When I think about the Y and just a few words that remind me of its members and volunteers, it's kindness. Last night, a few young leaders and I showed up at the Lakeview YMCA in Chicago to help celebrate the holidays, mingle with, and break bread with a few residents, some who might not have a permamen home to call their own. more
A recent study shows that people who regularly eat a Mediterranean diet could live longer. This does not include daily consumption of fried cheese (saganaki) and falafel, but rather a focus on vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, unrefined grains, olive oil, fish and even moderate amounts of wine. more
To judge other parents and how they raise their children is unfair, but often second nature. It’s oh so simple to say how you would have handled something when you are an outsider looking in. Well, I’m here to apologize to every parent i’ve silently judged or thrown an all-knowing glance in their direction. more
The Viewsters Online Film Festival will be announcing their winners for filmmakers who submitted entries revolving around the environment, human rights, public health, politics, social justice and more. The recipients will get to donate a portion of the $100,000 prize money to the charity of their choice.
Young leaders, just wondering if any of you knew that the Y is a charitable organization worthy of all these issues related to social responsibility. more
"Walk Like An Egyptian" is a great song, but most of us would prefer to walk like a 20 year-old rather than a 2,000 year-old. A new study has shown that walking economy, a key predictor of morbidity in older adults, can be improved when people run several times a week. more
In honor of the upcoming new year, I thought of 15 things I’d share with my younger self. I’ll also pass some on to my daughter when she’s old enough, though she may just roll her eyes at me and say, “Moooommmm!" more
It's been over a week since the NCAA Cross Country championships on November 22nd, but it will remain a historically significant day for much longer. In the case of Division I, it's often a day when future running stars have significant breakout performances. more
Have you heard about a country called Sierra Leone? It’s a small country in Africa that the Missoula Family YMCA is working to help. more
I had lofty aspirations to have the most productive Thanksgiving holiday ever. While I wouldn’t trade all the family, friends, fun and food from the last few days, I’m currently spending my Sunday evening picking up the slack from all the work I didn’t get to. more
Jarod Walls runs the Aquatics Department, oversees the Arts & Humanities Department, and assists in daily operations at the Coffman Family YMCA, part of the YMCA of Greater Dayton. He wants to share with you his take on what it means to be a young leader in the world today.