YMCAs across the country have increased programs to address weight gain and obesity among youth and adults, according to a report by the YMCA of the
Researchers found a 50% increase in Ys that offered child obesity programs, and 70% more Ys provided adult obesity programming in 2006 than in 2005. Ys that offered nutritional programs increased almost 30%, to 700 of the total 2,663 Ys in the country, over the same two-year period, while Ys offering weight management programs a combination of nutrition, physical activity and family education/involvement jumped 165%, to 566.
Also, programs reached beyond the walls of the Ys with an increase of 30% of involvement with community health and well-being coalitions.
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Ys had an overall membership of 20.2 million in 2006. Half of all Y members are under the age of 18, 15% are between 18 and 29 years old, almost 30% are between 30 and 54 years old, and 11% are age 55 and older.
Ys also provided childcare to more than 500,000 children through nearly 10,000 Y-operated childcare sites across the country. More than 900 Ys offered family-centered programs, from family nights to parenting classes.
The Ys contributed income hit $933 million for 2006, or 16.6% of combined total Y funding in 2006.
The YMCA of the USAs annual statistics were tallied from the responses of 2,476 YMCAs to a questionnaire on 2006 programs and operations collected in the first quarter of 2007.