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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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Lexington Veterinarian Makes Exercise Priority After Heart Surgery
Ken Reynolds

Seven years ago, Ken Reynolds of Lexington lay on an operating table with doctors performing open-heart surgery on him.

A surprise heart attack at the age of 66 woke him in the middle of the night, and quadruple by-pass surgery was needed.

After an 11-day stay in the hospital, Ken began cardiac rehab to heal his heart. To maintain his heart health, he has continued exercising five days a week ever since then at the Orthman Community YMCA.

Macho Dads Keeps Gothenburg Men Accountable to Fitness
Colten Venteicher

The morning Macho Dads workout class at the YMCA at Gothenburg Health came about simply as a way to stay accountable to exercise. “When the YMCA first opened, Jason Wagner and I decided we would start going in to exercise during the mornings,” said local attorney Colten Venteicher. “I told him if he held me […]

Allen Finds Motivation to Stay Healthy at YMCA
Barb Allen

“I’m disciplined enough to get up at 4:45 a.m., but I’m not disciplined enough to exercise on my own.”

Watson Thriving Decades After Cancer
Rich Watson

“I made a deal with myself that day that if I could ever get myself into that type of (triathlon) condition, I wouldn’t have to look back in my life and wonder, ‘What if I had done more to get healthy?’”

Alvarez Brothers Healthier, Stronger Because of YMCA
Gabe and Daniel Alvarez

“You only have one life, so I want to push the limits on what I can do. Lifting weights, living healthy and being comfortable in your own body are important to me and help me be more confident. Plus, knowing that you put in the work and the time to diet – just the work itself can make you feel better.”