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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 […]

The Journey to Health

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 […]

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

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 […]

Mentoring at the YMCA

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 mentoring groups for youth and teens, most recently […]

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! Our branches love instilling this spooky day into their childcare activities, including: Our East Shore branch held its 5th Annual Floating Pumpkin Patch, which is an activity where children of all ages can pick […]

“In October, We Wear Pink”

    The Harrisburg Area YMCA celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month all year round by constantly advocating for our members and community through our programs and outreach. This month, we would like our community to reflect on what Breast Cancer Awareness could mean for them by understanding its history and importance. “Her”story – Rethink Pink […]

Healthy Snacks to Eat After School – Our Guide to Snacking Well for Busy Kids

It’s about that time again. As we say goodbye to summer, there is much to prepare for — buying all the supplies on the list, getting back on track with a regular bedtime, signing up for sports leagues, music lessons, and more — snacks may not be top of mind just yet. Getting back to […]

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Family Fitness Benefits – Why You Should Workout As A Family

Staying active is important for any age or walk of life, but so is time spent with family. So why not merge those things together? At the YMCA, we provide programs and services to help encourage the bond between families and improve our community’s health and well-being. Not to mention, there are a variety of benefits […]

Tips to Healthy, Summer Skin

  Want that soft, healthy, glowing skin all summer? Avoid sunburns, breakouts, dehydration, and more with these summer skin tips!

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Extended Learning & Development – School Age Child Care

Sending your children to school can be both nerve-wrecking and exciting. Though watching your little one grow up is never easy, observing your child confidently pack his backpack, or step onto the school bus, or work on her homework, can be an exciting (and proud) moment for a parent. School-age children are beginning to think creatively, […]

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