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This Valentine’s Day, the Y Wants to Give the Gift of a Healthy Heart

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I’m a longtime member of my nearby YMCA branch. You can find me there for yoga or Zumba classes several times a week.

Since my now-teenage son was in 1st grade, he has played on a basketball league there, the rest of the family cheering his games from the stands. Our daughter has played volleyball, and my husband takes advantage of the weight room. Each of us has made new friends through the Y. Our YMCA is part of the fabric of our lives.ymca

So when I heard that the Y can help with all things heart-y this month, I wanted to encourage my fellow Mile High Mamas to check out your local Y. Here’s a short and timely message from the YMCA, as well as information on the facility closest to you. — Lori Holden

Not sure what to give your loved ones this year for Valentine’s Day? Your local YMCA has you covered. As a leading nonprofit organization, the Y organizes a number of programs to keep the hearts of every member of your family happy and healthy.

For Valentine’s day this year, you can keep the love alive for those close to your heart, and your surrounding community members through a Y membership or donation. Programs that promote a love of heart health include:

Blood Pressure Management Program

This program aids adults with high blood pressure to help them better understand how to negate its impact. The program encourages members to regularly monitor and track blood pressure readings, increases physical activity, and promotes heart healthy food choices.

EnhanceFitness

A moderate-impact class with high-impact results, EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy to learn movements to motivate participants to stay active.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), this small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity, and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Each program offers ways to protect hearts across the country. Available through the Y’s community integrated health initiative, these programs connect traditional health care with community-based prevention strategies, which make healthcare more affordable and accessible.

You can find your local Y here, and you can call to see if yours participates in the aforementioned programs. YMCA branches in metro Denver include:

Arvada: Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA
6350 Eldridge St
Arvada, CO 80004-3616
Phone: 303-422-4977

Aurora Family YMCA
27151 E. Lakeview Drive
Aurora, CO 80016
720-870-2221

Community Program Branch at Manual High School YMCA
1700 East 28th Ave
Denver, CO 80205-
Phone: 303-292-2281

Downtown YMCA
25 E 16th Ave Unit B
Denver, CO 80202-5195
Phone: 303-861-8300

Glendale Branch YMCA
4500 East Kentucky Ave
Glendale, CO 80246
Phone: 303-639-4711

Littleton Branch YMCA
11 W Dry Creek Ct
Littleton, CO 80120-2038
Phone: 303-797-9622

Southwest-Chatfield Branch YMCA
5181 W Kenyon Ave
Denver, CO 80236-2901
Phone: 303-761-7530

University Hills Schlessman Branch YMCA
3901 E Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210-6646
Phone: 720-524-2750

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My family is thankful to have the Y as part of our community and our lives. Join your local branch, or find ways you can give, receive, and volunteer through your neighborhood YMCA.

adoption bookLori Holden is mom to a teen daughter and a teen son. She credits the Y with helping keep her strong and sane. Lori blogs regularly at LavenderLuz.com about parenting and mindfulness. Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, is available in paperback, hard cover, audio and e-book versions. It makes a thoughtful anytime gift for the adoptive families in your life.

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