The Y says ‘thanks’ with free admission for a week

For the second consecutive year, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee will offer free access to all YMCA centers as part of Healthy Lifestyle week held Sunday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 3.
“Our motive is quite pure,” said Janet McMahon, vice president of healthy living strategy at the Y. “Healthy Lifestyle Week is really our way of saying thank you to the community. We rely on contributions of time, talent and financial resources and the people in the communities we serve have always been there for us. So particularly in a season for thanksgiving it is truly an opportunity just to say thank you.”
According to McMahon, the Y also wants to encourage people to be active and learn more about nutrition, exercise and overall well-being. During healthy lifestyle week non members will have access to wellness centers and program offerings including group exercise classes and pool use.
“We remain committed to strengthening our community and hope that by offering individuals and families the opportunity to experience the Y,” said Bob Yamachika, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.  “We can work together to encourage good health and foster connections that will empower them to build and maintain healthy lifestyles.”
Last year the Y had approximately 200 to 300 nonmembers visit the centers throughout the week. McMahon hopes that as the organization continues to host the free week that popularity grows.
“Milwaukee offers a variety of unique opportunities for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, no matter what the season,” said Bevan Baker, commissioner of health for the city of Milwaukee. “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 Healthy Living 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.”

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