The Y Blog

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Stress Less this Spring Break

Spring Break is right around the corner, and for those of you in panic mode – stress no more! Did you know that the Peoria YMCA offers child care during Spring Break (March 30th – April 6th)? If your child is in kindergarten through 5th grade, they can join our school age group between the […]

Strength Training For Women

Strength training is one of the most important exercises women should do! Benefits  include stronger bones and heart, improved balance, easier weight loss and maintenance, and improved mood and sleep. It is designed to improve muscular fitness by exercising a specific muscle or muscle group against external resistance, including free-weights, weight machines, or even your own body […]

Annual Scholarship Fund Sends Kids to Camp

The Peoria YMCA is committed to making the Y accessible to everyone. More than 30% of the Y’s camp participants receive some sort of financial assistance. At the Y, it is our mission to turn no one away due to an inability to pay.  This year, we hope to do more – more scholarships for more kids to experience more Camp! The […]

Life’s Difficult Journey

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, my life was radically changed.  I arrived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Friday to help a friend move their furniture and planned to get back on the road early Sunday morning, but that trip would never happen. On Saturday, I suffered from a massive headache. That headache turned out to […]

Heart Healthy Nutrition & Soluble Fiber!

As we wrap up Heart Health month, I wanted this blog to focus on heart healthy nutrition. Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the US accounting for every 1 in 4 deaths that occur.  According to the Center for Disease Control, half of all Americans have at least one risk […]

The Top 5 Reasons to stop by the Front Desk!

1. You can get a sucker from us! Usually its just the kids from Tot Watch stopping by for a sucker…but we don’t believe in age discrimination here…so they are available for anyone! 2. We can help you sign in if you have forgotten your card, or help you download our mobile app so you […]

10 Ways to Unplug in 2018

Studies from comScore, eMarketer, and Flurry show that in 2017, the average American adult (18+) spent over four hours per day on their cell phone. That means that 1/6th of our day is spent staring at a hand-held device rather than interacting with those closest to us. That is also over 120 hours every month […]

New Year, New Goals, Now What?

Alright, so it’s been a few weeks since the beginning of 2018, and you’ve probably made some resolutions. How are you feeling about them so far? Super confident and motivated? Or are they already a thing of the past? If you fall under the latter, that’s okay. This happens to the majority of resolutioners, as […]

Take your son and do some man things!

When I got off work on Friday I got home a little earlier than normal. I was given the run down from my wife on how the past few days went since school let out for Christmas break. She informed me that my eight year old son was being difficult, argumentative, and…being a boy. Saturday […]

Valuing Peoria’s Volunteers

To Peoria YMCA member Carole Ackerman, instilling in her children and grandchildren the importance of volunteering is of utmost importance. Her family often recite 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” It is no wonder that last week Carole was the winner of the […]

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