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"Before I Knew It, I Was Doing Marathons."
When Victor had his first son, he knew he had to do something to get back into shape. Not one to shy away from an early morning routine, he now starts each day out at the YMCA. The results are paying off. This is his Y. His camera. His story.
"I’ve found a platform for Support."
Barbara did not let cancer keep her down. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helped her gain strength, try new activities like yoga, and find a community of support. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body with no membership required. This is Barbara’s Y. Her camera. Her story.
Learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.
The Y aims to improve the nation's health and well-being by providing programs and activities that promote wellness, reduce risk for disease and help others reclaim their health. These programs and everything else the Y does are in service of making us—our Ys and our communities—better. The result is a country that values health and communities that support healthy choices. The Y.™ For a better us.™
Community Integrated Health
Community integrated health is the effort to strengthen the linkages between traditional health care and community-based prevention strategies (like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program) in order to help individuals prevent, delay, or live better with chronic conditions.
Serving families has always been at the heart of the Y. We are a place where they can find respite from social, economic and educational challenges, and learn how to overcome them. We have a fundamental desire to provide opportunities for every family to build stronger bonds, achieve greater work/life balance and become more engaged with their communities.
Whether you’re new to the community or simply want to pursue a new hobby, the Y brings together people who love to learn. Whether you want to cook new dishes, join a Bible study, create pottery or speak a new language—you’ll learn right alongside others from your community who share your interests.
Health, Well-being & Fitness
Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y goes beyond just working out. In addition to fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength.
Healthier Communities Initiatives
At the Y, we work with community leaders to make the healthy choice the easy choice in all of the places where people live, work, learn and play.
Healthy Kids Day®
As part of the Y's commitment to strengthen community by addressing critical gaps in health and education, Healthy Kids Day will encourage kids and parents to commit to keeping the body and mind active this summer. On April 30, 2016, join the Y and more than a million parents and kids across the country for the largest day committed to improving the health and well-being of kids.
Sports & Recreation
We believe sports, fun and exploring new interests aren’t just for the young. Along with improving health, whenever teamwork is involved, there’s the added benefit of being connected to others. That’s why you’ll find a range of recreational activities at the Y. With something to offer everyone, there’s no such thing as being too old to get in the game.