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The Y Expands Efforts to Ensure Healthy Living is Accessible to All

Ten Ys receive Community Transformation Grants to support the health and well-being of African American and Hispanic communities

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the nation’s 2,700 YMCAs, announced that 10 Ys will

receive grants of $65,000 each to lead efforts in their communities to ensure healthy opportunities are available to all.

The grants are part of the Community Transformation Grants program (CTGs) – a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and lower health care costs. Y-USA – one of seven national organizations to receive funding through CTGs – will work with 10 Ys to deepen their efforts to implement programs and strategies that support the health and well-being of individuals in their communities, with a specific focus on African American and Hispanic individuals.


YMCA (Photo credit: reidmix)

“As a leading nonprofit committed to improving the nation’s health, the Y believes that all people deserve to live life to its fullest regardless of where they live,” said Neil Nicoll, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA. “The Y exists to fulfill community needs, and creating greater access to opportunities that promote health is one of our highest priorities.  The Community Transformation Grants program will help Ys ensure that their programs and initiatives are helping individuals who face the greatest barriers to healthy living.”

The Y’s CTGs efforts will focus on two main areas:

  1. Coordinating and linking systems between health care providers, clinical settings and community-based organizations in predominately African American and Hispanic communities to help guide individuals to prevention efforts/programs such as the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program that are proven to increase health outcomes.
  2. Enhancing local efforts to implement community-wide strategies that create environments in early childhood and afterschool settings that ease the adoption of healthy eating and physical activity standards with an emphasis on locations serving African American and Hispanic populations.

The 10 Ys selected to receive funds through CTGs are:

Community Y of Marshalltown Marshalltown, IA
Rye YMCA Port Chester, NY
YMCA of Central Kentucky Lexington, KY
YMCA of Delaware Wilmington, DE
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Cincinnati
YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Indianapolis
YMCA of Greater Louisville Louisville, KY
YMCA of Greater Seattle Seattle
YMCA of Southern Arizona Tucson, AZ

“The CDC congratulates all of the new community awardees. The success of the Community Transformation Grants program is in its multi-sectoral partnerships, which maximizes community efforts to improve health where we live, work, play and learn,” said Dr. Rebecca Bunnell, Acting Director of the Division of Community Health, CDC. “The Y has an excellent track record of fostering healthier communities and these new awardees will help expand access to healthy food and physical activity community-wide. This type of local action is critical in our efforts to prevent diabetes and reduce the disturbing increases in childhood obesity that we’ve seen over the past 20 years. We are so pleased to work with outstanding partners like Y-USA in our joint commitment to make healthy living easier.”

The 10 YMCAs will work over a period of 16 months to deepen their efforts and learn new ways to improve the health and well-being of African Americans and Hispanics in their communities.  The outcomes and learnings from the initiative will help generate leading practices that will be shared with other YMCAs, as well as the CDC, in order to make an impact across the nation.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

For Immediate Release Contact:
Kelly Kennai
YMCA of the USA


WASHINGTON, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/


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Flu Season Makes a Late Appearance

Our thoughts may be on spring, but reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that winter’s companion—seasonal influenza—is making a late appearance in the U.S.

Flu Checklist

Flu cases are now widespread in two states (Calif., Colo.), and an increasing number of states are reporting regional flu activity. The CDC expects this activity to rise in the coming weeks.

Flu Prevention
The flu virus can spread from a cough, sneeze or even talking. To avoid getting or passing the flu to others, follow these prevention tips:

  • Get a flu shot every year. It’s not too late! Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to minimize illness and death.
  • Practice good health habits to maintain your body’s resistance to infection by eating a balanced diet, drinking lots of fluids and getting a good night’s rest.
  • Stop the spread of germs by washing your hands with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze with a tissue and minimizing contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Adopt business/school practices that also encourage employees/students to stay home when sick.
  • The flu is contagious, with the ability to infect others a day before symptoms appear and up to a week after becoming sick. Children may be contagious for an even longer period.
  • Staying home will help protect those around you from the flu virus—at work, at school or at the grocery store.

Caring for Those with the Flu
If someone in your household has the flu, follow these tips:

  • Designate one person as the caregiver.
  • Avoid sharing items such as pens, towels, sheets, blankets, food or eating utensils unless cleaned between uses.
  • Disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace.
  • Wash everyone’s dishes using very hot water and soap.
  • Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.
  • Wear disposable gloves when in contact with or cleaning up body fluids.

To learn more about how to stay healthy this flu season, read our Preparedness Fast Facts.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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