November 20, 2017
During our 2017 summer camp program YMCA Camp Wewa was visited by the American Camp Association (ACA) to do an accreditation visit and we are happy to report that we have received our official accreditation this fall! The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for over 100 years, have joined together to share their knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. The… [...]
October 16, 2017
It takes a village (of volunteers!) YMCA Camp Wewa has a special opportunity upon us. On Saturday, October 21, 2017, our camp will be flooded with over 800 volunteers made up of Lockheed Martin employees, friends and family. Every year Lockheed Martin picks an organization to donate their time and resources to for their Day of Caring event. This year YMCA Camp Wewa will be the benefactor of this company-led… [...]
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… [...]
August 21, 2017
On June 10th, the YMCA of Central Florida gathered past and present Teen Achievers to celebrate the program’s 27th anniversary. Launched in 1980, Teen Achievers is a free program which was designed to support the academic and professional success of middle school and high school students in the Central Florida community. Teen Achievers relies on a network of volunteers who donate their time and energy into mentoring and serving as… [...]
June 29, 2017
As part of our Communities for Health initiative, we joined OUC – The Reliable One to launch a successful “Lunch in the Garden Event”.  Organizations such as Seed2Source, OUC, and the YMCA of Central Florida, combined efforts to educate employees on sustainable farming, healthful eating, and how to take food farm-to-table.  Our very own Healthy Eating Director, Gary Appelsies, demonstrated how anyone can prepare the healthful meal that they all… [...]
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
As the YMCA Teen Achievers Program continues to grow and thrive, a record-breaking 10 students received onsite admission during the Achievers’ 2017 Spring College Tour and eight received scholarship awards totaling $152,000. Now in its 27th year, Y Teen Achievers provides the extra mentoring and academic support that many youth need to make smart decisions and pursue their college and career dreams. The program’s annual college tours cap off a… [...]
April 04, 2017
Dan Wilcox, YMCA of Central Florida President/CEO; Mike Manuel, YMCA Metro Board Chair; and Wayne Humphrey, YMCA Senior Vice President for Public Policy, were among more than 100 Y leaders from across the nation who recently attended YMCA National Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. During the event, the group met with lawmakers to promote broader awareness of the Y cause and mission. Also discussed were potential collaborations in areas where… [...]
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… [...]
April 01, 2017
At the end of the six-month ordeal, the bank donated the facility to the county, which then donated it to the YMCA of Central Florida. In June 1992, it was re-opened as the YMCA Aquatic Center. As they began to build the aquatic center back up, the Y was dedicated to bringing the best staff possible on board to oversee its future...   [...]
March 10, 2017
As YMCA Teen Achievers kick off their annual college tour, the program has received a $75,000 grant from the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF), a McCormick Foundation Fund, in support of college and career readiness among at-risk teens. The grant will be used to expand YMCA Teen Achiever programs for students who live in Orlando’s Holden Heights neighborhood and attend Jones High School or Memorial Middle School. The OMYF has generously… [...]
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… [...]
January 16, 2017
Dr. Richard E. Lapchick delivers a message of hope and unity during Y's 26th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Speaking to a capacity audience of more than 1,000 guests, Dr. Richard E. Lapchick, an internationally recognized human rights activist, shared a message of hope and unity during the YMCA’s 26th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast. As the largest community-wide… [...]
December 01, 2016
Most people know the Y as the place that invented basketball, volleyball and swim lessons. And while this will always be true, the Y has expanded its cause to strengthen communities in ways that few other private, public or nonprofit organizations can. As one of the region’s oldest and largest nonprofits, the Y of Central Florida has always dreamed big. And it’s on a mission to improve the lives of… [...]
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… [...]
November 03, 2016
At the YMCA, we believe all kids have big potential. That’s why we offer so many Youth Development programs that nurture young minds, strengthen growing bodies and inspire big dreams. Through the Y, kids find a place to call their own. A place where they hear, “you can do it, I believe in you,” every single day. A place where they can be kids, and where they can grow into… [...]
October 18, 2016
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… [...]
October 14, 2016
Most people know the Y as a place where kids learn how to swim, shoot hoops and become better athletes. But at today’s Y, kids are just as likely to have a reading coach as a soccer coach. And when we celebrate home runs, we know the biggest victories often take place in the classroom. From infancy through college, the Y of Central Florida is helping kids enter school ready… [...]
October 09, 2016
At the YMCA Child Development Centers at Walt Disney World Resort, our vision is to provide a high-quality, safe, and stimulating environment for your children. In order to meet that vision, and to help us grow, we need parents' involvement and feedback. We take your concerns and feedback very seriously and make every effort to address issues within our centers. In order to assist with this, we have outlined a process… [...]
September 30, 2016
Now that school is back in session and schedules have been set, we would like to provide a few back-to-school tips to help your child be successful this school year. It's been proven that children are more likely to succeed academically when parents take an active role in their education. And here are some simple tips to help you achieve that:  Make sure your child gets proper rest in order… [...]
July 20, 2016
When it comes to giving youth the brightest possible future, few things are more important than a good education. But schools can’t do it all. And many families simply lack the resources to fully prepare their children and teens for the future. That’s where the Y comes in. With a strong portfolio of out-of-school-time programs, we're moving the needle on: Kindergarten Readiness Elementary and Middle School Reading Scores Summer Achievement STEM… [...]
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… [...]
June 21, 2016
In times of celebration and sorrow, food brings people together and offers comfort. So when Orlando was rocked by the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, Gary Appelsies, YMCA Director of Healthy Eating, knew what to do. By creating the Facebook group, “Culinary Cares: In Support of Pulse Orlando,” Appelsies rallied local chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and others to deliver more than 5,000 meals – and comfort – to where it… [...]
June 14, 2016
As Central Florida continues to deal with the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, the Y is committed to helping our community heal and move forward. Many of our Y staff and members have personal connections to the victims. Others, including first responders, medical personnel and victims’ families, will be turning to the Y to help them overcome stress, grief and trauma. We’re ready with counselors, pastors and others who can… [...]
June 14, 2016
As our community grapples with the tragic event of June 12, 2016, our Downtown Orlando YMCA family would like to extend our chaplain services to any and all community members who are seeking support or a listening ear.  If you would like to reach out directly to our chaplains, please email dtychaplains@cfymca.org.  You can also stop by our membership desk, and we will connect you with a chaplain. Our Downtown Orlando… [...]
May 19, 2016
At the Y of Central Florida's annual meeting on May 13, Mike Manuel was re-elected to chair the 2016-2017 Metropolitan Board of Directors. As the Y’s top volunteer officer, Manuel will work with 61 other volunteer board members and staff to expand the Y’s impact in Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Manuel, a former finance executive with EXP US Services and Wachovia Bank, has been an active YMCA… [...]
May 19, 2016
Nearly 300 guests and community leaders recently gathered for the YMCA of Central Florida’s Annual Meeting, which recognized the leading donors, volunteers and staff who helped advance the Y’s cause in 2015. The event was held at the Dr. P. Phillips Performing Arts Center on May 12. Mary Jane Arrington, Osceola County Supervisor of Elections, received the John W. Sterchi Award, the Y’s highest honor for those who provide a… [...]
April 01, 2016
With pools, lakes and beaches all around us, drowning is a leading cause of death among Florida kids, ages 1 - 14.   To help kids stay safe in and around the water this summer, the YMCA of Central Florida is offering 10,000 complimentary swim lessons to children ages 4 to 12 during our Safety Around Water event, April 25-28.  Introductory lessons will be provided by certified Y swim instructors,… [...]
April 01, 2016
With nearly 1-in-3 Florida kids overweight or obese – and a majority reading below grade level, the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day is a great way for families to get up, get active and start developing healthier, smarter routines for summer. Scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this fun, FREE, family-friendly event is being sponsored by Publix Super Market Charities at more than 25 YMCA Family Centers across… [...]
March 27, 2016
Bringing the Easter message home to 800-plus area residents, best-selling author and inspirational speaker Elizabeth Smart said that the power of prayer is real and can transform lives in astonishing ways. As keynote speaker for the YMCA’s 22nd Annual Celebration of Prayer, Smart began by thanking everyone who prayed for her during the 2002 kidnapping, which captivated the nation. At age 14, Smart was taken from the bedroom of her… [...]
March 10, 2016
Healthy emotional development is critical in the first five years of a child’s life. Everyday social interaction with parents, caregivers and others provides the foundation for all areas of a child’s brain development. It’s also the gateway for encouraging children to develop the self-control, focus and confidence they’ll need to be successful in school and beyond. At the YMCA Child Development Centers at Walt Disney World Resort, we pride ourselves… [...]
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… [...]
February 26, 2016
Please join us for the 22nd Annual YMCA Celebration of Prayer, a community-wide prayer breakfast event that ushers in the Easter season and unites our community in faith, prayer and understanding. Thursday, March 24, 2016 7 a.m. First Baptist Church of Orlando 3000 S. John Young Parkway Orlando, Fl 32805  This year's guest speaker will be New York Times best selling author, Elizabeth Smart.   When Elizabeth, at age 14,… [...]
February 23, 2016
Despite mounting pressure to start formal education sooner than ever, research shows that our youngest children benefit most from a fun, active learning environment that encourages them to explore the world around them. This "Learning Through Play" philosophy best describes the Y's approach to early childhood learning at our YMCA Child Development Centers at Lake Buena Vista and Sherberth. In fact, what looks like play is actually disguised learning as… [...]
January 25, 2016
At a time when local kids and families need more support than ever, the YMCA has expanded its innovative after-school learning programs to three additional counties across Central Florida. Modeled after the longstanding success of the YMCA After School Zone program, the new programs are providing after-school safety, learning and wellness for an additional 1,000 middle school students throughout Brevard, Lake and Osceola counties. That’s in addition to 3,200 children… [...]
January 20, 2016
Two top experts in the fields of education and child development recently joined our YMCA Family Centers at Walt Disney World® Resort. Dr. Kinyata McGee-Swope, who holds advanced degrees in education, is the new Executive Director of the Y’s Sherberth location. And Mary Anderson, 25-year YMCA early learning professional, has assumed leadership of the Lake Buena Vista location. Mary replaces Nicci Bucher who has been elevated to the Y’s new District… [...]
January 19, 2016
From the time they're born, children learn all the time and everywhere they go. In fact, research tells us that kids' most important learning takes place before age 5. That's why the YMCA Early Learning Centers at Walt Disney World Resort give kids a jump start on school through innovative, accredited Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) programs. With a solid focus on pre-reading, pre-math and social skills, 98% of kids who complete the… [...]
January 19, 2016
A new study by the Pew Research Center tells us something that working parents everywhere already know: Today's families are stressed, tired, rushed and finding it harder than ever to achieve a proper work-life balance. And while nearly 60% of all kids now grow up in homes where one or both parents work, public and private programs to help families cope still lag far behind. According to the New York… [...]
January 18, 2016
Gathering in faith, hope and understanding, more than 1,000 guests and local leaders attended the YMCA’s 25th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast, commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Vikki Kennedy Johnson, acclaimed pastor, author and broadcaster, served as keynote speaker for the anniversary event. As the granddaughter of Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy, Orlando’s first black elected official, she urged guests to carry on the dream that… [...]
December 15, 2015
Please join us for the 26th Annual YMCA Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy Prayer Breakfast, commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote speaker for this YMCA signature event will be will be Dr. Richard Lapchick, an internationally recognized human rights activist and pioneer for racial equality. Monday, January 16, 2017 7:45 a.m. First Baptist Church of Orlando, Faith Hall 3000 S. John Young Parkway Orlando, FL 32805 Often described as… [...]
December 09, 2015
75,453 KIDS SMARTER, STRONGER AND HEALTHIER IN 2015!  THE Y'S CRADLE TO COLLEGE FOCUS: Learning is a lifelong continuum that starts at birth and never ends. At the Y, we’ve developed evidence-based programs and curriculums that support children’s learning at every stage of development. From our Disney early learning centers and After School Zone Program to summer reading pilots and teen leadership activities, the Y partners with parents, teachers 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… [...]
December 01, 2015
It is with great sadness that the YMCA of Central Florida announces the passing of one of our strongest advocates for youth, Tracey Sullivan. As a 43-year volunteer leader with the YMCA Christian Values Conference and other pivotal Y programs, Tracey nurtured the faith, values and potential of thousands of teens, all of whom she considered “her kids.” In doing what she loved most, Tracey led groups of high-school students… [...]
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… [...]
November 17, 2015
On Sunday, Nov. 15, more than 600 of the YMCA’s most generous donors, including the Warden Family, gathered for the YMCA’s annual Festival of Trees appreciation event at the Orlando Museum of Art. It was the 14th year for the celebration, which thanks and recognizes major donors whose charitable giving supports the Y’s cause and mission. During the event, the Y presented its 2015 Dr. P. Phillips Champion of Youth… [...]
October 21, 2015
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!  NOV. 22 IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE A SMALL GIFT AND MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD For the 19th consecutive year, the YMCA of Central Florida has joined forces with the Samaritan’s Purse in support of Operation Christmas Child, an annual gift-filled shoe box drive for children in need. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, collecting… [...]
October 06, 2015
The Y of Central Florida is excited to announce that our very own Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Vice President of YMCA Aquatics, has been honored with the 2015 USA Swimming Award. Considered swimming’s highest honor, the award recognizes recipients’ outstanding contributions to the sport. “I am incredibly humbled by this award, mainly because I think swimming has given me so much more than I could ever imagine… [...]
September 25, 2015
The YMCA of Central Florida wishes to honor the memory of Jim Hinson, Former President, CEO and Chairman of Dr. Phillips Charities, who recently passed away. Hinson transformed Dr. Phillips Charities into one of the most generous local charitable organizations with the YMCA of Central Florida as its primary support agency. The YMCA of Central Florida has benefited greatly from this generosity, as have countless other local arts, cultural, educational,… [...]
August 03, 2015
When the final bell rings for the day at more than 62 elementary and middle schools throughout Central Florida – Y time begins! With a curriculum focused on providing academic support, homework help, health and wellness, enrichment and mentorship, the Y’s award-winning Elementary and Middle School After School Programs, provides kids with a safe and nurturing environment during out of school hours. Operated in partnership with Orange, Osceola, Brevard and… [...]
July 22, 2015
As part of a mission-driven commitment to youth and Christian values, the Y of Central Florida recently sent 80 promising teens to the YMCA’s Christian Values Conference in North Carolina. Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the week-long conference gives kids a chance to deepen their faith, develop positive values, and network with peers to create a better world. During the conference, we also proudly honored Tracy… [...]
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 21, 2015
It continues to be a big, busy summer of fun, discovery and learning for more than 24,000 kids who are taking part in YMCA Summer Camp, Summer Learning and Teen Leadership programs. By blending learning with fun -- along with a curriculum focused on values, reading, wellness and strengthening families -- YMCA campers are on track to enjoy 8 million minutes of reading time this summer. Sound like homework? Not at the… [...]
July 19, 2015
As parents, we know that raising healthy, happy kids is probably the hardest, yet most rewarding job we’ll ever do. Unfortunately, finding quality, affordable child care – the kind that nurtures and cherishes our children the way we do – is often our second biggest challenge. At the Y, we understand this. It’s why we’ve been partnering with Walt Disney World for more than a decade to provide cast member… [...]
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
ORLANDO, FL – (June 30, 2015) – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced the appointment of Gilbert Garcia as Executive Director at Osceola County YMCA Family Center in Kissimmee, FL. In this role, Garcia will lead the operations, community development and financial development initiatives at the Osceola Y. “Gilbert Garcia has directed successful outcomes with proven YMCA leadership experience,” said Jake Steger, District Vice President, YMCA of Central Florida.… [...]
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 23, 2015
We invite you to meet Dominique Wilkins, an NBA Hall of Fame member, former Atlanta Hawks star and Dr. P. Phillips Y member, who will share his 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. In his presentation, Dominique  will highlight three key components of a successful diabetes management plan: a balanced… [...]
June 18, 2015
More than 300 guests and community leaders attended the YMCA of Central Florida’s Annual Meeting, which recognized the leading partners, volunteers, donors and staff who helped advance the Y’s cause in 2014. The event was held at the Dr. P. Phillips Performing Arts Center on June 16. During the program, three Y volunteers received a special recognition. Leonard Williams Sr., CEO of Wayne Densch Inc. and Wayne Densch Charities, received the… [...]
June 04, 2015
Communities for Health, a Healthier Workforce Initiative for Working Families Begins as Pilot in Orlando and aims to combat preventable chronic illnesses ORLANDO - June 4, 2015 – Today, Sodexo, Inc. and the YMCA of Central Florida announced a healthier workforce initiative designed in partnership by the two organizations to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. Communities for Health, a 3-year pilot program with the YMCA… [...]
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 07, 2015
A Message from Mike Manuel, 2015 Annual Scholarship Campaign Chair This year, I am honored to serve the Y as the 2015 Annual Scholarship Campaign Chair. The Annual Campaign is so important to me because it impacts the lives of so many residents who call Central Florida home. I give to the Y because I want all children to learn, grow and thrive in a safe environment. Not only does… [...]
May 04, 2015
Kalese, her mom and two sisters were homeless in 2013, struggling to eat, find shelter, stay in school – all the things that most people take for granted. And the phrase that Kalese uses over and over again to describe the most difficult part of that unimaginably challenging period in their lives is, “everyone just judged us.” As the Justices struggled to survive and stay safe day to day, they also struggled to remain hopeful. They… [...]
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 28, 2015
YOU'RE INVITED DAY OF GIVING Tues, May 19, 2015   |   Opening - 8 PM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD YMCA FAMILY CENTER MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN JUST ONE DAY. Please join us in supporting our neighbors in need through the Y's Annual Support Campaign, which improves the lives of nearly 91,000 people per year. WE CAN DO SO MUCH MORE WITH YOU! Your donation provides Y-quality after-school programs, youth sports, swim lessons, summer camp, health… [...]
April 28, 2015
When Pam and Rogers Kirven met four years ago at the Y, they were both going through major transitions in their lives. Pam was going through a divorce, and Rogers had lost his wife of 35 years to cancer a year earlier. And while both of them were dealing with overwhelming personal losses, they received critical emotional support from their Y connection, and in Pam’s case, financial support through the… [...]
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 30, 2015
With nearly 1-in-3 Florida kids overweight or obese – and a majority reading below grade level, the Y’s Healthy Kids Day is a great way for families to get up, get active and start developing healthier routines at home. Scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at each of our 27 Y family centers, the event is being co-sponsored by our great partner, Orlando Health.… [...]
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 27, 2015
Today, according to The American Heart Association website, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. In addition, obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. And excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood. Furthermore, when the school year ends, the physical and educational health of… [...]
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 27, 2015
  [caption id="attachment_36661" align="alignright" width="300"] Lucas Boyce, Featured Guest Speaker[/caption] Celebration of Prayer, held each year during Holy Week, is a unique opportunity to celebrate the YMCA’s Christian heritage and mission that has guided our organization for over 150 years. This year’s guest speaker is Lucas Boyce, a former foster child and “Y Kid” who overcame incredible obstacles to graduate from college, to serve in the White House Office of Public… [...]
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
More than 130 teens, Camp Wewa alumni, Y volunteers and adult leaders participated in the 25th Silver Anniversary Wewa Winter Retreat, January 16-18, 2015 at Camp Wewa in Apopka, FL. Youth from all over Florida and as far away as Alabama traveled to Camp Wewa for a fun-filled weekend of events that included events that included team building games, low and high ropes course, and spiritual and personal development. The theme… [...]
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… [...]
January 19, 2015
Commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, more than 1,000 elected officials, faith leaders and everyday citizens gathered for YMCA’s 24th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 19. As the largest such prayer gathering in Central Florida, the YMCA convened the community to honor the legacy Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy, Orlando’s first African-American elected official. This year’s event… [...]

NAVIGATING ADOLESCENCE

January 05, 2015
Monday, January 19, 5-6 PM, Oviedo YMCA. Adolescence is hard. Parenting is hard. Parenting adolescent children is often chaotic and overwhelming. But this season of life can be navigated with grace, dignity and skill that will benefit both you and your child. This workshop is an important opportunity to learn about adolescence while developing ways to engage with your adolescent child in a way that will help you and your… [...]
December 19, 2014
JANUARY 19,2015 @ 7:45AM The YMCA of Central Florida and the SW Orlando Jaycees present the 24th ANNUAL ARTHUR "PAPPY" KENNEDY MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, on January 19, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. This year's guest speaker will be Chaplain Black,  the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. Black served for over 27 years as a chaplain in the United States Navy, rising to the rank of rear… [...]
November 07, 2014
More than 300 guests, community partners and members of the Dr. Phillips community gathered on the front lawn of the Dr. Phillips YMCA to celebrate the $9.5 million expansion and renovation of the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA. The celebration, which took place on Wednesday, November 5, was filled with warm reflections from community members, who shared how the Y has positively impacted their lives over the past 30 years. David… [...]
November 05, 2014
MISSION ENHANCEMENT A BLUEPRINT FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY The Dr. P. Phillips Y is one of the most unique YMCAs in the country. Its proximity to local elementary, middle and high schools has made it a focal point for family and community life. At the Dr. Phillips Y, you can see all ages engaging in wellness, education, socializing and more every day. The facility has been expanded several times since opening in… [...]
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… [...]
October 21, 2014
Food Day is a year-round nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and driven by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and citizens, Food Day aims to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care… [...]
October 16, 2014
There are lots of great reasons to join the Y! Check out the video to see a few of those reasons.  Also, bring your friends, family, and neighbors to our Fall Festival on October 25th, 11am-2pm, so they can experience a complimentary, fun day at the Downtown Y! The event is free and open to the community.   [...]
October 08, 2014
For the 18th year in a row, the YMCA of Central Florida has joined forces with the Samaritan's Purse in support of Operation Christmas Child, an annual gift-filled shoe box drive for children in need. Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, collecting and delivering more than 113 million gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 130 countries. Last year alone, the Y facilitated the collection… [...]
September 30, 2014
MAKE AN IMPACT. VOLUNTEER. Join us on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, as members and staff from our Family Centers celebrate our annual Day of Sharing. Staff and members are invited to "Share their Y story" or an experience at the Y that has impacted their lives. Members are also given opportunities to volunteer at the Y. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men,… [...]
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 16, 2014
 (Presented during Aug. 28 YMCA Metro Board Meeting)   Dear Y Friends and Family, After careful thought and deliberation, I've decided to retire at the end of the year. My wife, Deb, and I have given it a lot of thought and prayer and have decided that this is a good time to spend more time together as a family. We've had a wonderful 41-year career with the Y and… [...]
September 08, 2014
[caption id="attachment_35583" align="alignnone" width="300"] Dr. Pat Morley, Chairman and CEO of Man in the Mirror will serve as keynote speaker this year.[/caption] 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… [...]
September 04, 2014
Singing sensation and NBC's "The Voice" finalist Sisaundra Lewis will be headlining this year's Jazz on a Green. Jazz on a Green, presented by CFE Federal Credit Union, is Lake Nona’s premiere jazz and social community event in support of the UCF College of Medicine and the Lake Nona YMCA Scholarship Campaign providing higher education, health and spiritual wellness to the youth and families of Lake Nona. The concert will… [...]
September 03, 2014
From reading great books and sailing in the Keys to racing rockets and exploring careers, more than 23,900 kids enjoyed a jam-packed summer of fun, growth and learning at the Y. Families were involved, too, through Fun Friday activities, Reader’s Theater performances, athletic events, swim lessons, field trips and family fitness challenges – not to mention livelier dinner conversations as kids shared their daily adventures. With so much going on,… [...]