February Newsletter

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News from YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
President and CEO

Engage, ignite, achieve
Dear Y Friends,

Let’s get to the heart of the matter. The triangle embedded in the Y logo represents the importance of health in spirit, mind and body. This month we celebrate so much that helps us find and keep that balance – and that heart beat - with the Y. 

Keep moving with the Y’s 3,000 classes offered monthly. Enjoy a workout with friends and music to encourage you along your path to stronger health. Keep your family strong by spending quality time together - that is sure to make your heart sing. 

Join us in celebrating the history of courageous and capable people who led with their hearts. Holistic health, a belief in making things better, and a commitment to for all to have hope – that’s the Y and that’s the heartbeat we all share.

Thanks for joining us in keeping the Y’s heartbeat going strong!

Sandy Walker President

Sandy Walker President
Sandy Berlin Walker
President and CEO

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Heart Health Awareness


While February is better known for Super Bowl commercials, groundhog predictions and Valentine’s wishes, the YMCA of Greater of Cincinnati would like to assist in raising awareness of a more pressing matter – Heart Health Month.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one in four deaths annually. For Ken Hamilton, each passing February offers a time for reflection.

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Finding Love at the Y


As the saying goes – couples who sweat together, stay together. 

For Mike and Rose Vitale, this is a sentiment that still rings true today, 45 years after meeting in the sauna at the Blue Ash YMCA.  “Working out is something we had in common from the beginning of our relationship, “said Mike.  The pair work out together three days a week and utilize Activ Trax.  Mike also plays racquetball three times a week, and their grandson participates in youth basketball through the Y.

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Celebrating Black History Month


Forty years ago, Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford urged all in 1976 to seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

Strengthening the community by strengthening lives is at the core of the YMCA’s existence. The Y’s Black and Latino Achievers program strengthens lives by providing teens with the essential tools they need to pursue higher education and in identifying different career opportunities.

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