Michiana Family YMCA

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Responsibility

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Michiana Family YMCA

The Michiana Family YMCA strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. We’re more than just a place to work out. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do.

With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.



A heat advisory has been issued for St Joseph County for June 28. The National Weather Service says temperatures will continue to rise into the mid-90s Thursday. They advise that we all take extra precautions when working our spending time outdoors. Try to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

A good idea would be to review the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, wear light weight and loose-fitting clothing if possible, and drink plenty of WATER.


Proudly announcing the upcoming 3-for-3 Triathlon, set for August 26 in South Bend, are the Center for the Homeless, YMCA OF MICHIANA, INC. and the Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center. These three agencies are joining forces to create what is sure to be the highlight of the summer season.

The 3-for-3 triathlon will include the three traditional segments (swim, bike and run), but with a twist. For those who do not consider themselves swimmers or are looking for an new challenge, the option is offered to substitute a kayak for that leg of the race.

MICHIANA FAMILY YMCA is offering a free 8-week training program for registered participants, beginning this week.


The good news: the weather forecast for Memorial Day Weekend is sunny and warm. No problem planning that barbeque with family and friends. You can count on getting outside for a parade, biking, walking, swimming, boating, gardening -- all the things that make summer fun!

The bad news: exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun can have negative long-term side effects.

We want you to be healthy, so here are some fact from the Skin Cancer Foundation to help you enjoy Summer the way it was meant to be: outside!


We all know that staying active is a great way to maintain a healthy weight. But if we want to lost a bit of winter weight, we have to change what we are eating. In the summer, many of us will plant a vegetable garden -- its a great way to be active and grow healthy food! And many more of us will share in the bounty of those gardens. Here are couple of ideas for getting the most out of your garden this summer:


NEWS UPDATE: South Bend Tribune reports that Jim Milliken earned five gold medals competing in the first Buckeye Wheelchair Games on April 27-29, 2012, at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

To read more about Jim's story: here's a blog post from last September.

“Answer me one question,” implores Scrooge, in the Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol. “Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be, only?”

In the news today, a Duke University health economist forecasts that by 2030, 152.7 million Americans (42% or more than 2 in 5!) will be obese, bloating related health care costs to $550 billion. That's billions, with a B.


Starting May 1st when you join the Y you could save big! How? Depending on the day of the month you sign up for a Y membership determines the cost of your joining fee. Say you decide to join us May 1st. Your joining fee would only be $1!!! What about May 19th? $19! So the sooner you join the Y the more you save. But hurry, this offer only last through the month of May.



The Y is a cause for strengthening community. Several students involved with a unique YMCA afterschool program are taking an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change, right in their own neighborhood. And we believe this will help them to stay in school.

“Strong communities don’t just happen; they’re the result of steady leadership and stewardship of strong values. And that’s the Y,” says Antonius Northern, director of the YMCA Innovation Delta in South Bend. “We make a difference by focusing on three key areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. By investing in our kids, our health and our neighbors, we are ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to thrive.”



Introduce your preschoolers to a sport appropriate for their age and interests, suggests Mike Pott, Director of Youth Sports for the Michiana Family YMCA.

“The interests of the child, the attitude of family members, and the demands of the sport all interact to affect the child’s experience,” says Pott.  “When grownups establish realistic goals for a child, we know kids work harder because success feels possible.”

Above all, according to Potts, emphasizing that sports are fun to play will help your child stay active and benefit from all that playing sports can offer. It appears at least two local physicians agree, according to Sunday's South Bend Tribune.



Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "Gone are the days of just signing up for health insurance and hoping you don’t have to use it.”

In a story published Monday, April 2, Appleby writes that more and more employers are using the carrot and stick approach to cutting health care costs. Blood tests and exercise areas are becoming more and more common. The results of the tests become the basis for the employee’s health insurance premium.

The trend is expected to continue, as the incentives and penalties allowed by law are scheduled to increase in 2014, from 20% to 30% of the cost of the insurance plan.


The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
Read more about our financial assistance.