We are excited to announce that we were voted "Best Health/Fitness Club in Kendall County" in the Record Newspapers "Best of the Fox” Readers' Choice Awards! Thank you to everyone who voted, and thank you for your continued support of Kendall County's largest charity organization! 

Interested in joining, check out our PERFECT FIT Membership Event for savings now!

Business Manager, Jo Anne Randa

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Jo Anne Randa as our new Business Manager. Jo Anne is a graduate from NIU (Accounting) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Jo Anne has spent the last 17 years running her own accounting practice in Yorkville and she and her family have been very involved here at the Y including special Olympic swimming and gymnastics. Jo Anne enjoys reading, cooking, boating and spending quality time with her family.


Sports Coordinator, Ashley Brunoehler

It’s with great enthusiasm that we introduce our new Sports Coordinator Ashley Brunoehler. Ashley has been a staff member at our Y for over 11 years and most recently was our Member Experience Supervisor.  Her experience getting to know our members is an integral part in her new role as Sports Coordinator teaching, organizing and interacting with kids, coaches and parents.  Ashley hopes to, “Create opportunities for every child to excel and enjoy organized sports.” Ashley enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her family.

Perfect for both college students and teachers on summer break – take advantage of our SUMMER MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS today! Promotion runs until 9/4/2017. Prices below are a one-time fee and cover membership for the duration of the summer. Read more about membership and all of its benefits here.


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In anticipation of Summer Day Camp, we want you to get to know some of our counselors! So, we're featuring counselors who have gone above and beyond. These are counselors who are loved by camp kids, Y staff and have achieved success outside of the Y. Whether it be in academics, sports and/or community outreach.

After Y preschool in 1999, Carlee attended SAFE, swim lessons, and played youth basketball over the years. In 2013, she was hired as a SAFE Counselor. In 2015, she expanded her role to School Aged Child Care Coordinator. Her Y story has built an incredible foundation of community, togetherness, and youth development, which she says has “ultimately guided her career path in School Social Work”. She will complete her Master's Degree in School Social Work this May and says she “will forever value the Fox Valley Family YMCA for all that it has done in my life and the lives of others”.

Hang-out with Carlee at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.


Starting at age six Cora took ballet followed by swim lessons at the Y where she was “able to develop friendships, learn new skills, and be a part of the Y Family,” she says.  Hired as a S.A.F.E. Counselor and summer camp counselor, she saw firsthand kids grow and develop, demonstrating the Y’s core values. “This has made a great impact on my decision to become an elementary teacher, and I will be graduating from Aurora University in May of 2018. As I continue my education, I hope to positively influence the youth in our community, just like the Y has done for me”.

Hang-out with Cora at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.


Brady first joined the Y in 2003 playing Soccer and Flag Football and then went on to add Basketball and Floor Hockey. This will be his 3rd summer as a camp counselor.  “I really enjoy playing soccer with the kids and helping some learn how to throw a football. The positive atmosphere and energy always get me excited to see everyone the next day,” says Brady. Brady is currently a rising junior studying Industrial Engineering at Penn State - University Park where he carries a 3.0+ GPA as a student-athlete on the Cross Country and Track teams.

Hang-out with Brady at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

The Y has been in Joe’s life since he was just a little guy who could barely tie his shoes. At 7 years old, Joe moved into the area and his mother was looking for ways to get involved in the community.  She registered Joe for multiple programs at the Y including karate, indoor soccer, and basketball. “The Y was responsible for me not only meeting new friends but also for sparking my love of sports,” says Joe.  Fast forward to today where you can find Joe working for our Before & After School SAFE program and this summer will be his 2nd year as a counselor at Summer Day Camp. “SAFE & Summer Camp have been great to me because it lets me make a difference in the kids’ lives, as well as allowing me to feel like a kid again.”  Joe is currently attending Waubonsee Community College focusing on a Nursing Major. “The Y will continue to play a role in my life. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities the Y has given me over the years.”

Hang-out with Joe at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

This 8-week long weight loss program is focused on setting weight loss goals and challenging yourself to meet them. Our Fitness Trainers will give you smart, simple steps to lose weight, feel fit, and regain confidence. This program is a combination of cardio and strength training as well as meal planning.  Weekly workouts will progress in time and intensity focusing on different muscle groups to maximize your weight loss.  Meet with a trainer to plan workouts and learn about meal planning. Trainers will also guide you through your first workout giving you the tools you need to meet your goals.  Weight and measurements will be taken at week 1, 5 & 9 to monitor progress.


Sample Day for Intermediate Participant:
Exercise Plan
: 20-minute circuit training including stability ball squats and walking planks.
Meal Plan: Sample Lunch: 3oz. chicken, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 cup of salad, 1 tsp. low-fat dressing

Central Branch: contact Healthy Living Director, Michelle LeMaistre: 630-552-4100 x247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
West Branch: contact Fitness Coordinator, Melissa Wright: 815-786-9998 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We're officially excited for summer and the addition of our Community Garden in partnership with University of Illinois Extension - DuPage/Kane/Kendall UnitSeeds were planted by Spring Break Camp kids with help from U of I Extension Office Master Gardeners. In June, when Summer Day Camp kids arrive, they will tend to the community garden daily; learning in and growing with the garden all summer long. Making this summer the BEST SUMMER EVER! Join us, click here to start your summer camp adventure!


Why a community garden for Summer Day camp?

Below are just a few of the positive effects a garden has on kids:

• Encourages kids to eat healthier

• Provides engaging exercise and relieves stress

• Develops STEM abilities and introduces them to scientific concepts

• Teaches responsibility and patience

• Planning and organizing builds a sense of confidence

2017 Garden Plan

Saturday, April 8th  |  1-3pm  |  All Ages  |  Free Event

YMCA Healthy Kids Day encourages kids and families to stay active, connected and healthy with our annual community-based, FREE family event. We celebrate making fitness fun by introducing kids and families to an array of YMCA programs that teach healthy behaviors and healthy ways to play. Local businesses will also be on hand, offering information on keeping your family healthy and happy.

Check out all the photos from the 2015 Healthy Kids Day event here.



We want to encourage members to utilize the Y as often as they can. Sometimes, it’s more convenient for members to utilize a Y in a different location when traveling, near a workplace or in another region. Now, Fox Valley Family YMCA members have the flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout the state of Illinois, at no extra charge.

Simply present your active YMCA membership card and photo ID at any participating YMCA statewide and enjoy free access.

• The YMCA’s Reciprocal Membership Program is valid for YMCA Facility Members only. Community Members may upgrade to a Facility Membership at any time to qualify.

• Visitors to other Y’s must present a valid YMCA membership card and photo ID upon their first visit and complete a visiting member waiver or standard membership application form with liability waiver.

• A Facility Member’s home branch designation and subsequent monthly membership rate will be determined by which branch the member uses 50 percent of the time. Program discounts do not apply. Participating YMCAs reserve the right to restrict facility or program access. Other restrictions and exclusions may apply.

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Alfred Campanelli YMCA

Ottawa Family YMCA

Belvidere Family YMCA

Paris Community YMCA

Bloomington YMCA


Bob Freesen YMCA

Prairie Valley YMCA


Quincy YMCA 

Champaign County YMCA

Stephens Family YMCA 

Clinton Community YMCA

Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA

Danville Family YMCA

Streator Family YMCA

Decatur Family YMCA

Tri-City Area YMCA

Dixon Family YMCA

Tri-Town YMCA

Edwardsville YMCA

Two Rivers YMCA

Fayette County Family YMCA

University of Illinois YMCA

Fox Valley Family YMCA

West Cook YMCA

Greater Joliet Area YMCA

YMCA of Canton

Greater Peoria Family YMCA

YMCA of Jefferson County

Illinois Valley YMCA

YMCA of Kewanee

Kankakee Area YMCA

YMCA of McDonough County

Kishwaukee Family YMCA

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Knox County YMCA

YMCA of Northwest Illinois

Lincoln Area YMCA

YMCA of Rock River Valley

Matton Area Family YMCA

YMCA of South West Illinois

Mercer County Family YMCA

YMCA of Springfield

North Suburban YMCA

YMCA of Warren County


YMCA Youth & Government

PLEASE NOTE: Non-participating Y's include YMCA of Metro Chicago, Champaign Association and University Y.
Participating Y's that do not have workout facilities include YMCA Youth & Government and Tri-Town YMCA.

Is your New Year's resolution motivation starting to fade?  Don't let it – join us for our uplifting 31 Day Healthy Eating Challenge for National Nutrition Month!  Here's the deal: Try these tiny-but-mighty nutrition challenges every day this month; each one should leave you feeling healthier, slimmer, and stronger than when you woke up. All you have to do is try out the tip or modify it to the best of your abilities and resources. For instance, on March 2nd, sub avocado for mayonnaise/dressing on your sandwich or salad to make the day oil-free.  Whether you step up your healthy eating right from the get-go on March 1st or join in on a random date, try and see how many of these mini challenges you can check off on your calendar during the month! 

  • Earn 5 points per day completed. Mark your calendar on the days you participated – honor system ;)
  • Earn 10 points for attending each special R.D. event. Events listed below:
    • Monday, March 6th: Put your Best Fork Forward
    • Wednesday, March 15th: Rethink Your Drink
    • Monday, March 20th: Healthy Recipe Demo
    • Friday, March 31st: Reducing Sodium Intakes
  • Prizes will go to the top 5 participants for most points earned. Prizes to be determined.

Join us by downloading the Challenge Calendar and start checking off challenges today!  Look for tips for implementing daily challenges on our Facebook page.  As well as, extra point opportunities!

Additional Resources:

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics:
Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity:
USDA Healthy Eating Innitiative:


A Deeper Dive Into Equity – EQUALITY VS. EQUITY

Equality is an approach in which all members of a society are afforded opportunities, access and treatment in the same manner.  

Equity is the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, where individuals are not at a disadvantage from achieving their full potential because of their background or social position. A key principle of equity is the acknowledgment that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations who through systemic inequality, have not had equal access to resources, opportunities or support systems. Equity requires identifying and eliminating the institutional, organizational and societal barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups, and developing the solutions and support systems that are relevant to social structures, trends and challenges. 

In the graphic above, the apples represent opportunities people need in order to reach their potential; the size of the individuals represents the impact that systemic inequities has on people and communities; and the boxes represent support systems that help individuals overcome barriers so they can thrive. 


  • What is one opportunity (“apple”) you would like everyone in your community to have access to?
  • What is one barrier may be preventing some individuals/groups from accessing that opportunity?
  • How can individuals and institutions in your community create support systems (“boxes”) to help people overcome this barrier?

Equity & Child Hunger

According to the USDA, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. do not know where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity and child hunger prevent youth from achieving their full potential. When kids are hungry, they cannot learn and they do not have the energy they need to stay active and healthy. That’s why the Y serves nutritious meals and snacks to thousands of children and teens in more than 3,000 communities across the country. In 2016, nearly half a million youth received out-of-school nutrition from their local Y.

Learn more about our food program provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Understanding Privilege

Privilege is defined as an “unearned benefit or advantage one receives in society by nature of their identity.” Examples of aspects of identity that can afford privilege include ability, age, citizenship status, economic/social class, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation. It is important to remember that the possession of identity-based privilege is beyond one’s control; it is counterproductive to feel—or cause someone to feel—guilty or insecure about their privilege. However, awareness of privilege is an important first step toward developing a greater sense of empathy towards others and awareness of the barriers that prevent certain groups from obtaining equitable access to opportunities. Watch a video highlighting a “privilege walk” exercise intended to help individuals assess their privileges – across various aspects of their identity – relative to others in a group.

Delivering Preventive Health Care to All

The Y offers an equitable approach to health challenges in all communities.
Hundreds of Ys across the country run evidence-based programs to battle chronic diseases and health issues that particularly affect minorities.


Asian Americans and other minority groups have a higher risk for stroke and hypertension compared to Caucasians.

We offer Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring as a way to help those with high blood pressure reduce their risk.

More than 22 million adults report some degree of activity limitation because of arthritis.

We provide Enhance®Fitness programs to improve the quality of life for older adults and people with arthritis.


source: YMCA Member News Article: February 2017