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A History of Helping: Open Doors at the YMCA

The YMCA is much older than many people realize. For over 160 years, YMCA has been a “home away from home” for the community, and our goal has been to keep our doors open to all in the community regardless of their financial situation.

Love Your Heart

Love is in the air this month! February, known for its Valentine’s Day holiday, also happens to be the month that our nation celebrates hearts. Not the metaphorical “heart” consisting of love, romance, and emotion, but the physical kind – the one beating inside of you. During the month of February, WomenHeart: The National Coalition […]

Wearing Red, Changing Hearts

For 13 years, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute have been changing hearts. Every first Friday in February, the organization brings awareness to heart disease and stroke after discovering that it is the number one killer of women each year. Donations are received by men and women across the nation, […]

Summer Camp

To some parents, summer time seems daunting. It means no school, no sports/extra-curricular activities, no daily socialization, and an opportunity for children to sit at home for 3 months of the year. It can be a burden to find ways to entertain your children during this season in an effort to keep their bodies and […]

Winter Weather Updates

West Shore YMCA: Wednesday, March 15th – All programs held in the Northern York School District (Dillsburg) are cancelled today including the pool at the high school. East Shore YMCA: Tuesday, March 14th – The East Shore YMCA will be closed due to the inclement weather, and will reopen Wednesday 3/15/17 for normal business hours. Morning classes […]

Why Is Together Better?

What is it about group fitness classes that keep people coming back for more? Whether you’re stretching your legs with yoga poses, working your arms in a Body Pump session, or moving your hips during a Zumba class, group fitness seems to be all the rage. Having only taken a few Yoga classes during my […]

Camp Curtin YMCA Partners With Local Organizations for Jump Shots Not Gun Shots Program

[HARRISBURG, 01/07/16] – The Camp Curtin YMCA has partnered with Keeping Inner-City Neighborhoods Great and Safe to provide the Jump Shots Not Gun Shots program for men ages 14-19 in the Harrisburg area. The program will kick off this Friday, January 8, 2016. The Jump Shots Not Gun Shots program is a unique opportunity for […]

Top 10 Healthy Restaurants in the Harrisburg PA Area

If you’ve committed to a healthy lifestyle, there are plenty of options for you to enjoy tasty, nutritional foods without breaking your calorie bank. For many people, eating at home is the best way to ensure you’re getting the proper nutrients and keeping your calorie intake in check. But let’s be honest — we can’t […]

Harrisburg Police Athletic League TRU Club delivers Thanksgiving Meals to families in need in Harrisburg

  The Northern Dauphin County Branch YMCA Tobacco Control Program’s TRU (Tobacco Resistance Unit) currently has an active club in collaboration with the Harrisburg Police Athletic League and the Cumberland Court Apartments in Harrisburg. TRU is a youth – led, empowerment, anti-tobacco program whose mission is to protect Pennsylvania’s youth from all tobacco and nicotine products. As part of their activities […]

2015 Marathon Update

Harrisburg, PA 11/09/2015 – Thank you to everyone involved with the 2015 Aspire Harrisburg Marathon! Unfortunately, the results for the category of Overall Female Champion were reported inaccurately at our Awards Ceremony. The race results have been updated here: Female Overall Winners: #1 – Shelby Joslyn #2 – Brooke Magni #3 – Meg Griffith […]

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