Y-USA Co-Hosts Launch of CDC's New Physical Activity Initiative

On Jan. 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled Active People, Healthy Nation℠, a new initiative to get 27 million Americans more physically active by the year 2027. In a Capitol Hill briefing co-hosted by Y-USA and other partners, special guest VADM Jerome M. Adams, Surgeon General of the United States, spoke about the importance of making healthy choices easily available for all people and incorporating physical activity into individuals' everyday routines. He demonstrated his own commitment by closing his speech with 20 push-ups!

At the briefing, the CDC also released new data on racial and ethnic disparities in physical activity by state. All states and territories reported an adult physical inactivity rate of more than 15 percent, with some areas reporting physical inactivity rates of up to 47.7 percent. The complete data and corresponding maps are available here

Learn more about the briefing and how your Y can get involved in the initiative here!


ICYMI: Appropriations Update!

After a long negotiation period, the House and Senate came to a deal in December on appropriations for the federal fiscal year 2020.

If you missed the update on the Y priorities funded in the appropriations bill, you can find it here.

Register for National Advocacy Days!

Registration for National Advocacy Days ends on Feb. 10! You don't want to miss the Y's annual advocacy event in Washington, DC, on March 3-5. Learn more about NAD here and register today!


Oklahoma Childhood Food Security Coalition Hosts 2020 Summer Meal Kick-Off Event

On Jan. 16, the Oklahoma Food Security Coalition hosted its 2020 Summer Kick-Off event. The day-long event was an opportunity for stakeholders from around the state to come together to begin the planning process for the 2020 Oklahoma Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and included over 150 attendees from school districts, state agencies, YMCAs and other youth development organizations, libraries, health care providers, and other nonprofit and community partners.

Jill Goyette, Executive Director of Youth Development for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, led a break-out session on ensuring child safety at meal program sites and special guest from YMCA of the USA, Stacey McDaniel, spoke as  part of a lunch plenary panel.

Read more about the event here!


North Carolina Youth Leaders Conduct Walk Audit

In November, 15 North Carolina Youth and Government program student leaders donned safety vests and headed out with their clipboards and forms to conduct an audit to learn whether it's safe to walk or bike to their school and in the surrounding community.

Thanks to Y-USA Active and Healthy Communities funding for the NC Alliance of YMCAs, Youth and Government Program Coordinator Rain Thoresen of the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA had joined several other North Carolina YMCA staff at a local training about how to engage community members through a walk audit to make their communities safer for active living. Rain put that learning into action and coordinated the audit with the students. 

Check out what the students found and what they are doing about it at the NC Alliance of YMCAs website!


2020 State Minimum Wage Increases

In 2020, a number of states’ minimum wage rates will increase. This article and chart from Ogletree Deakins lists the states’ (and certain major localities’) minimum wage increases for 2020—and future years if available.


Elected Officials Celebrate MLK Day at Ys

Many elected officials spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day volunteering at their local Y! In just one example, the Olathe YMCA welcomed U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers, and State Rep. Stephanie Sawyer Clayton, who joined 80+ other volunteers to make 126 blessing bags for people experiencing homelessness and write 265 cards for veterans.


If elected officials visit your Y, please share photos on social media with #YAdvocate or send photos to




Y-USA Staff Attend Census 2020 Campaign Launch

On Jan. 14, staff from Y-USA attended the Census Bureau's launch of the 2020 Census Integrated Communications campaign. The theme of the campaign is "Shape Your Future: Start Here." A sampling of the ads the Census Bureau and its agency partners have prepared in 10+ languages are available on the agency's YouTube channel hereThey are a must-watch!

The Census Bureau works closely with partners like the YMCA to ensure everyone, especially those in hard-to-count communities, is counted so that funding and congressional representation can be allotted appropriately. For more about how your Y can engage in Census work, check out the "Engaging in the 2020 Decennial Census" resource on Link!


Campaign and Election Season Dos and Don'ts

The 2020 election season is upon us! With the Iowa caucuses less than a month away, it is a great time to revisit our Campaign and Election Season Dos and Don'ts document and save it for reference throughout the year. It includes important tips on hosting candidates in your Y in compliance with IRS guidelines for 501(c)(3) organizations.

You can also always reach out to the Government Relations team with questions!

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