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Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

The week of April 4th – 10th is National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week. Approximately 5% of all cancer diagnoses in the United States are young people between the ages of 15 and 39, according to the National Cancer Institute. Currently, the most common types of cancer for young adults are Brain, Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, […]

Preparing for Kindergarten

Bittersweet is the day when parents say goodbye to their young ones on their first day of school. If you have a child who is attending kindergarten for the first time this fall, you’re likely either breathing a sigh of relief or your heart is breaking just thinking about it. Kindergarten is an important time […]

Unplug This Summer At The Y

With the wintery weather we’ve been having this March, it’s hard to think that summer is just a few months away! Are your children prepared to unplug for a summer of fun at the Y?

Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Cancer, one of the most deadly diseases in the world today, takes millions of lives every year. Because of the high amount of new cancer cases diagnosed year over year, reducing your risk of developing them is highly important.

Love Your Heart

Did you wear red last Friday? If so, you were one of the millions sporting the color for National Wear Red Day. Each year in February, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute partner up to speak out about heart disease claiming the lives of thousands of women every year. […]

Welcome to Our New Board Chair Beth Peiffer!

Beth A. Peiffer Elected Chair of Harrisburg Area YMCA Board Peiffer will be the first female Board President for the Harrisburg Area YMCA in its 162 year history. Harrisburg, PA 1/31/17 – The Harrisburg Area YMCA Board of Directors recently elected Beth A. Peiffer as the 58th chair in the organization’s 162-year history, and the […]

Quitting in 2017: Your Best Decision Yet

Is 2017 the year to quit? We think so! Many smokers are intimidated by the idea of quitting and there are many reasons why.  Quitting tobacco use is extremely difficult once a habit is formed. According to an article on, “An important first step of the quit process is learning why you feel like you […]

How To Keep Your 2017 Resolutions

It’s time for those New Year’s Resolutions!  We always tell ourselves we’re going to stick with it this year, but by the time spring and summer roll out, we find ourselves less and less motivated than we were in January. Why is this? Why do over 80% of resolutions fail in February, according to an […]

Happy Holidays from the YMCA!

Only 2 MORE DAYS until Christmas! Whether you’re baking cookies, decorating the tree, traveling, or staying home, we hope everyone enjoys the holiday season!

2016: Year in Review

2016 has been a great year for the Harrisburg Area YMCA. We recently celebrated our 162nd Annual Meeting, reflecting on the year and recognizing our Board Members, Donors, Volunteers, and Staff. It is with the help of these individuals that we have been able to fulfill our mission of the YMCA and impact the Harrisburg […]

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