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Swimming for Exercise

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, swimming is one of the best ways to exercise year-round. Swimming is not only an important life skill and safety tool, also happens to be a phenomenal cardio and strength workout for individuals of any age.  Due to your buoyancy in the water, swimming and aquatics workouts offer a no-impact […]

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that children under the age of 16 can develop arthritis? They can, and in fact, juvenile arthritis is more common than you might think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “A 2007 CDC study estimates that 294,000 US children younger than age 18 (or 1 of 250 children) have […]

The West Shore YMCA – An Oasis for Everyone

Tim has served as a group fitness instructor at the West Shore YMCA for many years. He wrote and shared the following piece with us on what the West Shore YMCA means to him and to many others in the community: “It’s a typical December day in Central Pennsylvania.  Cold, a little windy, the kind of […]

How to Stay Healthy in Hot Summer Weather

Now that beautiful summer weather is here, we all want to spend more time outdoors enjoying the warm sun and summertime air. While basking in the sun can feel glorious on a beautiful day, we must take a little extra caution on days where the heat and humidity can become excessive. If you’re not careful, […]

4th of July Festivities!

4th of July Weekend is almost here! This Monday, we celebrate our independence as a nation by decking out in red, white, and blue colors, watching firework displays, and enjoying cookouts with friends and family.

5 Summer Fruits & Recipes

Summer is officially here and with it, summer crops! Fresh fruits and vegetables are the perfect side dish to a BBQ, lunch entrée on a picnic, and refreshing breakfast to start the day. Many fruits not only offer a sweet, refreshing taste during hot summer days, but their water content helps keep you hydrated as […]

National Men’s Health Month

Next Sunday, June 19th, we as a nation take time to celebrate fathers and show them love. It makes sense then, that June is also National Men’s Health Month – a month set aside for our nation to raise awareness for men’s health issues and encourage a healthier lifestyle among all men, including fathers.

You’re A Survivor – National Cancer Survivor’s Day

“In 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States”, according to the National Cancer Institute. The impact of cancer on our society is enormous, not only in the United States, but in the world. And while millions have battled this deadly disease and won, the number of cancer […]

Fighting Age with a Healthy Lifetsyle

We all age. And as we age, we find that daily, simple tasks become just a little harder. The risk for disease increases with age along with hearing and vision loss. With aging also comes fatigue. It can be difficult as we get older to stay as active as we used to, for multiple reasons. Incremental changes, […]

National Learn to Swim Day

Swimming is one of those abilities we can often take for granted. Every summer, many look forward to jumping in the pool, playing in the ocean, boating on the lake, etc. How easy and freeing it is not to worry about our ability to tread water?

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