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
Posted July 26, 2012 in
By Andy Page, Executive Director, David D. Hunting YMCA
I have always been a competitor, and felt that competing in sports, whether a team sport or an individual sport, improves a person’s character that carries over into their daily life. Training to compete and participating full out, giving it my all regardless of how I finish, I have always come out better for the effort.
Starting Friday, July 27, 204 nations meet to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London,... Read More
Posted July 26, 2012 in
Comment: How about a free pass for a day, 3 days, or a week? A promotion to sign up for a year? Or for friends or guests? Staff Response: These are all great suggestions. In the past we have done periodic free guest passes with the Spartan Stores “Yes” card. We will have to look at your other ideas at an association level. Thank you for the suggestions!
Comment: Please extend Saturday hours. I work until 6:00pm and would love to come after work! Staff... Read More
Posted July 17, 2012 in
By Kelly Knecht, Corporate Relations Membership Director, YMCA Greater Grand Rapids
The Y is dedicated to supporting a vibrant, thriving community and workforce through our Corporate Membership Program. Now, over two hundred west Michigan companies have joined this program and have crunched the bottom-line numbers and like what they are seeing.
After spending seven years in the healthcare industry, I observed a wide disconnect between wellness plans administered by the... Read More