The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in our daily routines. In order to keep ourselves and our community safe, we attend virtual classes, and sit in front of a screen for hours on end. Our social and physical activities have decreased, which can have an effect on our physical and mental health.
As a result of the pandemic, communities that used to be stronger than glue have slowly begun to lose that bond.
Despite the challenges we have faced, the Raritan Valley YMCA in East Brunswick is working harder than ever to keep the health of the community flourishing, healthy and happy.
This spring, the YMCA looks forward to the return of some of its signature in-person events, such as the Spin-a-thon on April 10 and Healthy Kids Day on April 24, both at the YMCA facility on Tices Lane in East Brunswick.
“Our work has never changed,” said Executive Director Gina Stravic. “We are for healthy living, social responsibility and youth development in our community. We’ve brought back our programs safely or connected with people virtually. We’ve distributed food to those who need it. We’ve had to do things differently, but we are looking forward to getting back to what we’ve done best in the past.”
For example, the 8th annual Spin-A-Thon will be taking place on April 10. An outdoor event for COVID safety, participants can ride in spin class or take Zumba class to support the YMCA’s summer camp scholarships, drowning prevention efforts, food pantry and more, all while supporting the health of the participants.
All are welcome to sign up, or donate to support the event, on the YMCA’s website at https://raritanvalleyymca.org/member-connection#/programs/22527376/8th-annual-spin-a-thon-april-10-2021/.
The Raritan Valley YMCA will also be hosting Healthy Kids Day on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also outdoors, the event will encourage kids to be healthy and as active while playing as their favorite superheroes.
There will be various activities throughout the day, including an obstacle course, sports classes, water safety and lessons, summer camp activities, and more.
A summer camp open house and tours of the facility will be available to parents.
“We have stuck together and supported each other throughout a tough year,” Stravic said. “As things start to get better, I believe our community will still come out to support us.”
For more information, visit raritanvalleyymca.org
- This article was submitted by Iqra Masood, an intern at the Raritan Valley YMCA in East Brunswick.