Welcome to the Y

The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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Arapahoe Friends Put Brakes on Diabetes with Simple Solutions
Deb & JoDee

Two Arapahoe women are taking steps now to avoid diabetes problems that have affected both of their families. “We’d like to stop it with this generation,” JoDee Walbridge said. JoDee and her friend, Deb Eichenberger, registered together for Phelps Memorial Health Center’s Simple Solutions class, which is a National Diabetes Prevention Program that educates individuals […]

Carlson Drops 10 Sizes, Strengthens Heart at Gothenburg Y
Madeline Carlson

A simple switch from the Nu-Step to the stationary bicycle helped Gothenburg YMCA member Madeline Carlson lose 60 pounds and improve a heart condition. Madeline, who will be 74 in March, joined the YMCA shortly after it opened in Gothenburg. She had been walking outside when the weather was nice, but she tore her calf […]

YMCA Spin Class Helps Cozad Teacher Lose 60 Pounds
Mark Messner, Woody Blackmore, Paul Pack

Being involved in the Orthman Community YMCA has been life-changing for three area men who have found friendship and better health through their connection at YMCA spinning class. It started with Paul Pack, a Lexington photographer who has been teaching group cycling/spinning at the Orthman YMCA since it opened in 2010 (at the old library […]

YMCA Sparks Love of Running, Serving for Popple
Popple Family

For Ashley Popple, the journey to better health started with taking that first step on a treadmill at the Don Sjogren Community YMCA more than a decade ago. “After my pregnancy with my daughter, I had gained a lot of weight and hadn’t taken a lot of time for self-care,” Ashley said. “I looked in the mirror […]

YMCA Helps Young Family Model Healthy Lifestyle
Dalton & Mariah Reidel Family

In December 2018, the Riedel family of Gothenburg decided to join the YMCA during the Can Your Joining Fee membership promotion. “We saw that the YMCA was waiving the joining fee in exchange for canned goods, and we decided it was the perfect time to become members,” Mariah Riedel said. Since that time, the YMCA […]