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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, […]

Healthy 4th of July Spread

As we celebrate our Independence on July 4th, many Americans gather together and enjoy a delicious cookout. Being a summer holiday, fresh foods are a must and can help keep your picnic spread healthy. Check out our 4th of July Cookout Spread for ideas on how you can host a healthy, all-American cookout with your friends […]

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Testimonial: Phyllis

June is National Cancer Survivor Month and the Harrisburg Area YMCA desires to celebrate cancer survivors and support them on their path to health and recovery. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is an evidence-based program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis. Participating YMCAs create a welcoming community in […]

Battling Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million Americans are impacted by arthritis each year. In fact, it is currently the number one cause of disability in this country. What is arthritis and how can one develop it?

Don’t Fry This Summer

Days are getting hotter and summer is just around the corner! On May 26th, join us for Don’t Fry Day and protect your skin against the sun.

You Can’t Beat A Healthy Heart

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Did you know that around 85 million Americans have high blood pressure, with some who don’t even know it?  If you have high blood pressure, you are not alone.

Healthy Easter Basket

Make this Easter a healthy one! This spring holiday can be an easy excuse to fill baskets full of egg or bunny-shaped chocolates and candy. From peanut butter eggs to Cadbury, sugar can end up being the main course of any Easter meal! If your children are looking forward to a candy-filled basket this Easter, […]

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