November 08, 2012
Almost every weight loss program teaches us that if we take in fewer calories and exercise more this will result in weight loss. If this formula is accurate, why are we one of the most obese nations in the world? This simple formula works temporarily but causes more problems in the long run. We need to turn our focus on the nutritional value of foods and whether or not all the organs in our body and our brain, are nourished.
October 31, 2012
By Mary O'Leary, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations LeDena found out that she was pregnant shortly after moving to Boston. With few marketable skills and no job prospects, she was forced to go on government assistance. “I didn’t want to take handouts from anyone, but I did it for my son. I knew I needed to acquire skills so that I could land a job and provide for my little family.” After completing the Y’s renowned 20-week job training program, YMCA Training, Inc., LeDena was prepared for an administrative career in the medical field. LeDena also credits Training, Inc. with “…inspiring me to be the person I’ve always dreamed of being. Today, I am a role model for my son and am currently employed at Children’s Hospital Boston.”
October 24, 2012
Every family can be a healthy family. By focusing your family’s efforts to live healthier around the Y’s pillars of a healthy family home and taking small steps using the information and tools we provide, your family will soon be feeling stronger and living healthier! Taking our “How healthy is your home?” quiz is a great way to find ways to help your family live healthier. After taking the quiz you’ll see a simple bar graph that illustrates how your family is doing with some of the key healthy habits under each pillar. You can print this bar graph and use it to help determine where your family could begin setting goals to improve your family’s health and well-being.
October 09, 2012
Stay healthy and earn Hometown Showdown points with these workouts: Workout 1 Warm-up: High knees for 15 seconds, skip for 25 yards, 15 legs swings per legCircuit 1- Perform 3 times with 2 minutes rest in between sets: 20 Seconds of bodyweight squats 30 Jumping jacks 10 Dumbbell lift 20 Seconds of jump rope 15 Seconds of push ups Circuit 2- Perform 3 times with 2 minutes rest in between sets:
October 08, 2012
By Joann Donnelly, MA, BCC, CHFS , Executive Director of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Programs at the YMCA of Greater Boston Each year, millions of people attempt to begin a regular exercise program to get healthier, lose weight or reduce stress. Unfortunately, most people are unsuccessful and become a part of the majority of adults who know they should exercise but somehow just can’t seem to make the habit stick.
October 04, 2012
Looking for ways to earn points for the Hometown Wellness Showdown? Try these workouts to stay healthy and earn points for the Showdown. Visit boston.com/getmoving for the most up to date Showdown standings. Workout 1 Warm-up: Treadmill for 5 min at 3.0Circuit Training: all exercises are 3 sets with minimal rest: 15 push ups, 20 bodyweight squats, 30 seconds jumping jacks, 15 lat pull downs.Cardio: Row for 10 minutes at 100 Watts (moderate effort) and Bike for 10 minutes at 12-13.9 mph (moderate effort).
September 25, 2012
Looking for ways to earn points for the Hometown Wellness Showdown? Try these workouts to stay healthy and earn points for the Showdown. Visit boston.com/getmoving for the most up to date Showdown standings.
September 18, 2012
Help your town be crowned the healthiest in Eastern Massachusetts! Earn points for your Y and your town by trying these great exercises and logging them on Lose it! Win hundreds of prizes from brands like New Balance, Oster, HealthoMeter, Fitbit and more! YMCA of Greater Boston Showdown Rankings as of Wednesday, September 19 at 9am: The Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA (North Shore Y) is currently in the lead with 3,687 points. The most up to date rankings can be found at boston.com/getmoving.
September 14, 2012
Rachael Ziminsky, YMCA Employee At the Y, donors and volunteers come in all shapes and sizes! This year for his 7th birthday, Edward Sanphy, a 1st Grader at the Barrows Elementary School in Reading, asked his friends to donate to the Burbank Y in lieu of gifts. Burbank YMCA Executive Director, Irene Collins, was excited and honored to accept Edward’s generous donation!
September 05, 2012
Another summer is over and both kids and parents are getting back into the swing and structure of a new school year.  This is an exciting time for many kids, as they look forward to strapping on a new backpack, sharing their summer stories and connecting back with friends and teachers.

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