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About Activate Southington

Activate Southington is town-wide initiative funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant program is administered by the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Activate Southington is supported by a leadership team representing the greater Southington community.

Activate Southington is a collaboration between town, business and community leaders to identify opportunities to improve our community and take positive steps toward a healthy lifestyle. Activate Southington’s mission is to improve the overall health and wellness of Southington residents, and decrease the incidence of childhood obesity, by providing opportunities for active living, healthy eating, and physical activity...

The Activate Southington team has established four initial objectives to meet the overall mission of the initiative. The objectives are to:

  • Provide government and private sector support for healthy eating and active living initiatives;
  • Make healthy food choices available, readily accessible and affordable to all residents;
  • Create an environment where active living and physical activity is a part of everyday life; and
  • Work with school system to improve School Wellness Policy


Frequently Asked Questions

How is Activate Southington funded?
Activate Southington is funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Is Activate Southington a single program?
No, Activate Southington is an ongoing initiative to integrate health and wellness into Southington’s everyday lifestyle. It is not a one-time event – it’s an ongoing sustainable approach to improving our community.

Why Southington? We are already a healthy community.
Southington has a wide variety of recreational and active choices for community members. Yet, 33.5% of our students don’t meet national fitness standards. Obesity, diabetes and other health concerns are on the rise. We can do more to help all our residents achieve an active and healthy lifestyle.

How long will Activate Southington run?
Our hope is to create ongoing programs and initiatives that will extend well into the future and become ingrained in our community.

Is Activate Southington a YMCA program?
No, Activate Southington is a town-wide effort spearheaded by residents, educators, business and community leaders. The grant program is administered by the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

How can Activate Southington help other community groups?
A primary objective is to educate and inform the public about healthy food and active recreation choices in our community. We would like you to send information regarding your organization's healthy intiatives/events to our website so that we can further the mission of improving the health and wellness of the residents of Southington.