Initiatives

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MY Y IS NOW EVERY Y IN SOUTH CAROLINA  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, full facility/full privilege YMCA members have the flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout the state, at no extra charge.  Some restrictions and exclusions may apply.
Reciprocal Membership Program DetailsThe reciprocal membership program is valid for YMCA full facility/full privilege members only.  Program-only participants may upgrade to a full membership at their home Y at any time to qualify.  SilverSneakers members may use other SilverSneakers locations only.YMCA full facility/full privilege members must use their home branch at least 50% of the time.  Program discounts do not apply.  YMCAs reserve the right to restrict facility or program access and other restrictions may apply.  Please contact your visiting Y for more information.Download the SC Reciprocity brochure to read how it works!

 Please click on the YMCA Association you are wanting to visit to learn about their Y and any limitations or restrictions they have:

Anderson Area YMCA

Greenwood Family YMCA

Aiken/North Augusts/Barnwell YMCA

Family YMCA of Greater Laurens

Beaufort County YMCA

Newberry County YMCA

YMCA of Greater Charleston

Pickens County YMCA

Cherokee County Family YMCA

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg

Clinton Family YMCA

Summerville Family YMCA

YMCA of Columbia

YMCA of Sumter

YMCA of Coastal Carolina – please note: June 1 – August 31 is EXCLUDED

Upper Palmetto YMCA

Florence Family YMCA

YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee

Foothills Area Family YMCA

Union County YMCA

YMCA of Greenville

Pioneering Healthier Communities

In 2013 the SC Alliance of YMCAs received a state Pioneering Healthier Communities grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  SC PHC is focused on state initiatives and public policy issues designed to make the healthy choice the easy choice in South Carolina.group-adults-talking

South Carolina’s state Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative is focused on four state coordinated, best practice strategies to address the childhood obesity epidemic by making the healthy choice the easy choice.

  1. To educate for statewide legislation to eliminate unhealthy snacks and beverages from all K-12 schools in South Carolina.
  2. To create and sustain a SNAP Double Bucks program in SC that would double the value of fruits and vegetables purchased with a SNAP card at participating SC Farmers Markets (up to $5).
  3. To implement the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in all YMCA Out of School Time programs (after school care and summer camp)
  4. To create and implement model policies that open playgrounds and outdoor facilities for community use to increase opportunities for physical activity and active play.

This work is guided by a robust Advisory Team, many of whom are taking the lead in the various initiatives.

 

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The SC Alliance of YMCAs is committed to assisting the YMCAs in SC to work towards fully implementing the nationally recognized HEPA Standards to provide an out of school time environment supportive of providing healthy foods and snacks and opportunities for active play.  The YMCA, the University of South Carolina and the SC Afterschool Alliance have partnered together to implement a comprehensive pilot project which is readying South Carolina for statewide implementation of nationally recognized Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards (HEPA).

The national Healthy Out of School Time Coalition has set nationally recognized standards for out of school time providers to create an optimal environment for healthy eating and physical activity while children are in their care.  Currently there are 25 After School Providers working in partnership with the University of South Carolina to pilot recommended strategies to assist providers in achieving full compliance with the HEPA standards.

With additional funding received through NIH, in 2014 USC and the SC YMCAs will create regional Centers of Excellence who are fully compliant with the HEPA standards and will serve as regional centers for technical assistance to other local Out of School providers statewide.

 

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs and the YMCA of the USA have made a commitment to collaborate with the nation’s YMCAs on efforts to support a national movement to increase awareness and take measures to prevent diabetes and its complications among groups at risk, and to help support treatment outcomes for individuals who have confirmed diagnoses or indications of prediabetes by promoting an effective lifestyle change.  The year-long program uses a CDC-approved curriculum that features 16 weekly sessions, then 8 monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach. The group sessions offer motivation and support. Contact your local Y to get involved.