YMCA of the Northwoods

A program at the YMCA of the Northwoods helps adult cancer survivors rebuild strength and stamina. The "Y" and LIVESTRONG partnered to create a physical activity and well-being program to help cancer survivors achieve their health goals.

LIVESTRONG Coordinator at the YMCA is Marilyn Duschl says the goal is to get the survivors to get closer to the activities they had before they had cancer...

"...it runs for 12 weeks and it's a free program at the YMCA because we feel it's a real needed program in the community to assist those people with cancer....."

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

Health experts are pointing toward numbers that show nearly 13 million children are getting beyond their healthy weights.

YMCA of the Northwoods spokesperson Stephanie Ruckheim says incorporating regular physical activity along with proper nutrition is key to controlling weight.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report obesity has leveled off at 17 percent. One in six children are considered obese and one in three are overweight.


The fitness facilities often see an influx of new customers after January 1 as many people make a resolution to improve their health. By summer, many of the attendees aren't showing up any more.

Wellness and Aquatics Director at the YMCA of the Northwoods...Stephanie Ruckheim...says keeping your resolution to get fit will be more successful if you follow a plan...

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An inside Farmer's Market is beginning its second year at the YMCA of the Northwoods in Rhinelander.

The YMCA's Marilyn Duschl says the idea is to provide the public with the same types of foods and goods over the winter they get during the warmer months...

"....we started it last year and it's in conjunction with Northwoods LEAN(Linking Education Activity and Nutrition) Coalition. We were able to do it all winter long last year..."

She describes some of the goods available last Saturday at the first market...

YMCA Receives Grant to Renovate Recreational Area

Aug 21, 2015

  A grant given to the YMCA of the Northwoods has allowed for an improved recreational area for the community. The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation donated $5,000 to the YMCA to install sound baffles. Aquatics Director Melissa Nieman says the change has been significant.

 “If you’ve been into our swimming pool before, it’s a lot of open space, and the noise level was really intense we couldn’t hear during our swimming lessons. The big one was communication for our lifeguards; it was really hard for them to hear.”

A New Year's Resolution To Lose Weight? Start Slow

Jan 1, 2015

New Year’s is a time for new resolutions, and one popular resolution is to hit the gym.

Getting the first day right can make a difference says an expert.

The YMCA of the Northwoods is open on New Year’s Day, and it’s one of their largest membership drives of the year. Marketing and wellness director Chris Cook says doing that first workout right can make or break a New Year’s resolution.

Northland Pines to Take Over Eagle River YMCA

Feb 6, 2014

The YMCA of the Northwoods is stepping away from its facility in Eagle River.  As of March 1st the Northland Pines School District will run the fitness center that’s housed at Northland Pines High School.

YMCA Interim CEO Laurie Schlitt says the Eagle River facility has been operating at an average loss of $15,000 a year, subsidized by fundraising and the Rhinelander location. 

National Event Highlights Afterschool Programs

Oct 15, 2013

Local organizations are helping put the spotlight on the importance of afterschool programs.  Lights On Afterschool is an event happening nationwide.  Old School Arts and Learning Center is having an open house Wednesday.  Director Louise Perreault says programs are intended to keep kids from having to be home alone after school. 

Couch Potato Race

Aug 4, 2013
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Seeing a couch in a parking lot is hardly a fortuitous event, until you're driving around town contemplating entry in the YMCA of the Northwoods' Couch Potato Race. The race will be held August 31 in conjunction with PotatoFest Rhinelander.

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May is Water Safety Month.

The Head Swim Instructor at the YMCA of the Northwoods Karen Fiocchi says it's a good time to learn to swim and think safety.

Fiocchi says learning to swim and wearing life jackets in a boat are the best ways to prevent drowning...