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 Do you enjoy people and helping to keep them safe? Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than a job – you’ll enjoy a career with a future and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you.

2024 Weight Loss Challenge


Are you looking to make a positive change in your life and achieve your fitness goals? Look no further than the YMCA’s 2024 Weight Loss Challenge! This 8-week challenge is designed to help individuals of all fitness levels take the necessary steps toward a healthier lifestyle while providing a safe, motivating, and supportive environment. Here are seven reasons why you should sign up for the challenge today:


At the YMCA, we are dedicated to creating spaces where everyone can feel welcome, belong, and become their best selves. Our weight loss challenge is no exception, as you’ll be surrounded by a community of supportive individuals who are all working towards the same goal.


Our experienced wellness staff will be with you every step of the way, providing expert guidance on exercise, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle changes. You’ll have access to personalized coaching and support to help you achieve your goals.


Safety is a top priority at the YMCA, and you can feel confident that our weight loss challenge is designed with your safety in mind. Our instructors will ensure that you are using proper form and technique during exercises to prevent injury.


It can be difficult to stay motivated when working towards a fitness goal, but the YMCA’s weight loss challenge provides the perfect environment to stay motivated and on track. You’ll have the support of your fellow participants, as well as the encouragement of our experienced instructors.


Accountability is key to achieving your fitness goals, and the YMCA’s weight loss challenge provides just that. You’ll be held accountable for your progress and encouraged to make healthy choices every step of the way.

6. FUN

Fitness should be enjoyable, and our weight loss challenge is designed to make working out fun! With various exercises and activities, you’ll never get bored and will be motivated to keep coming back for more.


Who doesn’t love prizes? The top five winners of the weight loss challenge across the association will receive a gift card, providing extra motivation to work hard and achieve their goals.

Don’t wait any longer to start your journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Sign up for the YMCA’s 2024 Weight Loss Challenge today and experience the benefits of a supportive community, expert guidance, and a safe and motivating environment.

What’s Your Reason to Give on Giving Tuesday?

Many people associate the Y with a swimming pool, treadmills, or even a place to enjoy a cup of coffee. But the true power of the Y isn’t found within four walls. The Y is in the hearts and actions of every neighbor who believes in our vision of a better “us” and a stronger community for all.

Thanks to the support of neighbors like you, this year we have:

• Provided financial assistance to more than 26,000 community members, ensuring everyone can access our programs and services, regardless of ability to pay

• Provided more than 800 children with essential, life-saving skills through our Safety Around Water and swim lessons

• Served more than 2,600 kids through our childcare services

• Served nearly 1,800 school-aged children in our before and after-school enrichment programs

• Provided summer and outdoor education camp scholarships to nearly 2,200 kids, with priceless experiences and memories to last a lifetime!

• Served  more than 1,400 people through chronic disease prevention programs

• Collaborated with more than 500 local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to serve our community

As we approach the holiday season, we need your help to ensure we can continue transforming lives. Please give on this
Giving Tuesday, November 2,8 and let’s make our community a better place for all.

Follow the YMCA of Greater Toledo on Facebook, so you can stay informed on all the ways the YMCA is impacting the community. 

Coming Soon: Monthly Experience Programs

The YMCA has always been known for its commitment to the community and the well-being of children. In January of 2024 we will launch a new Monthly Experience offer for our youth sports and programs. This new format will be offered in addition to our traditional 8-week programming,  soon to be known as Academy programs.

The Monthly Experience offers parents the opportunity to pay for only one month of participation, without any long-term commitment. Parents and guardians will also be able to plan ahead, registering their children for sports and programs 4 months at a time.

One of the key advantages of this offering is the flexibility it offers. Parents can now enroll their children in a program without worrying about committing to a long-term schedule. This means that children can try out different programs and activities, without feeling tied down to one particular sport or program. This freedom to explore their interests and passions is essential for children’s development and growth.


Children will still have the opportunity to socialize and make new friends. The YMCA has always been a place where children can come together and interact with their peers in a safe and supportive environment. With the  Monthly Experience package, children can meet new people and form new friendships with every program they enroll in.

Finally, this new program format allows children to develop multiple new skills and talents. Whether it’s trying a new sport or participating in an art class, children can explore their interests and develop new skills that will benefit them in the long run.

The YMCA’s experienced instructors and coaches are dedicated to helping children reach their full potential, and this new program format makes it easier than ever for children to access these resources.

We are so excited about the launch of Monthly Experience for youth sports and programs. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to explore their interests, socialize with their peers, and develop new skills. The YMCA’s commitment to fostering a safe and supportive environment for children makes it the perfect place for children to grow, learn, and thrive.

Mark your calendars! Member registration will open on December 4, and registration for non-members will open the following week, on December 11.

Raising Awareness During Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know that of the 88 million Americans who have prediabetes, less than 16 percent are aware they have it? November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the YMCA of Greater Toledo is encouraging residents in Toledo and the surrounding areas to understand their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and the steps to take to prevent the disease.

Find out if you are at risk

First, we invite you to take the 60-second American Diabetes Association’s risk test to find out if you’re at risk: https://diabetes.org/diabetes/risk-test.

Next, we are sharing a handful of lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living that can decrease the risk for type 2:

Talk to Your Doctor

Use this moment as a reminder to talk to your healthcare provider about your diabetes risk factors. This is especially true if you have a family history or are overweight.

More Fruits and Veggies

Try incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your day! Eating a colorful array of healthy foods can have a huge impact on your overall health. There are some great fall recipes available including vegetables that are in season this time of year – get creative in the kitchen!

More Lean Proteins

Basic lifestyle changes – such as choosing fish, lean meats and poultry without skin – can contribute to weight loss and decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Check out some healthy and delicious ways to prepare these proteins at https://diabetes.org/.

Grain Power

There’s power in grain! Aim for whole grains with every meal. A whole grain sandwich filled with fresh veggies and lean meat is both filling and delicious.

150 Minutes of Movement

Small steps matter. Build up to 150 minutes of physical activity per week. You can start with a simple walk each day or check out our Y’s exciting group fitness class schedule. The key is to just keep moving!

Drink More Water

Basic lifestyle changes, like drinking water instead of drinks with added sugar, can contribute to weight loss and decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. Carrying and refilling a reusable water bottle is an easy way to keep thirst (and sugary beverage temptation!) at bay.

OPTIONAL: If you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, there is something you can do about it. The YMCA of Greater Toledo offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program which helps participants achieve healthy eating, regular physical activity, and modest weight loss—all of which have been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Learn more today.