Y’s Words Blog

Welcome to the Y’s Words Blog! This is the place that the Y staff (and hopefully some guest posters) will be sharing their knowledge, expertise and thoughts on the Y, our movement, their areas of expertise and life in general.  Over the next several weeks, you’ll see comments and posts from lots of people on lots of topics and we hope you find them interesting and entertaining!


A Journey of Self Discovery

If you’re looking for a story of inspiration, look no further than Vincent Floyd. He’s proof that with dedication and by being a part of the Y, you can accomplish anything. Vince’s story really begins as far back as he can remember.  He grew up in Co-op City, NY and moved to Durham, NC.  Vince […]

Four Easy Steps to forming new, healthy habits

January. New beginnings, new state of mind, same old struggles.  If you’re like me and most people, you find it really difficult to develop and maintain healthier lifestyle habits.  You start out strong and really get into a rhythm. But then, things get busy, or you get sick, or life just catches up. And before […]

Keys to surviving January at the YMCA

January is such a busy time at the Y, just like so many other wellness facilities around the country.  From New Year’s Resolutions to Youth Basketball, Swim Lessons to our long-time members, our facility is filled to the brim.  With so much going on, it’s easy to get frustrated trying to use the Y.  We’re […]

A special time of year

November has arrived and that means the start of the holiday season.  Here at the Y we always look forward to that time of the year because it gives us a chance to reconnect with our great member families. One of my favorite things we do at the Y each year is our holiday potluck […]

Fall at the YMCA

I’m so excited about October at our Y! The month is filled with great programs and events that are great fun AND support an important cause.  Our ZUMBA PARTY on October 4 and the PUMPKIN RUN on October 26 both support our We Build People Program. These programs will help share our story and raise […]

Reconnecting with our Leaders

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been working hard to make sure we are sharing updates on the Y’s future and get feedback from our members and the community.  From the creation of our facilities task force, which is working hard to help develop recommendations for the future of our Chapel Hill branch, to the […]

Summer Camp – A Different Experience Every Time

It’s summer at the Y and that means Summer Camp is in full swing. It’s one of my favorite times of the year as we get to see kids from all over our community experiencing the Y in their own way.  At our Y, we offer 8 different camps every day. Kids get the chance […]

Summer Safety 101

Summer’s around the corner and that means fun for the whole family. Whether you’re headed out to the pool or planning a vacation, being prepared for everything summer brings with it.  Here are some great tips to keep in mind: Sun Safety: Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and reapply often. […]

Generation Overscheduled

This week’s post comes from Whitney Kahn, Senior Program Director at the Y. It’s amazing how different conversations with a child or teen are today compared to 15-20 years ago.  Gone are the days of riding the bus home after school to grab a bite to eat and run out to play in the neighborhood […]

True Love Blossoms

This week’s post comes from Greg Lee, Marketing Director for the Y. True Love Blossoms at the Chapel Hill – Carrboro YMCA.  That’s what was listed under the “How We Met” section of their wedding website.  I’m referring to Ashley and Matthew, who’s wedding I got to attend one recent warm summer afternoon.   I’ve […]

Lessons across Generations

This week’s blog post is from Paula Bruett, director of the YMCA Children’s Center at Carol Woods, a five star licensed intergenerational preschool.  Paula lives in Mebane with her husband, Jeff, and her two children, Savannah and Cooper.  She has worked for our Y for seven years. “Men do not quit playing because they grow […]

Darkness to Light: Looking Upstream

Today’s blog comes from Tricia Smar, the Y’s Prevention Specialist for the Darkness to Light Initiative. I work for the Y in the Darkness to Light Initiative, which seeks to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety as every adult’s responsibility.  I’m charged […]

Youth Sports: 5 Great Things.

This Week’s post is from Mike Meyen, our Sports Director at the Chapel Hill branch. I’ve been involved with youth sports at our Y since 1999.  I work with kids from about age 3 all the way up through the 6th grade in sports like soccer, basketball and tball & baseball.  I get to see […]

Fitness – More Than Just Physical

This week’s post is by Kevin Cragwell the Health and Wellness Director here at the Y. While he’s only been with this Y for 8 months, he’s been serving in the Y for over 14 years. I live a very active lifestyle, I enjoy backpacking, cycling hiking, paddling, racquetteball…most anything related to the outdoors or fitness. […]

Where’s Your Water Tower

This week’s post is from Nicki Smith, one of our Senior Program Directors. Nicki has over 20 years of experience with the Y.  Nicki lives in Graham, NC with her husband Corey, son Joseph and a sweet old Boxer, Maple. Recently my 2 year old has seen me take off in the early evening to […]

A Purpose Much Deeper Than Any Pool

This week’s post is from Jerry Whortan, CEO of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro Y Early in my Y career, I spent a good deal of time working in aquatics and I remember this one particular Mom who came to our pool with her family. Because she had such a terrific fear of the water, […]

Find Your Hill to Run Down

Every now and then, a friend or acquaintance of mine, knowing I work at the Y (and not knowing I work in MARKETING at the Y) will ask me for tips on his or her fitness routine.  I think any of us who embark on a fitness journey are looking for ways to improve our […]