News from YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
President and CEO

Engage, ignite, achieve
Dear Y Friends,

It is great to gather at the Y with friends.  As temperatures drop, we tend to bring our social and physical activities inside.  The Y has so many ways for friends to gather together and for new circles of friends and support to begin.  This month is Diabetes Awareness Month.  The Y's Diabetes Prevention Program can help those that want to prevent Type II diabetes to get ahead of that chronic disease.  We are also here to help those managing Type II diabetes with lots of health and wellness choices to keep you on track with your exercise plan.  This month, we also extend our special thanks and appreciate to those who have served our country in the military.  The Y has special outreach and programs to welcome veterans and military families into our Y family.  Healthy habits and circles of support thrive at the Y.  For so many, the Y is a second family.  Hope you enjoy the examples in this month's edition that highlight how we support each other.

I am so thankful to share this amazing organization with all of you -

Sandy Walker President

Sandy Berlin Walker
President and CEO

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The Support You Need

Kristine Merritt of Forest Park began the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program in March 2015.  “I have been overweight the majority of my adult life and have struggled with various diets,” she said.  “I decided to try the program and make a ‘lifestyle change’ to prevent gaining back the weight and becoming diabetic.”  Today, Kristine has lost 40 pounds and made some major lifestyle changes including eating healthier foods and making time for physical activity.

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With a Little Help From My Friends

Karen Zimmer took a big step in March...she walked into a SilverSneakers® class at the M.E. Lyons YMCA.  Karen had recently retired after spending 15 years at a desk job, getting little exercise.  She’s battled arthritis, breast cancer, and most recently a heart attack.  Cardiac rehabilitation was how she began her new exercise routine, eating healthier and attending SilverSneakers® classes at the Y twice a week.  “Besides being a lot of fun, the physical change has been dramatic,” said Zimmer.  “I can now walk a mile at one time, shop easily, travel, and go up and down a flight of stairs like everyone else.”


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Thanking Those Who Serve

The Y would like to salute all of our military families and thank you for your sacrifice.  As you know, the Y supports military families throughout the year with programs and initiatives to improve their well-being and provide opportunities to connect with others.  The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati provides special memberships for vets and their families, along with a Military Outreach Initiative available to families of active-duty military.


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