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Prepping for Parent-Teacher Conferences: Greenpoint Y Tips for Academic Confabs

Along with shorter days, crunchy leaves, and the breaking out of corduroys, the fall also brings with it another tradition: parent-teacher school conferences.“Parent-teacher conferences are invaluable opportunities to gain first-hand feedback about your child’s academic performance and are occasions that should not be missed,” says Jacqueline Misla, YMCA of Greater New York, Senior Executive Director of Youth & Family programs. Read more…

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program: 6 basic tips for reducing ‘high sugar’ risk factors

Diabetes is a chronic condition with serious complications, including heart disease, blindness, stroke and kidney failure. However, managing and even avoiding diabetes is something that can be done in a straightforward manner. Through its Diabetes Prevention Program, the YMCA is doing something to help people who are prediabetic prevent the progression to diabetes and the lifelong problems, even death, it causes. Read more…

Brooklyn Fitness Week: Seven days of health, wellness and bargains

Brooklyn Health and Fitness Week kicked off to uber loud Zumba music at Industry City in Sunset Park Sunday with 60 vendors ranging from health insurance companies and sports clubs to health clinics, dance groups and athletic wear companies showing off and raising awareness of their products. The idea? To counteract the effects of the borough's famous cheesecake, churros and pizza. "We have one of the highest rates of child obesity in the country," and the number of overweight adults is also a problem, said John Madias, marketing coordinator for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Matthew Cofrancesco, executive director of the Brooklyn Sports Club in Canarsie, stopped by the booth promoting the Dodge YMCA in Brooklyn Heights, to see about getting a Y membership for his wife. Read more…

New York YMCA President and CEO to Retire

The YMCA of Greater New York announced that President and CEO Jack Lund will retire next June after 10 years at the helm. Lund has grown the YMCA of Greater New York—the largest in the United States— to more than 500,000 New Yorkers, half of them under the age of 25, according to the Y. Read more…

Constantinides hosts first budgeting hearing

For the first time Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is among 24 Council members who are now allowing residents to vote directly on how to use $1 million of their discretionary spending allotment. A large contingent of the crowd came from the Long Island City YMCA to support a proposal for a new playground at IS 126, which now has a concrete slab ridden with holes and cracks. Their petition has over 350 signatures and letters from children. Read more…

New Y Roads Center Opens in Bronx

The YMCA of Greater New York and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrated yesterday the Bronx borough expansion of the Y Roads program, which puts New York City's "opportunity youth" on paths towards higher education and careers. On hand to celebrate the new center were Bronx Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene, District 16 Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, and District 17 Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo. Read more…