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Paige Seppanen works out in Bear last year as part of a diabetes prevention program offered through the YMCA. / JENNIFER CORBETT/THE NEWS JOURNAL
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Pilot Program Hopes to Prevent Diabetes in Delaware

The success of the YMCA of Delaware’s diabetes prevention program has sparked interest from the American Medical Association, which has chosen the First State for a pilot program aimed at improving the health of people with prediabetes.

Children enrolled at the local YMCA’s preschool get ready to donate lots of food to hungry families. (courtesy photo)
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YMCA Preschoolers Help Feed the Hungry

This holiday season, the children of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA’s preschool program have been focusing on the joys of giving to others.

Volunteers Hand Out 2,800 Turkey Dinners

In spirit of giving back to the community, the North Valley Family YMCA in Porter Ranch provided thousands of San Fernando Valley families with turkey dinners.  Post-Periodical

YMCA College Storytelling Aims to Inspire Youth

In an effort to motivate high schoolers, the YMCA of Greater New York recently launched the Path to College campaign, an online storytelling initiative for YMCA members to share their tales of success. Greenpoint Star

The Rye YMCA is now offering healthier food choices and higher physical activity standards in its Kindertime and After School programs.
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Rye Y Offers Healthier Food Choices in Kids Programs

When it comes to nutrition, the Rye YMCA is providing healthier alternatives to popular snacks. The Y is implementing healthier eating and physical activity standards for its Kindertime and After School programs.  The Daily Voice

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YMCA's Teen Leaders Club Helping Young Adults Do More

One 13-year old in Bristol, Tenn., recently went from being a member of the YMCA’s Teen Leaders Club to becoming its president...learning key skills along the way. Bristol Herald Courier

Sally Cicotte leads circle time at a YMCA early learning readiness program in Federalsburg, Md., on Oct. 10, 2013. Thirty YMCAs nationwide are helping parents and others who take care of children during the day teach some of the skills they'll need in kindergarten.
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YMCA Preschools Fill a Need By Trying to Close Education Gap

Research is in on the importance of early childhood education, but it remains out of reach for many. So people such as Sally Cicotte and YMCAs in low-income communities across the country are doing what they can, with the collaboration of the mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors who take care of babies and preschoolers all day. McClatchy DC

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The Montana Standard

Feelin’ Good — Sixth-Graders Get Moving in Y Program

A YMCA program at the Butte Family YMCA in Montana is teaching children about the importance of teamwork, self esteem and healthy lifestyles.

Young Leaders Go Global

Studying or even just traveling in a different country usually is a big eye-opener. This week’s FOX 4 Young Achievers from the YMCA sure had their eyes opened — along with their minds — this summer in Europe as they joined youth from 62 nations for an 11-day global conference. And in the process, they became leaders of the world, bringing understanding and solutions back home to Kansas City.

Elizabeth Green, age 5, eats pasta and salad poolside at the Y on Friday, Sept. 27. She attended the dinner and a movie at the pool with her mom and her sister. The YMCA of the Treasure Coast hosted this free event to promote eating dinner as a family. Research shows that children that eat dinner as a family regularly are less likely to do drugs.
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YMCA Makes Spending Time with Family a Priority

Recently, the YMCA of the Treasure Coast hosted a free dinner and a movie at the Stuart Y aquatic center to promote family time.

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Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Soni Spends Day with Darien YMCA Piranhas

It's not every day a three-time Olympic gold medalist breezes through town. It's even more of a rarity to be taught by one, so the members of the Darien YMCA Piranhas weren't about to miss the chance to hit the pool with Rebecca Soni on Saturday at the Darien YMCA. Darien News

Summer with the Bobcats Teaches 6 Valuable Lessons

Six local high school students worked for the Charlotte Bobcats this summer, and the paid internships were an inaugural program Michael Jordan created for the YMCA’s Y Achievers participants.

How to Kick-Start Your Kid's Healthy School Year

The trifecta — nutrition, education and exercise — are essential to helping children succeed in and out of the classroom. YMCA of the USA's Dr. Matt Longjohn offers tips on how families can encourage physical activity and learning now and throughout the school year.

Standing in front of the Prague Castle, (l to r), Ben Macchi, Emily Prashad, John Cullen, Michelle Crosier, Rachel Purcell, Cassandra Robert, David Stone, Marissa Prashad, and Kendra Webb (Photo/submitted)

Local Teens Attend YMCA Festival in Prague

Four teens of the Boroughs Family Branch YMCA in Westborough were among thousands of young people from across the world who attended the YMCA “Love 2 Live” European Festival from Aug. 4 to 10 in Prague, Czech Republic.

An instructor shares a story with students as part of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s ‘Y Readers’ program at Iron Station Elementary School on Wednesday.
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Program Helps Young Readers Get Up to Speed

Nearly 50 rising 1st-3rd graders with low reading scores have been participating this summer in Lincoln County’s second annual Y Readers program at Iron Station Elementary School. Lincoln Times-News

Back to School: Swimming 101

Swimming isn't just for summer fun; it’s also a great cardio workout. However, many adults live life cautiously on the pool's edge – simply because they never learned how to swim. HLN's Weekend Express visits the Y to take a closer look at some "adult-only" classes and the students who are facing new challenges.

One Chicago YMCA is Helping Kids Build Healthy Meals and Healthy Habits

Cooking Light takes a look at how the McCormick Tribune YMCA of Metro Chicago is helping kids feed hungry kids healthy foods while teaching them the value of eating right. Cooking Light

Read By Third Grade, Or Face Consequences

YMCA of Greater Charlotte is hosting a discussion about the about the impact of the N.C. Read to Achieve program that works to ensure that every student is reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The Charlotte Observer wrote a nice piece about the importance of reading and its long term impact on students. The Charlotte Observer

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The Telegraph

Merrimack Farm Camp Teaches Children Responsibility

Bri Lafoe grew up on a farm and still lives on one today, raising and rescuing animals and growing fresh produce. This summer, Lafoe decided to bring the farm to her campers at Merrimack’s Camp Sargent, a program of the local YMCA, hosting a barn of goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks at the day camp to provide a learning experience for the kids.  The Telegraph

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YMCA Youth Garden Provides Play and Learning

Through community collaborations, youth participating in childcare programing at the Y have an opportunity to play in the dirt while also learning about growing their food. Grand Rapids Herald-Review

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Abington YMCA Dance Class Designed for People with Parkinson's Disease

Dan and Connie MacNeil were on the verge of taking ballroom dancing lessons when Dan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A year after diagnosis, the MacNeils are taking a dance class through a YMCA program geared specifically for people with Parkinson’s.

Tampa YMCA Helps Child with Autism

Spending summer at the South Tampa Family YMCA – swimming, playing sports and taking field trips – has helped improve the verbal and social skills of a young boy with autism.

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6-year-old Decides to Help Out the Y with Lemonade Stand

Mary Burke Smith has gotten a lot out of her time at the Rome-Floyd County YMCA so she decided to give some back: the 6-year-old set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the Y and help others. Rome News-Tribune

Jim Wilson, 97, exercises on a stationary bike in the early morning hours Thursday at the Casper Family YMCA. Wilson leaves home at 4 a.m. each day to begin his workout before the YMCA officially opens, picking up maintenance worker Robert Thompson along the way to unlock the building.
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Young at Heart: Nonagenarians Find Longevity at YMCA

Jim Wilson is the first one in at the Y each day, where he rides the stationary bike and walks on the treadmill – at 97 years old. Casper Star-Tribune Online

YMCA Leaders and Partners Honored as Champions of Change at the White House

Twelve YMCA leaders and Y Partners are recognized as Champions of Change for their efforts in transforming communities and making them better places to live – from addressing child hunger and reducing obesity, to improving education for kids and caretakers. Read more.

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YMCA Teens Return to New Orleans to Help Rebuild

The Cape Ann YMCA Teen Leaders Club visited New Orleans to help fix homes, repair gardens and offer maintenance, resources, services and many helping hands.  Wicked Local Gloucester

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YMCA Program Aims to Help Children

In Marion, Ohio, the Y’s Super Kids program is helping kids like 12-year-old Hunter Stacy increase their physical activity and adopt healthier habits to improve their lives for the long term.

Engaging Kids in Activities and Healthy Eating

Seven-year-old Josiah Smith eats his vegetables. His friend, Ryan Lakedawala, 8, likes to run. Smith and Lakedawala were just two of dozens of children at the DeLand Family YMCA on Saturday running, jumping and having a ball during Healthy Kids Day.  The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Leaders Club Teaches Positive Life Skills

The East Pasco Family YMCA’s Leaders Club is providing high school students with opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, service to others and social development.  The Tampa Bay Online

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YMCA Tutoring Fills a Need for City’s Younger Students

The Bogalusa YMCA in Louisiana is offering tutoring for first- and second-grade students who need the hands-on, individualized assistance, and students’ grades are already showing improvement.  The Daily News

YMCA Teens Take First International Service Trip

YMCA teens in Massachusetts traveled with Y staff to Nicaragua, where the group worked on a reforestation project to bring more clean water to the area. Marblehead Reporter

In Photo (L – R): Rufus, Bobcats Owner Michael Jordan, FOX Sports South Senior Vice President and General Manager Jeff Genthner, YMCA of Greater Charlotte President Andy Calhoun, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison. Credit: Whitney Gray Photography
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Michael Jordan Visits Schools, Announces $200,000 Gift to YMCA

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth announce a $200,000 sponsorship of Y Achievers, a national YMCA program that helps youth succeed in school through character and leadership development, career and college preparation, and academic enrichment. Read more about Y Achievers programs. Charlotte Observer

YMCA Afterschool Participant Testifies Before Congress

A YMCA afterschool program participant testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies about the criticial role afterschool programs play in supporting youth and working families.  Read more.

YMCA Offers a Jump Start

Students in Adrian Public Schools are being challenged to step up their physical education through Jump Start to P.L.A.Y., a free program offered at the YMCA of Lenawee County in Adrian, Mich., after school each day. The Daily Telegram

YMCA Changes the Odds for Manatee Community

From supporting families through tough times to helping more youth succeed in school, the Manatee County YMCA in Bradenton, Florida, is making a difference throughout the community. The Bradenton Herald

YMCA Camps Build Friendships, Promote Health

As the summer camp season approaches, camps in North Carolina can offer youth a variety of activities and opportunities of exploration, building on a longtime tradition of camping at the Y. The Herald Weekly

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YMCA Helping Support Afterschool Program

More children in Union, South Carolina, are getting help with homework and learning new skills, all while having an opportunity to thrive in the Y’s afterschool program. The Union Daily Times

Young Professionals Group to Help the YMCA

A group of young, civic-minded professionals join together to help the YMCA of Broward County provide support to the community and participate in service projects around kids’ health and drowning prevention. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Injured Vets to Dive into Scuba Lessons at Belvidere YMCA

A new event at the Belvidere Family YMCA in Rockford, Ill., looks to help wounded veterans build confidence and explore new things, such as learning scuba diving skills from certified divers. Rockford Register Star

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YMCA Students Return Home with New Perspective

Students in the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s 2012 Global Service-Learning Project traveled to Dakar, Senegal, to teach schoolchildren and observe the country’s education system. The Charlotte Observer

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