YMCA to Host Advocacy Day at Legislative Hall

Dover, DE- “Y not be Healthy” will be the theme of the day when staff, members, and volunteers of the YMCA of Delaware converge on the state capitol Tuesday, March 26, for Advocacy Day with an 11:00 a.m. kick-off in the second floor House Hearing Room.

President and CEO, Deborah Bagatta-Bowles will lead the way at Legislative Hall, joined by the Senior Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer for YMCA of the USA, Neal Denton. Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, Dr. Karyl Rattay, will also be on hand to help the Y promote its healthy living message. In Delaware, the YMCA is a leader in reducing health care costs through programs like Diabetes Prevention which is an evidence-based program that helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles while reducing their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Visitors and State of Delaware employees at Legislative Hall will literally get a taste of the “Y not be Healthy” initiative when youth participants of the Walnut St. YMCA’s Teen Workforce Development Program will offer samples of healthy meal options like fresh turkey wraps, a healthy twist of the Legislative Hall favorite chicken salad, and turkey sandwiches with green apples and swiss cheese. At 11:30 a.m. everyone is invited to a family style lunch hosted by the Y on the second floor in the House Hearing Room. Taste testers will be encouraged to vote on their favorite item. The winning entrée will be permanently added to the menu at Simaron, Legislative Hall’s eatery located in the building thanks to a new partnership developed with Simaron’s Chef Edmond and the Y.

At 2:00 p.m. YMCA leadership will meet with Governor John Carney, along with Representatives and Senators for a discussion about the programs and services the Y provides to Delawareans. More than 100,000 people benefit from the Y’s key initiatives that focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

For more information contact Nicole Freedman at (302) 438-3301 or via email at Nfreedman@ymcade.org.


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The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.