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.

 

NEWS FROM THE Y

SWIMMERS ROCK THE BLOCKS

To say that we're proud of our Stingrays would be an understatement.

We are amazed every day by the dedication the kids show in everything they do. The Stingrays work hard to be great in the water, in the classroom, and at home. We feel lucky to work with them.

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FINDING THE POWER TO BE MORE

"She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life." - Frances E. Willard

Ms. Willard wrote a book called How I Learned to Ride The Bicycle, published in 1895. She said that riding a bicycle requires the same skills that made her successful in life: strong spirit, patience, persistence and willingness to fail before she mastered it.

And she was not the only person to see the metaphor.

Albert Einstein once wrote that “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Ernest Hemingway noted that riding a bike allows you to know the countryside in a much more intimate way than by motorized vehicle. In an article entitled “Taming the Bicycle,” Mark Twain urged, “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.”

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EVERBODY IS...

Today's South Bend Tribune brings news of "Love Your Body" week at Saint Mary's College, in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “everyBODY is…,” a phrase which can be completed using any individual’s definition of beauty.

According to the American Psychological Association, 30 – 40% of women are somewhat unhappy with their appearance while another 45% experience anxiety or depression due to dissatisfaction with their appearance. Eating disorders and obesity often begin in childhood and can be influenced by both society and family relationships. If you thought only girls were affected, APA also finds that a boy's body image can be as negatively impacted by video games as a girl's self-image is influenced by beauty magazines.

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LEAP INTO SPRING

Spring Session 1 begins February 19 at the Michiana Family YMCA, and that means the time to register is now.

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NEW LEADERSHIP; SAME MISSION

Did you read in the South Bend Tribune? The YMCA of Michiana, Inc., beginning its 130th year of service to the community, announces a realignment of its leadership, around three areas of focus and operations.

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WE WIN AS A TEAM

That was one tough workout this morning – at 5:50 am no less. Ten warriors came together to push themselves and each other. The thought crossed my mind that we were willingly subjecting ourselves to the Bataan Death March

And then I got real.

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HAPPY KIDS, HEALTHY KIDS

Michiana Family YMCA Home School PE has resumed for the Spring Semester this week. Open to all students ages 4-15, we focus on the developing potential of kids with the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility as our guide. Kids have fun while realizing their potential.

The Ancient Greeks believed the development of the body was as important as development of the mind. Physical well-being was necessary for mental well-being, with the need for a strong, healthy body to harbor a sound mind.


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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.