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Art Show Tells Stories of Refugees Through Their Own Creations

"Triumph of the Human Spirit," an art show put together by Houston's YMCA is helping refugees tell their stories through artwork.  KTRK-TV Houston

The Brand Health Puzzle

Association of National Advertisers Magazine spoke with YMCA of the USA's VP of Marketing Communications Donna Bembenek about how organizations can best evaluate their brand's health.  ANA Magazine

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Amid Political Tensions, a Bid to Bring Together Immigrants, Americans

Newsweek visits a Welcoming Week event hosted by the Staten Island YMCA's New Americans Welcome Center and finds a community seeking to build bridges.  Newsweek

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7 Smart Tips for First-Generation College Students

Y-USA's Frederick Riley has some great tips for first generation college students.

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Pedicab tours highlight York businesses owned by immigrants

The YMCA of York and York County (Penn.) uses pedicabs to give local tours to York city businesses owned by immigrants during Welcoming Week.  York Daily Record

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Women In Leadership: Meet Lynda Gonzales-Chavez, the Y's Chief Diversity Officer

In honor of Women in Business Month, Girl Talk HQ spoke with our Chief Diversity Officer Lynda Gonzales-Chavez about her role at the Y, her career path and the importance of diversity in the workplace.  Girl Talk HQ

Let's Move! Outside

Let's Move! Outside Engages Youth in Over 50 Cities

Through the Department of the Interior's Partnership with the YMCA of the USA, American Express, local governments and hundreds of nonprofit organizations, Let's Move! Outside is getting millions of kids to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.  Let's Move! Outside

Lillian Agard looks on as her 3-year-old granddaughter Siena paints at the art table
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Pop-ups Bring Preschool to Low-Income Communities

A YMCA program uses libraries, neighborhood centers, churches and even the beach to help kids get ready for school.  The Hechinger Report

Blake Shelton joins Y kids on the Today Show for a $25k donation from JCPenney to Y Academic Achievement programs.
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The Y and JCPenney Featured on Today Show with Special Appearance by Blake Shelton

Today Show

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Making The A, B And C-Suite Work Distinguishes These Executives

Y-USA's Kevin Washington makes the 2016 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 List  The NonProfitTimes

Top U.S. health chief Sylvia Burwell in Cleveland today, touts YMCA diabetes prevention program

The YMCA’s Fight Against Preventable Drownings

There is more to cancer than "the cure"

The Hill

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Your Kids Can Have a Million-Dollar Camp Experience on a Budget

TheStreet explores how parents and caregivers can give kids the Best.Summer.Ever. while still staying within budget.  TheStreet

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Fighting a National Epidemic by Investing in Prevention

Recently, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia M. Burwell announced significant cost-savings from the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), and groundbreaking steps HHS will likely soon take to extend the program to Medicare beneficiaries at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  The Huffington Post

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Chinese Immigrants Find Safe Haven in YMCA of Greater New York

Thanks to the Y's New Americans Initiative, immigrants are given the support they need to acclimate to their new communities. New York Daily News


YMCA Feeds Children During School Break

In Honolulu, where 24 percent of kids struggle with hunger daily, the Y stepped up to make sure children had access to meals throughout spring break.  KHON2

A scene from a diabetes prevention program at the Bronx Y.M.C.A. on Castle Hill Avenue. Lourdes Ventura, the lifestyle coach there, weighs the participants at the end of each class.
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The Quiet Research That Led to a Resounding Success in Diabetes Prevention

More than 86 million people, including 22 million people 65 or older, have pre-diabetes, which increases their risk of heart disease, strokes or diabetes. As we’ve watched that number grow, it has somehow felt that despite billions of dollars of research and intervention, there’s little we can do.That feeling shifted last week when Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, announced that Medicare was planning to pay for lifestyle interventions focusing on diet and physical activity to prevent Type 2 diabetes. It’s an example of small-scale research efforts into health services that have worked and that have expanded to reach more people. The New York Times

How the YMCA is Helping to Close the Graduation Gap in New York City

New York City's YMCAs are making strides towards closing the graduation gap through their Y-Scholars

How to exercise and what to eat after a cancer diagnosis

"A diagnosis of cancer is shocking news, but it can create a teachable moment for the patient," says the Washington Post in this piece highlighting steps cancer survivors can take following treatement--including LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.   The Washington Post

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Feds mull Medicare changes after big success in YMCA's diabetes program

WASHINGTON — People at high risk of developing diabetes lost about 5% of their body weight in a YMCA program that federal regulators said Wednesday was successful enough to expand. USA Today

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Medicare Proposal Takes Aim at Diabetes

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans on Wednesday to propose expanding Medicare to cover programs to prevent diabetes among millions of people at high risk of developing the disease, marking the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with the prospect of a new benefit, federal officials said. The New York Times

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Move Over, Clinton and Trump: YMCA Backs a Toddler's Presidential Run in New Spot

On the off chance the presidential election isn't immature enough already, the YMCA of the USA wants a juice-drinking, tantrum-throwing, nap-taking toddler to join the race. As part of its new "For a Better Us" campaign, the Chicago-based nonprofit will air "Zoe for President," a spot that features a one year old hoping to be elected leader of the free world in 2064. Ad Age

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In an Election Year, the Y Campaigns for Attention

The Y announced Thursday its support for a presidential hopeful.But it’s not backing anyone running in 2016: It’s putting its weight behind Zoe, a one-year-old girl who might run for president when she grows up.In its "Zoe for President" campaign, the Y, formerly known as the YMCA, will run television and digital ads touting the mock candidate throughout this year’s presidential race. Chronicle of Philanthropy

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YMCA cancer camp helps survivors thrive

When it comes to hitting the gym, simply surviving is the goal for some people, but the Campo Family YMCA in Valrico is often filled with true survivors. Like many other branches, this YMCA participates in the Livestrong program for cancer survivors and their families. It's 12 weeks long and free for any cancer survivor. The program is meant to help them rebuild their physical strength while giving them a support system to lean on. Fox 13 Tampa

The Best Place for Community is the One You Grew Up With

While working on her upcoming documentary "Swim Team," filmmaker Shanna Belott has made a very important discovery about the Y. The Huffington Post

The Y Embarks on Its First National Advertising Campaign

The Y is launching its first-ever national advertising campaign, and The New York Times reports how we hope it helps change public perception and raise funds for Y programs throughout the country.  New York Times

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Y Highlights Mentors as a Critical Teen Relationship

YMCA of the USA's VP of Youth Development Jorge Perez writes about the importance of mentors in a teen's life.  NBC News Education Nation

Which Big National Players Are Joining Forces to Make a Local Health Impact?

The Y and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced a 10-year partnership to help foster a "Culture of Health" in local communities.  Inside Philanthropy

Dinners at Dorchester YMCA Building Bonds Among Students

Teens in Boston find a safe, welcoming space and a warm meal at the Dorchester YMCA.  The Boston Globe

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