Crawfords talk Physical Activity on The Drive


I love the chance to go on The Drive with Jack Ebling with Tom Crawford (yes, relation!).  This week we were talking the importance of physical activity and its role in alleviating arthritis pain.  I work with the Michigan Arthritis Collaborative Partnership and the YMCAs Enhance®Fitness program to promote this message.  Contact the YMCA of Lansing to find a program near you

Hear our chat:



#MiYMCA State Alliance of Michigan YMCAs Healthy Living March Newsletter


The March Healthy Living newsletter is out.  Please share with staff, participants, volunteers, and partners as we work together to build a healthier Michigan!

Check out some of the great work happening in Michigan YMCAs to build healthy communities through evidence based programs and partnership.

Please send me your content submissions for an upcoming edition.  I’d love to feature programs at your Y & innovative partnerships within the community.  I also invite you to be a guest columnist.  Tell your story!


#MiYMCA @SaginawYMCA #Enhance®Fitness Trainings complete!


Leaders at the YMCA of Saginaw are now ready to put their training and planning into action and launch their Enhance®Fitness program.  Look for details soon of the program launch dates as the YMCA of Saginaw becomes the 9th Michigan YMCA to join the MiYMCA Enhance®Fitness program & expand their Healthy Living programs and serve older adults with arthritis.  Here’s a few shots of leaders in action:


Y Leaders building relationships through laughter!

Y Leaders building relationships with laughter!

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Sharing ideas

Sharing ideas










Of course, anything on the floor is from the pre-requisite course (weekend 1), not Enhance®Fitness (weekend 2)!

Thank you to CEO Steve Meyer for your commitment to serving your community through evidence-based Healthy Living programs.  Thank you to Tina Dowe, Health & Wellness Director and Andrea Jackson superstar volunteer instructor and coordinator for your planning and hospitality.  I love my Y hoodie!

Thank you for the thank you!

Thank you for the thank you!


I didn’t get a picture of it, but loved seeing all the community members playing chess in your lobby each day.  Great community building #BeCauseY!