YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Active for Life program contact:
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is
implementing the telephone-based program, Active Choices.
Of special focus for the intervention are low and middle
income urban and suburban individuals. The Y is focusing
on both previous Y members in the 50 and older population
as well as current Y members who are inactive.
"The YMCA is excited to be part
of this unique program that helps promote physical activity
and healthy lifestyles in seniors throughout Chicagoland.
Impacting the lives of all individuals regardless of fitness
level is part of the mission of the YMCA and a true passion
of our staff," states program director Mary Ganzel.
Since 1858, the YMCA of Metropolitan
Chicago has contributed to the lives of girls, boys, women
and men of all ages, races, religions and economic backgrounds.
YMCAs stabilize, anchor and nurture
their communities and represent a community’s commitment
to its residents, resulting from thousands of volunteer
hours of planning, community mobilizing, fund raising and
more planning. YMCAs are a catalyst for renewal, providing
local jobs, developing leadership, and extending resources
that empower residents for problem solving. Each YMCA’s
local board provides direction, sets its budget and raises
Whether it be through teaching children
to swim, training adults for the workplace, providing technological
access for lower-income neighborhoods or providing homemaker
services to keep seniors in their homes, YMCAs collaborate
with schools, public service providers, government agencies,
churches and neighborhood associations to improve life quality
and encourage individual achievement.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
operates 36 city and suburban Centers and more than 100
extension sites throughout Chicagoland. The YMCA touches
and strengthens the lives of hundreds of thousands of people
each year. Each YMCA provides valuable programs and services
to the diverse neighborhoods of Chicago and its surrounding