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It is always exciting to be able to announce a major new initiative and I am pleased to have the opportunity to share with you some very exciting news.

Preparing For A Marathon

  It’s marathon season, folks. Many are getting ready to run 26.2 miles during an all-day event in major cities around the world. Many popular and highly attended races are being held in the next month or so, including:

National Cholesterol Education Month

Americans are told very often to watch and to lower their cholesterol. Various foods even promise to help lower your cholesterol and improve your heart health. But why is this so important?

Healthiest Fall Yet

Fall is a favorite season for many. Its cool, mild weather allows for jeans, light jackets, and campfires, along with the beautiful change in leaves from green to gold. Make this your healthiest fall yet!

Food Safety Education

Food safety is important and education is the first step to knowing how to handle food, prevent disease, and avoid sickness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food.” That’s fairly often!

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood Obesity is a serious health concern for many children in the United States, which is why September has recently been recognized for Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “About 1 in every 5 (17%) children in the United States has obesity and certain groups of children […]

Labor Day Weekend in Central PA

Staying in the areas for Labor Day weekend? Here are a few fun events for you to enjoy in Central PA! Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival 2016 – Long’s Park Art and Craft Festival is going on throughout the weekend, starting Friday, September 2nd from 10:00AM-6:00PM. Penn Live offers details about the event HERE!

Healthy Back To School Tips

It’s back-to-school time! Which means books, bags, pencils, lunches, buses, sports, new clothes & friends, and all the rest that a new school year brings. With all the running around and the chaos that can become a new year, it’s important to be remember that your health and your kid’s health matters. That’s why we’ve provided […]

Know Your Benefits: YMCA Reciprocity

During the summer months and the holiday seasons, we travel. Whether it’s over to the next county to visit a friend or to the opposite side of the state to visit relatives, jobs, vacation, holidays, weddings, and family are just a few of the reasons we might spend a few nights, or even a week […]

The Benefits of Sports

As we watch the summer Olympics this week, most of the world stands amazed at the physical and mental capabilities of athletes across the world – athletes who have exercised, trained, and practiced nearly their entire lives for the opportunity to compete in the Olympics.

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