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YMCA of the USA Announces New Year's Resolution to Better Support Health-Seeking Americans
Date:12/26/2007

Corporate, Academic and Other Collaborations Help YMCAs Increase

Opportunities for People of All Ages in their Pursuit of Health and

Well-Being in Spirit, Mind and Body

CHICAGO, Dec. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- YMCA of the USA President and CEO Neil Nicoll today issued a New Year's Resolution for the nation's oldest and largest community service organization, based on recent alarming studies related to the nation's ongoing lifestyle health crisis. Since taking on the CEO role in June 2006, Nicoll has focused on uniting the YMCA movement around a new Mission Impact strategic plan.

Recognizing the current health challenges facing families and individuals, the YMCA is leading on a new, ambitious strategic plan focused on three areas of emphasis where the organization believes it can make the most profound and significant contribution to America: holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening and health and well-being for all. Activate America(R) is a cornerstone of the YMCA's commitment to health and well-being.

"Through Activate America, YMCAs are resolved to shift the way we work with health seekers to more effectively support Americans in establishing better and lasting habits around their health," said Nicoll. "While we don't assume that YMCAs can single-handedly improve health and well-being of Americans, we believe improvements cannot be made without the YMCA."

"We applaud YMCAs for their commitment to promoting health and well-being for children, adults, families and communities. All of us at Kimberly-Clark are delighted to partner with the YMCA's Activate America effort and to join with them in issuing a challenge to American's to adopt healthier lifestyles in 2008 and beyond," said Carolyn Mentesana, Vice President, Kimberly-Clark Foundation. "YMCAs are at their best when they are responding to social needs, and America's health crisis presents the YMCA movement with another opportunity
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