Posted December 03, 2012 in
By Dave Leggett, Senior Program Development Director, Southeast YMCA
The YMCA has a rich history of commitment to develop innovative programs that help families lead healthy lives, improve personal and family relationships, become better leaders, strengthen positive values, and develop specific skills, while at the same time building a sense of community; all things that the sport of basketball has encompassed since its’ beginning. It has been more than one-hundred and twenty... Read More
Posted November 09, 2012 in
By Molly Schmid, Senior Membership and Community Director, Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA
November is more than a month to give thanks and celebrate family at the Y. It is a month to recognize, honor, and give thanks to our courageous men and women who serve our country, as well as their families. Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month, something at the Y we take to heart.
In honor of the month, here is our thanks to our brave... Read More
Posted October 08, 2012 in
By Bev Thiel, Executive Director, Spartan Stores YMCA
For the first time ever in history, forecasts from the ““2012 F as in Fat(F as in Fat Report)”:http://www.healthyamericans.org/report/100/” report, are predicting that adult obesity rates could rise above 60 percent in 13 states, with Michigan growing to 59.4%. If we continue on our current path the number of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020... Read More
Posted September 29, 2012 in
Our recent research showed us that you, our members, were asking for more hours for the branch to be open and more hours for the KidZone to be open!
Posted September 10, 2012 in
Sherry Blair, EdD, CES, ATC Association Healthy Living Director, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids supports the American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk on October 6, 2012. My goal at the Y as an exercise physiologist and educator is to help people with chronic conditions to stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of diabetes by encouraging daily exercise, choosing vegetables and fruit, and to Know Your Numbers (cholesterol, glucose, blood... Read More
Posted September 04, 2012 in
By Sara Vander Zanden, Healthy Living Agriculture Manager, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
This is my first season managing the YMCA Farmers Market, and it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s been exciting to watch the season evolve, from spring’s first bunch of beets to summer’s abundance of heirloom tomatoes, to the promise of this fall’s butternut squash.
I recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where I studied farming and food systems. This... Read More
Posted August 29, 2012 in
By Justin Lyons, Senior Health & Wellness Director, Spartan Stores YMCA Did you know that in recent years, 29 high school football players have died from heat-related causes? Countless others have come dangerously close. What really scares me is when athletes feel symptoms of heat exhaustion, they do not recognize the risks. Because they don’t want to “wimp out,” they often opt to “play through” the headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, chills, nausea and muscle cramps... Read More
Posted August 09, 2012 in
Comment: I had a great tour! Thank you! Staff Response: You’re welcome. The more we can share with our members about what we have to offer, the better the experience will be!
Comment: You have the friendliest front desk anywhere! Love them all! Staff Response: Thank you! They appreciate your positive comments!
Comment: Time to switch out the graduation stuff from the display case :) Staff Response: Thank you for the reminder. We will get that taken care... Read More
Posted July 31, 2012 in
At the YMCA we value your time and talents. We are committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. And we can’t do it without interns. View and apply for our open positions for fall here!
Posted July 30, 2012 in
By Jean VanCoevering, Advance Spinning Instructor, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
The race for Olympic gold is the focus of athletes, judges, and audiences both at the events and in homes around the world. I was thinking that of the 36 different competitive categories that athletes can participate in during the Games, a member or program member at the Y can learn 29 of them in one way or another at the Y.
Many sports are new from when I remember watching Olympic Games as a... Read More