Category: Healthy Living

July 01, 2020
Have you been baking lately? Have you gotten caught up in the bake your own bread craze or making a sourdough starter? We’re all looking to try something new, and while it may sound fun, the thought of baking my own bread is somewhat exhausting! The very thought of yeast often has even the most experienced cook heading for the hills, but I’ve learned to trust the process. I’ve discovered… [...]
June 20, 2020
We’ve all been doing a lot of cooking at home as of late. And, as much as I’m a firm believer in the importance of an honest repertoire in the kitchen, I know we all get caught up in the foods that we’re comfortable cooking and eating. But that can start to get a little boring over time. Yet, there is something exhilarating about stretching beyond the familiar. Sometimes, we… [...]
June 11, 2020
As the school year winds down, it might be fun to do some more activities in your kitchen. Turning the kitchen into a classroom is a fun and easy way to bring STEAM education into your home (and this can last into the summer months as well!). I know that some of us have picky eaters to please, so when we can teach and enjoy the finished product with sparkling… [...]
May 28, 2020
During stressful times we all crave some comfort. Whether that comfort comes in the form of spirituality, family, exercise, or food it’s something that makes us feel good. It may remind us of a childhood memory, a relative, and for some of us, it could be nostalgic or a way to find our spiritual strength. For me, comfort comes in the form of food. Usually, I get comfort from cooking… [...]
May 20, 2020
We’re certainly living in a different world lately! And it’s becoming increasingly more important to take time to focus on ourselves as well as our families. At the Y, we often focus on the spirit, mind, and body connection. We have always known that focusing on our overall health should be an important part of our everyday life. But sometimes other tasks and obligations just get in the way. I’ve… [...]
May 08, 2020
As we’re trying to limit our trips to the grocery store and still map out meals for our family, cooking meals that can do double duty can make it a whole lot easier. Meals you eat once then repurpose later in the week as a different meal can be a lot nicer than just putting leftovers on the table. For example, roasted or grilled chicken on Monday may turn into… [...]
May 06, 2020
On May 2, 2020, the Florida State Alliance of YMCAs made community history! YMCAs across the state hosted the first-ever virtual Healthy Community Day for everyone to come together to share in some family fun while remaining safely apart. Because we’ve missed our members, program participants, and everyone else in our Y family, our staff put together a day full of learning, fitness, and fun for all ages. Check out… [...]
May 01, 2020
It's no secret that leftovers oftentimes end up getting forgotten. While you may be tempted to toss them in the trash before they get pushed back further and further into your refrigerator, keep in mind that leftovers are a great opportunity for a new meal or snack! It can be daunting to have to make new meals every single night, especially when you want to ensure your family is eating… [...]
April 10, 2020
Today, we’re talking about stretching, but not in the form of exercise—although a good stretch and a little bit of exercise in the morning can put a positive healthy outlook on the day ahead. Today we’re going to talk about stretching your meals! In these uncertain times, we may find ourselves with less on hand than normal, and thinking, “How can I make sure my family feels satisfied and full… [...]
April 05, 2020
When you’re unable to make a grocery run, it can be hard to put together healthy and delicious meals. However, eating healthy can still be simple and tasty if you have a few key essentials in your kitchen. These essential ingredients can be used to either substitute like-for-like ingredients in a recipe or to throw something together after a long day of work. The three categories of essentials are dry… [...]
April 03, 2020
If you’re home right now with the kiddos and looking for something that might inspire some learning, the kitchen is the perfect place. Cooking can teach math, science, and reading skills as well as spark artistry and creativity—plus, it’s fun for the whole family! We understand it’s hard trying to work from home and be a teacher for your children as well. So each week, we’ll share one or two… [...]
March 26, 2020
The foods we eat have a direct relationship to the way our bodies protect us from toxins and infections. And now—more than ever—we all want to have a healthy and strong of an immune system as possible. While it can be hard to avoid, anxiety and panic can actually weaken your immune system. People of all ages often don’t receive the proper immunity-boosting nutrients from food, and I understand how… [...]
March 19, 2020
Sometimes it feels like no matter how much or how long you spend at the grocery store, you always come home to a pantry that’s missing something. Especially now, when trips to the grocery store are getting more and more infrequent, you need a game plan to ensure that everyone in your house has something delicious and nutritious to snack on. So when you make that last grocery run before… [...]
February 17, 2020
February is often associated with love. Love comes from the heart, and that also translates to dedicating this month of the year to your heart health. Heart health is a very serious subject for me and my family and should be for yours as well. Even if you eat a balanced diet and exercise, family history and other factors contribute to heart health. In fact, on February 7, 2017, I… [...]
January 01, 2020
Welcome to the new year! January is a time for setting goals and setting budgets. Many of us will resolve to live healthier but will also worry about the impact on family finances. Here’s a secret: healthy eating doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Read on for tips for eating healthier on any budget: Consider store brands over national brands. Quite often they are exactly the same or pretty close… [...]
December 20, 2019
New Year’s resolutions are always fun to plan, especially the ones related to fitness. There’s something about a brand new calendar year that encourages a mental reset and an enthusiasm for trying new things. After celebrating the holidays and taking some well-deserved time to yourself, pop the tags off of those new workout clothes and get ready for another exciting year of self-discovery! Here are some tips I’ve learned over… [...]
December 05, 2019
Pies, cakes, cookies, and candy—oh my! What are we to do? ‘Tis the season for overeating, weight gain, and discomfort. All of which typically results in the short-lived, but oh-so-necessary, “New Year’s resolution.” A resolution is a great idea if you can stick with it, but we often find ourselves triggered by negative thoughts and questioning why we tried to have a resolution in the first place. Fortunately, you really… [...]
November 04, 2019
When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, knowing what you can make ahead and what needs to be made day-of can be a big challenge… and quite overwhelming! Chef Gary shares his game plan to reduce stress so you can focus on what matters most on Thanksgiving—cherishing family and friends. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, create your menu. Decide if you are going to: Make everything from scratch Buy… [...]
October 23, 2019
Did you know that fat is an important part of our diet? Our bodies actually need fat to survive! In fact, at a minimum, we should be getting 10% of our daily calories from fat. According to the USDA, a healthy adult’s daily fat intake should be 25-30% of their daily calories. But not all fats are equally healthy. So, what kind do we need? What kind should we limit… [...]
October 10, 2019
Making family lifestyle changes takes time and team work. It’s not something that has to happen overnight. Small changes here and there add up to lifelong healthy habits down the road. Here are five tips for making healthy eating fun for your family: Set Goals First, sit down as a family and set goals for your healthy eating plan. And remember, it’s not all about cutting “bad” foods out! It’s… [...]
September 13, 2019
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and an opportunity for our community to learn more about this serious health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in five children in the United States has obesity. Children with obesity are at a higher risk for other chronic health conditions including asthma, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. Obese children are also at a higher… [...]
September 04, 2019
The kids are back in school, and schedules are picking back up. Between work, school, homework, sporting events, music lessons, wellness routines, and spending valuable time together, you want to keep your family healthy, too! You know what you need to do: Eat more fresh fruits and veggies. Focus on whole grains and lean proteins. But actually making it happen? It’s sometimes a challenge, especially during the week! Here are… [...]
August 09, 2019
When you first look at a nutrition facts label, it’s easy to want to zero in on the calorie count alone. But remember, eating healthy is about eating the right food, not less food! There are many healthy foods that have a higher calorie count, just like there are many unhealthy foods that are marketed as “low calorie,” “low fat,” and “low sugar.” On every packaged food item, you will… [...]
July 22, 2019
An Easy Guide to Carbs There’s a good chance you’ve wondered about carbs at one point or another. With many conflicting sources of information out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, confused, and ultimately afraid when it comes to carbs! But don’t worry – we’ve made a simple guide for you.   Carbohydrates have long been a staple in the human diet. In fact, carbs are one of three macronutrients… [...]
June 07, 2019
With the arrival of warmer temperatures and higher humidity, it’s important to take extra steps to stay safe while exercising – both indoors and outdoors. When you exercise, your body temperature rises and your heart rate increases. Higher body temperature and heart rate coupled with hot weather makes hydration and rest even more important. Stay safe while exercising this summer with these five simple tips: 1. Hydrate before, during and… [...]
June 04, 2019
Maintaining a healthy family diet during the summer months can be a challenge. Summer is the time to kick back and unwind, but oftentimes, we also relax our efforts to keep our families healthy. With lots of backyard barbeques, July 4th celebrations and long days by the pool or at the beach to look forward to, it’s easy to overindulge on the not-so-healthy stuff all summer long. But don’t worry… [...]
May 07, 2019
Are you tired of adding more chicken and salmon to your salads to increase your protein intake? You aren’t alone. Eating more protein might seem tough, but it’s actually easier than you think! Along with healthy fats and complex carbs, protein is a macronutrient – so, it’s a very important part of your diet. Protein has been shown to help keep you full, speed up your metabolism and help you… [...]
March 22, 2019
The smell of flowers blooming, the warmer temperatures, more fresh seasonal fruits and veggies becoming available: All of this puts us in the mood to start our health journey and make a true commitment to ourselves. Just a few short months ago, we all tried to have a health renewal of sorts with our New Year’s resolution. In many cases, that resolution withers away until the end of the year,… [...]
October 09, 2018
Halloween is so much fun because it’s not like other nights during the year. Here are a few tips to have fun and stay safe for parents and children: After dark kids need to be able to see and be seen while watching out for cars and other traffic. Using a light colored costume will allow your child to be seen much easier. Adding reflective tape to your child’s costume is… [...]
September 14, 2018
Keeping your “diet” on track! Do you feel that you are on the “diet” yo-yo? You lose a few pounds, and then put them back on plus a few more. You “diet” and “diet” and think that you are being good but if you forget some of the small things that may just be the cause of keeping those extra pounds on. First, let’s forget about the word diet. Make… [...]

Back To School

August 08, 2018
Try it—You’ll Like It While sitting at dinner the other night with a group of friends, the conversation turned to talk about our children and the fun summer they have all had so far. We quickly realized, staring us straight in the face… it’s that time again. Yes, I am talking about back to school. We need to go shopping and buy all those supplies that are on the list,… [...]
June 27, 2018
I was recently in a discussion with a group of parents. The conversation started out by talking about “diets” and making lifestyle changes. The conversation quickly turned and the focus became healthy eating ideas that the whole family can enjoy. I was truly inspired at some of the great ideas brought up in the discussion. This group has got it! It is not about their individual “diet” and health, but… [...]
June 20, 2018
Hydrate to Beat the Heat It’s summer in Florida, which means extreme heat, high humidity and hydration challenges. Getting enough to drink is important whether you’re working out, traveling or just sitting in the sun. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the vessels to the muscles and it helps the muscles work efficiently. It also keeps your body temperature better regulated, joints more lubricated,… [...]
June 04, 2018
Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Them When I became a father 16 years ago, I could never imagine how I would relish in my daughter’s smile and how she would warm my heart every day. She’s a true inspiration. She gives me purpose in my life and inspires me to be a better person. Whether you’re a dad or male role model, you understand how special and rewarding… [...]
May 09, 2018
The Y Encourages Older Adults “Engage at Every Age” This May You are never too old to eat healthy, get active and social May is Older Americans Month and the YMCA of Central Florida is emphasizing the importance of being kind to yourself by getting active and involved, no matter where you are in life. We encourage you to “Engage at Every Age,” developing behaviors that are crucial to healthy… [...]
May 04, 2018
The month of May is centered on women’s health. So, if you haven’t done anything to take care of yourself lately, now is the time. Right now? YES! Right now, while you are reading this I want you to take a moment, stop, breath, and just be. Think about all that you are looking to accomplish. Better health, better food choices, relationships, spirituality, and anything else that comes to mind.… [...]
April 16, 2018
It’s 6:00pm, after a long day of work, and I have successfully picked up my kids from their grandparents, gotten my 7 year-old son changed and ready for Y soccer (after searching high and low for his cleats and shin guards, which we never can seem to find), convinced my daughter that, yes, she does have to go with us to his soccer practice, packed up her bike in the… [...]

Spring Renewal

April 11, 2018
If you really want to make some changes to your lifestyle spring is the perfect time to start fresh and get back to basics. How you ask? First let’s do some spring cleaning. Open up your fridge, freezer and pantry. Take a good hard look at what you have in there. Check for staples items. Click here for a list. Get rid of processed food stuffs that are high in… [...]
April 04, 2018
Register for Healthy Kids Day   With today’s families leading such stressful, hectic lives, it’s nearly impossible to make sure kids are getting enough time for exercise, reading and simple, old-fashioned outdoor fun.   In fact, according to the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, fewer than 20% of the nation’s children read books for fun, get enough exercise or eat adequate amounts of healthy foods. And with summertime just around the corner,… [...]
March 07, 2018
March is National Nutrition Month and what a great month it is. Spring arrives. Days are finally getting longer, the temperatures are beginning to warm up, and many of us start organizing and cleaning our homes. But spring cleaning is not just for your home anymore! It’s just as important for us to clean and brighten up other parts of our lives. Even if that New Year’s resolution did not… [...]
February 09, 2018
“Beans, greens, legumes, oatmeal…” smart food choices can help put you on a heart healthy track. Hear more from our Director of Healthy Eating, Chef Gary Appelsies, on Z88.3 Mornings with Ellis and Tyler as he discusses American Heart Month. [audio src-"020918-Heart-Health-YMCA.mp3"] [...]
February 05, 2018
With February being American Heart Month, we are focused on being heart healthy. “It’s really important to be physically active on a regular basis for the health of your heart,” says Kelly Prather, the YMCA of Central Florida’s Executive Director of Health Strategy and Member Experience. Hear more from Kelly’s radio interview with Ellis and Tyler from Z88.3 Mornings. [audio src-"020518-Heart-Health-YMCA.mp3"] [...]
January 31, 2018
Your heart is perhaps the most important muscle in your body. If your heart is not functioning properly, the organs in your body are not getting the proper amount of oxygen they need to function at their fullest. That’s their nutrition! And by supplying your body and your heart with foods that are healthful, your heart will pump rich, oxygenated blood through your veins and to the organs that help… [...]
January 15, 2018
It’s time again when we jump on the ever so popular resolution train. For many, those resolutions are around health and wellbeing. But, where do you start? Does a healthy lifestyle begin at home? Does it start at the gym? I believe it starts at home. In the United States, there are over 150 million people, including millions of children, who suffer from obesity, diabetes, and a myriad of chronic… [...]
January 04, 2018
  Welcome to the start of a new year. If you are like most, you have been a bit indulgent over the holidays and now you’re starting to get rid of the holiday weight gain and moving yourself back on track. At the beginning of the year more than any other time, I frequently get asked, “What do you eat to stay healthy?” The truth is, my diet stays very… [...]
January 03, 2018
By: Kelly Prather, Executive Director of Health Strategies & Member Experience Kelly is a Health Educator by trade and has spent nearly 20 years in the Y movement specializing in health behavior change, wellness, staff development, and the overall Y Member Experience. So, I don’t really believe in the coveted New Year’s Resolution. Through my career, I have just watched too many members put immense amounts of pressure on themselves… [...]
September 06, 2017
Encouraging Healthy Habits “I try to encourage healthy eating habits for my family, but nutritious choices don’t seem to be appealing.” I hear this time and time again from parents who are trying to get their kids to eat healthier. Yes, it can be a challenge, but we must not give up. Whether they’re toddlers or in their teens, children develop a natural preference for the foods they enjoy the… [...]
April 04, 2017
In support of its mission to improve community health, the YMCA of Central Florida has begun a major renovation to the Oviedo YMCA Family Center. It is the fourth Y facility in recent years to undergo a significant renovation or expansion as the organization seeks to expand its impact through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Included in the yearlong renovation will be new locker rooms, family changing rooms,… [...]
April 04, 2017
Gary Appelsies, the YMCA’s Director of Healthy Eating, has been inducted into the Orlando Sentinel’s 2017 Culinary Hall of Fame. Immediately following the Pulse Orlando tragedy, Appelsies created Facebook group, “Culinary Cares,” which rallied the support of more than 100 local chefs, caterers and restaurateurs who provided meals  – and comfort – to those who needed it the most. In all, 5,000-plus meals, snacks and beverages were delivered to the… [...]
January 31, 2017
With February as American Heart Month, the YMCA of Central Florida is encouraging local families, seniors and individuals to get up, get moving and take charge of their health and wellness. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer, accounting for 1-in-3 deaths each year. Additionally, 80 million adults have high blood pressure, yet less than half have it under control. Due to inactivity,… [...]
January 18, 2017
Chances are 2017 isn't the first time you've resolved to lose a few pounds. In fact, last year, losing weight topped the charts as the most common New Year's Resolution. The pattern is familiar: You start your journey to a healthier lifestyle determined that this is the year you are going to make the change. You are dedicated, and don't miss a sweat session for the first week. As the days go… [...]
November 15, 2016
Getting started on a fitness plan isn’t always easy, especially as the end of the year approaches. With the holiday season starting to kick in, schedules get busier, and your time to focus on yourself often takes a backseat to the demands of your work-life balance. At the Y, we understand that this is a reality. That’s why we recommend setting your sites on something tangible to help you start… [...]
July 06, 2016
If you have visited the Downtown YMCA in the last few months, you may have noticed our new Technogym® equipment. And, if you have been into the cycle studio or upstairs in the last 10 days, you may have also taken note of brand new group cycle bikes and television in the cycle studio.  While the equipment itself is top-of-the line, it is actually the technology within the equipment that sets… [...]
March 04, 2016
by Gary Appelsies, YMCA Director of Healthy Eating  It’s March and it’s national nutrition month. Most of us are still reeling from that January let down of the all American resolutiona to “diet and get healthy!” Yes, we jumped on the band wagon with all good intention only to find that the “diet” we chose is limiting and disappointing. Now it’s March and we are thinking of the spring and… [...]
December 07, 2015
’Tis the season of temptations. For most of us, the battle of the bulge begins with Thanksgiving dinner and lasts through New Year’s. Add in all the extra stress, holiday treats and meals on the run, and the calories really start to add up. Ryan Holesko, YMCA Wellness Specialist has some great tips for keeping the entire family fit, active and healthy during the holiday season and beyond. Ryan is a… [...]
November 19, 2015
Talk about stressful. The average American spends 42 hours on holiday activities ─ adding the equivalent of a full week of work on top of already busy schedules. Not surprisingly, research shows that women feel more holiday stress than men ─ and parents, in general, feel more pressure than others. Kids react, too, when their normal routines are disrupted. With that in mind, here are a few tips from the… [...]
November 18, 2015
As a mission driven organization dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA of Central Florida is committed to providing convenient, high-quality child care to help Disney Cast Member families stay strong ─ and raise the next generation of Disney Dreamers and Doers! From the first day your child joins us, the Y focuses on helping them reach their fullest healthiest potential ─ one lesson, one active… [...]
July 22, 2015
With summer winding down, the Y is here this fall to help every member of the family – starting with kids – to get back to a healthier, more active routine. Flag football, soccer and other YMCA youth sports are a great way to engage the entire family – as players, volunteer coaches, sideline cheerleaders, or as part of a larger focus on family fitness.  We’re also here to provide quality… [...]
July 15, 2015
When Quinton English fell ill two years ago, he thought it was the flu. Saying goodnight to his wife, Betty, and daughters, Katie and Taylor, he hoped he’d feel better in the morning. But when he didn’t wake up, it was his dog, Levi, who alerted the family that something was very wrong. “It all began with a bark and quick action by Betty,” said Quinton, a Dr. P. Phillips… [...]
July 02, 2015
Dominique Wilkins, an NBA Hall of Fame member, former Atlanta Hawks star and Dr. P. Phillips Y member shared his inspiring journey of living with Type 2 Diabetes with members of the community on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA. A year after Dominique Wilkins retired from playing professional basketball, he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Wilkins said, "I trained for years, but… [...]
June 01, 2015
On May 29, 2015, the YMCA of Central Florida officially launched the YMCA's HealthierLifeRX,  a three-year pilot program funded through a $1.7 million grant from United Health Foundation.  It is part of the Foundation’s “Helping Build Healthier Communities” program that is providing critical resources to nonprofits and community-based organizations to improve people’s health. HealthierLifeRX aligns with the Y’s strategic focus to empower the community through healthy living.  In partnership with the medical… [...]
May 04, 2015
NUTRITION CORNER WITH GARY APPLESIES, DIRECTOR OF HEALTHY EATING I love seeds. Do you? As I was preparing my breakfast this morning, I sprinkled a teaspoon of hemp and chia seeds to my Greek yogurt and strawberries. Yum! Not only did the seeds add a nice, nutty flavor and texture, but they are little powerhouses in the nutrition department. That made me started thinking about how many varieties there are… [...]
April 08, 2015
Can your food choices really improve your mood? Many experts and studies say the answer is yes, the foods you choose can improve your mood. If you think about it, it’s not rocket science. When you feel down or tired do you generally reach for a plate of fresh steamed veggies or a big beautiful bowl of sliced up strawberries with yogurt honey and fresh mint? Probably not, you go… [...]
March 27, 2015
Do you believe that a Healthy lifestyle begins at home? I do indeed. In the United States there are over 150 million people including millions of children who suffer from obesity, diabetes, and a myriad of chronic illness. The problem is growing and in a majority of cases can be cured and limited by taking on your kitchen. Yes, I know that when you have a family it at times… [...]
March 10, 2015
Check out the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Summer 2015 Program Guide to get information on classes (descriptions and times), programs, volunteer opportunities, Child Development Center policies, Healthy Living initiatives, our Blueprint for a Healthy Community (Mission Expansion) and more ... Just click on the image below and check out your one-stop resource for everything you need to know about your membership, programs, services and benefits associated with the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA. [...]
March 02, 2015
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in Florida among children ages 1-14. At the Y, we know that learning to swim is a lesson of a lifetime and in Florida, all people need to live safely around water. For more than 100 years, we have been empowering youth with the water safety skills they need to be safe in and around water – and most importantly, we have fun too!… [...]
March 02, 2015
NUTRITION CORNER WITH GARY APPELSIES Can you really be healthy at any age?  When does good health start? I get asked questions about good health and nutrition all the time.  I hear people of all ages say things like, “I’m still young I can eat whatever I want.” Or “My doctor says I need to lose weight but, I’m too old to start eating healthy.” The list goes on and… [...]
February 09, 2015
Y members who participate in Youth Sports, Holiday and Summer Camps, Swim Lessons and Adult leagues save more than non-members. See an example of the savings breakdown below. In addition to the financial savings, Y members have access to Unlimited Group Exercise Classes of all types from beginners to athletes; medical support programs to help you curb diabetes, thrive after cancer, and improve balance and strength; adult sports and hundreds of cardio… [...]
February 09, 2015
 At the Y, we know how much you love your family, so let us help you live a happier, healthier life with the ones you love. We believe that families that play together – grow stronger together. Your neighborhood Y offers countless ways to get your heart pumping including Unlimited Group Exercise Classes of all types from beginners to athletes; medical support programs to help you curb diabetes, thrive after cancer, and… [...]
February 05, 2015
You may have heard that eating certain foods can increase your risk for heart-related conditions. Did you also know that eating certain foods can decrease your risk for being affected by heart-related conditions? Whether you have been eating unhealthy for years or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are 7 heart-healthy nutrition tips. Eat more low fat protein sources Reduce your sodium intake Eat more fruits and Vegetables Control portion… [...]

Heart Health Matters

February 04, 2015
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the nation's number one killer, responsible for one in four deaths each year in the United States.  In celebration of American Heart Month and to address the prevalence of heart disease in our community, we have partnered with Orlando Health's Heart Institute to host a healthy eating seminar on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Downtown YMCA. From asparagus… [...]
January 26, 2015
Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Many are still struggling with the dreaded “holiday weight gain.” So what is one to do when preparing to host a game day party?  Create winning food for yourself and your guest.  We guarantee a victory! Remember, the key is moderation and control: Consider using a smaller plate when selecting your snacks. This will help you to eat less. Pace yourself especially when consuming… [...]
October 27, 2014
Did you know that twice per week for 60 minutes, we offer karate classes that are included in your membership?  If not, now you do! Karate is a great way to practice discipline, stay healthy, work on balance, meet new friends, and more.  Our instructors are highly trained and can help you get started for the first time or continue any karate experience that you already have.  Recently, our karate… [...]
September 24, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival on October 18, 2014 at the Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. Dragon Boat racing is the world's fastest growing water sport. A team consists of 20 paddlers sitting two abreast, plus a Cox who steers the dragon boat from the rear and a drummer who sits at the front. The team… [...]
September 17, 2014
Getting fit and physically active are major components in helping kids improve their wellness and maintain a healthy weight. That's why Florida Hospital for Children partners with the Y to provide greater access to top-notch fitness opportunities, as well as team of pediatric experts focused on all aspects of kids' health. Since 2014, Florida Hospital for Children's Center for Child & Family Wellness has operated its entire pediatric practice at three YMCA… [...]
September 08, 2014
We invite our members and Central Florida communities to join us at our 4th annual Seminole County Prayer Breakfast, Friday, Sept. 19, 7 a.m. at The Rink-Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750. Community leaders will offer prayers and input regarding our three focus areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Keynote speaker for this year's breakfast is Dr. Patrick Morley, chairman and Co-CEO of Man… [...]
September 03, 2014
DID YOU KNOW?:  The sport of Futsal was created by YMCAs in South America in the 1930's and1940's.   Futsal is a 5-on-5 version of soccer that is played indoors with a smaller ball and smaller goals.  This version of indoor soccer is brand new to our Downtown YMCA and to our entire YMCA of Central Florida association.  This is an exciting opportunity for kids who may be new to the sport of… [...]
September 02, 2014
Drowning is the No. 1 killer of children under age 5 in Florida. It only takes a few minutes for a child to drown or sustain serious, life-altering injuries. Children, as young as 6 months of age, can learn to save themselves in a drowning situation by using the self-rescue techniques taught in the YMCA of Central Florida’s Safe Start program. Unlike other swimming programs, Safe Start combines safe swimming… [...]
July 24, 2014
Instead of hitting the drive-through for lunch, plan ahead and prepare your own lunch. When you make it yourself, you control what goes your meal. Eating out often means getting a lot of hidden calories - something most of us don’t really need. Instead of regular soda or sweet tea, choose water or a sugar-free beverage to go with your meal. Each meal below is easy to prepare and contains… [...]
July 18, 2014
This week, during the World Cup Challenge, try a new healthy breakfast recipe! You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you skip it, your body will have gone too long without fuel. “Break-the-fast” by jump starting your morning with a healthy breakfast to get your body running at its peak. You’ll be mentally alert while keeping those mid-morning hunger pains at bay. Each meal… [...]
July 09, 2014
If you are looking to mix up your workout this summer, we have the perfect challenge for you! Just as you’ve watched national teams progress through competitive brackets to earn the World Cup Soccer Trophy, the Y is challenging our members to do the same. Regardless of your age or ability, the YMCA World Cup Challenge will help you explore new exercise activities, improve your health and learn more about… [...]
June 09, 2014
With summer officially underway, the Y is at our busiest and best as thousands of kids families walking through the doors of our 27 family centers serving nearly 100 neighborhoods. From swim lessons and reading classes to team sports and summer camp, it’s a season for learning, growing and developing new skills and values that last a lifetime. Here’s a quick look at what’s happened so far – and we’re… [...]
June 09, 2014
In response to changing health care trends, the Y of Central Florida is expanding its hospital partnerships and facilities to deliver community-based health and wellness services in innovative new ways. In recent months, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, Munroe Regional Medical Center and the West Orange Healthcare District have forged new or deeper partnerships with the Y – all rooted in a common commitment to prevention and combating chronic disease. “With… [...]
June 06, 2014
TIPS, TOOLS AND ACTIVITY Have fun with the family and 'Roll with It' this month. To play this game, you will need dice, a pencil and a piece of paper. Number the paper from 1-6. Next to each number, write down a physical activity and the number of times the activity should be performed (i.e. twenty jumping jacks). Your list could look something like this: 1.            Twenty jumping jacks 2.           … [...]
June 02, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida partnered with NBA FIT, Florida Hospital for Children and the American College of Sports Medicine to host a basketball fitness and nutrition clinic at the South Orlando YMCA on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. During the event, NBA FIT instructors led more than 150 Central Florida children through basketball fitness drills, and obstacle courses by NBA FIT staff. Florida Hospital for Children’s Healthy 100 Kids program… [...]
May 30, 2014
  Activities for the Kids Teen Strength and Conditioning Parents and Kids RUNNING CLUB Teen RUNNING CLUB Summer Camp. Different theme each week Dance Camp Summer Soccer Camp Mommy & Me Art Class Science Lab AM & PM Kid Fit classes Come on in and register or call 407-359-3606 for more information. [...]


January 20, 2014
The Peggy and Phillip B. Crosby YMCA Wellness Center launched LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA in October 2013. LIVESTRONG is a research-based program that provides a safe, supportive environment for people affected by cancer to participate in physical and social activities that strengthen the whole person. On January 30, 2014, the Crosby Y and Winter Park Memorial Hospital will host the inaugural LIVESTRONG graduation ceremony. It's a special occasion, a survivor's… [...]
January 13, 2014
At the Downtown Orlando YMCA, we have programs and activities for everyone, regardless of their health and wellness needs. As part of our commitment to provide something for everyone, we have developed  Fit For All Groups, coach-led small groups focused around common interests. These groups will meet once per week for 12 weeks beginning the week of January 20. You will receive coach guidance, support from other members, and maybe even… [...]
October 02, 2013
Y of Central Florida :: Healthy Living Initiative     YMCA CONVENES LOCAL HEALTH EXPERTS TO COMBAT CHRONIC DISEASE With chronic disease threatening the health, wellness and future of our community, more than 50 top medical experts, health care executives and public health officials joined with the Y this week to determine how they, as key stakeholders, can work together to focus on prevention. During his welcome, YMCA President/CEO Jim… [...]
October 01, 2013
Coinciding with the 12th anniversary of 9/11, the Y of Central Florida was pleased to recently launch a new initiative to improve the health and well-being of more than 16,000 area first responders and their families. Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Phillips Charities, the program has enabled us to invite area first responders – police, firefighters and EMTs – and their families to become part of the Y family… [...]
October 01, 2013
With one-third of Florida’s kids obese or overweight, the Y of Central Florida is tackling the issue by including at least one hour of physical activity in all of our Youth Development programs.   This summer alone, 23,000 kids who attended our summer camp programs took part in 9.6 million minutes of exercise.   And to keep their brains active, they enjoyed 8 million minutes of reading activities. That’s in… [...]
October 01, 2013
As a cause-driven organization focused on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, an important part of the Y’s mission is to serve those who need us the most.   That’s why 11 of our 20 YMCA family centers are Outreach Ys ─ centers of pride, purpose and social connection in  communities like Pine Hills, Tangelo Park, Kissimmee, South Orlando and Titusville.   As with every other Y, these are… [...]
October 01, 2013
When it comes to good health, what we eat is just as important as how often we exercise. That’s why the Y is in the diet and nutrition business. And we’re “digging” deeper every day. Many of our Ys feature onsite Farmers Markets that make it easy for members to enjoy freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables. At the Oviedo YMCA Wellness Center, where diet and nutrition are a… [...]
October 01, 2013
The Y is fortunate to have the support of many like-minded partners who share our passion for health, wellness and strengthening communities. Together, we are taking action and improving Central Florida’s health and wellness – one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time.   WINTER PARK HEALTH FOUNDATION  As the community’s greatest advocate for Healthy Living research and collaboration, the Winter Park Health Foundation is one of the Y’s… [...]
September 25, 2013
  Over Labor Day weekend, hundreds of Winter Park area residents turned out to celebrate the opening of the Y’s third – and newest ─ easy access pool.   With the local senior population growing every day, pools are no longer a luxury, but a necessity for people who want to maintain their mobility and independence.   Swimming also helps prevent obesity and gives today’s busy families a great way to connect,… [...]
September 25, 2013
At the Y, we’re doing more than just talking about health and wellness. We’re also investing millions of dollars to modernize and expand our facilities.   Our goal: Create beautiful, inviting Healthy Living Centers that anchor communities and improve lives.   With Phase 2 of our New Frontier Campaign derway, we’re raising $33 to $41 million to renovate or expand more than half of our 20 family centers. We’re starting… [...]
June 03, 2013
With more than 79 million Americans estimated to be pre-diabetic, chances are you or someone you know are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes – as well as the related, life-threatening problems of heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and stroke.   To help you take charge of your health, classes are now forming for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.   Based on cutting edge research from the National Institutes… [...]
June 03, 2013
When 102-year-old Don Napier walks into the YMCA’s Peggy and Phillip B. Crosby Wellness Center, it’s like the mayor has just arrived. From the warm welcome he receives at the front desk to the good friends he chats with on the wellness floor, everyone knows and loves Don and his lovely wife, Carolyne. Together, the two are an inspirational team who represent what it means to live life to the… [...]
April 18, 2013
Did you know that employees who exercise regularly have lower rates of absenteeism and higher levels of productivity, energy and focus?  Or that many doctors now believe that sedentary lifestyles are more harmful than smoking?   As part of the Y’s focus on Healthy Living, we are now offering a Corporate Partnership Program that helps companies improve employee health, while controlling skyrocketing healthcare costs. In addition to a healthier workforce… [...]
April 18, 2013
One of the things that set the Y apart from many other local nonprofits is our promise to never turn people away due their inability to pay. It’s part of our mission and deep belief that for many local kids and families, the Y is simply their best, most direct connection to a better life.   It’s why we offer Y scholarships to more than 35,000 kids, families and seniors… [...]