Last week, I wrote a blog about the commitment of the YMCA to strengthening the community. We do this through Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Remember, our goal is to make our community a place that people want to live. If we reduce negative influences by providing helpful and wholesome programming and support, we, as a community, win.
1. Individual Coaching – Take a walk into our wellness spaces and you see this happening all the time. Whether there is a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, or one of our other staff providing coaching or support, all of this leads to a healthier lifestyle. Think about how many treadmills are in a basement right now being used to hang laundry on. We need to be in community with each other, even if it’s a simple nod and a smile to the guy that you can’t remember his name who always works out on the machine next to you….
2. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA – A program that is near and dear to my heart. Talk about helping people living a healthier lifestyle! This program is set up to support cancer survivors in their quest to return to the normalcy of their lives. After treatment is done, and with it comes the cliff of vanishing medical support, the YMCA steps in and provides survivors with a free membership, a chance to bond with other survivors, and a program to help them regain their health. I have seen this program in action for many years and the positive stories that we hear can choke you up. Healthy Living at its finest! Click here to learn more about LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.
3. Children in Poverty – The YMCA even works on this, in a healthy living sort of way, which most of our community may or may not know about. Each day we help feed children in need. Through several grants and partnerships, we serve meals to children, especially each summer, who otherwise would go hungry. If you are hungry, there is no way you can live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, we probably see other negative behaviors arise because of this issue. At the Y, we make sure that food is available, tummies are full, and that health is supported.
And you thought it was just about treadmills!
See you at the Y!
Steve Smith, President