Making a Positive Impact

Diane Reed

One Day Becoming Two, Then Three...

One Day Becoming Two, Then Three...Diane Reed is now at her best weight since her 40’s! Former executive director at the Kohl Family YMCA, Michael Robinson, encouraged her to come to water aerobics. Before joining water aerobics, Diane had a fear of water! Both Michael and his wife participated in the class with Diane to help her overcome her fear.
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Red heart with a stethoscope and the words "February is Heart Health Month"

February is National Heart Month

February is National Heart MonthBy Michelle Clapham, RN, MSN, APRN (retir.)Originally designated in February 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson3, National Heart Month provides the opportunity for people to focus on ways to improve their heart health.
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Giving Them a Reason to Get Up

When you've been active all you life, you want to remain active.  The Y gives members like Mary and Mike a reason to get in gear - every day -- to see friends and be healthy. 

Get Moving with this Mom

Ashley came to the Y looking for a little time for herself.  But, this energetic Mom found a whole new lease on life -- as well as a new career at the Y. 

Grandma Penny and her Kids from Karen

Connecting immigrant children to a community of love, strong values and acceptance from all, was a goal of  Grandma Penny and her sister.  Add in gymnastics, soccer, swimming and horseback riding for a result that is life changing for everyone.

The Wallace Family

Providing a caring place for children has been a core component of the Akron Area Y.  But, when kids love it so much that they want their birthday parties here ... well, that truly IS icing on the cake.