Circle of Champs Helps Families Make Memories Outside of the Hospital

January 11, 2017

Circle of Champs offers help to families with a child who has a life-threatening illness. Beyond the sick child, Circle of Champs offers the entire family a break from the stress this illness puts on the whole family. While this program helps a number of families in the area, there is one family who wanted

What is Circle of Champs?

January 10, 2017

Throughout our Annual Campaign, we fundraise for a number of different aspects of our association—from our teen programs, to after-school programs, and even camp. There is one program that we fundraise for that not only helps children, but helps the entire family. That program is called, Circle of Champs. You may have heard about Circle

Join the #HealthyYChallenge

January 4, 2017

Join the #HealthyYChallenge today and compete in a battle of the branches competition. What is the #HealthyYChallenge? When you join, you are automatically a member of your branch’s team. You earn points for different types of workouts, completing different challenges, and working hard to be your best self. You’ll be given weekly workouts and new

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

December 28, 2016

We always start the year with good intentions. We’re going to go to the gym five times a week. We’re going to make a budget and stick to it. We’re going to read one book a week, etc. But how often do we fulfill our goals? Hardly ever. But, I feel like 2017 is your

Meet Workout Buddies: Laura and Meridith

December 20, 2016

Meet Workout Buddies: Laura and Meridith Workout buddies, Laura Brothers and Meridith Haskins, wake up before the sun to start their workout at 5:00am. They meet in the wellness center, three times a week. Meridith brings the notebooks, and keeps track of their workouts and tracks their progress. “I really think, honestly and truly, that

Friends Help Friends Save Money

December 19, 2016

Exercise can be a difficult routine to maintain, but it’s twice as hard when there are sugar plums and eggnog clouding your vision. Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. You probably have at least one or two friends who are struggling with the same issue. Why not join forces? If you join the Y with

The Duanesburg Eels Take States

December 15, 2016

Last month, nine of our YMCA swimmers qualified to attend the NYS High School Swim Championship in Ithaca, NY. Four of these girls not only share a high school team, but also swim together at the Duanesburg YMCA. Amaya Digiovanni, Allie Dixon, Olivia Nelson, and Marianna Santabarbara all went to States this year to represent

10 Ways to De-Stress Every Day

December 9, 2016

Stress is unavoidable. You’re stressed in the morning when you check the clock and realize you’re running late to work. You’re stressed about meeting Friday’s deadline and you’re getting worked up about the fact that the holidays are right around the corner. Your kids both have sports practice at the same time and you have

Why Take a Self-Defense Class?

December 6, 2016

Every day, your social media feed is filled with violent crimes against women—on streets, college campuses, and even in the home. It’s important for women to know how to protect themselves in every threatening situation. A self-defense course could help you in a number of ways: It builds confidence Knowing how to protect yourself is

10 Tips to Help You Become a Better Runner

December 5, 2016

Running is one of the best exercises that you can do. It’s a great cardio exercise that helps you burn calories, strengthen joints and muscles, help you stay fit, and can also reduce the side effects of aging. It’s a hard exercise to excel at, so we’re here to help. There are a few things