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CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA BRANCHES KEEP YOUTH MOVING, LEARNING AND EXPLORING THIS SUMMER 

Branches of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA are offering summer camp to give kids and teens an adventurous, active and healthy summer. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.  Press Release

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA BRANCHES CELEBRATE HEALTHY KIDS DAY® ON APRIL 26 AIMING TO HELP KIDS EXERCISE MINDS AND BODIES

On Saturday, April 26, the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA branches are holding free community events to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.  Press Release

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA Awarded Grant to Ensure Healthy Living is Accessible to All in GREATER NEW HAVEN

Sam’s Club Giving Program grant will help advance initiatives to support the health and well-being of Greater New Haven residents.  

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA received a $65,000 grant to ensure more healthy opportunities are available to all residents in Greater New Haven, with a specific focus on increased access to these opportunities for African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino individuals and families.  Press Release

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month—Are you at Risk?

One in three Americans has prediabetes, yet few realize they are at risk.   November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA is helping Connecticut residents cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, that help people lose 5-7 percent of body weight through healthier eating and increased physical activity, can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.  Press Release

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

The CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA wants families to know how to prevent childhood obesity and live better together—both inside and outside of the home.  Press Release

YMCA Afterschool Programs Provide Learning Enrichment Activities

Providing youth with opportunities to continue to learn and engage in meaningful activities at the end of the school day can boost their academic success. To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, branches of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA are offering afterschool programs to school-aged children.  The Y’s afterschool programs combine academics with play and offer a caring and safe environment for youth who would otherwise be left unsupervised.  Press Release

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA Receives a Grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to Support Summer Youth

The Fairfield County Community Foundation, one of the area’s largest non-profit organizations, generously awarded a $15,000 grant to the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, to help support their summer Youth Alternatives to Violence Program.   Press Release

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Receives Two Grants from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to Support Summer Youth Programs

The Fairfield County Community Foundation, one of the area’s largest non-profit organizations, generously awarded grants to two branches of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA to help support summer youth programming.  The Bridgeport Y received $15,000 and the Lakewood-Trumbull Y was awarded $5,000.   Press Release

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Celebrates Water Safety during SPLASH WEEK!

Swim season is upon us and the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of playing in and around the water, while also keeping safety top of mind.   In a major, strategic effort to ensure the safety of kids and families in and around the water, all branches of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA are offering a free, community-wide program called, SPLASH, starting on Monday, June 17.   Press Release

Robert L. Fiscus Receives Highest Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Volunteer Award

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA recently awarded their H. Richard Brew Volunteer Service Award to Robert L. Fiscus of Huntington, CT for long time service and commitment to our Y.  Press Release

Karen Backus Named Fairfield YMCA Executive Director

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA has named Karen Backus as the new Executive Director at the Fairfield YMCA in Fairfield CT.   Karen brings a wealth of Y experience to the Fairfield Y.  Karen previously served as the Senior Program Director at the Harold F. Woodruff Family YMCA, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA where she grew membership, broadened group exercise programming, and expanded child care services.  Press Release

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA Branches Keep Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring this Summer

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA branches are offering camp programs to give kids and teens an adventurous, active and healthy summer. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.  Press Release

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 27 Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies

On Saturday, April 27, the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA branches are celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with free community events that encourage kids to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.  Press Release

Reduce Your Diabetes Risk and Gain Tools For Healthy Living 

The CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA is sponsoring free healthy living information sessions on March 26th, DIABETES ALERT DAY.  Press Release

Think about Your Heart Health during American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through healthy living, the CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA urges everyone to take steps to prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, so they can lead longer, healthier lives.  Learn More: Press Release

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Offers Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body. When making New Year’s Resolutions, the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA reminds families that building and maintaining family connectedness is one of the most important resolutions.  Learn More:  Press Release

Join a Cause for Community, Where Everyone Comes To Play

When dealing with life’s daily demands, people need a place to go where they can feel supported and receive help in trying times. A place where adults can find life balance; children can reach their full potential; seniors can be active and find camaraderie; and families can connect and strengthen relationships.  Read More:  Press Release 

Bridgeport YMCA Partners with the Walmart Foundation to Address Child Hunger Through Afterschool Programs

The Bridgeport YMCA joins national effort to serve 3 million healthy meals and snacks throughout the school year

The Bridgeport YMCA, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is serving meals and snacks in its afterschool program, thanks to a $7500 from the Walmart Foundation. The Bridgeport Y’s goal is to serve over 10,000 meals and snacks throughout the 2012-2013 school year. Press-Release

November is Military Family Month at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA

Families with loved ones serving in the military can connect at the Y

Military Family Month provides all Americans the opportunity to recognize the dedication, sacrifice and service of military personnel and their families.  The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA branches recognize military families this November and all year round by bringing families together to have fun, grow, strengthen their relationships and build connections with other families waiting at home.  Press Release

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Encourages Residents to Learn their Risks for Diabetes during National Diabetes Awareness Month

One in three Americans has prediabetes, yet few realize they are at risk.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is encouraging residents to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce developing the disease.  Currently, one in three Americans (79 million people) has prediabetes, a condition where a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for them to be diagnosed with diabetes. With awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.  Press Release

The Y Encourages Families to Address Healthy Living during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA offers healthy eating and physical activity tips to help residents live healthier.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA — a leader in youth development and healthy living—wants to help families understand the risks of childhood obesity and how to incorporate regular physical activity and healthy eating into their lives.  Press Release

YMCA Afterschool Programs Address Academic and Social Needs of Youth

Providing youth with opportunities to continue to learn and engage in meaningful activities at the end of the school day can boost their academic success. To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA branches are offering afterschool programs to school-aged children throughout the area.   The Y’s afterschool program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment for youth who would otherwise be left unsupervised.  Press Release

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Receives Three Grants from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to Support Summer Youth Programs

The Fairfield County Community Foundation, one of the area’s largest nonprofit organizations, generously awarded grants to three branches of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA to help support summer youth programs.  Press Release

The Y is ‘Serving Up Summer’ with the Walmart Foundation to Fight Child Hunger

The Bridgeport YMCA joins national effort to serve 5 million healthy meals and snacks to 100,000 children to help keep them well-nourished.

While summer should be a time of fun, exploration and relaxation, many children are left without the nutrition they need to learn, grow and thrive. More than 21 million children lose access to free or reduced-cost meals once the school year ends, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). To ensure that children in Bridgeport, CT have access to food year-round, the Bridgeport YMCA is offering free healthy meals and snacks through its summer food program at the Kolbe Educational Center, thanks to a $5,000 grant funded by the Walmart Foundation.  Press Release

Melissa A. Kessell Has Joined the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Melissa has a wealth of knowledge in accounting, budgeting, and information technology system development and improvements.  Her experience in these areas, combined with her ability to coach and supervise a team will be an asset to the organization and a welcomed addition to the senior staff.  Press Release

Celebrating and Supporting Fathers

More than a century ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers. The daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father’s Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.  Read further for full story:  Press Release

Barbara Moore Named Stratford YMCA Program Executive

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA has named Barbara Moore as a new Program Executive Director.  She will lead the Stratford YMCA in Stratford CT, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA.  Press Release

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Reminds Kids and Adults to Practice Water Safety 

Summertime means pool time for many kids and adults, as they venture to their favorite spots to swim, play and create lasting memories. Whether it’s the pool, beach, water park or lakefront the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA reminds the community to keep safety first when in or around the water. With this in mind, the Y offers swim programs that teach water safety skills and give kids and adults the chance to explore the many health benefits of swimming.
Full Article:  CCC YMCA Water Safety Feature Article

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Helps Kids Be Safe Around Water

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is announcing the week of May 20 – 26, 2012 as the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Water Safety Education Week. As Memorial Day approaches and summer starts, families and children will be having more fun outside.   To help keep kids safe around the water, the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA branches anticipate teaching over 1,200 about water safety during the week of May 20-26, 2012.

Full Press Release:  CCC YMCA Promotes Water Safety Press Release