In the five years since its inception, HEAL has experienced tremendous success and growth. HEAL has raised community awareness of the importance of health and wellness and increased outreach. As a result of the growth in our donations and grant funding, we have launched new programs that healthier eating and more active lifestyles in our community.
But the significant wellness challenges of obesity, physical inactivity, and diabetes are greater than any one organization can take on. Through the consolidation of the YMCA and HEAL, as one nonprofit working together, the expertise and existing community outreach will grow and strengthen.
Washington County residents experience higher than average rates of heart disease mortality and diabetes mortality. Over a quarter of our residents report no physical activity in the last 30 days. Only one-third report eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Nearly three-quarters are overweight or obese, including 12% of Washington County’s children – a rate higher than the Maryland state average.
In the face of these alarming statistics, we are confident that the impact on our community will be much greater as we join together. This consolidation will also help guarantee longevity of programs and services that allow us to be even greater stewards of our donor and grant dollars, and greatly expand our community outreach.