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Wellness

Managing Personal Wellness in the Workplace

Muncie, Indiana – At the beginning of the new year, many people begin to refocus on personal health and wellness. As an employee, this is extremely beneficial to assess for oneself because it can lead to fewer sick days, heightened productivity, less stress and work as an overall morale booster. When we feel our best, […]

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Wellness

Why Introverts Should Put on a Backpack and Get Hiking

Backpacking is a Great Escape By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – Backpacking is a great escape from everyday life. The simplicity of putting on your backpack and heading out into the great unknown is the best vacation that an introvert could ask for. Whether you bring along one of your closest friends or opt […]

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Culture

County Health Rankings for Delaware County

The 2013 County Health Rankings were released this week and Delaware County saw a small improvement in their ranking from 87th to 82nd out of 92 counties. While some might want to acknowledge our improvement, we’re still in the bottom quartile. If Indiana was a healthy state, than we might be able to congratulate ourselves, […]

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Wellness

Hoosiers Continue Poor Health Trends

The United Health Foundation released their 2012 America’s Health Rankings and Indiana’s ranking has dropped from 37th to 41st in the United States. According to the report, nearly 31% of Hoosiers are obese with a BMI of greater than 30. This trend has continued to increase – actually it has doubled since 1990 when obesity […]

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Government

Time to Take Action Against the YMCA

Millions of Americans exercise and relax at tax-exempt health and fitness clubs. Like taxpaying clubs, these facilities promote health and physical fitness, but they do not pay taxes. Furthermore, they can accept donations from individuals and corporations who receive tax deductions for their contributions. In effect, all taxpayers subsidize a tax-exempt health club’s ability to […]

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Wellness

YMCA Should Fund Community Wellness Programs

After the previous articles written about the YMCA, we’ve received many positive responses within the community by citizens who also believe the Y no longer represents the best interests of our community. However, as we’ve indicated, many will not go public with this opinion due to fear of retaliation by this local “Christian” organization which […]

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Government

YMCA, Profit or Non-Profit (Part 4)

(This is Part 4 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA.) When you discuss the YMCA, you get plenty of feedback from community members. The talking points are the Y helps kids and poor people who cannot afford memberships. One of the Y’s members in Yorktown was quick to […]

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Government

YMCA – Profit, or Non-Profit? (Part 3)

(This is Part 3 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA.) In Part 2, we discussed the closing of the YMCA’s Southway Shopping Center site in December, 2010. While the executive board pondered the business decision, nobody from YMCA leadership was seeking community advice from the shopping center owners, […]