Give A Heart; Help a Heart

January 30, 2012

YMCA Offers 30-Day Trial to Prevent Heart Disease

NEW CASTLE, Pa., Jan. 30, 2012 – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and according to, 200 deaths per 100,000 people, are attributed to diseases of the heart in Pennsylvania. With a local population of 91,108, we could lose nearly 200 friends and family members to heart disease in 2012. Heart disease is preventable, and to help spread the word, the Y is participating in American Heart Month in February.

From Feb. 1-29, you can join the YMCA in our “Give a Heart; Help a Heart” campaign to prevent heart disease. Through Feb. 29, adults can purchase or give a Valentine, a 30-day trial membership, for just $40. At the end of the trial period, the Y will waive the joiner fee, a savings of up to $50, for those who continue their membership.

According to the American Heart Association, controlling your risks for developing heart disease is as easy as A,B,C:

  • Avoid tobacco
  • Become more active
  • Choose good nutrition

Chrissy Neff, director of wellness, said, “At the Y, we believe one death is too many! We’re here to provide the tools and resources necessary to keep you and your family fit and healthy. We can help you jumpstart a healthy lifestyle and help you avoid risky behaviors.”

Neff said, “Another way to prevent heart disease is by maintaining a healthy weight. We are offering a Use It; Lose It weight-loss challenge to members beginning Feb 2. You can begin your trial membership and participate in this 7-week program. Every week, you can weigh-in privately with our certified nutritionist and get work out tips from our certified personal trainers.”

The Y will be sharing educational resources, exercise tips, recipes, and more all month long. You can help motivate others to live heart-healthy by wearing red on Feb. 3. Use National Wear Red Day to express your love and concern for the hearts of others and invite your loved ones to join you at the Y to get their hearts pumping.

To learn more about fitness classes, personal training, and recreational programs for you and your family, go to

About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at