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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

December 16, 2011

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Scott Smeltzer,Daily Pilot


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

November 30, 2011


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

November 10, 2011


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.

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November 08, 2011

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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 asymca.org, and click here to find Y programs for military families in your community.

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November 04, 2011


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. SeacoastOnline.com

November 03, 2011


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

October 21, 2011

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Ryan McFadden/ Reading Eagle


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

October 21, 2011

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RapidGrowth Media


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

October 20, 2011


Nonprofit Innovators Battle Obstacles to Creative Solutions

Posted with permission of The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nonprofit Innovators Battle Obstacles to Creative Solutions

By Nicole Wallace

October 2, 2011

Keep up with the ways nonprofits are changing their programs and operations in our new blog, Mission: Innovation.

The research had been sitting on the shelf for years. A $200-million federal study found that people at high risk of developing diabetes could cut the odds by 50 percent with intensive counseling on healthy eating and exercise. But the cost of the counseling approach used in the study was too high to expand the program widely.

Then the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and professors from the Indiana University School of Medicine designed a low-cost version of the program that achieved the same results. Now the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program has spread to 43 cities, with more in the works.

The program’s expansion has been spearheaded by the national YMCA’s three-person innovation team, which is charged with scanning the business landscape, societal trends, and activities at local YMCA’s for ideas to help the organization better meet its mission.

The innovation team is unusual in the nonprofit world, but it’s helped make the cultivation of good ideas more deliberate, says Neil Nicoll, chief executive of the YMCA of the USA, in Chicago.

“In the world that we live in as nonprofits, it’s very easy not to see beyond the end of your nose,” he says. “You’re just running so fast trying to keep up. It struck me that we needed a disciplined approach with a team of people who were looking 10 or 15 years down the road.”

Adversity Fosters Ideas

Like the YMCA, a small but growing number of nonprofit organizations are taking a more planned approach to innovation, hiring staff members and starting programs designed to foster new ideas. They are convinced that to stay relevant, organizations must challenge current practices and look for ways to improve what they do.

But the hurdles are significant. Money for experimentation is hard to come by. Carving out the time to try something new while keeping current efforts going is difficult. And for reasons both practical and psychological, the nonprofit world has a deeply ingrained fear of failure.

Facing significant cuts in government aid and the specter of another recession, too many groups feel like innovation is something that will have to wait for an improved economy, says Kenneth Foster, executive director of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in San Francisco.

By contrast, Mr. Foster thinks that finding more effective ways to do things is even more important during tough times. He says that participating in a Doris Duke foundation-sponsored innovation program helped Yerba Buena develop the nimble mind-set the group needed to navigate the recession. (See article.)

“If you were stuck in a very traditional way of working, then you were totally thrown by the crash,” says Mr. Foster. “You didn’t know what to do or how to get out of it.”

Breakthroughs, he says, are more often born out of adversity than plenty: “Nobody innovates when they’re fat and sassy.”

Exactly what qualifies as an innovation is a matter of debate. But Aaron Hurst, president of the Taproot Foundation, in New York, argues for an expansive definition.

Faced with the challenge of how to attract more skilled professionals willing to volunteer for charities, Taproot tested more than a dozen ideas to increase recruitment. The one that made a difference was shortening its application from 20 questions to four.

Redesigning a form isn’t front-page news, but it had a big impact on Taproot’s ability to fulfill its mission, says Mr. Hurst. The organization recruited one-third more volunteers in the year after making the change.

“We tend to want to celebrate the big, fancy innovations,” he says. “But there’s so much amazing, sustaining innovation that’s going on all the time that doesn’t get celebrated.”

Innovation is an active process that involves people with different perspectives thinking about ways to do things better, gathering information, testing small ideas, and putting together disparate thoughts, says Gerald Chertavian, head of Year Up, a Boston charity that helps low-income young adults gain skills and entry-level jobs.

“There is a danger in seeing innovation as the inspiration of one person sitting in a dark room with a towel on their head thinking about the next great idea,” he says. “Great innovation is a culmination of a lot of thought and the synthesis of diverse opinion.”

Fear of Failure

Paying for innovation is a big challenge, because most groups struggle just to cover their annual program needs. Even for groups that have a surplus, restrictions on funds are an impediment to innovation. The use of government money is highly restricted, and individuals generally want their gifts to go toward programs.

Unfortunately, even foundations are not a likely source of money for innovation, say some nonprofit leaders.

Foundations are willing to pay for program costs and, to a lesser extent, operating expenses, but it’s very difficult to win grants for high-risk experimentation, says Andrew Zolli, executive director of PopTech, a New York charity that supports efforts to use emerging technology to solve global problems. “Funders don’t want to fund failures,” he says.

The projects with the biggest potential are often the most risky, but program officers are judged on and rewarded by the impact of the grants they make, not by the risks that they take, says Mr. Zolli. Imagine, he says, that a program officer has a choice between one program that has a 90-percent chance of lowering obesity among 10 percent of children and another that has a 30-percent chance of decreasing obesity among a far bigger share of kids.

“If you’re looking at that and you’re measured by the outcomes you create, you’re going to gravitate to the surer bet,” says Mr. Zolli.

Charities know that grant makers want to back winners, so they feel they must hide their mistakes or risk losing support, says Darell Hammond, leader of KaBoom, a Washington charity that promotes the building of playgrounds. The result is more talk about innovation than actual innovating, he says.

“A lot of times, unfortunately, it’s putting lipstick on the proverbial pig to try to gussy yourself up for more funding,” he says. “You start to put an innovative spin on the exact same thing you were doing yesterday.”

Barriers to Change

Not everyone thinks the lack of money for risky projects is the primary barrier to innovation among nonprofits.

“If you are a charismatic nonprofit leader, you are going to be able to raise money to do early-stage innovation,” says Ben Hecht, head of Living Cities, a coalition of grant makers and financial institutions based in New York.

While that may be true, it’s what comes next that is often the problem, says Jeff Bradach, managing partner of the Bridge­span Group, a Boston nonprofit organization that provides management consulting to charities and foundations. He says the “innovation pipeline” breaks down when organizations try to answer two questions: Does it work, and if it does, how can it be expanded widely?

If the charity isn’t rigorous enough in its evaluation, it’s hard to know whether the new approach warrants expansion, says Mr. Bradach.

Sometimes the people who care the most about a charity can be the biggest barriers to change.

Nonprofit board members and longtime employees often hold those positions because of their dedication to the work organizations have done in the past, says Ben Cameron, who oversees arts grant making at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in New York.

“Those two groups, frankly, are least invested in dramatically rethinking prevailing practice, not out of stubbornness or obstinance but because they are committed to and love the way it has been,” he says.

Practices in the nonprofit world that make sense in their own right can also have the unintended consequence of holding back new ideas.

While evaluation is critical in deciding which programs should receive scarce dollars, it could also act as a brake on innovation, says Anne Marie Burgoyne, a director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, in San Francisco. “If you design those systems too early, it takes away from your ability to be innovative because you start to focus on outcomes before you’ve focused on the possible,” she says.

Similarly, the pressure to grow can hinder innovation, says Gabrielle H. Lyon, head of Project Exploration, a Chicago group that offers science programs for inner-city students.

While the charity is expanding the number of children it serves in Chicago, for now it has decided to hold off on expansion to other cities, she says. Project Exploration has decided it can make the biggest difference by improving its programs so other groups can emulate them. “It would be fabulous if a funder came to us and said, 'What you’re doing is great. I want you to do it for the next 10 years with exactly the same number of kids,’” says Ms. Lyon. “Imagine how much better we could serve those kids.”

In the end, innovation may be best understood as never fully accepting the status quo, says Chris Krehmeyer, head of Beyond Housing, in St. Louis.

He says that fostering innovation is a critical part of his job as a nonprofit leader but that he almost never uses the word. His focus instead is on creating a culture in which he and his employees always ask, Is there a better way to do this?

Says Mr. Krehmeyer: “Great changes don’t come because someone says, 'I want to innovate.’”

Tips For Nonprofit Innovation

  • Create opportunities for employees to brainstorm.
  • Involve people with different responsibilities, levels of experience, points of view, and ways of thinking. A diversity of perspectives is key.
  • Set innovation goals and hold yourself accountable.
  • Ask clients what they want and need.
  • Bring in speakers, visit other organizations, and explore different disciplines.
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel. Find out what other groups are already doing.
  • Start with small tests. Learn by doing, not by studying a topic to death.
  • Don’t just collect data. Take the time to analyze and reflect.
Read more

October 05, 2011


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.

TribLive.com

October 03, 2011

Louis B. Ruediger, Leader Times


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

October 01, 2011

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JupiterImages


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. NJ.com

September 30, 2011


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.

HealthyCal.org

September 20, 2011

Three kids running on a playground
Melissa Flores


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

September 02, 2011


The Y Spotlighting Children’s Health during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

The CDC reports that one in three children is overweight or obese. And, according to a recent report by the British medical journal, The Lancet, half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 unless solutions are put in place to tackle the epidemic. This health crisis sheds light on the need to start outreach early, by providing children (and their parents) with the resources and the support they need in maintaining healthier lifestyles, emphasizing that small steps can lead to big results to reverse this trend.

In recognition of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Y is reminding parents about the importance of incorporating regular physical activity and healthier eating habits into their children’s lives.

As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes that getting children more active and allowing them to play on a regular basis is an important factor in improving their health. The Y knows finding the time to be more active may be a challenge, but simple activities at home, such as turning on your favorite music and dance; playing games that incorporate physical activity, like Charades; and going for a run, walk or bike ride outdoors all count. More ideas for family activities can be found at ymca.net/healthy-family-home/.

The CDC also recommends the following tips to help improve children’s health at home:

  • Make sure kids get 60 minutes of physical activity a day – this can be achieved through a number of activities throughout the entire day and doesn’t have to be done all at once.
  • Provide plenty of fruits and vegetables, limit foods high in fat and sugar and prepare healthier foods at family meals.
  • Serve your family water instead of sugar drinks.

In addition, Ys across the country offer programs to help children – and their families – stay active and eat healthy. To learn more or locate a program in your community, please Find a Y near you.

September 1, 2011

September 01, 2011

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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.

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September 01, 2011

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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

August 25, 2011


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

August 09, 2011


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". SouthCoastToday.com

July 22, 2011


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.

July 01, 2011

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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. Read More.

June 21, 2011


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

June 14, 2011


LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

Ys Receive Funding to Implement LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Program

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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.  

LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, is supporting the Community Impact Project. Fifty–eight Ys nationwide were selected to participate in the project's online voting campaign.

Over a three-week period, more than 340,000 votes were cast and 16 Ys in two regions were named as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA finalists. These finalists were determined by region, awarding funding to each of the Ys within the two regions that earned the most Y program votes. A special thanks to those who participated in the voting. The two winning regions of Ys will each receive a $35,000 grant and training to implement the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

The LIVESTRONGCommunity Impact Project Award Finalists for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA are:

Cohort Representing North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois Burlington Area Community YMCA-YWCA – Burlington, Iowa Grand Forks YMCA Family Center – Grand Forks, N.D. Kishwaukee Family YMCA – Sycamore, Ill. Scott County Family Y – Davenport, Iowa Two Rivers YMCA – Moline, Ill. YMCA of Greater Omaha – Omaha, Neb. YMCA of Marshalltown Iowa – Marshalltown, Iowa YMCA of Rock River Valley – Rockford, Ill.

Cohort Representing New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and Maine Athol Area YMCA – Athol, Mass. Greater Hartford YMCA – Hartford,  Conn. MetroWest YMCA – Framingham, Mass. Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs – Southington, Mass. Wallingford Family YMCA – Wallingford, Conn. YMCA of Attleboro – Attleboro, Mass. YMCA of Central Massachusetts – Worcester, Mass. YMCA Southcoast – New Bedford, Mass.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Background:

Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment. In 2008, the Y and LIVESTRONG joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive “community” where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

By the end of 2011, this innovative program will expand to more than 100 cities across the nation. Contact your local Y to see if they offer LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

June 14, 2011


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.

Learn more.

June 14, 2011

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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.

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May 25, 2011

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Japan YMCA


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

May 25, 2011


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

May 18, 2011


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

May 13, 2011


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

May 11, 2011

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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

March 29, 2011

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The Daily Herald


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

March 02, 2011


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

February 07, 2011


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

February 01, 2011


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

January 25, 2011


North Jersey Celebrates King Holiday

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

January 17, 2011


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.

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January 12, 2011

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Haiti YMCA


Set New Year’s Resolutions as a Family

Set New Year’s Resolutions as a Family

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The New Year is a time for new beginnings and for many to set goals that make them stronger in spirit, mind and body. One of the most important resolutions is to build or maintain family connectedness. The Y’s Valerie Lawson, director of Healthy Family Home, offers five things families can do to be healthier and stronger throughout the year:    

  1. Eat Together – Sitting down for a meal together is a great time for parents to talk with their children, helping the family become more connected with one another. Set aside time for the family to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at least once a week or every day if scheduling permits.
  2. Volunteer – Giving back and supporting neighbors benefits everyone involved. It helps develop new relationships and teaches children and teens the value of helping others. Find an opportunity in your community that the entire family may enjoy, such as cleaning your neighborhood park or distributing food at a local food bank. Check with your local Y for volunteer opportunities.
  3. Learn Something New – Step out of your comfort zone, have fun and grow by exploring personal interests. Try something new together that you’ve always wanted to do, like pottery making or camping.
  4. Start a New Tradition – Traditions are an excellent way to create activities that bring families together. Talk with each other to discover common interests and then create an activity everyone can participate in weekly, monthly or yearly.
  5. Be Active – It’s important to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking places instead of driving improve your health and well-being. The Y offers many fun opportunities for families to be active together. Find a Y in your community.

For additional ways to live healthy as a family, learn more about the YMCA’s Healthy Family Home.

January 6, 2011              

January 06, 2011


Set New Years Resolutions as a Family

One of the most important New Years resolutions is to build or maintain family connectedness. The Ys Valerie Lawson, director of Healthy Family Home, offers five things your family can do to be healthier throughout the year.

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January 06, 2011


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

January 06, 2011

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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

January 03, 2011


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