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Workout Wednesdays Return to Georgia St

WRTV Ch. 6 News, 4/14/2016

Workout Wednesdays for the downtown area will return on May 4 on Georgia Street. The Y partners with Downtown Indy Inc. to provide the community with a free group exercise class each week.

Flat Rock YMCA Host 2nd Annual Canal Race for Kids

Press Release 4/11/2016

WISH TV Ch. 8 News, 4/22/2016

Flat Rock River YMCA Camp, 6981 W. County Road 650 North, St. Paul, Indiana, will host its 2nd Annual Canal Race for Kids from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 23 on the Canal Walk in downtown Indianapolis. The event is being held to help raise funds for deserving kids who would like to attend overnight camp. Flat Rock is located just 45 minutes southeast of Indianapolis on the beautiful 240 acre camp ground in St. Paul, Indiana, and provides premier outdoor camp experiences to youth. Read more…

Dr. Ian Smith to Speak at 6th Annual Y-Achievers Scholarship Banquet

Press Release 4/2/2016

Fox 59 News, 4/9/2016

The Avondale Meadows YMCA’s 6th Annual Y-Achiever’s Scholarship Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on April 15 at the JW Marriott, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis. Medical/diet expert, Ian Smith, M.D., will be this year’s guest speaker. Dr. Smith is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of his famous book titled “Super Shred” and several others. He’s also a former co-host of Emmy-winning “The Doctors” TV show, a medical contributor to “The Rachael Ray Show” and host of the nationally syndicated radio show HealthWatch. He has written for various publications including Time, Newsweek, Men’s Health, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications including, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, People, Essence, Ebony, University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway, Cosmopolitan and many more. Read more…

Jordan YMCA Staff Raise Funds to Help Kids Learn to Swim

WISH TV Ch. 8 News, 4/2/2016

Mandy Witmer, Member Involvement Director and Terri McNeany, MultiFit Coach, both from the Jordan YMCA, recently participated in a three day triathlon to raise funds to help 127 kids learn to swim. The ladies met their goal and raised $8,632 for the Jordan Y’s Annual Campaign.

YMCA Spring Break Camps Provides a Week of Fun

The Daily Journal 3/26/2016

The Times 3/23/2016

Our Youth Development staff have been hosting School’s Out Camps throughout the city for kids who are on spring break. Our well trained staff have a variety of fun activities planned to keep kids busy all week long. 

YMCA Swim Lessons Cater to All Age Groups

Nuvo Magazine 3/2016

NUVO Magazine gave suggestions on 31 sports that anyone could try in Indy. Kim Newnam, Associate Executive Director, Benjamin Harrison YMCA, spoke about YMCA swim lessons and shared that our lessons cater to all age groups.

Medicare Expands Coverage to YMCA

Press Release 3/25/2016

IBJ 3/28/2016

The New York Times 3/30/2016

In marking the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the YMCA has also made history by leading the research that resulted in the decision by Medicare to extend coverage to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program along with other Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved diabetes prevention programs. This decision was made after the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) funded a successful demonstration project in which the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and 16 other Ys throughout the country delivered the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to nearly 8,000 Medicare recipients over three years. The project demonstrated that the program can lower the incidence of type 2 diabetes among seniors and reduce the cost burden of the disease on participants and the health care system.

Federal officials recently shared that Medicare saved $2,650 for each person enrolled in the prevention program over 15 months, compared with similar beneficiaries not in the program. This savings was more than enough to cover the cost of the program. In addition, officials said Medicare beneficiaries also lost about five percent of their body weight, which was enough to reduce substantially the risk of future diabetes. The results from this program marks the first time a pilot program funded by the CMMI’s office has proven to deliver such results.

“We are thrilled that the Y has been able to transform health care in such a positive way,” said Eric Ellsworth, President/CEO, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. We would not have been able to make such an impact with this program if it weren’t for our hospital community partners who referred patients to us along with their willingness to think outside the box in how to make this program successful,” added Ellsworth. Read more…

Major Gift Results in Naming Rights for OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA

Press Release 3/23/2016

IBJ 3/23/2016

Fox 59 News 3/23/2016

Inside Indiana Business 3/23/2016

Indy Star 3/23/2016

WTTV Ch. 4 3/23/2016

Becker’s Spine Review 5/13/2016

The OrthoIndy Foundation has agreed to contribute $3 million toward construction of a $10 million YMCA at 5315 Lafayette Road in Pike Township. In recognition of this generous gift, the new YMCA will be named the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA.

A key factor in the OrthoIndy Foundation’s decision to support the project is the new Y’s inclusion of veteran-focused space and programming. In addition to being a full-service facility open to the public, the new YMCA will include programs, facilities and services tailored to U.S. military service members, veterans and their families.

Late last year, the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center announced a partnership with a new Pike Y to connect traditional clinical VA healthcare to the full menu of YMCA programs. The OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA will be the nation’s first YMCA to feature such veteran-focused medical services. Read more…

Fishers YMCA Voted Favorite Fitness Destination

Active Life Magazine 3/2016

The Fishers YMCA was voted as one of the Top 3 Favorite Fitness Destinations in the latest issue of Active Life Magazine. Great job to the entire Fishers YMCA staff for this special recognition.

Hendricks Regional Health YMCA Hosts Annual Campaign Breakfast

Hendricks County Flyer 2/23/16

The Hendricks Regional Health YMCA held its Annual Campaign Breakfast on Feb. 23. Community leaders were invited and encouraged to donate to the Y to help them reach their goal of $270,000. The guest speaker was Marine Corporal and Indianapolis Colts spokesperson, Josh Bleill. He shared his story of losing his legs while on tour and his recovery.

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