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New Associate Executive Director Has long Y History

As much as Jennie Griffin loved teaching, she quickly realized the classroom wasn’t for her. “I didn’t like being indoors,’’ said Griffin, who graduated from New York University and briefly taught in a public school after graduating. At the NYU career center, she learned of an opening for an environmental education instructor MORE >


Keeping Kids Safe With YMCA SPLASH

Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under fourteen.1 We believe all children should know how to swim and be safe in and around water at all times. That’s especially true in New Jersey with the many lakes, rivers, oceans and reservoirs. Learning to swim is a critical safety skill for any child living near water. MORE >


'Delay the Disease' Fitness Program helps Wayne YMCA Members with Parkinson's Live Better

Volunteer Juliette Sciavolino working with Harold Moroch. Jean LaVorgna, 66, and 82-year-old Don Fornuto sit facing each other playing tug of war with a Pilates ring, smiling as they attend to the serious business of combating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. LaVorgna and Fornuto are among a dozen people with the neurological disorder MORE >


Healthy U Partnership

Healthy U is a collaborative partnership between the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey with the goal of combating childhood obesity through nutrition education, physical education and family involvement. The Healthy U program uses the CATCH (coordinated approach to child health) curriculum to promote physical MORE >


Community Makes the Y Stronger

While our mission is clearly to make the community stronger through our three areas of focus, there was a remarkable event in our East Orange Branch last week…The community made the Y stronger. The 60 Children in the Abbot Pre-school program and over 150 children in the SACC program receive federally subsidized meals through the City of East Orange, MORE >


Seniors Exercise for Better Balance

Jackie Bauer exercising at the West Essex YMCA. Eight years after fracturing her hip in a fall, Jackie Bauer still feels uneasy getting around even though she is an active senior. “Once you fall, a danger sign goes up. I’m still a little nervous about certain movements. It took away my confidence,’’ said the 76-year-old MORE >


Metro YMCA hosts family events celebrating healthy eating and fitness

A smoothie contest, food demonstrations and parent/children play time are just some of the ways the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges will celebrate Healthy U/Food Day this month. “Our goal is to inspire families to eat healthy and exercise through these fun-filled events that culminate on Food Day,’’ a nationwide celebration of healthy, MORE >


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