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After School, Kids Discover Their Potential at the Y

When the school day ends, children and teens need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities. Their success out More >>

Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult in the U.S. is treated in the More >>

Solving Childhood Obesity: A Family Affair

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support More >>

Grown Up Fun in Adult Sports Leagues

Get into the game with team sports At the Y, kids don’t have all the fun—adults can participate in sports More >>

Quick and Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Start the year right with nutritious kid-friendly meals Try these four tips to make lunch preparation a cinch at your More >>

Yoga Changes Couples Course in Life

Hi my name is Angela and my husband and I were diagnosed with “Unexplained Infertility.”  What does that mean? Well More >>

Tips to Avoid Summer Slide

The school year is quickly winding down and coming to an end, but that does not mean learning should end More >>

The Y: Building Family Connections

First of all, I thank the Y for the opportunity to express  how significant the Y has been in my More >>

Tip: Eliminate added sugars from your diet to feel more energized, have less pain and a clearer mind, and avoid chronic disease

In our food environment, we are constantly surrounded by sugar. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend reducing intake of More >>

Thank You YMCA Volunteers

National Volunteer Week was recognized 40 years ago, created with a purpose to celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary work to More >>

Top 5 Life Lessons Kid Learn From Team Sports

No matter what the activity, when kids are encouraged to participate in sports, they’re given the advantage of learning about More >>

Top 5 Nutrition Tips to Stave Off the Seasonal Blahs

The holidays have passed, the novelty of the new year is wearing off and the days are still a bit More >>

How CPR Saved My Life

I consider it a blessing that I have had the opportunity to help hundreds of people on their journey to More >>

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Lifeguard

Whether you are looking for a great summer job or career as a professional lifeguard, the YMCA of Greater Erie Lifeguard More >>

Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Childcare

Choosing the right partner to foster learning and life skills in your little ones is an important decision. We, as More >>

Top 5 Benefits of Personal Training

Is this the time of the year when you start going to the gym day in and day out?  Last More >>

A Champion’s Perspective on the QUAD Ski Race

How to train? I remember Kathy Iorio telling the kids at Kidshape to “hustle your muscle 60 minutes a day”.  More >>

Changing Lives Every Day: Meet Rachael

My weight loss journey initially began in 2012 when I lost close to 100 pounds.  I was healthier and thinner More >>

Wellness Wednesday: Relax, its the holidays!

As we all know, this season is supposed to be about relaxing while in good company of friends and family. More >>

Motivational Monday: Story Time!

This weeks post is going to be a tad bit different. Usually I post motivational quotes and questions on Monday, More >>

Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Holiday Cookies

This bitter weather is perfect for some holiday comfort food. But before you grab a handful of cut-out cookies and More >>

Motivational Monday: End 2016 On A Positive Note

Its the beginning or my favorite month! Happy December, everyone. It is now the proper time to turn on your More >>

Start Off “Small” When Setting New Year’s Resolutions

  The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and More >>

Motivational Monday: No Need to Hibernate This Year

November has come to an end but you know what that means? It’s the most wonderful time of the year! More >>

Wellness Wednesday: Mindfulness Meditation

            Like I said before, practicing mindfulness is so important for your health.  Mental and More >>

Motivational Monday: It’s Thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving week, everyone! This week, especially, is time to give thanks and appreciate all that everyone does for you. More >>

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Tips to Stay Happy and Healthy

Sometimes we all need a reminder on how to stay healthy and happy so here are a few tips to More >>

Motivational Monday: The Expert Was Once A Beginner

Happy Monday, everyone! Now it is no surprise trying something new is intimidating. It is natural for us to stray More >>

Wellness Wednesday: Say No To Carbs

Happy hump day fellow fitness seekers! We all know spaghetti is a great comfort food during the cold weather. We More >>

Motivational Monday: What Are You Thankful For?

Happy Monday and most importantly, happy November from all of us here at the Downtown Y. It’s the first Monday More >>

Wellness Wednesday: Workout the Mind and Body

Being healthy and fit is the ultimate goal for most people. But something a lot of people do not realize More >>

Motivational Monday: New Monday, New Goals

Its that time of week again! Its Monday and instead of making this one a dreaded morning, think to yourself, More >>

Wellness Wednesday: Super Foods for a Super Diet

As well all may know, super foods are very helpful for well being and healthy lifestyle. We should all try More >>

Motivational Monday: Challenge Accepted

Happy Monday! Challenge yourself today! What can you do today to challenge yourself a little more than yesterday? Or how More >>

Wellness Wednesday: Choose to be Happy

Voltaire once said, “I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.” Just like fitness and More >>

Motivation Monday: What is Your Motivation Today?

Happy Monday! Today we are given the opportunity to start a fresh week and make it a great one. What More >>

Wellness Wednesday: Happy “Health” Day; put down the pizza and say yes to the salad!

Now, I know its Wednesday and we are all trying to get over the mid-week-hump but this is not the More >>

Motivation Monday: How to fight a case of the Mondays

5:30am, the sun is yet to rise, it is Monday morning. Your alarm clock has been snoozed twice already and More >>

Swimming Skills Critical

Olympian and gold-medal winner Simone Manuel got her start swimming in at the YMCA and is inspiring thousands of young More >>

Annual Maintenance Weeks

Maintaining our facilities is important to us as we strive to provide you with the best member experience possible.  It More >>

Fitness Adventures of Michelle & Erica: Over the Edge

We are interrupting our regularly scheduled blog on Hot Yoga to deliver news on a super fun adventure we were More >>

Unlike most kids, he wasn’t excited about summer

Twelve-year-old Cavari Miller says she knows kids in her neighborhood who don’t eat everyday.  At its very basic level, the More >>

She wants her children to have more

She and her children made the difficult decision to leave Nigeria for Erie and never looked back.

He was in excellent physical and mental shape when he joined the Army

But, a 2010 deployment returned him back to his family with physical and mental injuries.

He Says He Has Nothing Good In His Life

except this old piano at the Downtown Y.

Five Tips for Improving Your Highmark QUAD Bike Time

Summer is finally here, the snow and colder temps are a thing of the past.  Hopefully you all have been More >>

The Fitness Adventures of Michelle & Erica: Pole Dancing Fitness Class

Erica:  For those of you who know me, I’ve been trying to get a pole fitness class at the Y More >>

What to look for in a personal trainer

If you’ve decided you can only push yourself so far at the gym and might need someone to challenge you More >>

Healthy Aging Tips for Active Older Adults

Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and by soon are More >>

Play Powerful Promoter of Family Health and Well-being

In today’s goal-oriented society, the notion of play can seem a frivolous pursuit for those past primary school age.  Physical More >>

Summer Workouts: Water Fitness

Summertime is the perfect time to set fitness goals and get some fresh air! Join our YMCA instructors for aquatic More >>

Flag Football for Kids: What You Need To Know

Is your son or daughter interested in playing youth football? Are you hesitant to sign your child up for such More >>

The Fitness Adventures of Michelle & Erica

With keeping the New Year’s Resolution, Aerial Yoga was top of the list to try.  Who doesn’t want to swing More >>

YMCA Summer Day Camp Helps Youth Experience Their Best Summer Ever

Programming keeps kids moving, exploring and learning

The Fitness Adventures of Michelle and Erica

Welcome to our new blog! First, a little about us and why we wanted to write this blog!  First off, More >>

Top Low Carb Diets/Clean Eating

With so many different diets out there, it’s difficult to figure out which is best: Here’s what something to consider:  More >>

Top Healthy Snacks

Want to stick to your diet?  Start snacking!  Experts cite that snacking between meals helps to control hunger and rein More >>

5 Tips for Improving your QUAD Swim Time

5 Tips for Improving Your QUAD Swim Time By Dan Pierce 6 Time Overall QUAD Champion 3 Time QUAD Swim More >>

Healthy Recipes for Families

Eating together as a family can strengthen your relationships at home and help young people learn to be better friends More >>

Highmark QUAD Swim: Bigger and Better than Ever

Sponsored by Corey Barbato at Remax Real Estate The first event of the 2016/2017 Highmark QUAD Games is the 100- More >>

Improving Heart Health

Tips for managing heart disease

How to Lose Weight Quickly

Diets – First 3 letters spell “DIE” Desserts – Spells “STRESSED” backwards If Die and Stressed are not the way More >>

Popular Workouts for Women

Just like our favorite pair of jeans, our workouts can get comfortable – and, before we know it, the knees More >>

Why Women Should Weight Train

There’s something about a weight room that is immediately intimidating to women.  Women are afraid of lifting weights because they More >>

Meet Our New BFF

YMCA partners with Weight Watchers

Downtown YMCA of Greater Erie Preschool chosen for National Farm to School Network Mini Grant

Connecting Students to Fresh, Healthy Food and Nutrition Education

My YMCA Journey

My Name is Maggie Comstock. I have been coming to the YMCA since I was an infant, but as I More >>

Glenwood Y Dance Program Bridges Gap for Kids

The following was written by Glenwood Park YMCA Dance instructor Alexa Phelps The Glenwood YMCA has hopped the gap for More >>

Safe Space = Full Belly

Recent neighborhood gun violence in Erie has all of us concerned on many levels.  Local kids are telling reporters they More >>

Reel Family Fun at YMCA Camp Sherwin’s Fishing Derby

Good things happen when families unplug and play together. So, grab your kiddos and join us at YMCA Camp Sherwin’s More >>

Teaching About Safety In and Around Water

Summertime means pool time for many children and adults, and as they venture to their favorite spots to swim, play More >>

Celebrating Fathers and Their Health

On the third Sunday of every June, we take time to honor and thank the fathers, grandfathers, and male role More >>

Congratulations YMCA 2015 RAVE Award Nominees and Winners

The YMCA of Greater Erie would like to congratulate our 2015 RAVE Award Nominees and Winner.   Junior Nominee and More >>

Get Your Glow On this Saturday

Hey everyone, Norine Gammon Samuels here… Come get your glow on Saturday April 25, that’s this Saturday night at the More >>

The Y: BIG Reasons to Give

By: David Matthews, YMCA of Greater Erie Financial Development Chairman Over this past year, the YMCA of Greater Erie joined More >>

It’s All About the Pickle

Pickle Ball Open Gym

Your Heart Will Thank You

Our nation is one of the most advanced nations in the world. So, why do we continue to struggle with More >>

8 Benefits to Investing in Personal Training

BY Kelly Latimer M.Edu, ACMS-HFS, AFFA Once upon a time personal trainers were just for Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes, More >>

This is YOUR year

Chances are you are making a New Year’s Resolution. I’ve been contemplating mine now very several weeks. What I’ve noticed More >>

PI-YO My New Favorite Class

My name is Tammy Roche. So, this month I decided to check out what all of the buzz is about More >>

The Highest Point

Hi! My name is Cynthia Johnson, and throughout the past couple of months you may have heard about my participation More >>

The Many Ways I Enjoy the Y

For the past several months you have been reading about my summer fitness adventure which took me to a number More >>

Help Kids Understand Their Weight During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

October 6 is National Child Health Day, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well-chronicled, many children who are More >>

Tammy’s Fitness Adventure

My name is Tammy Roche.  I have committed to trying many new classes this fall – you know, shaking up my routine More >>