Sun Life Financial Associate Director, PhilanthropyKaitlin Jaquez (pictured, far left) joined Boston Celtics Managing PartnerSteve Pagliuca (pictured, far right) to present $75,000 to YMCA of Greater Boston President & CEOKevin Washington and Senior Vice President of Development and CommunicationsKelley Riceand to support theYMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Programat a special ceremony during halftime of the Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons game at the TD Garden on December 3.
Sun Life and the Celtics raised the $75,000 through the#SunLifeDunkforDiabetesinitiative, a National Diabetes Month campaign that leveraged Celtics in-game action and multi-media content to raise funds to support diabetes prevention. Through the program, Sun Life donated $1,000 to the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Diabetes Prevention Program for each dunk made by a Celtics player during November. The Celtics finished the month off with an even 40 dunks, led by Celtics Forward Jeff Green with 16 dunks. Sun Life and the Celtics also encouraged the public to participate in fundraising efforts by donating $1 for every Tweet, Retweet or Share using the hashtag #SunLifeDunkforDiabetes.
REMEMBER THE Y AT YEAR-END
Make your year-end, tax-deductible, contribution to the Y now and ensure your community remains one that supports and values children and families. As we end 2014, we want every child to have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Y. But we need your help!Will you join us?
STATE STREET FOUNDATION SUPPORTS THE Y
The State Street Foundationrecently awarded the YMCA of Greater Boston $100,000 in funding to support the Y’scollege preparationandadult job training programs. This funding aligns with State Street’s goal to promote sustainable employability for disadvantaged populations through investments in education and workforce development programs.
Through this funding, more than 800 youth and adults will receive skills and supports needed to reach their full potential.
COMCAST PARTNERS WITH Y TO OPEN 3 ADDITIONAL GREATER BOSTON TECHNOLOGY CENTERS
Thanks to a recent $11,000 grant from theComcast Foundation,the YMCA of Greater Boston is establishing three regional technology centers, featuring Chromebooks, at theCharlestown, Roxbury and Waltham YMCAs. The Chromebooks will be shared with other nearby YMCAs and expect to engage more than 250 youth.
“Many of the teens we serve live in households where their families do not own a computer and we hear stories of the teens we work with trying to complete homework assignments on their phone,” said Joseph Gaeta, the YMCA’s Association-wide Director ofTeen Programming. “This grant will allow our Ys to provide teens with access to computers for homework assistance and college applications, while also teaching them important job and life skills needed for today’s tech-savvy world.”
In addition to homework assistance, these technology centers will also allow the Y to offer key youth development programs such as cyber bullying and resume writing to more youth as well as introduce new programs such as website design, job search, long distance web-pals, scholastic prep classes.
CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY FOR IMPROVED WEST ROXBURY Y
The renovation of theWest Roxbury YMCAis well underway. The project is being built in two phases to enable the Y to provide continuous service to members and families during the renovation.
The first phase of construction, which will be completed in January 2015, includes:
New adult, children and family locker rooms
Demolition of the former Post Office building to create space for additional parking and a pocket park on Centre Street
New windows in the gymnasium for natural light
The second phase of construction is slated to be completed by December 2015 and includes:
Renovation and expansion of the existing pools to a 6-lane 25 yard pool
With celebration, travel, and changes in your regular routine it becomes more of a challenge to stay fit, balanced and well during the holiday season. It is estimated the average adult gains 4 to 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Committing to one of the following strategies can increase your chances of maintaining your fitness level and weight, help you manage stress and bring in the New Year with bells on!
1) Plan a holiday workout schedule. Laying out your entire plan for the month will answer the where, when, and how questions that often come up as barriers to exercise. Be realistic when planning and remember even a 20 minute walk can be highly beneficial.
2) Work with aYMCA trainerto learn a body weight exercise or a resistance band routine. These types of work outs are portable, thus enabling you to work out on the road and keep you more active.
3) For that extra dose of accountability, sign up for agroup-based program. Committing to others whether its friends, trainers, or specialized groups can be the piece you need to stay motivated.
4) Commit yourself to one new positive habit for the next 30 days. Keep the habit simple, like walking every day after lunch for 15 minutes or bringing your lunch to work. Tie a buddy into committing to the 30 day positive habit with you.
5) Start logging your food intake. Research shows that people tend to under-estimate what they eat. Keeping track will enable you to enjoy some of the treats that are available during the holidays without overindulging.
A small amount of prioritization toward your overall wellness will set you up for a much more enjoyable and stress manageable holiday season.