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How to Create a Safe and Inclusive Halloween

Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids and adults alike, but for those on the autism spectrum, or with other diverse abilities, activities like trick-or-treating can present a range of challenges. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 23, 2019

Youth Programs

Did You Know?: YMCA was Birthplace of Basketball

One of America’s most popular sports, basketball, was first played at the YMCA more than 125 years ago. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 23, 2019

News

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Participants Can Take Exercises Home

Participants of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program can now take their exercises with them wherever they go, thanks to the generosity of one local group of physicians. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 18, 2019

Healthy Living

How to Inspire Kids to Eat Healthier

Conscious, healthy eating habits should start in the home so children can make informed decisions about their diet on their own. Here, we will help parents understand ways in which they can inspire their kids to eat healthier.

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 17, 2019

Youth Programs

Benefits of Team Sports for Kids

At the YMCA, we encourage youth sports as a way to highlight the physical and mental benefits of sports for kids. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 17, 2019

Youth Programs

5 Surprising Benefits of Performing Arts Programs

The performing arts - whether it’s singing and dancing on stage or working behind the scenes - has numerous benefits on a child’s social, emotional and academic development.

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 16, 2019

Youth Programs

4 Practical Ways to Support STEAM Learning at Home

Here are some easy ways to involve Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in everyday activities and interactions.

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 09, 2019

Child Care

Greater Bergen YMCA Offers Before Care Program in Hackensack Schools

Parents now have the option to send their kids to a new before school child care program provided by the Greater Bergen County YMCA. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 08, 2019

Fitness

Tips for Finding a Personal Trainer

When it comes to finding a personal trainer that clicks with your personality and overall goals, there are some essential things to keep in mind. Here are some of the best ways to find a personal trainer that is right for you.

By: Reach Local | Oct 08, 2019

Healthy Living

Tips for Building Healthy Family Habits

The YMCA offers the following tips to help families incorporate healthy eating and regular physical activity into their lives.

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 07, 2019

Fitness

Ways to Make Your Workout More Fun

A great way to learn to love the gym is by making the visit not so routine. Being able to access a plethora of different workouts under one roof is a great way to spice up your fitness regimen and not make your gym experience so predictable. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 07, 2019

Healthy Living

5 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Change in Seasons

The change in temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight that come with the colder months can make it difficult to maintain routines of getting outside and exercising. 

By: Mollie | Oct 04, 2019

Child Care

East Orange YMCA Partners with The Bridge to Teach Resiliency Skills to Preschoolers

The East Orange YMCA has teamed up with The Bridge, a behavioral health organization in Essex County, to teach preschoolers and kindergarteners skills to cope with challenges as they grow.

By: News and blog | Oct 04, 2019

Youth Development

Cyberbullying: Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online

Do you know what your child is doing online - more specifically, their online conversations and what they post on social media? 

By: Joyce Fein | Sep 30, 2019

News

South Mountain YMCA Awarded Character Development Grant

The South Mountain YMCA will use a $15,000 grant to more deeply integrate character development and social-emotional learning practices into its program.

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 27, 2019