Contributed by: YMCA

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Y is working to build awareness of prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes, and it’s a condition that is directly improved with physical activity.…

By YMCA

New data indicating a decline in childhood obesity among preschoolers is good news – but there is still a lot of work to be done. September is “Child Obesity Awareness Month.” Let’s work together to raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the No. 1 health concern facing American parents.…

By YMCA

Safety is of utmost importance in the Y.  For an organization dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and youth, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting and giving back to our neighbors and community, the Y engages in many safety related programs and practices so that each person who steps foot into the Y leaves the Y a better, healthier person.…

By YMCA

The First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative has been embraced by individuals and organizations across the country, and has helped to raise awareness of the importance of healthy behaviors like physical activity and healthy eating. It has also generated additional engagement across all sectors – public and private – in making commitments to help ensure that this generation of children, and those that follow, grow up in environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice.…

By YMCA

There are many great programs that help people engage in physical activity for a period of time – everything from group exercise classes to walking clubs. But in order to ensure that ALL people are able to reach the recommendations for physical activity as outlined in the national Physical Activity Guidelines, these programs need to be supported by policies that ensure that physical activity is within reach to people in their everyday lives so that they might stick with the behavior they are trying to achieve.…

By YMCA

Some adults think kids have it easy.  It’s easier  and generally acceptable for kids to be outside playing, whether it be shooting hoops, playing ball,  riding a bike, throwing a Frisbee, making up games, or just messing around.  For most kids, getting outside to play is fun, easy, inexpensive, and something they can do every day with their friends.…

By YMCA

As a nation, we know that our own choices and behaviors – including physical inactivity – have contributed to rising rates of chronic disease and obesity. It seems easy enough to encourage individuals and families to engage in more physical activity. But the reality is that in many communities across the nation, making healthy choices such as getting active is not only difficult; sometimes it’s not even option.…

By YMCA

How might an average Boomer summarize his attitude towards starting a new physical activity program? I doubt you’d hear, “No pain, no gain,” but probably something more like, “My mind says GO, but my body says NO.” Much has been written about Boomers’ need for physical activity, but what can we – as health, wellness, and fitness professionals – do to make sure this age group actually meets the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommendations?…

By YMCA

There are many reasons why individuals might not meet the Physical Activity Guidelines, but one major factor is the physical environment that surrounds them. When people don’t have the option to make the healthy choice regarding their participation in physical activities, there is no possible way they can do it.…

By YMCA

Empty nesters are a unique group. We all know who these people are: folks who spent the last 20%20 years of their lives raising their children, who are now experiencing life without the responsibilities of their kids living under their roof. Like many parents, Empty Nesters put their growing children first, and found themselves getting less and less physical activity, while supporting their children’s activities and interests.…