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.
August 24, 2012
Joseph Gaeta, Senior Teen Program Director This summer, the Y of Greater Boston offered free memberships to teens, giving them unlimited access to 13 branches and all of the activities and privileges of membership.  Over 5,000 teens took advantage of the special “Get Summer” memberships at their local Y’s and enjoyed free trips, life building skills classes, teen exclusive group exercise classes, dances, open mic nights, leaderships opportunities and much more. “The Y is where I go with my friends, and this summer has been great because there was so much more offered” said East Boston teen Juan.
August 23, 2012
Kevin Washington, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston Summer vacation for most kids means backyard barbeques, hot dogs and s’mores by a glowing camp fire. But for the 250,000 children who received free or reduced lunch during the school year, summer vacation can be a time of worry and hunger.

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