The Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA has named Pamela Heaton, an experienced educator and YMCA employee, to be the new Healthy Living and Signature Program coordinator. She recently began in the position, just as the Y has gradually reopened following pandemic restrictions. By now, the organization is offering outdoor group exercises, one-on-one training, pool lap swimming, outdoor youth sports, and camp.
“I believe in the Y’s mission,” Heaton said. “I particularly like the way it’s involved in the community—plus with the members and other people. It’s a really good atmosphere for everyone.”
She began as a group exercise instructor in 2001. Other Y responsibilities have included working with the Be-Fit youth education program in Bridgeton, with the Diabetes Prevention program, and as the Community Integrated Health coordinator. She is also a personal trainer.
Her new role includes three primary areas of responsibility. These are active older adult programs, healthy living initiatives, and signature programs (Blood Pressure Self Monitoring, Livestrong, and Diabetes Prevention).
“All of the programs I’ve worked with have had positive results for the participants. It’s a proven thing!” she stated.
YMCA CEO George Steinbronn, Jr. expressed his confidence in Heaton. He said, “Pam understands the YMCA’s commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We are pleased she is in this new position that is important to our services.”
Heaton holds an Associate’s degree from Salem Community College, plus Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work experience includes several roles at Louise Child Care (Pittsburgh, PA) and as a substitute teacher in Pittsgrove.