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Celebrate Read Across America Day

Across the nation, on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, children and families will be coming together to nurture a love for reading.  In celebration of Read Across America Day on March 2nd, here are some tips to help get your child interested in reading: Setup a schedule that includes daily reading. Whether it’s before bed or after getting […]


The Peoria YMCA has a renewed commitment to developing strong, effective and impactful youth and family programs. Effective January 1st, Ellen Corbin accepted a new role for our YMCA, as the Director of Youth and Family Programs. This has been an area of significant need for our Y and I am very excited to have […]

Changes to SilverSneakers

Are you an older active adult, wondering about the changes with your health insurance company and what you are eligible for with your Y membership?  We are here to help you! Here are a few frequently asked questions: Did the SilverSneaker program go away? No, the Peoria YMCA is still offering SilverSneakers classes and memberships. […]

Take control of YOUR New Year’s resolutions!

As you change your calendar from December to January, there’s always a bit of a thrill in the promise of a new year that’s full of potential. The New Year provides a chance to start fresh and say goodbye to any of the frustrations the previous year held-a perfect opportunity to make resolutions that will […]

What’s in season this fall?

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons: the cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves, football, soups, and all the amazing fruits and vegetables that are in season! If you are like me and love pumpkin everything, sweet, juicy apples, and amazing soup recipes, then this post is for you! I […]

Diabetes Awareness Month

With 26 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes, there is no denying the magnitude of the problem. Learning about diabetes, the risk factors and how to take control of your health are areas where the YMCA can help. In this video learn what diabetes is, how you can find out if you are at risk, and […]

What happens when we plant & water the seeds?

They say that the best time of year to plant a tree is in the fall. I wanted to share with you a powerful message I came across recently. Have you ever thought of our youth as a type of “tree” and what can happen when we plant and water the seeds? Belong to something […]

FREE Trunk or Treat Event!

Join us for some spooky family fun on Friday, October 25, 2019! FREE EVENT! There will be: Trunk or Treat – 6-7:30pm (parking lot trick-or-treating for the kids) Bounce House, plus games & activities for the whole family Come early to enjoy a complimentary cookout! Free event for both our YMCA members and the community!

Tips to Prevent, Detect & Understand Breast Cancer

Chances are you may have already been impacted by breast cancer in some form. Breast cancer touches the lives of countless women, men, and families in the United States. Through early detection and diagnosis, understanding our risk factors, and by taking preventative measures we can reduce the impact breast cancer has in our community. What […]

The #1 reason your interview doesn’t get you the job…

In 2016 my college days were coming to a screeching halt. In high school, I had my five year plan. I was going to obtain an Associate’s Degree at a local community college, transfer to a four year school where I would obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy and then duh…I’d immediately be employed making […]

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