The Y Changes Lives

I started coming to the Marion Family YMCA in 2005. Since then, I can say that the Y has definitely had a positive impact on my life. At the time I joined the Y, I was a stay-at-home mom and the Y quickly became my outlet for being more socially involved in the community and I also began my journey with making healthy living a lifestyle choice.

Going to the Y soon became something I looked forward to as I gained more friendships, started losing weight and becoming healthier. Through the classes that I participated in and the Y wellness coaching staff, I gained valuable knowledge in how to make exercise and healthy living a part of my life. Gradually, this knowledge produced a permanent change for me; within a year I lost 35 pounds and have kept the weight off for 7 years now.

The Y has also had a positive impact on my children as they both went through the preschool program that the Y currently offers. This wonderful program gave both of them the fundamentals that they needed to enter kindergarten, and of course they also enjoyed the social interaction with the other children and the physical activities offered, such as gym time and swimming.

I consider the Y not just a place to work and workout but over the years the Y has become my family. I cannot talk about the Y without getting excited because I feel so passionately about the Y commitment to helping individuals and families improve their health and well-being. It has been living proof in my life and for many of our wonderful members and staff.

Our fall session begins at the Y on Monday, September 10 and we have several new programs that are being offered. Below are some programs that I would like to highlight for our fall session that I am especially excited about.

  • Latin Fusion for the Family! (Ages 10 years and up)
  • Youth Football and Cheerleading (Ages 5-12)
  • YMCA and Marion City Youth Soccer (Ages 5-12)
  • Delay the Disease (for those with Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Pre Natal/Post Natal Class
  • 5K Training Class
  • YMCA Runners Club

Information on these classes and other exciting programs we are offering can be found online or we would love to have you stop by for a tour and to receive additional information. You can find us at the Wopat YMCA Center 645 Barks Road East in Marion, call us with questions at 740-725-9622 or visit our website at

We hope you will visit the Y soon and let us help you on your quest for better health.

Column written by Janette Cauthen, Marion Family YMCA Member Services Coordinator

About Marion Family YMCA

Founded in 1892, the Marion Family YMCA strives to enrich kids, adults, families and communities through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports, and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. The YMCA's column on Marion Online is written by a variety of staff members and volunteers. You can learn more by calling 740-725-9622, or visit