On June 27, 2012, the Asheville Citizen-Times ran a front-page article on the YMCA of Western North Carolina and our newest step toward supporting healthy lifestyles. By June 1 of this year, all YMCA of WNC facilities removed all sodas and "unhealthy beverages" from their vending machines, replacing them with water, flavored water and juice.
The article was picked up by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who included a mention at the top their latest News Digest on Childhood Obesity, sent out nationally.
Paul Vest, CEO of the YMCA of Western North Carolina, said, "We have a vision of a healthy community that we want to help build and we are committed to helping people make better choices, so we figured we should start here."
The new policy is part of the Y's Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative (PHC) started in 2008, a project that engages community leaders and organizations to create healthier communities through policy and environmental change.
You can view the Asheville Citizen-Times article here.
See our mention in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation News Digest, along with other related articles, here.