Health


April 19, 2017  |  

Finnish Schools on the Move – YMCA Heinola as an activator

Finnish Schools on the Move is a national action programme. The programme started in 2010 with 45 pilot schools all over the country. Today, most comprehensive schools in Finland are part of Schools on the Move programme. The programme is carried out by the Finnish National Board of Education and the Ministry of Education and […] Read more…

March 7, 2017  |  

Call for World Health Assembly 2017

Dates: 22–31 May 2017 Place: Geneva, Switzerland The World YMCA is opening up the possibility for YMCA leaders interested in Health Related Issue to participate of the World Health Assembly 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. This is in connection with the development of our Resource Group on Health. As the World YMCA currently do not have […] Read more…

January 29, 2017  |  

Setting the example: YMCA Victoria’s good bye to junk food!

YMCA Victoria has been recognised on the national radio broadcaster with their progress on removing junk food from all YMCA facilities. After realising they were selling over 14 tonnes of sugar in soft drinks and cooking 10,000kgs of hot ships they decided to fo something about it. With the help of researchers at Deakin University […] Read more…

January 16, 2017  |  

Lebanon YMCA: Health Programme

The Medical Assistance Program started in 1988 to provide chronically ill patients with essential medicines during the civil war. The project benefited chronically ill patients with acute poverty as well as refugees displaced as a result of the war. The project aimed at providing these subjects with drugs free of charge through existing local dispensaries […] Read more…

January 6, 2017  |  

The YMCA taught me to respect and value my body

With the help of his local YMCA, Lucas learned about the consequences of commercial sexual exploitation. He turned away from a life on the streets, took control of his life and has since taken up work at a beauty salon. Life was complicated for Lucas growing up. He lived with his mum and three siblings, […] Read more…

December 23, 2016  |  

Giving life another chance

How Alex learned to manage addiction When it happened, Alex* had just made the decision to find help. She booked an appointment to meet with a substance use counsellor and headed to her first meeting. During their talk, Alex suffered an overdose — she was struggling with drinking, as well as heroin and Benzodiazepine use. […] Read more…

December 1, 2016  |  

Sports for positive change – Gaza, Palestine

During the summer of 2016 YMCA Gaza implemented and successfully ran a new initiative called Sports for Positive Change. The idea of the programme was to provide a peer education system that encouraged participants to learn about the following topics, which were highlighted as important concerns for young people living in Gaza Personal Hygiene Early […] Read more…

December 1, 2016  |  

Join us in New York and Bonn!

Dear Friends, As you may know, the World YMCA has special accreditation to interact with the UN system. This gives us the opportunity to attend and address UN meetings of several kinds. In 2017, there are at least two events that link with our 4 strategic areas of employment, health, civic engagement and the environment. […] Read more…

October 13, 2016  |  

YMCA England’s Mental Health Campaign

The YMCA England launched a national campaign in partnership with the National Health Services (NHS) of England. The action is focused on young people’s mental health. “Growing up can be a positive time for many. However, there are hundreds of thousands of young people across England and Wales for whom the experience is very different. […] Read more…

September 3, 2016  |  

The World YMCA launches its position paper on health

The World YMCA launches its position paper on health. The position paper was approved the World’s YMCA Executive Committee in April 2016 to reflect our positions in relation to health related issues for young people.   World YMCA- Position Paper:  HEALTH This global health position paper seeks to promote the work of YMCAs throughout the […] Read more…