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Active for Life - Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Adults Age 50 and Older!
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Blue Shield of California
Church Health
Council on Aging
Greater Detroit
Jewish Council for the Aging
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San Mateo
YMCA of Met. Chicago

YMCA of Metropolitan ChicagoThe YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago


Active for Life program contact:

Mary Ganzel

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 local support.

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 suburbs.

Grantee Contact Info

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
801 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Phone: 312-932-1289

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