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Denise Makes Strides with Diabetes Prevention Program

The Northern Dauphin County YMCA provides help for individuals in the community to overcome diabetes with the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Through this program, individuals learn healthy eating habits, receive support, and are encouraged to participate in the YMCA fitness programs in order to battle the disease that is diabetes. The following is a letter the staff received […]

YMCA Receives Donation from American Heart Association and M&T Bank

The Harrisburg Area YMCA will receive a donation of CPR Anytime kits from the American Heart Association and M&T Bank on Friday June 12th, 2015. The YMCA plans to use these CPR Anytime kits for community CPR classes and lifeguard training at their facilities. “Putting CPR skills into the hands of more of our neighbors will […]

You Can’t Stop the East Shore Y Active Older Adults (AOA)!

You just can’t stop those Active Older Adults at the East Shore YMCA! Take Charlie Sunday, for instance.  At 86, our “bionic man” has had both of his hips and one knee replaced and suffered heart problems, yet still exercises regularly both in and out of the water. Membership in Active Older Adults (AOA) is […]

Thank you Tom Beckley for your 18 years of service!

After 18 years, Tom Beckley is retiring from the Y. Many of you know Tom as the friendly, jovial man at the OSP Desk on Monday mornings. But fewer are aware of just how many jobs Tom has held with the West Shore Y over the years. Starting in 1997 as a Tour Guide, he went on […]

Ivan Breaks a New Record!

Five years ago, Ivan had a stroke. He was in a wheel chair for 6 months. By the time he got around to walking, he tested how far he could go. Two years ago, it took him 3 hours to walk a 5k, but he still made it. Around that time, Ivan started doing personal […]

Making Better Choices for Life

Richard Disalvo has been a member of the Northern Dauphin County Branch YMCA since March, 2015. 11 years ago, Richard was employed by the Harrisburg Hilton and at that time he was a member of the East Shore Branch YMCA.  10 years ago, Richard moved to Halifax, PA, where he currently resides.  The impact that […]

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Healthy Choices on Display

On April 7th, 2015 The Northern Dauphin County Branch YMCA met with the Business Women’s Association at Salem Lutheran Church in Elizabethville. Megan Maurer presented the Grocery Store Tour to the group. Aisle by aisle she virtually toured a grocery store with the association, identifying which items to choose and which to avoid. Everything from […]

Power to the Teens

The West Shore YMCA Teen Club welcomes 6th-8th graders after school until 6PM to participate in activities, socialize, and stay active. This is a letter from Riley, a Teen Club participant. “Hello! My name is Riley and I am 11 years old and I am in the YMCA afterschool Teen program. I started at the […]

Community Change, One Teen at a Time

The Camp Curtin YMCA is known for their innovative and impact programming that is available to Harrisburg youth throughout the year. The SATs are sometimes a daunting task for students, and the Camp Curtin YMCA the Teen Achievers group made SAT Boot Camp available to its participants. At Boot Camp, students learned how to properly […]

A Home in Harrisburg

Did you know that the East Shore Y has residence hall that is home to 86 men? Part of the mission of the East Shore Y is to provide affordable housing to the men who live here. The residence hall even includes 16 rooms that are dedicated to housing and assisting homeless veterans who are getting back on […]

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