I love March. It feels like winter is really coming to an end, and we'll soon be surrounded by an explosion of color from nature.
March is also a great time to reassess your routine at the Y, consider a new class, consult with a personal trainer to update your workouts, and enjoy special programs that add value to your membership.
Mark your calendars for March 16
If you're reading this message right now, it's a sure bet that you are also ... aging! That's not something we like to think about, but we should - because the more we prepare for aging when we are young, the better our senior years will be. That's why we're excited to bring you the next free Speaker's Series on March 16 at 7 p.m. In one hour, you will hear from two experts talking about "Engaging with Aging," a lively discussion to help you set a strategy for growing older so you can live every day to the fullest.
Join Robert Stelletello from Right at Home, serving Oak Park, Hinsdale, and Chicago, and Meredith Morris of Caring Transitions and learn why "engaging with aging" is not just for the elderly. This FREE seminar will be held right at the West Cook YMCA.
We've had a wellness check-up, too
At the West Cook YMCA, we're all about wellness - and that applies to our organization, as well. We routinely participate in research and member surveys to make sure we're giving you the value you expect as a Y member. We're exceeding the national average in terms of members who feel an increased sense of belonging here at the Y, and we're thrilled that 96% of our members see our Y as a resource for their health and well-being. But we're going to keep working because our goal is 100%!
Our wellness check-up points to a Y that is healthy, strong, and growing. We're grateful to you, our members, who make sure we keep our focus on you - because we're only healthy when our members are achieving wellness.
You made our annual support campaign the best ever
In 2016, your support meant we were able to increase the amount of scholarships we provide to more than $180,000. Every dollar contributed to our campaign goes right into scholarships, so you have confidence that you are helping your community. A growing number of members gave to the campaign in 2016. Thank you all for caring about your neighbors and making the gift of wellness available to so many.
Plan now for Healthy Kids Day & OPRF Chamber Health Fair
We're thrilled to be hosting the combination of Healthy Kids Day and the 2017 OPRF Chamber's 3rd Annual Health Fair right here at West Cook YMCA on Sunday, April 23. This completely free event will bring together dozens of options to help you learn about health and wellness in the community and take advantage of special offers.
Plus, we're excited that WTTW Kids is sending Nature Cat to greet the kids and cheer us all on to better health. So plan now to be at the West Cook YMCA on April 23rd for fun, food, fabulous offers and Nature Cat!
Our goal at the West Cook YMCA is to constantly improve the value of your membership. We hope you will join us for these programs, and use our quarterly program guide to plan the membership experience that's perfectly designed for you. Be sure to let us know at the front desk how we can help you on your journey to wellness.
Enjoy the blessings of Spring!
President & CEO