We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.
The generosity of others is at the core of the Y’s existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage.
Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities – Marion
Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) is the Y’s signature initiative of Activate America that focuses on policy and environmental change in communities to promote healthy lifestyles. The state based model focuses on communities with some of the highest childhood obesity rates in the country. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the aim of this work is to address the childhood obesity epidemic through policy, system and environmental changes that will have implications for communities and the nation. Communities in the following states are participating in Statewide PHC: Connecticut, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
Marion joined Statewide PHC in late 2010 with the coalition’s work beginning in early 2011. In August, 2011 PHC Marion adopted a comprehensive Community Action Plan to help Marion County become an amazing place to live by promoting healthy eating and physical activity throughout our communities. For the full Community Action Plan, please click here.
New Bike Route in Marion
Pioneering Healthier Communities – Marion is pleased to announce the opening of a new recreational marked bike route through the City of Marion. Thanks to the Marion Community Foundation, Nucor Steel, and many others we have a clearly marked ten-mile route through the city.