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Brandywine Announcement for April 8, 2017
Friday, April 07, 2017

Due to unexpected circumstances, the indoor pool will be closed until noon on Saturday, April 8. The therapy pool will be open during this time.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

A Special Tribute
Friday, April 07, 2017

OSCAR LASKO

November 4, 1920 - April 2, 2017

This week, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine and the West Chester community lost a dear friend and loved one. Oscar Lasko, fondly known as Ozzie, died at the age of 96 after a long life as a successful businessman and community philanthropist. Here at the YMCA, we were blessed to have known Ozzie as a caring, thoughtful man who loved helping the kids of West Chester by providing them with a safe, nurturing environment to learn, grow, and thrive. Ozzie used to say to me that we needed to build more Y’s and not more prisons.

As a young Jewish boy, Oscar was always welcomed to the Y and spent many a day swimming in the pool or playing on the basketball court. He never forgot those days and so he generously supported the YMCA on East Chestnut Street (his YMCA) and the programs housed here like Believe and Achieve and summer camp.

Not only did Ozzie give of his treasure, he gave of his time. He would visit the kids to talk to them about life, ask them about themselves, and say hello and give a word of encouragement. We were very fortunate to have celebrated his 95th and 96th birthdays with him and the children in our childcare and kindergarten programs. He loved interacting with them and lit up when the kids would sing “Happy Birthday” and present their homemade cards.

We will miss Ozzie dearly and will forever be indebted to him for his kindness and generosity in ensuring that the Y will always be here in downtown West Chester to give all children the opportunity to be welcome and belong to the Y.

Ozzie’s memory will always be a blessing. Our condolences go out to his loving family and wife, Vivian.

Sincerely, 

Denise L. Day
President & CEO

 

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - FAMILY FUN NIGHT, FRIDAY, MARCH 24
Friday, March 24, 2017

FAMILY FUN NIGHT
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 6-8 PM - MAIN LOBBY & CHILD WATCH
Bring the whole family to this special event to enjoy all the fun of summer camp to one night. Enjoy a mix of activities and games highlighting our sports, tennis, arts, music, theater, environmental and STEM camps. This is another added value to your UMLY family membership!

Additional Update - Brandywine YMCA - SACC Y Day, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The branch will be open regular hours tomorrow, and SACC will hold the Y Day at Brandywine YMCA instead of Rainbow Elementary School.  See you for Y Day at Brandywine tomorrow!

Octorara Childcare Branch
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Due to the Octorara school district closing there will be no childcare at the Octorara Branch for March 14

Jennersville Branch Update for March 15
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Facility Update: as of 8:30pm

The facility will open on time tomorrow. 

All programs including onsite childcare will run as scheduled. 

There is a slight variation in our normal group exercises schedule. The schedule will follow. 

  • 530a Combat 
  • 530a Cycle 
  • 815a INSANITY
  • 915a Ultimate Conditioning
  • 1030a Cycle 

All group exercises classes will resume as normal at 12:15pm. 

School Age Childcare will follow their weather plan as there are school closings and delays. 

West Chester YMCA Update for Wednesday, March 15th
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 

Facility and Program Update for Wednesday, March 15th:


Our facility will open on time at 5:00 a.m. CELC and Montessori Preschool will open on time at 7:00 a.m. 
Childwatch and all programs, other than group exercise, will run as scheduled.  

Group Exercise Modified Schedule:

5:15 a.m. Ultimate Cross Training with Sheri 

9:00 a.m. Deep Water with Kevin

9:00 a.m. Barre with Cathi 

10:00 a.m. BODYPUMP  with Lisa 

10:00 a.m.Gentle Yoga with Karen

10:00 a.m.Zumba with Laura

11:00 a.m.BODYCOMBAT with Stacey

11:00 a.m.Functional Strength with Karen

11:00 a.m.Pilates with Cristy 

11:00 a.m.Cycle 45/Core with Kathy

Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center Update for Wednesday, March 15
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center will open on time at 5am on Wednesday, March 15.  Childcare will open on time at 6:30am.  Kindergarten is on a two hour delay and will begin at 11am.  Before school care for Kindergarten will begin at 9am.  

Weather Update - March 14, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

All branches will open as scheduled tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15. Childcare will be open normal hours.

Check individual branch posts for program specific details at each branch. 

LIONVILLE BRANCH UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY 3/15/2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Y will open normal time on Wednesday March 15.  All classes and programming will run as scheduled.

Brandywine Branch Update for Tomorrow - Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We will open at normal time. All programs are expected to run at normal hours as well. 

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - WEATHER UPDATE, 3/14/17
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Upper Main Line YMCA will remain closed today, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. An update will be posted at 9 pm regarding tomorrow's schedule.

Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center Facility Update for Tuesday, March 14
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Due to the inclement weather, the Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center is closed for Tuesday, March 14.  An update will be posted at 9pm regarding tomorrow's schedule.

LIONVILLE YMCA WEATHER UPDATE 3/14/2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Y will be closed today.  All programming and classes are canceled.  We will have an update by 9:00pm tonight for tomorrow's facility and programming information.

Weather Update - March 14, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

All YMCA of Greater Brandywine locations will be closed today, Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  

An update will be posted at 9 pm regarding tomorrow's schedule.

Brandywine Inclement Weather Update for Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Due to today's snow storm, Brandywine YMCA will be closed for the entire day.  All programs are cancelled, including SACC. 

Thank you, and stay safe!

WEST CHESTER YMCA WEATHER/FACILITY UPDATE TUESDAY, MARCH 14th
Monday, March 13, 2017
Due to the current weather conditions, we will remain closed for the remainder of the day.  Our facility crew is working diligently to get the lots ready for tomorrow.  They've been at the branch since the storm started.  Please check back later today regarding program and facility updates for tomorrow.  

Be safe everyone!

Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center Weather Update for Tuesday, March 14
Monday, March 13, 2017

Due to the impending winter storm and blizzard warning in effect for Chester County, the Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center will not open until 12 noon at the earliest on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  Childcare will be closed all day.  Please check back on Tuesday morning at 10am for updates.

LIONVILLE INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATE 3/14/2017
Monday, March 13, 2017

Due to the impending winter storm and blizzard warning in effect for Chester County, all YMCA of Greater Brandywine locations will not open until 12 noon at the earliest on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  Childcare will be closed all day. 

An update will be posted by 10 am on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

 

Brandywine Inclement Weather Update for 3/14/17
Monday, March 13, 2017

Due to the impending winter storm and blizzard warning in effect for Chester County from 10 p.m. this evening through 6 p.m. tomorrow, all YMCA of Greater Brandywine locations will not open until 12 noon at the earliest on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  Childcare will be closed all day. 

An update will be posted by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

 

Upper Main Line YMCA to Host Annual Benefit Dinner
Monday, March 13, 2017

BERWYN, PA – The Upper Main Line YMCA will host the fourth Annual Benefit Dinner on Thursday, April 6 at The Desmond in Malvern. This dinner enables the Upper Main Line YMCA, through the generosity of donors, to give back to the local community by making life-changing programs at the Y available to youth and families in the local community that otherwise would not be, due to financial constraints.

The Y, a cause-driven organization, strengthens the foundations of our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. By contributing at the dinner for youth swim lessons and summer camp, Y donors will make an impact on the startling statistics that drowning is the number one cause of accidental death among low-income children and the fact that one in every 10 elementary-school-age children are home alone during the summer.

Make a difference in a child’s life by supporting this worthy cause. Register online or call Ruby Abouraya at 610-647-9622, ext. 2011.

The lead dinner sponsors are The Desmond Hotel, Shreiner Tree Care and ISH Markit, Inc.

 

Brandywine Pool Closed for the Night on March 8, 2017.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Therapy Pool will remain open.  Please stay tuned for updates o n lap pool hours for March 9, 2017

Upper Main Line YMCA Introduces a New Preschool STEM & Arts (STEAM) Academy
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

BERWYN, PA – A new program with a focus on STEM and ARTS activities will open this fall at the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, PA. This unique preschool and pre-K Academy engages children in science, technology, engineering, math, music, movement, theater and language arts - building an early excitement for learning and a foundation of STEAM knowledge.

Led by a highly qualified and experienced staff, the Academy will utilize the vast resources of the Y’s Environmental and STEM Education Complex as well as the Creative & Performing Arts Center. The property is located on 54 acres and features include a science lab, pond, fully functioning barn, art, dance and music studios and more. Additionally, the facility has a diverse and experienced staff of education professionals with science and arts degrees and continuing education credits.

Registration is now open and spaces are limited. The Academy will run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Introductory rates are available with early registration, before May 1. For more information, contact Brian Raicich at braicich@ymcagbw.org or call 610-647-9622 ext. 2002.

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - WEEKEND CLOSURES
Friday, March 03, 2017
Upper Main Line YMCA is hosting the annual Michelle Deasey Mini Swim Meet this Sunday, March 5.
The Gymnasium will close at 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 4 and remain closed throughout Sunday, March 5.
The B Pool will be closed throughout Sunday, March 5.
Both the Gymnasium and B Pool reopen at their normal times on Monday, March 6.

 

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - POWER UPDATE
Thursday, March 02, 2017

FACILITY UPDATE - THURSDAY, MARCH 2
Power has been restored to the Upper Main Line YMCA and the facility is open. The pools remain closed and will reopen at 11:00 AM. The elevator to the locker rooms remains closed and the elevator company has been contacted.

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - C POOL (BUBBLE) CLOSURE
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Upper Main Line YMCA's C Pool (Bubble) is currently closed for maintenance. Please check back for updates.

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - SUNDAY, FEB 26 EARLY CLOSURE
Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Upper Main Line YMCA will close early at 5:30 PM, Sunday, February 26, for an all staff training.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Brandywine YMCA - Saturday, February 25, 2017, 4:10pm
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Due to lightning, the pool at the Brandywine YMCA is temporarily closed until the storm passes. Please call ahead to check on status of pool re-opening for those of you wishing to use the pool this afternoon.

Thank You.

Announcement! Brandywine YMCA
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, our gymnasium will be closing at 3:00 pm for an event.  

All programs, such as pickleball, will end at 3:00 pm on that day.

 Thank you!

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - UPDATE ON PARTIAL POWER FAILURE 6:53 PM
Monday, February 13, 2017

UPDATE: The power has come back on and we are trying to get back up and running. The following parts of the facility are now open: Fitness Center, Power and Conditioning Center, Gymnasium, Child Watch and Indoor Tennis Courts.

The elevator is not yet working. The pools will not reopen tonight. They will reopen tomorrow at 5:00 AM. Evening programs, group ex and meetings are still cancelled.

Jennersville YMCA Inclement Weather Update Thursday, February 9th:
Thursday, February 09, 2017

The facility will open at 8am.

There will be no programs including group exercises and child watch (babysitting) before noon.

Onsite childcare (CELC) will begin at 8am.

Due to the school districts closing a Care day for School Age Child Care will begin at 8am.

The Lower Entrance will be closed this morning.

West Chester YMCA Inclement Weather Update - February 9, 2017
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Facility Update for Thursday, February 9th:

We will be open at 8:00 a.m. We will not be running any programs, including group exercise or Child Watch, until NOON.

Full Day Childcare will open at 8:00 a.m.

Please check back for updates. Please be safe on the roads, and if you are shoveling snow today, please take lots of breaks, stay hydrated, and lift with your legs...not your back.

Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center Weather Update for Thursday, February 7
Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center will open at 8am.  Childcare and Y Day will also open at 8am.  All other programs will resume at 12noon, with the exception of the 12:15pm Body Pump class, which is cancelled.

Please note that the Borough of West Chester is under a snow emergency.  Parking on the streets is prohibited.  Please park in the parking garage which will be free of charge on Thursday.

Winter Weather Update - Feb 9, 2017
Thursday, February 09, 2017

As of 6 a.m. -- All branches will open at 8 a.m. with limited services. Please refer to your branch post for additional details about programs.

The National Weather Service has stated that Chester County will experience a high impact winter weather event tonight into Thursday.  A period of heavy accumulating snow and thunder snow at rates of 2 inches an hour are possible during the time of 3 AM to Noon on Thursday. The forecast is 6-8 inches for most of Chester County. 

 

LIONVILLE YMCA-WEATHER UPDATE Thursday February 9
Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Y facility and full day childcare will open at 8:00am.  All group exercise classes and programming scheduled to start 12:00pm or later will run as normal.  All Aquafit classes are canceled.  Childwatch will be open from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm and normal afternoon schedule of 4:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Inclement Weather Update - Brandywine Branch
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Brandywine Branch Inclement Weather Update for Thursday, February 9, 2017

The branch will open at 8:00 am.

A "Y Day" will be held at our branch, beginning at 8:00 am. CELC will begin at 8:00 am.

All Other Programs, including all Group Exercise (Land and Water), Swim Lessons, and Child Watch will begin in the afternoon: Our first Group Exercise class will be at 5:15 pm, our first Aqua Fit class is at 6:00 pm.  Child Watch begins at 4:00 pm. All Aquatics programs begin in the evening.

Thank you.

Inclement Weather Update for Thursday, February 9, 2017
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Brandywine Branch - INCLEMENT WEATHER PLAN - for Thursday, February 9, 2017
 
Our plan is to delay opening to 8:00 a.m. at the earliest.
 
GROUP EXERCISE is on a modified schedule for tomorrow. We will have a 9:30 am Cycle, and a 10:30 am Body Pump. These are the ONLY classes we will run tomorrow morning. NO WATER CLASSES tomorrow morning.
 
We will update our information for Childcare and programs at 6:00 a.m. We will update Facebook, Website and branch Phones by 6:00 a.m.
 
Please know that the safety of our members and staff is our intention with our inclement weather plan.
 
Thank you.

 

Brandywine YMCA Swim Meet - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 1:00 pm to Close
Friday, January 20, 2017
Due to our home swim meet on Satruday, January 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm, our Indoor pool will be closing to all other aquatic activities at 1:00 pm. The Therapy Pool will remain open during the meet.
For your convenience, a member benefit is to be able to use any branch within YMCA of Greater Brandywine. Please consider taking advantage of this and exploring all that our other fantastic branches have to offer during this busy time at the Brandywine branch pool.  
 
Thank you, and best of luck to our young athletes. 
 
Go Tigersharks!

 

Lionville Y Saturday Night Lights-January 14
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Is on! Bring a friend and have fun.  Begins 7:30pm.

UMLY Saturday Night Lights - Saturday, January 14
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Night Lights is on! Bring your friends and have some fun. Meet in the Carriage House.

Octorara YMCA Facility Update- Wednesday January 11th.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Due to the Octorara School district 2 hour delay, the Octorara YMCA IS RUNNING ON A 2 hr delay and will open for SACC and Preschool at 9am

Jennersville YMCA Saturday Night Lights Update
Saturday, January 07, 2017

SNL UPDATE! Due to the condition of the roads we will not be offering transportation to or from SNL. 


The bus will not be at the Oxford or Cochranville location. 


We will still have the basketball tournament and run the SNL program from 7:30-10pm. 

The facility is still operating on a normal schedule. 

Brandywine Aquatics Update for January 7, 2017
Friday, January 06, 2017

As of 7:00 am the lap pool is now open.

 



 

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - WEATHER UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, 1/6
Friday, January 06, 2017

WEATHER UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, 1/6

UMLY is currently open as scheduled. CELC will also open as scheduled at 7 AM. Group Exercise, Childwatch (babysitting) and all other programs will begin at 8 AM.

Octorara YMCA Weather Update- January 6th
Friday, January 06, 2017

The Octorara YMCA is running on a 2 hour delay. 

School Age Child Care and Preschool will begin a 9am. 

 

Jennersville YMCA Weather Update-Friday January 6th
Friday, January 06, 2017

Facility Weather Update-January 6th. 


The Facility is open


All programs including child watch will begin as schedule starting at 8am. 


We will be running an alternate group exercise schedule:   

815 Insanity(gym)

1030 BODYCOMBAT (MP) 

1215 Tabata (MP).


As of now Avon Grove and Oxford School Districts are on a two hour delay. Before care at those sites will begin at 9am. 


K-Care will begin at the YMCA at 9am. 


ECLC (on site preschool) will open on time at 7am. 
Continue to check back for details.

Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center Weather Update for January 6
Friday, January 06, 2017

The Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center is open and our onsite childcare program will open on time at 6:30am. Our Kindergarten and Before School Care program are on a 2 hour delay.  Kindergarten will begin at 11:00am and Before School Care will begin at 9:00am.

Brandywine Inclement Weather Update for Friday January 6, 2017
Thursday, January 05, 2017

The Brandywine YMCA will open on schedule as well as the onsite childcare programs.  Child Watch (babysitting) will open as normal, however, Group Exercise will run an alternate schedule of 9:30 am Cycle, and 10:30 am Pump.  School age Child Care will follow the schedule that the school district sets.  Please check this site for additional updates.  The next update would be at 6:00 am if changes are made.

Thank you.

Jennersville YMCA-Weather Update-Friday January 6th
Thursday, January 05, 2017

The facility will open at our regular time of 5:00 AM.

CELC will open as scheduled at 7:00 AM.

Group Exercise classes, Child Watch (babysitting) and all programs/activities will begin on schedule at 8:00 AM. Classes scheduled to begin before 8:00 AM are cancelled.

Please check our branch Facebook page and the website for another update at 6:00am if there are any additional changes.

 

 

LIONVILLE YMCA-FACILITY UPDATE FRIDAY JANUARY 6TH 6:00 am
Thursday, January 05, 2017

The facility is open  Childcare will open as scheduled. 

Groupx class schedule will begin at 8am with regular Friday schedule.  The 7:30 am Tai Chi is canceled.

Childwatch will open as scheduled. All programs and classes scheduled to start at 8:00 am and after will run as scheduled for today. 

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA FACILITY UPDATE - FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017
Thursday, January 05, 2017

The facility will open at our regular time of 5:00 AM.

CELC will open as scheduled at 7:00 AM.

Group Exercise classes, Child Watch (babysitting) and all programs/activities will begin on schedule at 8:00 AM. Classes scheduled to begin before 8:00 AM are cancelled.

Please check our branch Facebook page and the website for another update at 6:00am if there are any additional changes.

 

West Chester Area YMCA Facility Update - Friday, January 6
Thursday, January 05, 2017

UPDATED PROGRAM and FACILITY UPDATEFRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017 

We are OPEN!  The coffee is hot and we are ready for you!  Don't let this storm keep you from working out today.  


CELC and Montessori will open on time at 7:00 a.m.


Childwatch will open on time at 8:30 a.m.

 
We will have a modified group exercise schedule this morning: 


9:00 a.m.      On the Ball in the Gym

9:00 a.m.      Deep Water Workout 

10:00 a.m.    BODYPUMP in the Aerobics Room

10:00 a.m.    Step in the Gym

10:00 a.m.    Cycle 

11:00 a.m.    BODYCOMBAT in the Gym

11:00 a.m.    Gentle Yoga in the Mind/Body

Weather Update - January 6, 2017
Thursday, January 05, 2017

Chester County is under a winter weather advisory until 6 am, please check back after 10 PM for the most up to date information about branch schedules and programming. Updates will be posted here. 

 

Upper Main Line YMCA - Holiday Hours - Facility, Child Watch, and Holiday Modified Group Ex Schedule
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA HOLIDAY FACILITY HOURS:

12/24/16 (Christmas Eve): 6 AM - 3 PM
12/25/16 (Christmas Day): CLOSED

12/26/16: Regular hours 5 AM - 10 PM
12/31/16 (New Years Eve): 6 AM - 3 PM
1/1/17 (New Years Day): 7 AM - 12 PM
1/2/17: Regular hours 5 AM - 10 PM

CHILD WATCH HOLIDAY HOURS:

12/24/16 (Christmas Eve): Regular hours 8 AM - 1 PM
12/25/16 (Christmas): Closed
12/26/16: Regular hours 8 AM - 8 PM (Kid Zone will be open additional hours from 12/26-12/30: 9 AM - Noon)
12/31/16: Regular hours 8 AM - 1 PM
1/1/178 AM - Noon
1/2/17: regular hours 8 AM - 8 PM
 
GROUP EX MODIFIED SCHEDULE

12/24/16 (Christmas Eve) 
8:00am        Cycle – Donna
8:00am        Yoga - Lindsey
8:00am        BODYATTACK – Alissa
9:00am        BODYPUMP – Ally
9:30am        Yoga Flow – Caroline
10:00am      Cycle - Alex
10:10am      Step – Amy
11:15am      BODYPUMP – Ling

12/25/16 (Christmas) - CLOSED

12/26/16
8:00am        BODYATTACK - Regina
9:15am        Pilates – Gay
9:25am        Cycle - Alex
9:25am        BODYCOMBAT – Michelle
10:30am      BODYPUMP – Ryan
10:30am      Power Yoga – Barb
12:00pm      Barre-None - Tina
1:15pm        Step - Shelia
5:00pm        BODYPUMP – Ling
6:00pm        Step/Intervals – Tina
6:00pm        Cycle – Katie
6:00pm        Gentle Yoga - Sabrina

AQUA GROUP EX MODIFIED HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

12/26/16: 9 AM Aqua Fit with Bobbie – A Pool
12/27/16: 9 AM Aqua Fit with Jean – A Pool
12/28/16: 9 AM Aqua Fit with Jean – A Pool
12/29/16: 9 AM Aqua Fit with Jean – A Pool
12/30/16: 10 AM Deep Water with Devon – B Pool
                11AM Arthritis & Healthy Back with Bud – A Pool


 

 

Weather Update for 12/17/16
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Due to the wintry mix and dangerous conditions we will have programs and Child Watch beginning at noon today. All program activities beginning before noon are canceled. 

Branches are running on a modified group exercise schedule, please read the news post for your individual branch or visit their Facebook page for specific branch information. 

** All youth sports leagues are canceled today. Due to icy and potentially dangerous road conditions that persist in the area, and that cross-county travel is required by many of our participants, we are canceling all youth sports league games for the remainder of the day. Y Staff will look into the feasibility of creating a make-up schedule at a point later in the season. Thank you for your patience and have a safe weekend. 

 

Oscar Lasko YMCA Update- Saturday, December 17.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Due to icy and potentially dangerous road conditions that persist in the area, and the cross-county travel that is required by many of our participants, we are cancelling all youth sports league games for the remainder of today.  Our staff will look into the feasibility of creating a make-up schedule at a point later in the season.  Thank you for your patience and have a safe weekend.

Other programs held at our branch, will resume at 12pm.  The Winter Dance Recital is still scheduled for 2pm.

LIONVILLE COMMUNITY YMCA-WEATHER UPDATE, DECEMBER 17
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Our facility is currently open.  However, due to the current weather conditions, all programs that are scheduled to begin before 12pm, including childwatch and Groupx have been cancelled.  

All Sport League games are canceled for today.  

The Art Show scheduled for 10am will be postponed to a later date.  Info will be available on our Facebook page Monday Dec. 19.

The Riptide swim meet will run as scheduled at noon.

 

Jennersville Ymca-weather update
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Our facility is currently open.  However, due to the current weather conditions, all programs and sports league games that are scheduled to begin before 12pm, including childwatch, have been cancelled.  We will resume programs and games at 12pm as scheduled. 

UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - WEATHER UPDATE #2 - SATURDAY, DEC 17
Saturday, December 17, 2016

WEATHER UPDATE - SATURDAY, DEC 17
Sports Leagues are cancelled for the rest of the day, due to icy and potentially dangerous road conditions and the cross-county travel that is required by many of our participants. 
Programs, other than group ex, that start at noon and after are running. 

Group exercise will run classes that begin at 10 AM or after. 
Childwatch will open at noon and stay open an extra hour today. Childwatch hours today are noon - 2PM.
QueenAx staff training is running as scheduled.

 

Oscar Lasko YMCA Facility and Weather Update for Saturday, December 17
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Our facility is currently open.  However, due to the current weather conditions, all programs and sports league games that are scheduled to begin before 12pm, including childwatch, have been cancelled.  We will resume programs and games at 12pm as scheduled. 

WEST CHESTER YMCA - PROGRAM and FACILITY UPDATE FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th
Saturday, December 17, 2016

 

Our facility is open.   Due to the weather event, Childwatch/YZone and ALL PROGRAMS will begin at NOON.   Childwatch/YZone will be open from 12-3 P.M.

 Here is our modified group exercise schedule for today:

NOON:               HIIT 45 (Gym) - Jen Durkan
                         Zumba (AR) - Paty
                         Cycle (CR) - Dierdra


1:15 PM             BODYPUMP (AR) - Denise
               Barre (MB) - Dierdra
UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA - WEATHER UPDATE - SATURDAY, DEC. 17
Friday, December 16, 2016

 

Facility will open as scheduled at 6:00 AM. There will be no programs and classes before 10:00 AM, including Group Ex classes. Child Watch will open at 10:00 AM.

 

Jennersville Holiday Hours 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Dec. 24: 6:30 am - 3 pm  

Regular Group Ex classes until 11am.

Child Watch open 8 am -12 noon.

Dec. 25: Closed

Dec. 31: 6:30 am - 3 pm  

Regular Group Ex classes until 11am.  

Child Watch open 8 am - 12 noon 

January 1: 9 am - 1 pm.  

Child Watch open during this time.

Group EX Schedule is as follows:   

    • 9:15 am - Family Friendly Cycle 
    • 9:15 am -Yoga/Meditation 90 (MB) 
    • 9:15 am - BODYCOMBAT (MP) 
Upper Main Line YMCA - Hot Tub Open
Monday, December 05, 2016
The Hot Tub on the A Pool deck has reopened.

 

Upper Main Line YMCA - Silver Sneaker Sessions
Friday, November 18, 2016

Attend one of these sessions to learn more about your membership options. 

Monday, 11/28/16 - 11:15 AM Dance Studio

Tuesday, 11/29/16 - 12:30 PM Group Ex Studio

Wednesday, 12/7/16 - 12:30 PM Dance Studio

Thursday, 12/8/16 - 12:30 PM Group Ex Studio and 6:00 PM Conference Room (3rd Floor Mansion)

 

Upper Main Line YMCA - Locker Room Update 11.18.16
Friday, November 18, 2016
Demolition on the south stair tower has begun! Estimated project completion date is December 30. In the meantime, the temproary locker room plan is:
  • MEN will be asked to use the Men & Boys Locker Room next to A Pool.

  • WOMEN will move to the former Senior Girls Locker Room next to the Mind Body Studio.

  • TRYING SOMETHNG NEW! PARENTS THAT NEED TO CHANGE CHILDREN, ages 8 & under, may utilize the former Girls room next to the gym. This room will provide an area in which parents of both genders can change children of both genders in the three private showers with attached private changing areas and the three additional private changing stalls. NOTE: ADULTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO CHANGE IN THIS ROOM AND PARENTS ARE ASKED TO RESPECT OTHERS BY USING THE PRIVATE STALLS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. This Children’s Changing Room will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 
    10:45-11:00 and 12:00-12:30
    The concept of a children's changing room is being launched on a trial basis. If it does not suit your family’s needs, please feel free to use the personal changing rooms. 
 
 
 
 
Grant to boost Y’s free swim lessons for Latino kids
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

WEST GROVE, June 1, 2016 – Free swimming lessons for some 100 area Latino children will be a reality this summer thanks to a recently secured grant and the Jennersville YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

The $6,000 award will help fund a project designed to increase water safety and skills among a population more prone to accidental drowning.

“We firmly believe that teaching children how to swim can have a generational impact,” said Denise L. Day, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. “You can literally change lives – even save lives – in entire families by reaching one child. We’re grateful for the opportunity to boost our outreach to a vulnerable population.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, some 1 in 3 American children drown daily, making it the second leading cause of death for children aged 5-14. Those figures are even more critical for Latino children because 6 in 10 cannot swim.

West Grove and Oxford have among the highest concentrations of Latino residents in Chester County. The U.S. Census reports that nearly 1 in 3 residents in these boroughs are Latino.

“We don’t want cultural barriers or financial barriers to prevent families from fully enjoying water-based activities that put so much fun into summer, and we certainly don’t want tragedies to occur if we’re in the position to help,” Day added. “This grant will allow us to do so much more to help our community.”

The grant, provided by the YMCA of the USA, bolsters existing efforts to prevent incidence of drowning among children. Annually, area Ys partner with local school districts, sponsors and donors to present the SPLASH/Safety Around Water initiative, where thousands of Chester County third graders receive free water safety and swimming instruction. NSM Insurance Group and Devault Foods remain among the Y's most committed partners in this cause. 

Modern swimming lessons began at the Y back in 1909. They were introduced as a means of helping the masses build confidence and skills in the water. The YMCA of Greater Brandywine continues that legacy.

Its swim instructors are renowned for their expertise and patience, helping people of all levels and abilities succeed, be they beginners or competitors. Lessons are offered on convenient schedules, with summer swimming programs soon set to begin. 

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine routinely provides underserved families with financial assistance for swimming lessons. To learn more about these and other scholarships available, contact the Jennersville Y at (610) 869-9622.

 

Focusing boys on healthier pursuits, YMCA hits the right notes with STRIDE
Friday, May 20, 2016

WEST CHESTER, May 20, 2016 – As hyper-competitiveness and distorted visions of masculinity increasingly are leading to social problems for boys ranging from over-aggressiveness and bullying to self-loathing and depression, navigating coming of age in this modern era requires different guidance than before.

Enter the YMCA of Greater Brandywine and its program to help address those concerns: STRIDE, standing for Success +Teamwork + Respect + Inspiration + Determination = Excellence in Character. It builds fun exercise and character-building initiative, with a twist.

As STRIDE reaches its fifth anniversary, it clearly has taken root not only in Chester County, but across the nation, where today thousands of boys – urban to rural – engage in the 10-week after-school program that seeks to bring out the best in each individual while instilling critical social skills and pride.

STRIDE cultivates self-improvement, self-confidence, group involvement, teamwork, relationship building, and community responsibility wrapped in fun forms of exercise, running, and cooperative games. The results have been stunning, said Denise L. Day, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

“Competition can be good, and it can be healthy, but it’s not necessary for every approach in life,” Day said. “But too often, that’s not the message our boys get, particularly when we frame discussions around success. 

“Through STRIDE, they can discover there are many routes to success, based on setting personal goals as well as supporting others in theirs,” she added. “The beauty of this program is that it helps boys to define themselves on values-based terms, not so much on what society says who they should be. And the response to that has been huge.”

A joint 5K event with Girls on the Run slated for June 4 at West Chester East High School demonstrates how far the program has come. From its start of barely a dozen or so boys, nearly 500 are expected to lace up their sneakers and head for personal bests at the 5K – while encouraging newfound friends, too.

All told, some 15 YMCAs across the country now run STRIDE programming, and the first non-Y facility is about to adopt the program, said Nate Robinson, who helped conceive the program.

The more people see and hear about STRIDE, the greater the potential it has to go even further, perhaps even becoming the international program that is Girls on the Run, Robinson said.

It’s certainly spreading, already in 15 communities nationwide, in places such as Mankato, Minn. and Wilmington, N.C., with new YMCAs and other community organizations calling for details.

After hearing about STRIDE at a national conference, YMCA of Metro Detroit’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Walters bounded home to jazz up Jacqueline Kippen, who coordinates youth running programs there.

Since starting with just 15 boys in 2013, Detroit’s program has ballooned to serving 500 boys this year.

“The boys in our program really benefit from the positive messages they receive about how to be a friend and striving for personal achievement,” Kippen said. “We address important issues with the girls, but the boys struggle with tougher pressure to fit into a certain image of manhood that does not allow them to be empathetic or caring.

“They always have to put up a front. We emphasize what it takes to be a whole human being,” she added. “This only gives boys an opportunity to express more than a macho exterior.”

Each 90-minute STRIDE session builds up to that larger goal through examining life lessons and the value of team cooperation. Through discussions, opening up honestly, boys are encouraged to ask and answer questions and to engage in activities that give those lessons meaning. Then, they run.

Under the guidance of volunteer coaches, participating boys strive toward improvement and excellence, each according to his skills and abilities.

“We teach and show boys how to be better and achieve more, and not to worry who is the fastest or most talented,” said Denise Day. “This isn’t a competition, and they don’t race.

“We encourage them to strive for and reach their best and enjoy the satisfaction and confidence that comes with that. That helps to build toward a better us.”

For details on participating or coaching, visit the STRIDE website.

YMCA’s youth running programs rev up to wind down with 5K run
Friday, May 13, 2016

WEST CHESTER, May 12, 2016 – More than 1,500 girls and boys from throughout Chester County will show the teamwork and confidence they’ve learned as two important YMCA of Greater Brandywine after-school programs end their season with a 5K event set for 9 a.m. June 4.

The Y’s largest classes of participants ever for Girls on the Run and STRIDE will lace up their sneakers and put their lessons in action during the family fun event at West Chester East High School, 450 Ellis Lane, in West Chester. The public is invited to come out and cheer on the students.

“We’re incredibly proud of the young people who not only chose to participate in these programs, but also dedicate themselves to the ideals of teamwork, self-improvement and goal-setting,” said Denise L. Day, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

“These programs showcase the Y’s commitment to healthy living, youth development and social responsibility,” Day said. “The skills and values these students gain here will be a part of them for the rest of their lives, and the growing number of participants shows we’re making a real impact."

Nearly 1,100 girls and almost 500 boys will take part in the 5K – record enrollment for the Y. 

Both programs help students redefine personal accomplishment by encouraging participants to reach individual goals athletically while working with others to achieve mutual success and satisfaction. The programs boost and channel the energy found in sports without the pressures of competition.

Girls on the Run, established in 2007, is an international program that uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. A second component, Heart & Sole, focuses on middle school girls, many of whom face intense social pressures ranging from acceptance to body image. The self-confidence and permission to explore broader ways of thinking make the program help girls at a vulnerable time achieve lasting success.

STRIDE – Success +Teamwork + Respect + Inspiration + Determination = Excellence in Character – operates under a similar framework, but for elementary and middle school boys. Developed in 2010 by the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, it promotes community responsibility and working together as core values. The number of boys running marks a significant increase from last June, when 320 boys were enrolled in.

For 90 minutes twice a week after school, students engage in running and other exercises, combined with discussions of cooperation, service to the community, good nutrition, resisting substance abuse and positive body image. At least two volunteer coaches, often teachers or parents, work with the children at each site. Program alumni have been known to stay with the programs as junior coaches.

Participants celebrate their advancements and achievements at the 5K, sharing them with family, coaches, and teachers who have been working with them and encouraging them during their 10 weeks of training. Many will be at the event cheering from the sidelines; others may run alongside them.

“Emphasis is not placed on running the fastest or coming in first,” said Nate Robinson, who helps coordinate the Y’s youth running programs. “This is an event, not a race. Competition is downplayed. The goal is to reach the finish line at a girl or boy’s own pace.

“Our aim is the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in training for a task and completing it,” he added.

For event or program details, call 610-643-9622, ext. 2138 or 2109.

YMCA to debut new 50 m outdoor pool
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BERWYN, May 3, 2016 – After an exciting fundraising campaign, the Upper Main Line YMCA is set to unveil its 50 m outdoor pool at an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 12. The full opening will take place May 13, weather permitting.
This will be one of the few pools of its size available in Chester County – or the region – and people are excited to have it, said Denise L. Day, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. 

“The fact that the Y was able to bring this state-of-the-art pool to the community is a testament to our dedicated volunteers and members who raised and donated the funds to make this happen,” Day said. 

“Not only will our renowned swim teams get a boost from this new feature, but the same holds true for all our members – from our active older adult swimmers to those swimmers with diverse abilities,” she said. “This pool truly is a shining star for the county and a proud addition to the Y. Our members are just ecstatic.” 

A yearlong campaign raised the $1 million to replace a nearly quarter-century old above-ground pool with a solid, six-lane in-ground one. 

Gone is the vinyl liner pool with aging wooden decks. Today, a gleaming pool complete with a concrete deck, two accessibility lifts and starting blocks at both ends lies nestled on the tree-lined grounds of the Upper Main Line Y.  
It’s the crown jewel of the branch’s six-pool aquatics center, where swim lessons and water-based classes for tots through seniors as well as swim practices and meets occur with regularity. This addition will expand options for recreational swimmers and other programming at the Y as well as regional competitions. 
The ribbon-cutting will conclude with a ceremonial first swim by an assortment of UMLY members. Chillier than normal spring air won’t crimp the good times, since the pool is warmed. It will operate through October, allowing swimmers to extend their outdoor swimming season.

Strong project management and a mild winter helped power the project forward in record time. But it was the energy and devotion of the capital campaign team that was at the heart of this success, said Jay Bellwoar, a member of the Y’s board of directors and chief technology officer of Colonial Electric Supply. 

“The UMLY swim community is very strong, and we’re lucky to live in a community that values such an experience,” Bellwoar said. “The UMLY competitive swimming is strong nationally, and getting to practice in an outdoor 50 m pool is one of the reasons.  
“It's a tremendous draw for top swimmers and a big reason so many local kids develop into world-class performers,” he added.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine Aims to Bring Out the Wow! Factor in Local Kids During 25th Annual Healthy Kids Day®
Monday, April 18, 2016

WEST CHESTER, APRIL 18, 2016 – On Saturday, April 30, the YMCA of Greater

Brandywine is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their
minds and bodies active.

This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s
national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and
families.  The day-long event features
activities such as moon bounces, obstacle courses, family games, arts and
crafts, face painting, healthy snacks and cooking demonstrations to motivate
and teach families how to develop healthier routines at home.  

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at more than 1,300 Ys across the country by more
than 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning,
creating habits that they continue all summer long, which is a critical time
for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that
prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without
access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind
academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school
year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to
let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y hopes to focus on
wowing them with their potential and make this their best summer ever by
staying active and learning.

“The Y believes in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find the
Wow! factor inside themselves,” said Denise Day, CEO of the YMCA of Greater
Brandywine “A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is
a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in
spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y also offers the following tips to
help families develop healthy habits:

    • High
           Five the Fruits and Veggies –
           Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number
           nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to
           keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least
           one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
    • Foster an
           Early and Ongoing Passion for Books
           – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every
           stage of their development.
    • Team Up
           for Athletic Events – Set a
           family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events
           like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
    • Volunteer
           Together – Find a cause that
           matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the
           rich rewards that come from making a difference.
    • Make
           sleep a priority – Doctors
           recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours
           per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in
           maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning
           and other vital functions.

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Healthy Kids Day will take place at various community sites
across Chester County. Times and specific locations vary by branch, beginning
at 10 a.m. at some and lasting until 2 p.m. For
details, visit www.ymcagbw.org/hkd.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by Krapf Bus Company, Nemours Alfred I. DuPont
Hospital for Children and Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation.

Lionville Riptide, area Y swimmers, take championship season to national competition in N.C.
Thursday, April 07, 2016

 

LIONVILLE, April 4, 2016 – After recently placing first among squads from YMCAs across Pennsylvania, the Lionville Riptide swim team certainly earned its trip to Greensboro, N.C. to compete for national accolades against Y’s throughout the United States.

Accompanied by head coach Andrew Beggs and assistant coach Riccardo Masiero, 10 girls and six boys from the Lionville Community YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, will strive to achieve personal bests and excel in team events.

The 2016 YMCA Short Course Nationals span this week, with the winners being crowned Friday.

 

“The nationals are the highest level of competition in the YMCA program,” Beggs said. “The qualifying standards are high, and we believe we have a chance to make a good showing.”

 

Parents of the swimmers are also part of the Lionville contingent, which is representing the association.  

 

Beggs, in his third year as head coach, said he inherited a good program. It’s one he and his staff continue strengthen by stressing technique, working on individual strengths, improving deficiencies and keeping his teams working hard during intense practice sessions. Some swimmers train six days a week, but they all concentrate on fun as well as keeping their pool time efficient and productive.

 

“Everyone has heard the phrase, ‘Practice makes perfect,’” Beggs said. “My version is ‘Perfect practice makes perfect.’

 

“That means a swimmer has to learn the basics. You can’t just swim any way you want. There’s a correct way.  Our program concentrates a lot on a swimmer’s development.”

Making success happen means a lot of drills with a focus on physiology in order to master the basics and instill muscle memory. It’s a regimen that begins with even the youngest kids to jump into the pool. But it’s wrapped in approaches that appeal to children so they both retain and enjoy the lessons.

“You can’t talk about surface tension or muscle memory to a child,” Beggs added. “Even with the older swimmers, we try to keep things from being tedious so we keep their interest.

“Success is fun, and we strive for that.”

 

Rachel Carroll, president of Lionville’s Swimmers’ Parent Association, endorses the emphasis on technique. She’s seen the progress made by both her son, Aiden, 13, and daughter, Chloe, 7, because of it.

 

“You have to swim pretty before you can swim fast,” Carroll said. 

Chase Darden, head coach of the Kennett Y Swim Team, also serves as the Swim Champion for the nine branches comprised by the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

 

Darden said coordination between the coaches of the various programs makes the entire system strong.

 

“Our goal in all the programs is to enhance the lives of all who participate in them. Success in our programs has impact on the entire community,” Darden said. “The Y’s core goals are caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

 

“The swimming program reflects them in the way we develop swimmers and leaders.”

 

YMCA Board Approves Closure of Great Valley Site
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

YMCA board approves closure of Great Valley site
Express Y facility to cease operations on June 17

WEST CHESTER, March 29, 2016 – The YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s board of directors recently approved the closure of their Great Valley site, effective June 17.

The facility operates in leased space in a Malvern office park. Great Valley's 21 part-time staff and its members were notified in person and by mail after the board’s vote. 

All are expected to migrate to branches across the Y association, Y leadership said. 

There are three Y branches within eight miles of Great Valley – Lionville, Upper Main Line and West Chester – Airport Road.

While a difficult decision, the facility didn’t meet projected growth goals, said Denise L. Day, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

The facility opened in late 2010.

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is a leading Chester County nonprofit charity dedicated to strengthening community through programs that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more visit, www.ymcagbw.org.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine Announces Partnership with Nourish Mobile Market
Thursday, March 03, 2016


WEST CHESTER, March 1, 2016 -- While the rate of chronic disease continues to climb, there remain a few

powerful tools to decrease your risk of disease onset – one is healthy eating. The YMCA of Greater Brandywine continues to strive to support healthy living for all community members and is proud to partner with Nourish Mobile Market to
make fresh, healthy foods more accessible to everyone – and a healthy, balanced life closer to reality.

"This is such a natural partnership, aligning our commitment to healthy living with
our ongoing service to both our members and the broader community."Sometimes, the difference in
making more healthful choices boils down to access and convenience. Teaming up with Nourish allows us to help break down those kinds of barriers and increase opportunities for healthier outcomes for all, “said Denise Day, CEO of YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

According to the United States’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, healthy eating is a critical component in preventing chronic diseases like obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and even some cancers. This partnership with Nourish will enable Y members, as well as all in the community, to have easier access to fresh, in-season, locally-sourced and affordable foods.

Nourish’s food trailers will visit six of the Y’s branches on an every other week schedule – Brandywine, Jennersville, Kennett Area, Lionville Community, Upper Main Line and West Chester Area. For details visit www.ymcagbw.org/nourishmobile.

Nourish visits began in February and despite the wet and snowy start has already seen both Y and community members excited
with this new and convenient way to get healthier food selections for themselves and their families.

March is National Nutrition Month and with the warm weather on its way there’s no better time to come out and see
all the delicious and healthy food options Nourish Mobile has for you and your
family.



YMCA of Greater Brandywine Hosts Public Viewing of Addiction Documentary with Kacie’s Cause and PRO-ACT
Thursday, March 03, 2016

WEST CHESTER, February 29, 2016 -- While the stats may be grim – with some 22 million Americans suffering from addiction and only 1 in 10 ever receiving treatment –the YMCA of Greater Brandywine is working to offer help and hope to those impacted by the grip of addiction.

Partnering with Kacie’s Cause and the Chester County Chapter of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT),the Y will host a public screening of TheAnonymous People, a riveting documentary about the 23.5 million Americans
living in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

The screening, appropriate for ages 16 and up, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Jennersville Y, 880 W.
Baltimore Pike, West Grove.  A question-and-answer session with an expert panel will follow the film.

This event will be closed to media to ensure privacy and foster open dialogue.

“Too often, this issue gets swept under the rug, leaving too many people hurting across our community, often times in silence,” said Denise Day CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. “We can help make a real difference by convening the dialogue and providing valuable resources to those who are dealing with addiction. It aligns powerfully with the Y’s mission to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

With much of today’s media attention on glamorizing addiction, The Anonymous People takes a different angle - highlighting inspiring stories of those who can – and do – recover. It’s a message well worth sharing, Day said.

 

“Every day, we support community members on their journey to achieve total wellness, for body, mind and spirit – no matter their background or challenges,” Day said. “Knowing what is possible, that there are people rooting for you and your success, can be the difference. We are proud to partner with Kacie’s Cause and PRO-ACT to help encourage and protect kids and families in Chester County.”

Opioid abuse is at an all-time high and leads the way
in death from drug overdose with heroin usage more than doubling for youth
between 18 and 25 years of age. National numbers on death by
overdose reached 47,000 in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.

Those figures hit even closer to home as some 1 in 4
families suffer from addiction in Pennsylvania, and rates of drug-related
deaths exceed the national average.

A statement released by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office addressed the deadly heroin
epidemic in Chester County. Heroin touches so many lives right here in Chester
County - all ages, races, income levels and living situations. There are
students in all of the Chester County high schools using heroin. No one is
immune. Heroin is here and destroying families.

With much of today’s media attention on glamorizing
addiction, The Anonymous People takes
a different angle - highlighting inspiring stories of those who can – and do –
recover. It’s a message well worth sharing, Day said.

“Every day, we support community members on their journey to achieve total wellness, for
body, mind and spirit – no matter their background or challenges,” Day said. “Knowing
what is possible, that there are people rooting for you and your success can be
the difference. We are proud to partner with Kacie’s Cause and PRO-ACT to help
encourage and protect kids and families in Chester County.”

Be a part of a community of support, recovery and action in the battle against addiction. For
details, call (610) 869-9622, ext. 2546.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine Honors Dedicated Employees
Thursday, March 03, 2016

WEST CHESTER, February 26, 2016 -- The YMCA of Greater Brandywine hosted their 2nd annual
Celebration of Excellence on Feb. 4 at the Mendenhall Inn. This event
celebrates Y employees and their commitment to the Y’s mission as well as
honors those employees who particularly exemplify these traits.

The YMCA nurtures the potential of youth, promotes healthy living and fosters a
sense of social responsibility ensuring all in Chester County can participate
in the many life-changing programs the Y offers.

“This is my favorite event of the year,” said CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine,
Denise Day. “It gives us the chance to honor and thank our staff for their
unwavering dedication to the Y’s mission. Our committed staff make us who we
are and we couldn’t serve the community as well as we do without them.”

One of the most coveted awards presented is the Dedicated Service Award. It is
bestowed upon a Y employee who has at least ten years of service, demonstrates
an ongoing commitment to the Y’s mission, consistently exhibits Y values and
has made a positive and long-lasting contribution to Y programs and members.

This year’s Dedicated Service Award was presented to a long-time Y staff member whose
dedication to local youth clearly demonstrates the Y’s mission to youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility

Glenda Masten, a 21-year Y employee, was honored for her continued commitment to the
youth of the community through her work in the gymnastics program at the Oscar
Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center.

“Coming to work for the Y’s gymnastics program 21 years ago was one of the best
decisions I’ve made.” Masten said. “I worked as a coach at another gym but
coaches were unfriendly to each other and even to their own gymnasts. Working
at the Y is different. Everyone lives the Y values and we instill these
important character traits in our gymnasts.”

Masten has been involved in the gymnastics program for her entire tenure at the Y and
spearheaded the Y’s Annual Winter Gymnastics Show, now in its 18th year.
This show enables even the youngest aspiring gymnast to get a taste of
performing and experience the reward of working towards goals and being part of
a community that celebrates their hard work.

“One of the reasons I’ve stayed with the Y for so long because of the nurturing
learning environment it provides for so many children. Children are encouraged
to do their very best not just in gymnastics or another sport but in everything
they do,” Masten explained.

Knowing I make a difference in children’s lives keeps me coming back year after year.
There’s just no better feeling.”

The Y offers many programs that support positive development in youth. As the
number one childcare provider in the nation, the Y gives youth the opportunity
to learn in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment while their parents
work. There are also programs for teens to be engaged on weekends and after
school hours when the risk for delinquent behavior is at its highest. Kids get
valuable water safety lessons through the Y’s Safety Around Water program and
parents of the 1 out of 10 kids who are home alone every summer get peace of
mind knowing their kids are happy, safe and engaged in Y summer camps.

There’s something for everyone at the Y. There are hundreds of exercise options for all
ages and fitness levels from preschool to seniors, opportunities to take part
in organized community service events as well as enrichment programs like the
arts, environmental education, sports and more.

“Our employees and their steadfast dedication to our mission is the fabric that
holds our community together,” said Joe Tankle, director of planned giving at
the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

100 years from now the Y will continue to deliver programs and services to the
people in the community who need it the most.”



 



West Chester Area YMCA Introduces New, Flexible, Family Membership
Friday, February 19, 2016

The West Chester Area YMCA branch, on Airport Rd., and Oscar Lasko YMCA and ChildcareCenter on Chestnut St., announced a new initiative specifically designed forbusy, budget-conscious families – equal to or less than the cost of a trip tothe movies with snacks.
The Weekend Family Membership, which kicks off on Feb.6, gives families’ facilityaccess to the Airport Road  and ChestnutStreet Y all day Saturday and Sunday for only $79. Families can enjoyfamily-friendly fitness classes together, take part in fun pool games and catchsome air in the moon bounce. Child Watch services will also be available.


According to a study published in Family Relations:Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, when familiesregularly spend time in leisure activities, they experience greater emotionalbonds within the family. However, today’s often frantic pace of life, makesachieving this important family time challenging. That’s where the Y, with itsmission of strengthening families, will play a new role.
“In our continued mission to improve the health and well-being of everyone in thecommunity, we reached out to families and listened to what they needed to makelife better,” said Denise Day, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.
The resounding answer was an affordable place to go on the weekends where theycould get active and have fun as a family, especially among our younger families,where mom and dad may be early in their career and not have a lot offlexibility during the week,” Day said. “This initiative will help meet those needs.”


Available only at the West Chester Area Y and Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center, thismembership plan will give families with hectic weekday schedules an affordableplace to go for family-focused activities and exercise on the weekends.
“We have many wholesome, fun weekend activities planned and are excited for families to comeout and enjoy them,” said Teri Edgar, executive director of West Chester AreaYMCA. “Weekends at the Y are theperfect time for families to meet other values-minded families, get active withtheir kids and re-discover weekend fun.”


For details visit or call the West Chester Area Y at 605 Airport Road (610-431-9622) or theOscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center at One East Chestnut Street (610-696-9622).

 

YMCA of Greater Brandywine Kicks Off Annual Campaign at CTDI
Friday, February 19, 2016


The YMCA of Greater Brandywine held its 2016 annual campaign kick-off at CTDI on Feb. 11. Leo Parsons, CommunicationsTest Design, Inc. (CTDI) president and COO, will spearhead this year’s campaign, with the goal to raise $1.3 million.
Local community business leaders as well as campaign volunteers representing thebranches came together to pledge their support to the campaign, which makesvital, life-changing programs available to families and children in ChesterCounty who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them.


“Tonight is a great night. We are really excited and proud of all we are going to do forthe community. There are a lot of Y stories. When you hear these stories, you’llbe inspired,” said Bob Shope, board chair for the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.
That’s why we’re here, to make sure there are more great Y stories and to insure thatall kids and families have the chance to be healthy and strong, have a place tobe active and encouraged on their journey without the roadblock of cost.”


Despite Chester County being the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania, many families andchildren are in significant need. Funds raised provide programs and services thatwithout the Y’s support would not be available.


Kids learn vital water safety lessons to help prevent them from drowning in theSafety Around Water program, which last year reached thousands of children in ChesterCounty. The 1 out of 10 kids home alone in the summer get the opportunity todiscover the fun of summer camp where they make friends, learn new skills andexperience character building lessons every day. In 2015, close to 5,000 kids,who otherwise would be home alone, had fun in summer camp.


Leo Parsons, campaign chair, talked about the reason ‘why’ he finds it so importantto support the work of the Y in the community,
“For me, it’s the kids. Every child in the county needs access to learn to swim orgo to camp or be with other families and kids in a safe environment. I didn’trealize until my wife, Maryanne, started taking our own kids to the Y all ofthe services it provides and the impact it can have on a family. All of thismade me think even more, that this is where I really want to be involved andhave an impact” said Parsons.

To give or learn more about the annual campaign, visit www.ymcagbw.org/donate/giving.

Spring Registration Opens for Girls on the Run, Heart & Sole and STRIDE
Monday, February 08, 2016



SpringRegistration Opens for Girls on the Run, Heart & Sole and STRIDE

WEST CHESTER, February 5, 2016 - Winters mean boredom, cabin fever and for many kids, a lack of physicalactivity. Spring is just around the corner - time for outdoor sports and fun! Get your kids geared up for spring and back into the swing of being active with fun, experience-based curriculum programs that creatively integrate running withcharacter-building lessons – Girls on the Run, Heart & Sole and STRIDE.Registration for all spring programs opens on Feb. 8 at 6 a.m. – don’t let yourkids miss out!


Both Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole are run by the YMCA of Greater Brandywine at more than 50 elementary schools in Chester County.This year, the program is slated to serve its ten thousandth girl in Chester County since its start nine years ago. STRIDE is a program exclusive to the YMCA of Greater Brandywine and is celebrating its 5th successfulyear.


“We are excited to be celebrating theseimportant milestones this year with Girls on the Run and STRIDE” said Nate Robinson, Girls on the Run and STRIDE Program Coordinator at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, “Serving our ten thousandth girl in Chester County, through Girls on the Run, is an accomplishment we are proud of and are dedicated to reaching even more young peoplein the years to come.”
Studies show that when kids stay active they do better academically and emotionally.Exercise promotes optimal health and well-being while decreasing chances ofchronic disease as well as depression and anxiety.  Children who exercise become active adultswho live healthier, happier lives.


Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole are curriculum-based programs that inspire girls ingrades 3 through 8 to be joyful, healthy and confident by innovativelycombining coach-led discussions and lessons with running. Girls on the Run focuseson elementary school girls in grades 3 through 5, while Heart & Sole isspecifically geared for middle school girls in grades 6 through 8. STRIDEis exclusively for boys in grades 3 through 5 and also guides them in vitalcharacter-building lessons as well as prepares them for the culminating 5K runin which all participate.  


Participating in the 5K gives kids a sense of accomplishment, many have not known before. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the kids realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
These programs, led by trained parent-coaches meet at participants’ elementaryschools twice per week for 90 minutes for Girls on the Run andHeart & Sole and 75 minutes for

STRIDE. The programs runfor 10 weeks. If your child’s school does not currently have one of theseprograms you can start one.
To learn more or register visit GOTR/H&S or contact JoyZdebski at 610-643-9622,ext. 2138 or jzdebski@ymcagbw.org (Girlson the Run or Heart & Sole). For STRIDE visit STRIDE or contact NateRobinson at 610-643-9622, ext. 2109 or nrobinson@ymcagbw.org.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine Kicks Off Annual Campaign
Monday, February 08, 2016

YMCA of Greater Brandywine Kicks Off Annual Campaign


WEST CHESTER, February 5, 2016– The YMCA of Greater Brandywine will kick off its annual campaign at CTDI onFeb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Leo Parsons, CTDI president and COO, will spearhead thisyear’s campaign, with the goal to raise $1.3 million.
The kickoff will welcome hundreds of volunteers from the Y’s nine branches and getthem pumped up for the upcoming campaign. Parsons will announce the campaignchallenge and talk about why the work of the Y is vital for the community.
“We look forward to a successful campaign in 2016 and encourage all in thecommunity to learn more about the Y and our impact right here in Chester County,”YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President MaryBurns said.
“Many don’t realize that the Y is a one of the most effective andenduring charitable organizations in the country, making valuable, life-changingopportunities available to all in the community.”

“The efforts and generous contributions of our volunteers, community partners and donors make itpossible for the Y to continue to advance our mission to support youth andfamilies,” Burns added.
The campaign raises funds enabling the Y to provide scholarships for families andchildren in Chester County. These scholarships make it possible for children tohave somewhere safe and nurturing to be while parents work and give students aplace to get homework help, nutritious meals and engage in character-buildingactivities after school. Last year, more than 13,000 families receivedassistance to participate in these programs.


Funds raised also help prevent kids from drowning with the Safety Around Waterprogram, which last year reached thousands of children in Chester County. Italso provides the 1 out of 10 kids who are home alone in the summer, theopportunity to discover the fun of summer camp where they make friends, learnnew skills and experience character building lessons every day. In 2015, closeto 5,000 kids, who otherwise would be home alone, had fun in summer camp.


“For so many, the Y is place they can go to and feel safe, surrounded by others with shared values and experiences,”Parsons said. “For others, they are given the opportunity to learn invaluablelife lessons and skills at the Y, such as learning to swim or building readingand writing skills over the summer.


“The need for financial assistance throughout Chester County exists, and theimportance of this annual campaign is greater now than ever,” he added.


To give or learn more about the annual campaign, visit www.ymcagbw.org/donate/giving.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine to Host Martin Luther King Day of Service Events
Friday, January 08, 2016

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine will take part in the 21st
Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. On January 18,
nearly 500 volunteers will gather at Y branches and service project sites with
one aim – to give back to the community and make it a little better for all.

Projects range from St. Paul’s Baptist Church members
reading to children at the Oscar Lasko YMCA in downtown West Chester to the
Helping the Homeless project in Kennett Square and making Valentine’s cards for
the sick in Jennersville. Activities at each branch represent a variety of ways
to help improve lifein Chester
County and reflect the Y’s mission.

“We are proud to be a part of this nationally recognized day of service and excited to know that
volunteers from across the county will be joining to help us with the work we
do,” Denise Day, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. 

“With an event like MLK Day, the Y is the perfect starting point. For many families and children in
Chester County, life can – and does – change for the better when they walk
through our doors," Day said. "Getting the chance to be a part of
that, up close, while making a commitment to the health of the broader
community, is what this holiday is all about.”

Nearly 60 years ago the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
posed life’s most persistent and urgent question, “What are you doing for
others?”

It is a call to action the Y answers daily – be that by making
quality childcare affordable to working parents, Togetherhood teams making home
repairs for seniors, giving people the resources to beat chronic health
conditions and so much more. The Y serves to strengthen the foundations of
community.

To learn more about specific branch MLK Day events, visit
www.ymcagbw.org/mlk-service.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine Announces Branch Name Change at Downtown West Chester Location
Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center in downtown West Chester announced the name change of the facility; Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center. This change is effective immediately.

“While we serve thousands of youth each month, this
facility is a full-service YMCA, with something for the whole family to enjoy.
It just seemed more appropriate to give it full YMCA status,” Denise Day, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine said. “There are two gyms, a fitness center, a gymnastics center, racquetball courts and beautiful locker rooms.”

“Childcare does remain a strong focus
for us here, though. We have our licensed childcare center as well as the
Believe and Achieve after-school program and licensed kindergarten,” she added.

This Chestnut Street facility is one of the two branches that serve the West Chester
community. The other branch is on Airport Road. The facility’s namesake, Oscar
Lasko of Lasko Products Inc., is a longtime supporter of the Y in West Chester.

“As a young boy, Oscar was welcomed
at the Y and spent many a day swimming the pool or playing in the gym,” Day
said. “He has been a tremendous supporter of our work with borough children,
both in fitness and education. He often shares that he believes we should build
more YMCAs for kids and families instead of building jails, and we agree with
him.” 

Also new for 2016 at the Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare
Center, is Child Watch for all family Y members beginning on January 4, 2016.
Parents and caregivers of children aged 6 weeks to 11 years can work out while
their children enjoy fun, supervised care for up to two hours a day. New
signage reflecting the name change is expected to be completed by mid-January.

Will Your College Student Be Home For Winter Break? Help Them Stay Active!
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Help your college student stay active and beat boredom with a 30 day YMCA of Greater Brandywine membership for just $30. During these 30 days they can work out in our state-of-the-art fitness center, decompress in a heated yoga class, challenge themselves in one of our Les Mills GRIT classes or sculpt long, lean muscles in a barre class.

Sign up between December 12 and 31st at any YMCA of Greater Brandywine branch.

Why You Should Commit To Your Health In 2016?
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It’s time to rediscover you; what you like, hobbies from days gone by, new interests, activities and friends. Giving you more opportunities to get active and healthy, learn new things and find camaraderie is our mission at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. With unique program offerings you’ll find activities you forgot you loved and explore new ones.

Commit to Your Health:

Research shows making a commitment to a goal makes a person more likely to achieve that goal. Busy schedules and life challenges associated with making healthy lifestyle changes can interfere with achieving goals. By making a commitment to stick with it and take advantage of the support and resources the Y has to offer for a full year, a member is more likely to achieve their goals. Lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, help to reduce your risks for chronic diseases and improve your quality of life.

Discover the Y:

  • Restore energy when you work out in our state-of –the-art fitness centers
  • Find new ways to exercise with program offerings like Gentle Yoga and Fitness Lite
  • Refresh in our pools with free swim and group exercise classes gentle on joints
  • Join an environmental education class and reconnect with nature
  • Explore your creative side with art or music classes
  • Connect with new friends at one of our social events geared for active adults;  Bridge games, monthly luncheons, afternoon teas and more
  • Give back to the community with our numerous volunteer opportunities

Come tour the Y and meet with expert Y staff. See how we are more than just a gym and experience all we have for you! Join during 2016 and we will waive the joiner fee as our gift to you! Learn more at www.ymcagbw.org/commit-to-your-health

Resolution Revolution: Create A New Year's Resolution That Sticks!
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Each year, millions of Americans turn the calendar to the New Year and make resolutions. But without breaking these goals down into smaller milestones, it can be easy to lose momentum. In fact, a 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions throughout the year. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!

This year, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one.

Reframing your goals in a positive way can also help you stick to them. You may want to limit your screen time in 2016, but that can be more manageable if you replace the time with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family. 

Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day—or even the week—that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Change is a process and bad days are part of that—bad habits didn’t appear overnight, so changing them will take time and patience.

Below are four tips the YMCA of Greater Brandywine recommends to help 2016 New Year’s resolutions stick.

  1. Start small. Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only have it a few times a week. Or trade your two sodas a day for one soda and a glass of water.
  2. Take it one step at a time. Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month’s resolution. Focus on that one change for the month, and add another (small) change when the new month rolls around. 
  3. Choose an organization that focuses on a holistic approach to health. When it comes to adding healthy behaviors, like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find a place that keeps you motivated. Before committing to a membership, take a tour of local gyms to find the best fit for you. Your facility should not be just a gym, but a community organization that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity.
  4. Talk it out. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals. Team up with someone to set your 2016 goals and help each other establish a game plan dedicated to achieving them. Set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other during the high points.

Learn how you can join the first membership challenge of 2016 at www.ymcagbw.org/resolution-revolution

A Christmas To Remember For 20 Believe & Achieve Kids!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

KING OF PRUSSIA, DECEMBER 22, 2015- This holiday season will be brighter for 20 local children and their families from West Chester. For these children, who participate in the Believe and Achieve program at the Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, it will be a Christmas to remember. 

76ers players, Jahlil Okafor and Isaiah Canaan, surprised these youngsters and told them of their $200 shopping spree at Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Okafor and Canaan escorted them as they shopped for gifts for family, friends and themselves. For many of these children, buying new gifts for others and getting something new for themselves, is something that wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration between the Believe and Achieve Foundation, the 76ers and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Shop with a Pro program.

Steffani Witmer, Executive Director of the Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center where these 20 children attend the afterschool program explained the importance of this event.

“This was an opportunity that these children don’t typically have. They were able to pick whatever they wanted for themselves and their families – something they’ve probably never been able to do before.  It was amazing to watch them take their time to make practical and thoughtful choices and help each other with these choices,“  Witmer said.

The Believe and Achieve Foundation, who made this event possible, helps to fulfill the needs of the low to moderate income families in Chester and Montgomery Counties. These children come to the Y after school to get homework help, healthy meals, socialize and learn important character-building traits from positive role models.  The goal is to empower and inspire children and families to realize their abilities, build their self-esteem and confidence that will serve them throughout their lives.

For these children, this was a once in a lifetime experience. And as exciting as it was for these children to have the chance to buy new items for themselves, many of them were more interested in finding a present for their parents or siblings.

JC Heavens, a participant loves football and basketball. He was excited about the chance to get a new item or two for himself,

“I’d really like a new football and Gatorade water bottle this year, because right now I don’t have them” he said before learning of the exciting shopping spree he was about to enjoy.

The Believe and Achieve Foundation, YMCA of Greater Brandywine, Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Philadelphia 76ers made this holiday season brighter for these local children so they too can experience the joy of the holiday season this year.

View pictures from this event at here

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine would like to thank the Believe & Achieve Foundation, Dick's Sporting Goods and the Philadelphia 76ers for supporting this event. 

Join us for Wellness Wednesday: Diabetes Prevention
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

 

Saturday, November 14 is WORLD DIABETES DAY to honor those suffering from diabetes and to increase awarness about this disease epidemic. Did you know 1 out of 2 people who have diabetes are undiagnosed? Scary right? 

To kick off World Diabetes Day, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine is offering a $1 joiner fee to new members from November 13 through November 15. Read more about promotion via Vista Today - Healthy Lifestyles Combat Diabetes.

To learn more about how to reduce the risk of type II diabetes and diabetes prevention, join us for our Wellness Wednesday events being held across the association. 

Brandywine - Join us in the lobby for diabetes information and prevention tips. Our dietician can talk with you about nutrition and prevention. Senior luncheon at 12:15 pm. 

Kennett - Join us in the lobby to meet with Fitchett Chiropractic talking about how chiropractic care can prevent Diabetes, Chris Mahoney, health educator and creator of Clarence the Carrot, talking about how eating fruits and vegetables can prevent Diabetes in children and Carmel Rickenbach, discussing how good nutrition prevents Diabetes.

Jennersville - Stop in from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm to speak with our Diabetes Educator. Information can also be found through our affiliates Jennersville Regional Hospital, WIC, and CPRS Physical Therapy with info/engagement tables around the building

Lionville - Associate Executive Director, Joe Rusiewicz and West Chester University Nutrition student can tell you How Much Sugar is in common beverages, foods and snacks. Join us for a hands on demonstration to show what the blood stream looks like when glucose is elevated versus normal. 

Upper Main Line - Join us in the lobby to learn more about diabetes and prevention tips. Staff are running small activities/games in the lobby while conducting body fat and BMI tests using our fat loss monitor.  

West Chester (Airport Rd) - Join the Chester County Hospital team members and our own dietitian, Janice Gardler, in the lobby to learn more about understanding the ABCs of preventing diabetes. Discuss a variety of topics to assist you and your family with living a healthier lifestyle. This Wellness Wednesday event will take place Wednesday, November 11th, from 10am to 2pm.

Youth Program Center (Chestnut St) - Join us from 4 to 6 pm to meet with a representative from the Chester County Hospital to learn more about Diabetes preventtion.

21 million Americans don't know they have diabetes, are you one of them?
Thursday, November 05, 2015

During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine Association is encouraging residents of to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.  

Statistics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that one in four Americans (86 million people) have prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it but with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

Reduce your risk!

Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Choose fish, lean meats and poultry without skin.
  • Aim for whole grains with every meal.
  • Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.
  • Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
  • Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight. 

To assess your risk and learn more about prevention, visit the American Diabetes Association's My Health Advisor to take the quiz!

 

Philadelphia 76ers and YMCA of Greater Brandywine Partner for an Unmatched Basketball Experience!
Thursday, November 05, 2015

" PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 4, 2015 –  The Philadelphia 76ers have announced the creation of the Junior Sixers League, presented by NovaCare, which will be the team’s biggest and most widespread youth basketball initiative ever.  With the aim of promoting basketball participation and development for youth ages 3-16 in the Delaware Valley, the Junior Sixers League, presented by NovaCare, will provide a fun and safe environment for over 5,000 youth in the region to learn and play basketball.  The Sixers have partnered with youth basketball leagues at Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA and YMCA of Greater Brandywine, creating League opportunities at 26 YMCA locations.  Interested League participants should contact their local Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA and YMCA of Greater Brandywine branch to register." 

Read more on this story.

Learn more about the YMCA of Greater Brandywine Junior Sixers League!

 

UMLY YBL Parents: New Basketball Season Dates
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Attention parents of children ages 3 to 16: UMLY's Youth Basketball Season dates have changed. The new season runs from October 26 through January 9. This replaces the season that formerly began in January. Registration is going on now. Hurry and sign up today to be sure your child is a part of the fun.

You're Invited....to Wellness Wednesday at the Y!
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Want to learn more ways to improve your health and the health of your family? Visit one of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s eight participating branches on the second Wednesday of September and November this year for helpful information about health and wellness topics. These events are free and open to all members of the community

Featuring a morning and afternoon informational session, each branch offers something different. On September 9, childhood health and wellness topics will be featured. Branches will host local health experts who will provide educational information about many important aspects of children’s health from packing a healthy lunch and exercise to nourishing snacks for your teen and how to prevent sports injuries. There will be games, dances and demos for all to enjoy.  

Our children are our future and with childhood obesity on the rise, it’s vital to get the information you need so your child can live a healthy life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in both children and adolescents over the past 30 years. Being obese or overweight increase the odds of being diagnosed with diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and mental health issues.

Head out to your local Y branch on Wednesday, September 9 for this free community event and find out what you can do to insure your child’s health for tomorrow.