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Vote for the Intercollegiate YMCA
Congratulations to the Intercollegiate YMCA for winning the Indy Star’s Our Children/Our City Innovation Grant Program. The center currently serves children and families who live in Section 8 public housing in Laurelwood Apartments, but have hopes of expanding the program to three other housing units. The Y will receive $25,000 from the 2014 Our Children/Our City and Season for Sharing fundraising campaign. A special thanks to all of the Indy Star readers who voted for the Y!
Baxter Y to Host Senior Health Fair May 15
The Baxter Y will host its Spring Health Fair for seniors on May 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 100 attendees are expected to turn out for this annual event. For more information call the Baxter YMCA at 317-881-9347.
Y Supports Black Lives Matter Initiative
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and other local organizations are partnering to find ways to help the growing number of young black males who are falling through the cracks. The Indy Star reported on the press conference hosted by a group of concerned citizens and leaders who have launched the “Your Life Matters” initiative. One of the ways the Y is helping with this initiative is through our Y-Future Leaders Program, which targets at-risk youth and gives them opportunities to become positive adult leaders.
Workout Wednesdays Begin April 15
Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street begin today at noon! The classes are hosted by the Downtown Ys and provide free exercise classes for the public. The weekly class is so popular that it recently made the Indy Star’s list of the Best Things to do in April! WRTV Ch. 6 and WISH TV Ch. 8 News reported on some of the new offerings that will be included during this year’s classes.
Y Instructor Named One of Best Fitness Gurus in Indy
Congrats to Julie Voris, Exercise Instructor at the Fishers YMCA, for being recognized by the Indy Star as one of the best fitness gurus in the area!
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Isaiah Austin to Speak at 47th Annual Good Friday Breakfast
Press Release, 3/26/2015
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is inviting the community to its 47th Annual Good Friday Breakfast, which is being held at 7 a.m., April 3 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m. for a community prayer. The event is free to the community, but donations will be accepted through a free will offering which will be collected at the conclusion of the program. Attendees must register in advance at www.OurCauseIsYou.org by March 27.
Each year this event brings more than 800 local community leaders, churches and residents together for an inspirational morning of praise and fellowship. This year’s featured guest speaker is Isaiah Austin, who was an extremely successful college basketball career with Baylor University in 2014. He had been considered a first-round prospect until he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a disease which ended his potential playing career just days prior to the NBA Draft. Isaiah, who eventually became a ceremonial NBA draft pick, will share details about his journey and how his faith is helping him to dream again.
For the past five years, the Y has been able to offer this event at no cost to the community. This was only made possible due to the generous donations from our sponsors whose contributions help offset event costs. Additional sponsorships are still needed to help underwrite the costs of the breakfast.
For more information or to help support this event, call 317-266-9622 or visit www.OurCauseIsYou.org. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Affordable parking is available in the Circle Center Mall garages.
YMCA Recognizes Diabetes Alert Day by Offering Risk Assessments
Press Release, 3/18/2015
Tuesday, March 24, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis wants residents to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps they can take today to reduce the chances of developing the disease. As a leading voice on improving the nation’s health and well-being, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis encourages all adults to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking a risk test at www.indymca.org/are-you-at-risk/. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight, and activity level, among others.
The Y knows that the best way to reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes is to prevent them and awareness is the first step to prevention. With only 10 percent of the 86 million Americans aware of their condition, the Y understands that it will take everyone working together to increase this number. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is joining Ys across the country, and other national organizations committed to addressing the diabetes epidemic, in an effort to help one million more Americans learn their risk for type 2 diabetes.
Rickey Pieper, member at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, completed the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and it completely changed his lifestyle. He has changed his diet, exercises on a regular basis and has lost nearly 80 pounds.
YMCA’s Schools Out Camps Make Top 10 List
Indy Star, 2/19/2015
Spring break is just around the corner and the Indy Star listed our “Schools Out” camps in the #1 spot for its Top 10 list of fun things to do with the kids over break!
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