Striving for a Healthier Community

June 27th, 2015 1:18 am

First Posted: 1/6/2013

The Greater Pittston YMCA is committed TO its community. The mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all is what drives the Y to offer a wide variety of programs to uphold its mission.

The Healthier Community Initiative is built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles

We all know wellness when we experience it. It's an overall feeling of health and wholeness; a sense of belonging, the energy to live our fullest life, the desire to continually learn new things and improve our skills, and the chance to contribute and help someone else.

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It's about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body.

The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through the Y's many family-centered activities.

At the Y, it's not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.

At the Y, a supportive community is a big part of wellness. At every age and every level of activity, you'll find people just like you looking to live a little bit healthier. Members and program participants often cite the support and enthusiasm of fellow participants and staff as some of the key factors in their achievement of greater well-being.

One member sums up her favorite class this way: This is a great program, I've learned so much about how to eat healthier and I love the classes. I'm here 3 - 4 times a week now to work out and I love the new me!

Family Time

Serving families has always been at the heart of the Y.

The YMCA is a place where they can find respite from social, economic and educational challenges, and learn how to overcome them.

The Y has a fundamental desire to provide opportunities for every family to build stronger bonds, achieve greater work/life balance, and become more engaged with their communities.

Group Activity Classes

The Y offers classes for all ages, all levels and all interests. From low-impact exercise and chair classes, stretching and strength training to indoor cycling, water exercise, and yoga, you'll find a group class that's fun, supportive and keeps you moving.

Healthy Lifestyles

Living healthy is about spirit, mind and body at every age and stage. The Y offers classes and programs for those dealing with chronic disease, joint and injury rehabilitation, stress and pregnancy, in addition to health assessments and wellness coaching.

Personal Wellness Training

Everyone needs the advice of an expert sometimes, as well as the personal attention that comes with a trainer or coach. The Y offers personal training and coaching to help you set and meet your specific goals in order to live healthier.

Water Activities

What would the Y be without water? Water exercise, adult swim lessons (it's NEVER too late) and adapted exercise for those with disabilities or in rehabilitation are some of the water-based activities you'll find at the Y where we believe if you can do it on land, you can do some version of it in the water.

Expanded hours

Starting in the New Year, the Greater Pittston YMCA will be extending its hours; 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

The Pittston YMCA is all about families in 2013. The Y will be introducing new events and programs that are strictly for the families in the area.

We are introducing amazing programs that our kids and families can enjoy together. Family swim times, Parent's Night Out, Special Needs family night and programs for families to participant in together, said Craig Lukatch, CEO, Greater Pittston YMCA.

More information can be found at the Greater Pittston YMCA regarding the 2013 Healthy Community Initiative and all of the other programs being introduced for the New Year. You can also call the Y at 570-655-2255.

About the YMCA

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That's because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change.

The Y is community centered.

For nearly 128 years, we've been listening and responding to the Greater Pittston's needs. The Y brings people together.

The YMCA connects people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.

The Y nurtures potential.

The folks at the YMCA believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The Y has local presence and global reach.

The Y mobilizes local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.

With a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, the Y's impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.