The Y Opens Doors for Wellness Week to Encourage Communitywide Health

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 --- 2:00 p.m.

Press Release:

The Y Opens Doors for Wellness Week to Encourage Communitywide Health

Thanking the community with a week of free admission at all area

Madison, WI (August 2012) - The YMCA of Dane County (the Y) is taking another step to help the community to live a healthy lifestyle by
opening its doors and offering free access to all area YMCA centers for one week, starting on Monday, September 3 and concluding on Sunday, September 9. The Community Wellness Week is a special offer designed to encourage people to be active and make better choices in terms of nutrition, exercise and overall well-being.

The Y is able to provide programs and services to families and
individuals in large part by the support of members, community
participants, organizations, volunteers and donors. The Community
Wellness Week enables the Y to say thank you to the community while also continuing to promote healthy habits.

Participants are encouraged to visit the YMCA branches and sample
program offerings, including various classes to discover new ways to
improve their personal health. The Y hopes people will explore,
establish, and maintain new, healthier habits as a result.

"Our organization would not exist without the tremendous support of our community. We are opening our doors as a way of saying thank you for all you have done to help build a healthy mind, body and spirit for all," said Carrie Wall, President and CEO of the YMCA of Dane County. "We remain committed to strengthening our community and hope that by offering individuals and families the opportunity to experience the Y, we can work together to encourage good health and foster connections that will empower them to build and maintain healthy lifestyles."

As prominent advocates of community health and well being, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, and Judith Howard, MS, RN, Public Health Supervisor with Public Health Madison & Dane County are supporters of communitywide efforts that not only inspire physical activity, but also encourage health in every dimension of well being.

"Madison offers a variety of unique opportunities for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, no matter what the season," Soglin said. "We have amazing parks, bike paths, running trails, many worksite wellness programs, a multitude of Farmers Markets, and, of course, our YMCA's. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this Community Wellness Week by visiting one of the many Y locations throughout the city and seeing first-hand how the Y can support you on your wellness journey."

"Much like that of the city, our rural and suburban communities offer
individuals and families access to great opportunities to live a healthy
lifestyle," Howard said. "The Y's Community Wellness Week will give our communities the opportunity to try new programming, learn new techniques and truly focus on what living a healthy lifestyle means to them. I encourage our rural and suburban communities to embrace this opportunity to experience all that the Y has to offer."

The Y works to develop the potential of every child and teen, improve
the community's health and well-being, and works to give back and
support our neighbors. These are elements that serve as factors in
helping to build a healthier, more vibrant community. To learn more
about the YMCA of Dane County, Inc. and the healthy living programs
offered, please visit

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