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The Impact of Rebranding on the YMCA with Kate Coleman

For those interested in marketing, Y-USA's own Kate Coleman takes a deep dive into the Y's 2010 rebranding in this Driving Participation podcast interview. http://bit.ly/DPpodcast or http://iriscreative.com/dp082/ Opens in a new window Driving Participation

December 09, 2015


New Diabetes Cases, at Long Last, Begin to Fall in the United States

The New York Times looks at the falling rates of diabetes, crediting programs like the Y's Diabetes Prevention Program for education and motivation. Opens in a new window New York Times

December 02, 2015


Diabetes Prevention Becomes Lucrative Growth Industry

YMCA of the USA's National Health Officer Matt Longjohn was interviewed about the growing market in diabetes prevention. Longjohn asks whether people are willing to make the changes they need to prevent diabetes. Opens in a new window Marketplace.org

December 02, 2015


Giving Young People the Gift of Hope

Tom Valentine, VP of YMCA of the USA's International Group, encourages Huffington Post readers to think about how they can give back and help youth reach their full potential this #GivingTuesday.

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November 30, 2015


Youth Development and the Y, an Interview with Y-USA CEO Kevin Washington

YMCA of the USA President and CEO Kevin Washington tells American Graduate about growing up in the Y and how our Youth Development work helps kids from cradle to career. Opens in a new window American Graduate Day

October 08, 2015


Communities try to make a difference through collaboration on health

Despite nearly 18 million people now covered by health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, there's still plenty more that needs to be done do to make people healthier. And the best way to do it is for communities to work together, panelists at a recent forum sponsored by USA TODAY and Cigna agreed. Opens in a new window USA Today

September 29, 2015


Louisville sets Guinness World Record for 'most people hopping on one leg simultaneously'

LOUISVILLE— The YMCA of Greater Louisville has set the Guinness World Record for "most people hopping on one leg simultaneously." The record was set on Sunday, April 26, with 674 people at Slugger Field during the YMCA's 9th annual Healthy Kids Day celebration. Guinness officially confirmed the record this month. Opens in a new window WDRB

September 24, 2015


5 Questions for Kevin Washington, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA

Earlier this summer, Washington, the first African-American president and CEO of the national organization, sat down with PND to discuss the organization's Hop the Gap campaign and the ways in which the organization has changed its approach to donor cultivation and partnerships. Opens in a new window Philanthropy News Digest

September 02, 2015


Hunterdon County Y Members Give Back to the Community

Hunterdon County YMCA members have rallied to support the hungry in the community. In July and August, more than 100 members of the Y and their friends volunteered at America's Grow-a-Row, a local non-profit organization that provides free, fresh produce to those in need throughout New Jersey. Opens in a new window nj.com

August 25, 2015


Swimming Helps Autistic Teen

Charles Cobbert was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3 and at age 17, he is competing in the swimming nationals. Meg Oliver reports on how the repetitive aerobic activity helps to reduce the autistic behavior. Opens in a new window CBS Evening News

July 26, 2015


Local YMCA Garden Grows 800 Pounds of Produce

The Randolph-Asheboro YMCA has been able to grow hundreds of pounds worth of produce to support children and families. Opens in a new window Fox 8 Charlotte

July 17, 2015


YMCA working to lower drowning rate of minority children

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is tackling one of the city’s most common summer tragedies with an initiative to prevent African-American and Hispanic children from drowning in apartment complex pools. Opens in a new window Charlotte Observer

July 07, 2015


New YMCA Veggie Van rolling into Tampa food deserts

TAMPA — Kids might not chase after it like they would the ice cream man, but grown-ups are eager to take advantage of a new mobile vegetable stand that soon will roll into neighborhoods lacking in grocery options. Opens in a new window Tampa Tribune

June 30, 2015


How to Avoid the 'Summer Slide' with Kids' Eating

The results are in: Kids aren't eating as healthily in the summer as they do the rest of the year. Here's how to keep their nutrition on track when they're on summer break. Opens in a new window Parenting.com

June 23, 2015


The Y.M.C.A.’s Work Outside the Gym

Jane E. Brody--As a Y.M.C.A. member since 1984, I know it as a great place to become and remain fit, make friends and receive encouragement and support. Opens in a new window New York Times

June 15, 2015



The Power of Prevention: U.S. health care reform should focus on prevention efforts to cut skyrocketing costs

Behaviors – shaped by our physical and social environments – are the primary determinants of health and well-being. And when it comes to health, the old trope is true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a working example. YMCA-trained lifestyle coaches administer a one-year, group-based intervention promoting healthy eating and physical activity for individuals with pre-diabetes. Opens in a new window U.S. News and World Report

May 28, 2015


Kevin Washington featured NBC Chicago CEO Spotlight

Kevin Washington, CEO, YMCA of the USA, explains how this 160 year old organization works--putting Christian principles in practice to ensure healthy kids and healthy communities. With key initiatives in diabetes prevention, "hop the gap" summer programs for kids, and support of STEM programs, the YMCA is a vital resource in the 10,000 communities it serves across the country.

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May 19, 2015

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Keeping Up with the Cabinet: Engaging the Next Generation to Play, Learn, Serve, and Work in the Great Outdoors

Repost from April: Secretary Sally Jewel gives some great examples of work from the 50 Cities Initiative — an ambitious effort by the Department of the Interior's bureaus to work alongside cities, public land managers, and non-profit organizations like the YMCA, the National League of Cities, and local youth conservation corps, to engage young people in nature from city parks to national parks and all points in between.

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April 11, 2015


Secretary Jewell, American Express Announce Major Commitment to Increase Volunteerism on America’s Public Lands

YMCA of the USA President Emeritus Neil Nicoll joins American Express Foundation President Tim McClimon and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for an announcement of $5 million grant to the Department of the Interior. The Y will receive some funds to support community coordinator positions in 50 cities to bring community leaders together to promote service opportunities on public lands. Opens in a new window U.S. Department of the Interior

March 13, 2015


YMCA Youth in Government Program Develops Youth and Prepares Them to be Leaders of Tomorrow

The YMCA's Youth in Government program, a statewide youth civic education and leadership development initiative, encourages over 2,400 students in grades 7-12 from Minnesota and western Wisconsin to be life-long, active citizens through hands-on learning experiences. Opens in a new window InsightNews.com

March 05, 2015


YMCA Summer Camps Rely on Fundamentals

YMCA summer camps have been around for more than a century, and they still provide the basics — the archery, canoeing, crafts and obstacle courses — that the organization believes kids need to grow into adults who appreciate and love the outdoors. Opens in a new window Associated Press

February 10, 2015



YMCA Pilot Program Found to Boost Skills Students Need to Learn

YMCA of the USA is expanding a pilot afterschool program designed to close the achievement gap for low-income children, following early signs that students are gaining the skills and motivation they need to do well in school. Opens in a new window Education Week

January 09, 2015


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