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Drug deactivation pouches: New weapon in war against drugs

The drug epidemic on Staten Island is at an all-time high, and local elected officials are constantly looking for a solution to the ongoing problem. Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has donated 10,000 drug deactivation pouches, which will provide a safe and responsible means of disposing prescription medicine that is often abused and misused. The pouches will be distributed free through Delco Drugs and Specialty Pharmacy, located at 3833 Richmond Ave., as well as the YMCA's South Shore and North Shore locations. Read more…

6 free events for kids: St. George Day, Whistlin’ Wolves and more

Staten Island YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with free community events, featuring activities such as Tae Kwon Do, basketball, swimming, arts & crafts, nutrition information and much more, to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. "We'll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips they can easily replicate at home. It's free and open to the community." said Anita Harvey, senior executive director of the Staten Island YMCA . Read more…

Spring break fun for Staten Island kids: Street games, trampolines, art camp

School's out for the week of April 6 and after a long, cold winter, the kids will be itching to get moving and out of the house. The Island culturals have come up with some pretty nifty things to do indoors and out -- for fun, creativity, learning -- but no tests. Both the Broadway and South Shore YMCA offer spring break camps. Read more…

Husband and wife both diagnosed with cancer learn to ‘Livestong at the YMCA’

After Gerard and Maureen Herr found were both diagnosed with cancer, they found support in the Livestrong at the YMCA. The three-month program for cancer patients and survivors provides a personal trainer to show people the ropes in the gym and shift the focus from fighting cancer to regaining strength and confidence and improving their well-being. People need not be a YMCA member to join. A grant from the Richmond County Savings Foundation helps the YMCA provide it at no cost to as many people as possible. 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…