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Fear Not

I've always been a bit ambivalent about Halloween. On the one hand, I have long maintained that I may very well be the owner of...
September 28, 2015 | Comments (3)

The Way of Saint James- Final Entry

Day 39 - We planned this time in Santiago as a "rest day,"  but we didn't slow down a lot. We did sleep...
September 23, 2015 | Comments (3)

The Way of Saint James Part 7

Day 32 - We made the tough decision today to skip a segment of the Camino for the first time, and take a taxi to...
September 16, 2015 | Comments (2)

Fat Girls Can Skip

By Guest Blogger Amy Boheman In 2011, I lost 60 pounds. In the...
September 15, 2015 | Comments (3)

The Way of Saint James Part 6

Day 25 was pretty uneventful. We left Leon just before sunrise under a crystal-clear sky and made great time getting out of the city...
September 10, 2015 | Comments (4)

The Way of Saint James Part 5

Day 18 - Today was probably the easiest walk we've had yet (virtually zero elevation gain, smooth, level track, only 12.7 miles, and frankly pretty...
August 31, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Way of Saint James Part 4

Day 11 turned out to be one of the most pleasant days of our Camino experience so far. After oversleeping by a few minutes, we...
August 24, 2015 | Comments (8)

The Way of Saint James Part 3

Day 4 was a "rest day," if you can call walking 21,000 steps (per my FitBit) a rest. Suffice to say that Pamplona is simply...
August 17, 2015 | Comments (12)

The Way of Saint James Part 2

So much to think about from our first few days... From travel mercies to the first amazing days on the Camino to lessons being learned...
August 10, 2015 | Comments (2)

The Way of Saint James

By Guest Blogger, Jim Maxwell As I write this, Lynn and I have only a few days before...

Find a fun activity the whole family enjoys, and get active together. Try a different activity each week until you find what works.

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With love and respect,
your YMCA staff team

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Running late to class? Don't drive around trying to find a closer parking space; park farther away and jog to the Y and get your warm-up out of the way.

Our Safety and Risk Manager gets candid about cameras:

For safety purposes, cell phones and cameras are strictly prohibited in our locker rooms and restrooms. Please leave them (and personal conversations) in your purse or bag while using these spaces.

While we enthusiastically applaud your efforts in the weight room and are fully supportive of your need for photo documentation of your exercise success, we kindly request that you resist the urge to take locker room selfies, which may cause people to question your intentions and create an awkward situation for everyone involved.

Thank you for your understanding and for alerting staff if and when you notice violations of this policy.

A great place to be active together as a family is in the Y pool.

#FPAD It's National Fall Prevention Awareness Day.

Did you know that there were more than 15,000 fall-related hospitalizations last year among adults 65 years old and older, at a cost of more than $1 billion in Washington State?

Studies prove that regular exercise can reduce the risk of falling by as much as 60%. At the Y, we offer a full range of exercise options, including balance classes, for senior citizens. Invite your friends and loved ones to get started today http://ow.ly/SASic

A tip for parents from our Safety and Risk Manager during National Preparedness Month:

Equip your kids with knowledge and confidence. Create kits that include things you might need during an emergency (food, water, contact information, clothes, flashlight, etc.) and place them strategically in your home, vehicle, backpacks, and other frequently accessed locations. Talk with your family about their purpose and role play situations that could require their use.

The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is seeking a Senior Health and Well-being director for the Gordon Family Branch to organize, monitor, supervise, and oversee the Health and Well-being programs.

For more information and to apply: http://bit.ly/1G0LbjC
Position Closes October 18th, 2015.

The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is seeking experienced Arts Director to develop, direct, and coordinate all aspects of youth and adult arts programming at our Lakewood Branch.

For more information and to apply: http://bit.ly/1FdjvNv
Position closes September 30, 2015.

October 9, 2015


As we’ve said before, the Y’s mission is to serve everyone, regardless of financial circumstance, faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As our community...
October 5, 2015

A Message to Our Members and Community

The Y’s mission is to serve everyone, regardless of financial circumstance, faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As our community changes, we often find...
October 2, 2015

A Message to Our Community

At the Y, we have always been, and will continue to be, committed to the safety of every person in our care...
May 1, 2015

Stroke Care Then and Now

Jen Rittenhouse, Social Media Specialist at MultiCare Health System Things...
March 17, 2015

Acts of kindness multiply into the hundreds for Lakewood 8-year-old

Before it careened out of control — before she decided to perform 600 acts of kindness in one year — Alex McKelvey began with one...
March 4, 2015

Foster Children Receive Free Membership at Area YMCAs

In response to a community need and in keeping with our commitment to youth development and social responsibility, we are pleased to announce that effective...
March 4, 2015

Gordon Family YMCA begins to take shape

A great write-up in the Puyallup Herald on the construction of the Gordon Family YMCA. Read it here...
October 20, 2014

Sumner’s new YMCA will get double the donations

The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse will double donations for the long-awaited YMCA in Sumner. The local business announced last week that it will...
July 10, 2014

National champions headed back home to washington

Defending National Champions have kept their title thanks to a stellar performance at the 2014 YMCA National Gymnastics Championship in Tampa, Florida. Teams from the...
June 12, 2014

YMCA offers free summer lunch program

Ensuring children have healthy meals this summer is a top priority of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Many free and reduced lunch recipients...


Child Care Participants are Y Members Children enrolled in YMCA Child Care have access to a Y membership September-June...

Couch to 5k

Register today for our guided training program. Participants 8 years and older will receive a program, attend our weekly held workout, and receive our Couch...

Seals Swim Team

   Youth swim team gives kids the opportunity to learn about swimming as a sport, and, most importantly, to have fun. We encourage sportsmanship as well...

Lazyman Ironman | Fall 2015

   Can you do an Ironman? Yes, you can! Do it Lazy Man Style. Challenge yourself to complete an Ironman competition in six weeks. Participants...

Fall Parking Permits

Don't forget to pick up your Fall Parking Permit from our Welcome Center today! ...
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Women's Family Locker Room Closure

The lower Women’s Family Locker Room will be  closed for repair October 4-18.We are working to improve this space and give it a much needed...
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Backpacks 4 Kids Food Drive

FOOD BACKPACKS 4 KIDS is a program through the Peninsula Community Foundation which exists to provide food for children and their families who might otherwise...
11 - 14

Fall 2 Registration

Registration for Fall 2 youth land and water classes is open.  QUESTIONS? Christina Craig at 360-307-4015...

Journey To Healthy Living

Find freedom from food issues, eating disorders, and negative body image. This group provides support to help you achieve peace with your body and lifestyle...

1,440 Minutes in a Day...

Schedule 30 of them for physical activity.