(MONCTON – September 27, 2021) – The YMCA of Greater Moncton is once again offering free Grade 5 membership in hopes of helping local youth develop healthy lifestyles.

“When we started this program in 2013, the idea was to get local youth moving and inspired to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle,” says Zane Korytko, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Moncton. “We’ve had lots of great feedback from kids and parents over the years and are really pleased to offer the program once again.”

Free ‘Get Active!’ memberships are available starting Oct. 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022. This membership gives Grade 5 students access to programs offered at both YMCA locations in Moncton.  Programs range from swim lessons, to group exercise classes and Tween activities.

“Physical activity is an important part of healthy living at any age and especially for our youth,” says Korytko. “Children who aren’t active enough are at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other cardiovascular illnesses. We need to get our kids moving and continuing to do so throughout their lives.”

To sign up a student, simple accompany them to either YMCA location (parent or guardian must be present). Bring their final report card from the previous school year or a confirmation letter from this year’s school. We’ll get your Grade 5 student registered so they can start using their membership right away! As per Government of New Brunswick regulations, proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations is required for anyone 12 years and older.