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 17, 2016
YMCA of Central Florida encourages the Central Florida community to learn the risks and factors for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Orlando, FL, March 17, 2016 ‒ March 22 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day and with millions of Americans at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, the YMCA of Central Florida urges residents of the Central Florida community to learn their risk and take action to prevent… [...]
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… [...]
February 10, 2016
Orlando, Fla.  –  (Feb. 10, 2016) – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that it has received a $45,000 grant through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF), a McCormick Foundation Fund, to support YMCA Teen Achievers. The grant will be used to improve college and career readiness among teens living in Orlando’s Holden Heights community and attending Jones High School and Memorial Middle School. Over the past 25 years, YMCA… [...]
February 05, 2016
Community Invited to Special Celebration, Feb. 10, at the Orlando Museum of Art Since its founding in 1999, the After School Zone Program, funded by Orange County and operated by the YMCA of Central Florida and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, has kept more than 200,000 youth safe, active and learning during after-school hours. In tracking outcomes, data shows that the vast majority of participating students have… [...]
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 19, 2015
Orlando, FL ─ (Nov. 19, 2015): The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that Walter E. Larisey, former CEO of the YMCA of Tuscaloosa County (Alabama) has been named the new executive director of the Oviedo YMCA Family Center. An Iraq war veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Larisey first joined the Tuscaloosa YMCA in 2011, following a distinguished career with the U.S. Marine Corps. While serving as CEO of 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 16, 2015
ORLANDO, FL - The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that Dr. Kinyata McGee-Swope, a Chicago-based child development and educational expert, has been named Executive Director of the YMCA’s Early Childhood Development Centers at Walt Disney World Resort, Sherberth location. In this role, McGee-Swope will oversee the curriculum, learning programs and operations of the YMCA Sherberth Family Center. This facility, along with the YMCA Lake Buena Vista Family Center, provides… [...]
October 08, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – On Thursday, Oct. 8, the YMCA of Central Florida Teen Achievers, a program focused on inspiring teens from low-income communities to pursue post-secondary degrees and certifications, will celebrate the 25 years of providing enrichment opportunities to more than 11,000 of Central Florida’s youth. Since the program’s inception in 1990, the Teen Achievers program has helped more than 11,800 students to successfully graduate high school. Nearly 90 percent… [...]
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,… [...]
September 21, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – (Sept. 21, 2015) – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced the appointment of David Rider as Executive Director of the Winter Park YMCA Family Center. In this role, Rider will lead operations, community development and financial development initiatives at the Winter Park Y. A lifelong resident of the Maitland/Winter Park area, Rider’s business experience and deep roots in the community make him a natural fit for… [...]
September 09, 2015
Healthy Weight and Your Child pilot program aims to get kids and families to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits. Orlando, FL, Sept. 9, 2015 – Announced today, the YMCA of Central Florida will begin offering Healthy Weight and Your Child, a pilot program designed to empower children between the ages of 7-13, with support from their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. According to… [...]
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 30, 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.… [...]
June 30, 2015
Dominique Wilkins partners with the YMCA for a health education event focused on diabetes prevention and disease management The YMCA of Central Florida today welcomed more than 100 community members to the Dr. Phillips YMCA Family Center for a free diabetes-focused educational forum, in partnership with NBA Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins. Established as a part of the Y’s Healthy Living initiatives, the organization’s Diabetes Academy event series… [...]
June 25, 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 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 22, 2015
[caption id="attachment_37240" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mike Manuel, 2015 - 2016 Metropolitan Board of Directors Chair[/caption] ORLANDO, FL – (June 22, 2015) – At its annual meeting June 16, the YMCA of Central Florida elected Mike Manuel as 2015 - 2016 Chair of its Metropolitan Board of Directors.  As the Y’s top volunteer officer, Manuel will work with 61 other volunteer board members plus staff to guide the organization serving 235,000 residents in… [...]
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 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 28, 2015
Disease Prevention and Decreasing Health Care Costs at Core of New Model ORLANDO, Fla. (May 28, 2015) – The YMCA of Central Florida today unveiled its HealthierLifeRx initiative funded through a $1.7 million grant from United Health Foundation. HealthierLifeRx includes a groundbreaking new health care delivery model – the first of its kind in Florida – focused on disease prevention, improving wellness and decreasing health care costs. Local, state and… [...]
May 21, 2015
Expansion of the Y youth program will expose more at-risk youth to future career opportunities through mentorship, site visits and other collaborations with national corporations and local businesses ORLANDO, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida Teen Achievers, a program focused on inspiring teens from low-income communities to pursue post-secondary degrees and certifications, has received a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help prepare youth for… [...]
May 08, 2015
Y goal is to provide residents with tools to set, track, aspire and celebrate good health habits Orlando, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced a partnership with Technogym ™ , a world leading company supplying products, services and solutions in wellness and fitness. The new Technogym ™ equipment and the mywellness cloud, the first and only open platform that allows fitness enthusiasts and operators to see all… [...]
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 23, 2015
Local YMCA Kicks off a National Awareness Campaign to reduce summer learning and health gaps that could hold kids back with a community event at 27 Y locations. Healthy Kids Day® is the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being. The event, which is open to the public, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a… [...]
April 15, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dori Madison April 14, 2014 (407) 474-7885 [email protected] YMCA of Central Florida to Host the 20th Annual Celebration of Prayer with Keynote Speaker Major Dan Rooney, People Magazine’s Hero of the Year ORLANDO, FL – (April 14, 2014) the YMCA of Central Florida will welcome nearly 1,000 people to its 20th Y Annual Celebration of Prayer breakfast, the largest event of its kind during Holy Week,… [...]
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 30, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida will welcome nearly 1,000 people to its 21st Annual Celebration of Prayer breakfast, the largest event of its kind during Holy Week, on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Orlando. “For more than twenty years, the Y has united people of all faiths together at the annual Celebration of Prayer Breakfast, to give thanks and pray for all… [...]
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 25, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in Florida among children ages 1-14. To help ensure Central Florida children are safe this summer in and around the water, the YMCA is offering free introductory swim lessons to children ages 4-12 during SPLASH WEEK, which will be held Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24, 2015 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. With water everywhere in Florida,… [...]
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… [...]
March 02, 2015
Florida health insurer offers free preventative care to its policy holders Orlando, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced a collaboration with Florida Blue, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, to provide free preventative diabetes care to policy holders who have pre-diabetes or are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The coverage will be provided through enrollment in the 12-month YMCA Diabetes… [...]
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… [...]
January 15, 2015
U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black, the 1st African-American elected to the position, will be delivering the keynote speech commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. ORLANDO, Fla. – The YMCA of Central Florida and the Southwest Orlando Jaycees will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the 24th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at… [...]

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
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 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,… [...]
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 03, 2014
You may have noticed some bulldozers on the back soccer fields recently, and that’s because mission expansion construction has officially begun. For those of you who are wondering why the trucks are digging up dirt way in the back, it’s because we will be improving the drainage system on the property and alleviating the water retention issue in the parking lot. We will also be adding 114 NEW parking spots.… [...]
September 03, 2014
You may have noticed a lot of Dr. Phillips YMCA staff in the parking lot this week wearing neon yellow shirts and directing members to parking spots. You also may have noticed a few of our staff driving golf carts and shuttling members to and from the Family Center. Parking lot expansion has begun, and in order to provide you with an additional 114 parking spots, we will temporarily be losing about 100 spots… [...]
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… [...]
August 25, 2014
In 41 years of nonprofit leadership, I can safely say that no other philanthropic benefactor has ever had a deeper impact on a community than Dr. Phillips Charities. As its primary beneficiary, the Y of Central Florida has been especially blessed. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Phillips Charities has invested an astounding $38,447,923 in our Y, including its most recent gift of $4.2 million. It’s a monumental legacy that’s… [...]
August 25, 2014
Orlando, Fla., Aug. 25, 2014 – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that it has received a $4.2 million gift from Dr. Phillips Charities to help expand its mission and create lasting community change. The gift is Dr. Phillips Charities’ latest investment in the YMCA of Central Florida association, which has received a total of $38,447,923 from the foundation. “Dr. Phillips Charities’ impact over the past 30 years has… [...]
August 17, 2014
Your Weight Matters Healthy Living EXPO scheduled for Sept. 27 Orlando, Fla. – Aug. 17, 2014. The YMCA of Central Florida and the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) are proud to announce an important new partnership aimed at educating people about obesity, health and wellness, and much more. As two leading nonprofits dedicated to advocacy and prevention, the partnership allows the YMCA and OAC to leverage shared resources in helping Americans… [...]
August 12, 2014
To make the college application process less daunting for teens and families, the Y of Central Florida and Heart of Florida United Way have teamed up to launch the “Going to College” texting program. Based on a model from the Florida College Access Network, the program aims to increase college enrollment by providing guidance and information during the application process. By simply texting a pre-assigned code, students receive timely reminders… [...]
August 08, 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… [...]
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 21, 2014
At the Y, we often talk about “mission.” And as with any worthwhile mission, the goal is to impact as many people in a positive way as possible. At the Dr. Phillips Y, we strive to do this every day, and now we are about to expand our mission by adding more programs and services that will improve the lives of even more individuals and families in the community. I’m… [...]