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Short-term Goals for Better Self-Care

We all know the typical New Year’s resolutions: weight loss, healthy eating, focus on appearance, etc. It is a daunting thought every time we change the calendar. Gyms are packed, “how-to” articles litter our social media, and the overwhelming nature of it all can hurt more than it can help. The issue taken with New Year’s […]

The “Solution” in New Year’s Resolution

Did you know that 33% of the people who pledge to a New Year’s resolution want to lose weight? Down one percent at 32% are people who just want to eat more healthily. It’s not uncommon, even aside from the bustle of January 1st commitments. Through personal experience, I have noticed that eating better is easy as […]

Tips to Overcome Holiday Stress

Another turn around the sun, another December, another Holiday season: the holidays are a blessing to most and agonizing to some. To set the record straight, the idea that depression rates spike during the holiday season is actually a long-perpetuated myth. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reports that depressions rates are actually the […]

My Virtual Y: The Home Workout

Did you know that nearly 80% of American Adults don’t get recommended exercise? According to a study run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only about 20.6% of adults reach this recommendation per week; almost a third of these people are between the ages of 18 and 24 (CDC Exercise Study). But […]

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: What Can Change?

As most of you may already know, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. But why would you already know? Lung cancer accounts for about 27% of all cancer deaths. Each year, more people die of lung cancer more than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. It’s important to understand just how vast this disease […]

Cancer Survivorship: LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

Finding out about the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program on Facebook was a game changer for recent participant Phyllis S. “I was home on chemo and I was on Facebook, and I noticed the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program pop up. I saw that the West Shore YMCA had a program for cancer patients and […]

Coming Back: Jackie’s Health Journey

Three small boys hold hands as they walk carefully through the lobby of the Northern Dauphin County YMCA on their way to the child watch room. The staff greet them excitedly as they enter and start to explore the room they know very well. Their mom, Jackie E, reminds them to listen to the staff […]

Diabetes Prevention: Healthy Living

According to the CDC, an estimated 33.9% of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (84.1 million people) had prediabetes in 2015, based on their fasting glucose or A1C level. Nearly half (48.3%) of adults aged 65 years or older had prediabetes. An estimated 30.3 million people of all ages—or 9.4% of the U.S. population—had […]

YMCA Mentoring: Ny’seir’s Camp Curtin Experience

The Camp Curtin YMCA is alive with the sounds of youth and teens enjoying activities together, learning, and growing. A basketball bounces, sneakers squeak, and cheers ring out as the day moves into evening. A dynamic community center, the Camp Curtin YMCA is also host to multiple YMCA mentoring groups for youth and teens, most […]

YMCA Halloween – Not Just for Costumes

  While Halloween creates scary and eerie themes, it is an important time of the year to the Harrisburg Area YMCA! Every year, our branches love instilling this spooky day into their YMCA Halloween childcare activities, including: Our East Shore branch held its 5th Annual Floating Pumpkin Patch. This activity allows children of all ages to […]

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