Youth & Teen Programs

Middle School Kids

The Westfield Area Y is here to help you improve the health and wellness of your spirit, mind and body no matter where you are on your journey to living a healthier, happier life.  Our certified staff is here to provide the  motivation, knowledge and support you need.

Youth Sports, Dance and Tae Kwon Do

7th Grade Initiative Program

The Westfield Area Y, in partnership with UnitedHealthcare, offers all 7th graders in our service area of Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside and Westfield FREE physical, nutritional, and educational opportunities, and a FREE Westfield Area Y limited pre-teen program plus membership for the school year.

The 7th Grade Initiative includes:

  • FREE membership for the school year  with use of exercise equipment, open swim and gym time
  • Five FREE one-on-one orientations with a strength trainer
  • FREE Intro to Strength Training classes with a certified personal trainer
  • FREE Flyers Fall Cross Country program (Westfield location) and other classes to be added
  • FREE Friday Teen Nights
  • Access to more classes & programs at member rates (including swim lessons)
  • New text messaging program lets you know about special events and trips
  • Togetherhood projects (community service)

Registration is required for the program. Register at the Welcome Center or contact Amanda Aguirre, Director of Physical Programs, at ; 908-301-9622 x258 for more information.

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Annual UnitedHealthcare Health Bee

As part of the 7th Grade Initiative, the Westfield Area Y hosted its 9th annual UnitedHealthcare Health Bee on March 13, 2018. The Health Bee is a Jeopardy-style quiz competition designed to get middle school students excited about health, fitness and nutrition. This year, teams from Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield, Hillside Avenue School in Cranford, Orange Avenue School in Cranford, St. Michael’s School in Cranford, Lincoln School in Garwood and Deerfield School in Mountainside competed.

This year’s 1st Place winner was the “Southside Cougars” team from Hillside Avenue School in Cranford.  They were the awarded a $1,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare for their school.   The “Healthy Huskies” from Deerfield School in Mountainside tied with the “North Side Nutritionists” from Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield for 2nd Place winners and each received $500 from UnitedHealthcare and the “Health Hippies” from Lincoln School in Garwood were awarded $250 for having the most team spirit.

The students spent four nights studying together for the Bee, which challenged them in three categories: General Health & Science, Physical Fitness and Food & Nutrition.  “In addition to what they learned, they made friends with each other in the process,” said Amanda Aguirre.

The evening’s judges were Paul Marden, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of NJ; Mark Elsasser, CEO of the Westfield Area Y and Greg Hatzisavvas, Senior Director Member and Wellness Engagement of the Westfield Area Y.  Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen, Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle and Mountainside Councilwoman Wendy Fech-Caccamo welcomed everyone to the event.