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Exercising for Your Mental Health

Exercise is critical to our overall mental health and a great way to destress during this challenging time. Check out our list of reasons for exercising not only to stay physically healthy, but to help boost your mood too. 

By: Elizabeth Nikol, DBH, LCSW, A-CBT, Summit Medical Group | May 26, 2020

Youth Programs

Blue Skies, Silver Linings: Emergency Child Care is a Breath of Fresh Air

Our Emergency Child Care program at Hillsborough YMCA provides a breath of fresh air for children, parents and staff during an uncertain time. 

By: Greater Somerset County YMCA | May 20, 2020

Healthy Living

Improving Mental Health and Wellness During the COVID-19 Crisis

As the crisis continues, we find ourselves facing an abundance of stressors, but the good news is there are ways to decrease this emotional turmoil. Elizabeth Nikol, a behavioral health and wellness expert at Summit Medical Group, offers us tips on how to alleviate stress during this very challenging time. 

By: Elizabeth Nikol, DBH, LCSW, A-CBT, Summit Medical Group | May 11, 2020

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Celebrating Mom

With the challenges posed this year, how do you ensure mom still has a wonderful Mother's Day on May 10? Check out our list of creative gift ideas for mom to ensure her day is extra special. 

By: Greater Somerset County YMCA | May 01, 2020

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QUARANTINE KITCHEN: DESSERT EDITION

If you’ve started to flex your baking muscles to create some tasty treats for your quarantine cookbook, or to just relieve some stress, here are a few sweet recipes for you to try.

By: Greater Somerset County YMCA | Apr 21, 2020

Social Responsibility

Hug Trees, Not People

This year marks the 50thanniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 1970) – the largest non-religious observance worldwide – and with current social distancing guidelines and event cancellations, many may be wondering what they can do to help the planet this year.

By: Greater Somerset County YMCA | Apr 15, 2020

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New Normal, New Hobbies

Bored but don’t want to admit it? Here’s a list of activities, new hobbies, classes and projects you can take on to help stay productive – a stimulated mind = a healthy mind!

By: Greater Somerset County YMCA | Apr 08, 2020

Healthy Living

Calm Between the Chaos: 5 Tips for Practicing Mindfulness

These are trying times. The stress is piling on and we are all shouldering the weight. But, we want to help you take the time to pause for a moment, so you can better alleviate some of this stress and see these times through a different lens. Both adults and children can benefit from mindfulness, and what better time to start this practice than right here, right now. Here are a few tips to get you started.

By: Greater Somerset County YMCA | Apr 01, 2020

Social Responsibility

Caring for Community...From Home

These past few weeks have been challenging for everyone. If you can help your neighbors, here are a few ways you can do so with minimal contact or from the comfort of your own home.

By: Greater Somerset County YMCA | Mar 23, 2020

Youth Programs

The Great Indoors

Time spent inside can be time well spent! While schools are closed and extracurricular activities are on hold, there are plenty of things to do at home that are both education and fun for the kids. From spa days to photo collages, we have at-home activity ideas for kids of all ages.

By: Greater Somerset County YMCA | Mar 17, 2020

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Food Fight

For more than 100 years, Greater Somerset County YMCA has identified and developed solutions to address community needs, including fight against food insecurity. 

By: Megan James, director of social responsibility at Greater Somerset County YMCA | Feb 18, 2020

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Have a Healthy Heart

February is American Heart Month, which is a great time to make small adjustments to your everyday activities that can have lasting effects on your health.

By: Greater Somerset County YMCA | Feb 06, 2020

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Super Snacks for the Super Bowl

Looking forward to the big game, but worried about your snacking habits wreaking havoc on your waistline? We've got you covered with a healthy game plan with tips from our new nutrition coach, Jordana Raban. 

By: Jordana Raban, Greater Somerset County YMCA Nutrition Coach | Jan 28, 2020

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A Look at Camp Sunburst at Somerville YMCA

Choose from a variety of fun, educational and exciting camp programs for your kids at Somerville YMCA this year!

By: Jessica Nicewicz, Associate Program Director at Somerville YMCA | Jan 27, 2020

Summer Camp

Camp STAR Spotlight: Extensively Trained Staff

Camp STAR offers a safe, nurturing and educational space for kids during the summer. Come to our Open House on February 1!

By: Matt Gray, associate branch executive director at Hillsborough YMCA | Jan 20, 2020