Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Statement on The Impact of Hurricane Sandy
November 13, 2012 - Just recently the east coast was the aim for one of the most expansive hurricanes in decades – Hurricane Sandy. Once it hit, the result of the storm had a debilitating impact on large parts of New Jersey and New York. Millions have gone without power, water and housing due to high winds, heavy rain and coastal.
Our organization works with many stakeholders in these communities and we’ve been in contact with our schools and programs in the region to get a sense of their needs and offer any support we can.
Many are also aware that our Team Healthier Generation had twenty dedicated runners set to participate in the ING New York City Marathon. Each trained for the past several months, as well as raised thousands of dollars to fight childhood obesity by expanding the national programs of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Ultimately, Mayor Bloomberg and the New York Road Runners made the tough decision to put the safety of citizens and tourists first and cancel the Marathon. The dollars raised for Team Healthier Generation are still targeted for the important work of fighting childhood obesity but, in addition, many of our team members also gave time and money toward disaster relief efforts while they were in the city.