Tag: YMCA

April 01, 2018
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 21, 2018, this fun, FREE, family-friendly event will be held in partnership with Publix Super Markets Charities at 17 YMCA Family Centers across Central Florida. Activities will include games,… [...]
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 provide… [...]
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 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 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 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 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… [...]
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,… [...]
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… [...]
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… [...]
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… [...]
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… [...]