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Downtown Manchester

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Downtown Manchester
Welcome Center

(603) 623-3558
rdurand@graniteymca.org

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Downtown Manchester
Welcome Center

(603) 623-3558
rdurand@graniteymca.org

We are excited to announce that the Y is now open!

For the continued safety of our members and staff, we will be offering services in phases throughout the summer. Access to the YMCA will require a pre-reservation through your Granite YMCA account. You can learn more about our re-opening and available services here. We will provide updates to members through email, social media and The Granite YMCA mobile app as more services become available.

To all of our member who chose to stay with us during this time, we cannot thank you enough! Because of you, The Granite YMCA has been able to continue supporting our communities during the crisis. We are proud to be offering child care to working families, distributing meals to youth in need, delivering supplies and food to our elderly community, creating virtual workouts to keep our members active and more. We cannot wait to Welcome you Back to the Y!

Allard Center of Goffstown

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Allard Center of Goffstown
Welcome Center

(603) 497-4663
kwelch@graniteymca.org

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Allard Center of Goffstown
Welcome Center

(603) 497-4663
kwelch@graniteymca.org

We are excited to announce that the Y is now open!

For the continued safety of our members and staff, we will be offering services in phases throughout the summer. Access to the YMCA will require a pre-reservation through your Granite YMCA account. You can learn more about our re-opening and available services here. We will provide updates to members through email, social media and The Granite YMCA mobile app as more services become available.

To all of our member who chose to stay with us during this time, we cannot thank you enough! Because of you, The Granite YMCA has been able to continue supporting our communities during the crisis. We are proud to be offering child care to working families, distributing meals to youth in need, delivering supplies and food to our elderly community, creating virtual workouts to keep our members active and more. We cannot wait to Welcome you Back to the Y!

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Concord
Welcome Center

(603) 228-9622
jparker@graniteymca.org

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Concord
Welcome Center

(603) 228-9622
jparker@graniteymca.org

We are excited to announce that the Y is now open!

For the continued safety of our members and staff, we will be offering services in phases throughout the summer. Access to the YMCA will require a pre-reservation through your Granite YMCA account. You can learn more about our re-opening and available services here. We will provide updates to members through email, social media and The Granite YMCA mobile app as more services become available.

To all of our member who chose to stay with us during this time, we cannot thank you enough! Because of you, The Granite YMCA has been able to continue supporting our communities during the crisis. We are proud to be offering child care to working families, distributing meals to youth in need, delivering supplies and food to our elderly community, creating virtual workouts to keep our members active and more. We cannot wait to Welcome you Back to the Y!

Strafford County

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Strafford County
Welcome Center

(603) 332-7334
rriley@graniteymca.org

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Strafford County
Welcome Center

(603) 332-7334
rriley@graniteymca.org

We are excited to announce that the Y is now open!

For the continued safety of our members and staff, we will be offering services in phases throughout the summer. Access to the YMCA will require a pre-reservation through your Granite YMCA account. You can learn more about our re-opening and available services here. We will provide updates to members through email, social media and The Granite YMCA mobile app as more services become available.

To all of our member who chose to stay with us during this time, we cannot thank you enough! Because of you, The Granite YMCA has been able to continue supporting our communities during the crisis. We are proud to be offering child care to working families, distributing meals to youth in need, delivering supplies and food to our elderly community, creating virtual workouts to keep our members active and more. We cannot wait to Welcome you Back to the Y!

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Seacoast
Welcome Center

(603) 431-2334
kmckenna@graniteymca.org

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Seacoast
Welcome Center

(603) 431-2334
kmckenna@graniteymca.org

We are excited to announce that the Y is now open!

For the continued safety of our members and staff, we will be offering services in phases throughout the summer. Access to the YMCA will require a pre-reservation through your Granite YMCA account. You can learn more about our re-opening and available services here. We will provide updates to members through email, social media and The Granite YMCA mobile app as more services become available.

To all of our member who chose to stay with us during this time, we cannot thank you enough! Because of you, The Granite YMCA has been able to continue supporting our communities during the crisis. We are proud to be offering child care to working families, distributing meals to youth in need, delivering supplies and food to our elderly community, creating virtual workouts to keep our members active and more. We cannot wait to Welcome you Back to the Y!

Greater Londonderry

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Greater Londonderry
Welcome Center

(603) 437-9622
sneville@graniteymca.org

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Greater Londonderry
Welcome Center

(603) 437-9622
sneville@graniteymca.org

We are excited to announce that the Y is now open!

For the continued safety of our members and staff, we will be offering services in phases throughout the summer. Access to the YMCA will require a pre-reservation through your Granite YMCA account. You can learn more about our re-opening and available services here. We will provide updates to members through email, social media and The Granite YMCA mobile app as more services become available.

To all of our member who chose to stay with us during this time, we cannot thank you enough! Because of you, The Granite YMCA has been able to continue supporting our communities during the crisis. We are proud to be offering child care to working families, distributing meals to youth in need, delivering supplies and food to our elderly community, creating virtual workouts to keep our members active and more. We cannot wait to Welcome you Back to the Y!

Celebrating Older Americans During The Month Of May

Posted 05/01/2017

May is Older Americans Month and The Granite YMCA encourages all adults 50 years and older in New Hampshire to get motivated and develop behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction.

“The image of an older adult sitting on the porch in a rocking chair is long gone—today’s older adult is more active, engaged and in control of their health,” said Cindy Lafond, Association Director of Healthy Living Initiatives at The Granite YMCA. Community-based organizations like the Y provide the needed guidance to help them reach health goals, particularly when it comes to chronic disease prevention.”

 Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans. Here in New Hampshire adults 50 and older make up about 16 percent of the population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better.

 During the month from May 1 – May 31, The Granite YMCA will offer seniors 7 free visits during Senior Wellness Month and to participate in free group wellness activities. Participants will have their card signed by Welcome Center staff after each visit. When the card is complete, participants are encouraged to return their card to the Welcome Center to enter to win prizes. The pass entitles the bearer to seven days of free visits to The Granite YMCA five branch locations. Limitations and restrictions apply. Photo ID required at time of visit.

YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown, NH. In addition, this location will celebrate seniors on Wednesday, May 24 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is a free event open to the public. Enjoy smoothie samples & recipes, pickle ball demos, blood pressure screenings, healthy nutrition information, chair massages, and more. For more information, please stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.497.4663.

YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic Street, Manchester, NH. For more information, please stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.623.3558.

YMCA of Greater Londonderry, 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, NH. For more information, please stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.437.9622.

YMCA of the Seacoast (Portsmouth), 550 Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth, NH. For more information, please stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.431.2334.

YMCA of Strafford County (Rochester), 35 Industrial Way, Rochester, NH. For more information, please stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.332.7334.

The Granite YMCA offers a variety of Group Wellness classes, which are free with a facility membership. Located on both land and water, wellness classes build strength, relax the mind, and stretch the body. Wellness classes vary by branch and include activities that concentrate on cardio, strength & flexibility, and improving mind and body. Visit www.graniteymca.org for a full listing of classes.

For more information, please contact Cindy Lafond, Association Director of Healthy Living Initiatives at clafond@graniteymca.org.

Additionally, the Y offers the following tips on how to jump-start your healthy-living routine:

 1. Have fun with your food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients.

2. Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt. As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.

3. Get Active. Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.  

 4. Tweak your routine. To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can grab hold of something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods.

5. Get social. Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!      

About The Granite YMCA

As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2015, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at $1.55 million to 19,488 individuals. www.graniteymca.org. 

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Nationwide Membership returns for Granite YMCA members on November 1.
Annual Building Maintenance 2021
Posted 08/12/2021
Due to routine maintenance, some of the wellness areas at your YMCA will be temporarily unavailable over the next few weeks. Please continue reading to see when these areas will be closed.
National Power Scholars Academy Comes to the Seacoast
Posted 07/20/2021
The Granite YMCA launched their national Power Scholars program for 50 students on the seacoast at the Dondero Elementary School on July 5th. The first introduction of this free educational, socially, and emotionally based program for elementary students in the seacoast area is being funded by the Portsmouth School Department through federal ESSER III funding (school version of CARES funding). The Granite YMCA Power Scholars program is a six-week full day program that integrates academic learning in mathematics and literacy with enrichment courses in cooking, STEM, nature, physical fitness, and art.
YMCA Volunteers Celebrate Earth Day with Park Clean-Up
Posted 04/28/2021
In honor of Earth Day, a team of YMCA volunteers joined the community for Intown Manchester's city-wide Adopt-A-Block clean-up on April 22, 2021. Volunteers cleaned up Lamont Hanley Park by removing weeds and trash, then spreading mulch throughout the gardens. Located at the corner of Bridge Street and Elm Street in Manchester, this park provides beautiful green space in the city.