Welcome to the Hopewell Valley YMCA
Mission Statement: The Hopewell Valley YMCA is a charitable organization dedicated to building a healthy spirit, mind, and body through programs which promote good health, strong families, youth leadership, and community development. YMCA's are open to men, women, and children of all ages, abilities, races, and religions.
The Hopewell Valley YMCA is proud to serve Hopewell, Hopewell Valley, Pennington, and Titusville in New Jersey. We are a "Y without walls" meaning we operated in many different rented locations through out the area. Our main administrative offices are located at 62 South Main Street in Pennington, NJ. Our administrative staff is based here, and we accept program registrations at this location.
Healthy Kids Day Event!!!
The Hopewell Valley YMCA will be holding its Annual Healthy Kids Day event this Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, at the Board of Education Gymnasium. The event is free to the community and all participants, and will have activities for everyone. Some of the activities include a moon bounce, face painting, ambulance tour, fire department demonstration, police finger printing demonstration, and more.T-shirts and good bags will also be given out while supplies last!
Also, there will be a mobile blood drive outside from 10:00am -12:00pm sponsored by The Blood Council of New Jersey. Any participants that donate blood will receive a t-shirt.
Come support your community and stop on by for some fun and excitement!!
Pictured in front of the Turf Field are a few members of the YMCA Spring Gala Planning Committee with Sheryl Stone: Phil Volpe, President of the YMCA Board of Directors; Brogan Sanderson; Sheryl Stone; Adriene Presti; and Doug Pszczolkowski, CEO of the Hopewell Valley YMCA. Missing from the picture are Suzette Belder-Carr, Chair of the Planning Committee; Lisa Forrester; and Stephanie Garnich.
Save the date…the Hopewell Valley YMCA will host its Spring Gala & Dinner Dance at TPC Jasna Polana on Friday, April 19th. This year’s event will celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Sheryl Stone, Chair of the Recreation Foundation of Hopewell Valley. Under Sheryl’s leadership, the Recreation Foundation has successfully installed fields for numerous local youth sports organizations. The Fields at Back Timberlane and the recent Hopewell Valley Turf Field behind the high school are a few of those major accomplishments. Ms Stone started the Recreation Foundation of Hopewell Valley after having led the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance. After completing a community needs assessment where respondents overwhelmingly lamented the need for local recreational activities and facilities, Ms Stone took the helm of starting the Recreation Foundation.
“Although I am really honored to receive this recognition, it’s really on behalf of the Recreation Foundation… it’s all really for the KIDS!” remarked Sheryl Stone. Previous recipients of the award include: John Phillips, Pat and Mika Ryan, and the Rothwell Family/Pennington Quality Market. “It is quite humbling to join such a prestigious list of previous recipients,” explained Ms Stone.
The planning committee is seeking additional members to join them. Also needed are sponsors, donations, auction items, and advertisers to support the grand event. Proceeds from the evening are used to provide financial assistance to local families for child care, summer camp, youth sports, swimming lessons and to operate the Hopewell Valley Youth Activity Center.
6 February 2013
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AQUATICS PROGRAM
June 21, 2012
On the evening of Friday, June 15, 2012, the Hopewell Valley YMCA paid tribute to the Rothwell Family and their local business the Pennington Quality Market, or PQM. The event, held at TPC Jasna Polana in the heart of Princeton, provided the community with the chance to recognize and thank the Rothwells for years of community service and charitable giving.
Camp Reign 2012
It is never too early to register. Reserve your spot today and give your child(ren) a Summer of fun with memories to last a lifetime!
Gearing Up for London 2012
June 11, 2012
In less than 50 days the 2012 Olympic Games will begin and Athletes from all over the world will meet in London to compete. Technology will allow those at home to see more events than ever before!
How much do you know about Olympic Sports?
Tips for a Healthy Life!
June 11, 2012
Living an active lifestyle and eating correctly are two ways to help ensure a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, pursuing a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge due to the hectic and stressful nature of life. Luckily, there relatively painless ways to make the transition to a healthier you!
Pennington 5K The Race to Remember
Healthy Tips for Healthy Families
For many of us, life can be busy and stressful. While not an entirely bad thing, a busy schedule can cause us to lose sight of the importance of staying healthy. Fortunately, there are relatively easy ways to improve ones health by making small changes to our daily routines. The following are a number of simple and effective ways to live a healthier life.
1. Use water as a substitute for sugary drinks
Many of us rely on soda and sugar filled drinks to quench our thirst, but the truth is that these beverages provide a great deal of calories with very little real nutritional value. Have water, 100 percent juice or low fat milk the next time you find yourself getting thirsty. By making the switch to these healthier alternatives, you will not only be better hydrated but your energy levels will be less sporadic and you won't find yourself getting tired at peculiar times during the day. You'll be amazed by how much better you feel by making this change!
2. Read the label
You might be surprised how small a serving size of potato chips really is. Many of us underestimate the levels of saturated fat and sodium we consume because we don't read the labels on our favorite snacks. Rather than eating your favorite snack right out of the bag, consider pouring a serving size into a bowl and making the effort not to go back for seconds. This practice will allow you to become more conscious of how much you are eating and reduce the risk of snacking too heavily.
3. Get an hour of play a day
This tends to be easier for kids to do than adults, but there is no reason why everyone can't live a more active lifestyle. For adults, this might mean choosing a parking spot that is farther away or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Instead of simply letting the dog out, why not grab the leash and go for walk? Not only is it better for you, but your dog will appreciate the exercise too.
4. Carve out some time each week to spend with your family
Spending regular quality time together can improve the whole families health, and it can strengthen important bonds. Make the extra effort to eat dinner as a family or if the weather is nice, make a trip to one of the many wooded trails in the area and hike together.
5. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night
Nothing beats a good nights sleep. Sleep is known to improve the immune system, promote an active metabolism and help with learning and other brain functions. Sleep can also play a role in heart disease prevention. Being more active during the day can also allow your body to get a deeper more restful sleep at night.