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Elmwood is leading the charge for a new regional Rural Health and Wellness Center

A health hub concept in the Elmwood area is progressing to the next stage of development. Elmwood Community Foundation president Dick Taylor said the effort to build a Rural Health and Wellness Center for the region is years in the making. It began around 2014, when the foundation began talking about opening a fitness center. The idea evolved into something more after a visit to the Hopedale Medical Complex. “They have a fitness center within… Read Full Post

RiverPlex and Peoria YMCA members will have access to both facilities through expanded collaboration

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – A new community collaboration is now expanding access to health and fitness options in Central Illinois. On Dec. 31, a joint operations agreement between the Peoria Park District and OSF Healthcare Saint Francis will come to an end. Friday, the two organizations and the Greater Peoria Family YMCA announced a new expanded collaboration. “We’re stronger together and that really means we have to be creative, and we have to be committed… Read Full Post

Peoria YMCA Opens Bridge and Trail System

Peoria, IL – The Greater Peoria Family YMCA hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 26th at 12:30 PM to celebrate the grand opening of their new bridge and trail system located on their 59-acre property.  The Peoria YMCA invited all Peoria area community members to celebrate the grand opening and new era of outdoor health services for all at the YMCA.  Paul Larson, Senior Program Director at the Peoria YMCA, led the project.… Read Full Post

YMCA hosts grand opening for new bridge and trail system

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — After years of planning and teamwork, the YMCA hosted a grand opening for a new bridge and trail system Tuesday, Oct. 26. In addition to providing wellness opportunities and youth development opportunities, the trails help the YMCA develop its campus. Andy Thornton, president and CEO of the Greater Peoria Family YMCA, said, “The opening of this bridge, the small trail system that’s been developed, and the disc golf course represents a… Read Full Post

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Swim Lessons Save Lives

The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help kids learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely. The donor-supported Safety Around Water program is free to participants and is currently offered in partnership between the Greater Peoria Family YMCA and Peoria Public Schools, Peoria Park District and Peoria Area Water Wizards.