diseases between the Hispanic and the non-Hispanic white populations.

In late June of this year, the Dallas YMCA received approval from United Way to expand services to three other counties served by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Effective July 1, 2015, the YMCA Dallas began serving Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Southern Denton Counties.

“We are excited to have the chance to renew our partnership with NLCI and to share our experience and outcomes with others” stated Tim DeViese, Vice President of Community Health and Well-Being, YMCA Dallas.

In communities across North Texas, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encouraging good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports and fun. As a result, thousands of youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit , mind and body.

About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymcadallas.org



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