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TODAY and YMCA Exceed Goal of 1 Million Acts of Kindness During Holiday Season

This holiday season, the Y and TODAY have been working towards the goal of logging 1 million acts of kindness throughout the United States. Today, it was announced that the goal was exceeded! Y spokesperson and chef Marcus Samuelsson and kids from the Harlem YMCA stopped by to share the good news as well as a recipe families can make in the new year.

Opens in a new window NBC TODAY

December 30, 2016

Marcus Samuelsson and two others standing in front of a table
Today Show

Basketball: From Humble Beginnings, Hoops Celebrates 125th Birthday

A game drawn up to occupy some bored boys as winter approached at a Massachusetts gymnasium celebrates its 125th anniversary on Wednesday and basketball's status as the world's second most popular sport. Basketball began on Dec 21, 1891 at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) gym in Springfield with rules made up by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith.

Opens in a new window Reuters

December 21, 2016

Boys playing basketball on an outdoor court
REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Hawks’ Dwight Howard Surprises Kids with Christmas Shopping Spree

Atlanta Hawks star Dwight Howard surprised 50 kids from the Decatur Family YMCA with a JCPenney Christmas shopping trip as part of the #JoyWorthGiving initiaitve.

Opens in a new window Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 21, 2016

Group of people at Dwight Howard YMCA

Watch Hoda Kotb and young ‘elves’ grant holiday wishes for children in need

As part of the #ShareKindness campaign, TODAY’s Hoda Kotb recruits some little helpers to fulfill the Christmas dreams of children in need. And after a day of sharing, Hoda’s helpers are in for a surprise of their own! (By TODAY with our sponsor YMCA).

Opens in a new window TODAY

December 16, 2016

Two kids talking to Hoda Kotb (not visible) on Today Show

Watch Hoda Kotb and Young ‘Elves’ Grant Holiday Wishes for Children in Need

As part of the #ShareKindness campaign, TODAY’s Hoda Kotb recruits some little helpers to fulfill the Christmas dreams of children in need. And after a day of sharing, Hoda’s helpers are in for a surprise of their own! (By TODAY with our sponsor YMCA). Opens in a new window TODAY

December 16, 2016

Two kids talking to Hoda Kotb (not visible) on Today Show

YMCA Chef Shares Tips on Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Gary Appelsies, Director of Healthy Eating at the YMCA of Central Florida joins food reporter Lauren Delgado in the Orlando Sentinel Test kitchen to talk about eating healthy during the holidays and to prepare a mushroom soup.

Opens in a new window Orlando Sentinel

December 15, 2016

woman speaking to man in a Y staff shirt
Orlando Sentinel

#ShareKindness: TODAY Hits Halfway Point to 1 Million Acts of Kindness

The YMCA has joined forces with TODAY to share acts of kindness and has surpassed their initial goal, contributing more than 27,000 acts. In Pennsylvania, a group has been knitting blankets for cancer patients. TODAY is halfway to 1 million acts of kindness and still counting, and you can join in! (By TODAY with our sponsor YMCA).

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December 13, 2016

People standing in a room with tables full of shoes
Torigian Family YMCA

DeMarcus Ware Hosts Private Holiday Shopping Event with Children from Denver YMCA

Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware teamed with JCPenney to host a private shopping experience for underserved children from the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver on Tuesday. Ware joined more than 50 children at Park Meadows mall to help them select gifts for family and friends, and JCPenney donated more $100,000 to the YMCA.

Opens in a new window The Denver Post

December 07, 2016

DeMarcus Ware talking to a young girl inside a JCPenney
Bartley Young, The Associated Press

TODAY’s #ShareKindness Campaign Aims to Inspire 1 million Acts of Generosity

This is the second holiday season that TODAY is celebrating stories of empathy and generosity, with the goal of inspiring 1 million acts of kindness. Share yours with TODAY using the hashtag #ShareKindness. (By TODAY with our sponsor YMCA)

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November 28, 2016

Today Show host standing in front of #sharekindness banner

Saints, YMCA team up to help needy families with meals for Thanksgiving

More than 1,000 families in New Orleans will have a nice Thanksgiving meal thanks to the New Orleans Saints and the Dryades YMCA.

Opens in a new window WGNO-TV

November 22, 2016


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. Opens in a new window KTRK-TV Houston

October 12, 2016

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. Opens in a new window ANA Magazine

October 11, 2016

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.

Opens in a new window Newsweek

September 26, 2016

Group of women sitting at a table in front of an American flag
Lucy Westcott/Newsweek

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.

Opens in a new window York Daily Record

September 22, 2016

Man driving a pedicab
Jason Plotkin

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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September 22, 2016

Close-up of hands carrying a tray of food
Niedring/Drentwett—Getty Images/MITO images

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.

Opens in a new window Girl Talk HQ

September 15, 2016

Headshot of Lynda Gonzales-Chavez
YMCA of the USA

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.

Opens in a new window The Hechinger Report

August 08, 2016

Lillian Agard looks on as her 3-year-old granddaughter Siena paints at the art table
Kathryn Baron

The Y and JCPenney Featured on Today Show with Special Appearance by Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton joins Y kids on the Today Show for a $25k donation from JCPenney to Y Academic Achievement programs.

Opens in a new window Today Show

August 05, 2016

JCPenney & The Y on Today Show holding a check for $25,000
Today Show

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

U.S. health chief Sylvia Burwell in Cleveland today, touts YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. Opens in a new window

July 08, 2016

The YMCA’s Fight Against Preventable Drownings

The YMCA launched its Safety Around Water Program in 2015 and will provide more than 18,000 scholarships for free swim lessons to underserved children this summer.

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July 01, 2016

Five kids holding on to edge of the pool and smiling

There is More to Cancer than "The Cure"

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA aids cancer survivors in improving their strength and physical fitness, diminishing the severity of therapy side effects and developing supportive relationships in the process. Opens in a new window The Hill

June 30, 2016

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.

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June 11, 2016

Four kids lying down on the grass
YMCA of the USA

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.

Opens in a new window The Huffington Post

April 26, 2016

Woman talking to man in lab coat

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.

Opens in a new window New York Daily News

April 25, 2016

Four Chinese-American women standing in front of Y
Kevin C. Downs/For 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.

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April 04, 2016

close-up of kids eating sandwiches at a table

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.

Opens in a new window The New York Times

March 30, 2016

A scene from a diabetes prevention program at the Bronx Y.M.C.A.
Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

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 treatment--including LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Opens in a new window The Washington Post

March 29, 2016

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 program. Opens in a new window

March 29, 2016

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.

Opens in a new window USA Today

March 23, 2016

Woman standing on manual scale
Dawn Villella for USA TODAY

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.

Opens in a new window The New York Times

March 23, 2016

Woman standing in room
Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

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.

Opens in a new window Chronicle of Philanthropy

February 25, 2016

Banner of Zoe for President Zoe in front of the red and white stripes of the American flag
YMCA of the USA

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.

Opens in a new window Ad Age

February 25, 2016

Zoe for president banner featuring Zoe with a toy in her mouth
YMCA of the USA

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.

Opens in a new window Fox 13 Tampa

February 24, 2016

People in LIVESTRONG t-shirts on exercise equipment
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.

Opens in a new window Huffington Post

February 18, 2016

Boy riding bike down desolate street with row houses on either side

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.

Opens in a new window New York Times

January 25, 2016

Boy wearing goggles and looking up at the sky

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.

Opens in a new window NBC News Education Nation

January 25, 2016

Woman with her arms around two teen girls
YMCA of the USA

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. Opens in a new window Inside Philanthropy

January 08, 2016

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