Chief Health & Wellbeing Officer Tony Janca
Apr 5, 2024

The Vitality of Movement: Embracing Health and Wellbeing

Across greater Chicago, a region where the pace of life never slows, it’s essential to take a moment to focus on our health and wellbeing. The YMCA of Metro Chicago stands as a beacon of hope and health, promoting the importance of movement and wellbeing in our daily lives. 

Movement is Life  
Movement is not just about exercise; it’s a celebration of what our bodies can do. It’s about the joy of stretching our limits and the satisfaction of reaching new goals. Unfortunately, more than 1 in 4 adults and more than 80% of adolescents do not meet the World Health Organizations recommended levels of physical activity. Remember that any movement, large or small, has immediate health benefits! At the YMCA of Metro Chicago, movement is integrated into nearly every program, encouraging individuals to embrace an active lifestyle as a cornerstone of health. 

Holistic Health for All  
The YMCA of Metro Chicago understands that wellbeing transcends physical activity. It’s about nurturing the mind, body, and spirit. With initiatives such as our partnership with Alkeme Health, the YMCA is dedicated to providing resources that cater to mental health and generational wellbeing. 

Community and Connection  
Health and wellbeing are not solitary pursuits. The YMCA fosters a community where everyone belongs, supporting each other along their journey toward better health. Whether it’s through family camps or innovative fitness classes, the YMCA is a place where connections are made, and community health flourishes. 

Investing in Our Future  
The YMCA’s commitment to health and wellbeing is also an investment in the future. By providing access to opportunities for movement that promote fitness, disease prevention, and healthy lifestyles, the YMCA is ensuring a brighter, healthier tomorrow for the entire region. 

Join the Movement  
The YMCA of Metro Chicago invites you to be part of this vital movement. With doors open to all, the YMCA is more than a gym — it’s a place where you can find the support, resources, and community to lead a life of health and happiness. Let’s move together, toward a future where every individual has the opportunity to thrive in wellbeing. 

Embrace the movement and join us at the YMCA of Metro Chicago, where your journey to health and wellbeing awaits. For more information on our programs and how you can get involved, visit our website. Together, we can make a difference — one step, one stretch, one smile at a time. 

Tony Janca is Chief Health & Wellbeing Officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Chicago. Tony obtained a master’s degree in Kinesiology and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He maintains a focus on the importance of education and community, serving as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Kinesiology for the College of Lake County. His passion for the Y and its mission is evident in his efforts to innovate and transform the association to meet the evolving needs of youth and families in the community.