Media Coverage

Bears Quarterback Donates to Indiana Camp

The YMCA Camp Carson in Princeton, Ind., receives a donation from Chicago Bears Starting Quarterback Jay Cutler to help start the first-ever diabetes camp in the area. Inside Indiana Business

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YMCA Program Encourages Exercise, Nutrition

Third grade students in Costa Mesa, Calif., receive free bicycles and a helmet after completing a Y program that educates children on healthy eating and encourages them to be physically active. Daily Pilot

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88 and Feeling Great: Woman Teaches Water Aerobics to Other Seniors

At 88 years old, Ira Miller continues to have fun and stay physically active every day, while teaching water aerobics to seniors at the Redbud YMCA in Abilene, Texas. Abilene Reporter-News

Y.M.C.A. Adopting Health Policies for Youth

The Y, one of the nation's largest child-care providers, intends to announce Wednesday that it is adopting new "healthy living standards," including offering fruits, vegetables and water at snack time, increasing the amount of exercise and limiting video games and television for youngsters in its programs.    New York Times

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Food Project, YMCA Partner Up in Lampeter-Strasburg

The Lancaster Family YMCA helps a local food project expand its capacity to provide food and recipes to families that rely on free or reduced-price school meals during the week, so they can also eat well on the weekends.

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Salute to YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Gala Celebrated Achievements

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati honors students who strive to reach their full potential, as well as the professionals dedicated to helping them achieve. Fox 19/WXIX

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City Helps Military Members

The Y's Military Welcome Center, based in the Will Rogers World Airport, offers traveling military members a welcoming place to relax, seek food and entertainment during a long and extended stay at the airport. KFOR-TV

Wildwood Family Y Donates Produce

The Wildwood Family YMCA donated lettuce, tomatoes and other fresh produce from its community garden to help a food pantry that serves up to 115 families and is facing low food supplies. Eureka-Wildwood Patch

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The YMCA Encourages Individuals to Take Steps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes During National Diabetes Awareness Month

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and a staggering 79 million people have prediabetes, a condition that causes high blood glucose levels. In support of National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Y is encouraging individuals to learn how to assess their risks for developing type 2 diabetes and take steps to prevent the disease. Read more.

The Y Salutes Military Families

This November marks Military Family Month, and the Y joins the nation in saluting those who serve our country and their families. First established by the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) in 1993, Military Family Month recognizes and pays tribute to military personnel and their families for their dedication and service. To learn more, visit, and click here to find Y programs for military families in your community. click here

Adults Turn to Swimming Endurance Class to Stay Motivated

A group of women, some lifelong swimmers, find motivation in the Seacoast Family YMCA's adult skills endurance class.

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The Veggie Mobile Sets Up Shop

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids may be known for its fitness centers, but it's more than a gym. With its new Veggie Mobile, the Y is now bringing affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables at low cost to communities in need. Rapid Growth Media

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Where 6th-graders Learn to Climb, and to Cope

Hamburg Middle School sixth-graders climbed a rock wall for the first time this week. It was just one of the new experiences the students shared over three days at YMCA's Camp Conrad Weiser in South Heidelberg Township.  Reading Eagle

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Illinois Times

Everybody Plays

With the end of summer comes the beginning of a new school year, the harvest and the start of an area tradition that draws thousands of children away from their video games and outside onto the mown grass lawns of parks and schools across Springfield. It is the fall soccer season at the Y. Illinois Times

YMCA Veggie Mobile Unveiled

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids unveils a Veggie Mobile – a mobile farmer's market that will offer low cost fruits and vegetables to communities across West Michigan at discounted prices.

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Nonprofit Innovators Battle Obstacles to Creative Solutions

A small but growing number of nonprofit organizations like the Y are taking a more planned approach to innovation by starting programs designed to foster new ideas. Read more

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Kittanning Y Has an Answer for Special-Needs Kids

Eight-year-old Ian Burnette, who suffers from autism, finds a fun and challenging session at the Y's new afterschool special needs program.


Rallying the Community in the Name of Art

From Oct. 3-9, the Y will celebrate YMCA's Arts Week — an annual week-long celebration showcasing the unique and diverse talents of artists through various forms of expression. All week long, more than 400 Ys nationwide will hold events to educate, inspire and connect the entire community through the arts. To learn more and locate an event, Find a Y near you. Find a Y

Learn, Grow and Strive at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y's Art Week

The YMCA's Arts Week, beginning Oct. 3 through Oct. 9, will display an array of artwork for all to view as well as special creative lessons in photography, culinary arts, knitting, guitar, mosaics, ballroom dancing and more.

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YMCA Helps Pack Bags for Windham-Ashland-Jewett Students

The Capital District YMCA's Greene County branch recently helped organize a community effort to collect backpacks and school supplies for kids affected by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

Celebrate Art Month at the YMCA

The Y celebrates the importance of arts programming for youth during National Arts and Humanities Month.

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Childhood Obesity a Focus in September

On a Friday afternoon, about half a dozen students run back and forth in a zigzag formation on a grassy field at a Salinas elementary school. It's all fun for the kids, but it is one of the ways the Salinas Community YMCA staff members are trying to encourage physically activity in their after school programs.

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YMCA Focuses on Preventing Childhood Obesity

It's fun to stay (healthy) at the YMCA, and El Paso's West Side branch is reaching out to youth and reminding them about the importance of incorporating regular physical activity and healthy eating habits into their lives. El Paso Times

Food for Thought: Program Serves 34,105 Summer Meals

In an area hit hard by poverty, the Tiftarea Y serves over 34,000 kids in its summer food program. Tifton Gazette Tifton Gazette


Spotlighting Children's Health during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

With one in three children overweight or obese, the Y is reminding parents about the importance of incorporating regular physical activity and healthier eating habits into their children's lives. Read more.

Fighting Diabetes in St. Paul, One YMCA at a Time

Nearly 80 million Americans are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes - a common condition that doctors say is a gateway to other costly health problems. But in the Twin Cities, a select group of these "pre-diabetic" patients has been enrolled in a program at local YMCA chapters that preaches weight loss and exercise as a way to halt progression of the disease. Pioneer Press

YMCA Provides Free Summer Meals to Beverly Students

Summer school was a little bit more palatable for 45 city students. Kindergartners through eighth-graders at the Beverly City School received a daily meal and snack for free during the four-week session courtesy of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, Wal-Mart Inc., and a federal food assistance program. Burlington County Times

Active Adults Having a Blast While Staying Healthy

A 71-year-old man vows to stay active by playing racquetball at the Y. Daily Herald

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Making a Splash Benefits All Ages at the YMCA

Local California Ys in the Conejo and Simi valleys are making sure everyone, young and old, have an opportunity to swim throughout the year starting with a full schedule of swim classes and programs in September. Ventura County Star

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The YMCA of Greater New York Rings the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

After ringing the Opening Bell on Aug. 3, YMCA of Greater New York President and CEO, Jack Lund, joins a group of teen Counselors-in-Training on hand to help bring awareness to the importance of youth employment and work readiness. Read More. Read More

YMCA Fights Hunger One Child at a Time

The Kelly Hall YMCA in Chicago provides healthy meals and snacks to help keep children well-nourished this summer. Northwestern Medill Reports

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Growing Good Food for Needy People at the Dartmouth YMCA

The Dartmouth Y is providing fresh, organic produce to people in need through its "Sharing the Harvest Community Farm".

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Summer Food in Session at the Y

Millions of children face hunger when school lunch programs are over. This summer, the Y is on a mission to provide 7 million meals to 70,000 children. Read more on our blog and help spread the word on Twitter. Read more.

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YMCA Teen Achievers Urged to Dream Big

Students from the Joliet Central City YMCA embark on a three-day college tour that takes them from Georgia to Alabama, where they experience college life and meet with Martin Luther King III. The Herald-News

The Y Improves Millions of Lives (and Counting) Through Healthier Communities Initiatives

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities, the Y is helping to combat chronic disease and obesity rates across the United States through its Healthier Communities Initiatives. More.

Ys Receive Funding to Implement LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Program

Following a three-week online voting campaign, 16 YMCA associations have been chosen as award recipients of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program through the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project. The project is investing more than $700,000 to bring proven cancer support programs to 93 sites across the United States. More.

Ribbon Cutting on Melissa Home at Somerset Hills YMCA

A new group home, said to be first in nation on YMCA property, opens for developmentally disabled adults, honoring the legacy of a young woman who was passionate about the Y and spent her life giving back to help others. Basking Ridge Patch

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Nearing 90 and Still in the Swim

A volunteer swim instructor at the Roseburg YMCA has taught generations of children how to swim during the last 42 years, with no signs of slowing down The News-Review

Missouri Tornado's Youngest Victims

In the wake of the deadly May 29 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, the Joplin Family YMCA is lending a helping hand to families, providing a safe haven to their children. CBS Evening News

YMCA Honors AmeriCorps Volunteers for Their Service

Not too long ago, Anders Jones couldn’t use a spoon and his plates had to be suction-cupped to the table. Today, the 3-year-old with Down syndrome can use a spoon and his mother credits the help of a mentor provided through the YMCA’s Early Learning Center South. Inforum

The Fit Latino

The Longmont YMCA works to help the Latino community live healthier through supportive relationships and resources. The Daily Camera

Dream Team Breaks Records at YMCA Swim Meet

Four active and inspiring older adults from the Mid-Delmarva YMCA Swim Team compete in the National YMCA Swim meet in Florida, breaking records. Severna Park Patch

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Stanly YMCA Teaches the Joys of Swimming

Kids in the Stanly County YMCA’s summer camp program are learning how to swim, enjoying the outdoors and getting some exercise, thanks to a local fund program. The Charlotte Observer

YMCA Survey: Kids Lack Exercise, Healthful Foods

Nearly nine out of 10 parents say they'€™re providing a healthy home environment for their children. In fact, they aren'€™t, a new YMCA survey shows. The YMCA's Family Health Snapshot, which sheds light on the barriers to healthy living and physical activity, kicks off the Y'€™s goal to get more families more active as part of YMCA'€™s Healthy Kids Day™ on April 16. USA Today

Parents Laud Strafford County YMCA for Safe, Fun Programs

The Strafford County YMCA'€™s Reach Out for Youth and Families program provides financial assistance to ensure that families in need have access to essential services and programs at the Y.

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YMCA's Healthy Kids Day™ Aims to Get Families Moving Through Play

As part of YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, April 16€“ the nation's largest health day for families€“ the Campanelli YMCA in Illinois is encouraging all kids and parents to come to the Y for a play date and commit to being active every day. The Daily Herald

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The Japan YMCA Provides Critical Support to Survivors; Donations to the Japan YMCA Relief Fund Nearing $150,000

In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the global YMCA Movement is supporting the Japan YMCA's efforts to address the immediate needs of the children, families and devastated communities. Click here for the latest update or click here to give to the Japan YMCA Relief Fund. click here

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Transition Students Are Working Out Just Fine at YMCA

Through its Life Transition program, the Greater LaGrange YMCA in Illinois is helping youth develop a lifetime love of physical activity. Suburban Life

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Niles-Buchanan YMCA Exercise Class Moves Seniors

A group of seniors 90 years and older engage in physical activity and camaraderie as they work to maintain good health. South Bend Tribune

Couple Overcomes Memory Loss, Obesity to Compete in Triathlons

A couple battling chronic health issues finds comfort and support through the Y. WBTV 3 News

Children Say YMCA Summer Camps Even Better Than Disneyland

One parent works tirelessly to help keep the Y open for the community, after witnessing the impact the nonprofit had on his own children 20 years ago.

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Stoughton YMCA Bicyclists Go Into Spin Cycle for Campers

When Mark Leppo was a kid, he wanted nothing more than to go to camp, but his family couldn’t afford it. Today, he’s spearheading an event at the Old Colony YMCA to ensure that kids in need can get the childhood experiences he couldn’t. Stoughton Journal

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Weekly Observer

Sanford Preschoolers Collect Footwear for Children in Haiti, Guatemala

Sanford-Springvale YMCA preschoolers are getting an early lesson in community service and cultural awareness as they participate in a collaborative effort to collect shoes for underserved children in Haiti and Guatemala. Weekly Observer

Beats & Rhymes€™ Kids Drop Science at the Y

The North Community YMCA€™s afterschool program, Beats & Rhymes, is changing kids€™ lives one track at a time through music. CBS Minnesota

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Globetrotter Inspires at the YMCA

Youth at the Suffolk Family YMCA learned a lesson on staying positive, being active, eating nutritious foods and making positive life decisions during a visit from a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Suffolk News-Herald

Man Finds His Way Back to YMCA and Healthy Lifestyle

Once a kid at the Y, a 70-year-old Elkhart, Ind., resident returns to the Y to get support and comfort, and as a result is happier and healthier again. Palestine Herald-Press

North Jersey Celebrates King Holiday

New Jersey youth dedicate their day off to giving back to the community by volunteering at the Y

Helping Haiti

Local leaders from the YMCA of Greater Des Moines head to Haiti one year after the deadly earthquake to roll up their sleeves and help rebuild the YMCA in Port-au-Prince. WHO-TV

Livestrong Program is More Than Exercise

The Lowes YMCA provides fitness, guidance and support for individuals battling through cancer. The Charlotte Observer

Rebuilding Lives, Restoring Hope

After the devastating January 2010 earthquake, the Haiti YMCA was a lifeline for many. One year later, this Y has emerged stronger than ever and is offering the community hope and new beginnings. Read more.

Set New Years Resolutions as a Family

One of the most important New Year€™s resolutions is to build or maintain family connectedness. The Y€™s Valerie Lawson, director of Healthy Family Home, offers five things your family can do to be healthier throughout the year. Read more.

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Bridging the Digital Divide

Four to seven-year-olds in the Cole Center Family YMCA’s early child care and education program are learning advanced skills in math, science and language as result to having access to computers at the Y. News-Sun

YMCA Helps 70 Families During the Holidays

Families in need receive nearly 500 gifts of clothing, toys and gift cards for food and gas thanks to the Hockomock Area YMCA’s sixth annual Angel Tree Giving Project in Massachusetts. The Milford Daily News

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