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How to Prevent “Brain Drain” in Children This Summer

Position your child for educational success and prevent summer “brain drain” by staying busy with these fun and engaging activities!

April 29, 2017

Take the pledge to become a Y Water Watcher

Save lives by monitoring children around water

April 28, 2017

How VEEP Teaches You to Listen to Food Signals

Instead of tracking units of energy like calories, VEEP teaches you how to read the signals of the food you eat and plan your meals accordingly.

April 26, 2017

Don’t Forget: Summer Day Camps Are Just 4 Weeks Away!

Early June is the start of YMCA summer day camp season, and registration is now open. Whether you're looking for a traditional day camp experience, or a specialty sports, STEM, arts or travel-based camp, the Y has an option for you.

April 25, 2017

Four Ways to Give Back and Get Outside on Earth Day

Check out this list of Earth Day activities throughout the Chicagoland area.

April 21, 2017

How the Y Promotes Environmental Friendliness in Children

This spring and summer, the YMCA of Metro Chicago offers various ways for children to get out and enjoy nature.

April 20, 2017

How VEEP Harnesses Your Body’s Natural Daily Rhythm

In a guest blog post, the founder and CEO of VEEP, Joel Greene, discusses a non-time-intensive way to harness your body's natural daily rhythm and burn more fat.

April 19, 2017

4 Valuable Tips for Teens Seeking Volunteer Opportunities

The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Director of Volunteerism Linda Dean offers up some tips for teens searching for opportunities to volunteer their skills and time.

April 18, 2017

Join the Y for Free This Spring, April 17-May 8

Take advantage of this limited-time-only $0 joiner offer today, save up to 50% off most programs and get advanced registration privileges for the upcoming summer sessions.

April 17, 2017

Optimal Gut, Optimal Life: How VEEP Rebalances the Bacteria in Your Gut

In a guest blog post, the founder and CEO of VEEP, Joel Greene, discusses a non-time-intensive way to get lean and live longer: rebalancing the kinds of bacteria in your gut.

April 12, 2017

The 6 Craziest Things Happening at Healthy Kids Day 2017

Here are the wildest and weirdest activities happening at Chicagoland YMCAs during Healthy Kids Day - Saturday, April 29, 2017.

April 11, 2017

5 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

More than 300 million people in the world are currently living with depression, a mental health condition brought on by various factors such as loneliness or illness that can impair the day-to-day living of individuals and cause fatigue, stress, low motivation and anxiety.

April 07, 2017

Don’t Forget: Spring 2 Programs Begin Next Monday!

Register now for exciting new fitness and nutrition options, Deep Water Cadence Running, sports, swimming, and much more! Spring 2 programs start Monday, April 10.

April 06, 2017

How VEEP Can Help You Overcome the “Time and Energy Problem”

In a guest blog post, the founder and CEO of VEEP, Joel Greene, discusses how to overcome the most common barrier to getting and staying healthy: time and energy.

April 05, 2017

Please Help the Y Preserve Funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Learn about the impact the Y’s Community Schools Initiative (Y-CSI) is making with funding from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

April 04, 2017

National Youth Violence Prevention Week: A Year-Round Objective

April 3-7, 2017 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Learn about some of the ways the YMCA of Metro Chicago works with youth to reduce violence in the city.

April 03, 2017

Active Green Space

The Active Green Space at the Rauner Family YMCA and McCormick Tribune YMCA aims to impact health and wellness with a focus on childhood obesity

April 01, 2017

Celebrate Healthy Kids Day at the Y on April 29!

YMCA of Metro Chicago centers across Chicagoland are hosting the 26th annual Healthy Kids Day ®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.

March 31, 2017

New Research Shows the Connection Between Poverty, Violence, and Trauma

The Illinois Poverty Report 2017 argues that reducing poverty and treating trauma can disrupt the cycle of violence.

March 31, 2017

Want to Make a Difference in Chicago This Month? Volunteer!

April is National Volunteer Month and Let’s Move! Outside invites you to volunteer your time this spring at our public lands throughout Chicagoland.

March 31, 2017

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