Health. One word that means so much. When people ask me what I’m passionate about, what I read about, work on, make time for and share information on, it all comes down to health. And being a part of the Princeton YMCA is central to keeping my mind, body and spirit as healthy as they can be, and to helping others do the same.
While I’ve lived in Princeton going on 20 years, my first connection with a Y was in Bergen County, New Jersey when I lived there and my kids were young. It was the early 1990s, and my family’s association with the Y was a classic one. Swim lessons! There was such a great, encouraging swim teacher at that Y that my kids fell in love with swimming — even the one who’d been been very afraid of the water. It was a great experience for me, too, because I was able to meet so many other families. I knew right then that the YMCA was an organization that could stay with you at every stage of your life.
I took that feeling to Princeton, and immediately found a warm, welcoming community at the Princeton Family Y. People of all backgrounds are a part of the Y, sharing values including kindness, and finding the perfect place to engage, exercise and socialize. As a health coach, I know that everything we do affects our lives, and having a supportive community such as the Princeton YMCA is so important to our overall well being.
I’ve seen the power the Y has to change and improve lives, as we put our values into action. Our membership dues are part of that, allowing people who might not otherwise be able to afford it to take part in the Y and its programs. It’s a point of pride that we are able to offer so much more than a for-profit fitness club to everyone who comes through our doors, especially those who need financial support to make the Y a part of their quest for a healthier life.
Now, the REFRESH Campaign is making great strides, and creating the warm, welcoming Princeton YMCA for the future! I’m honored to be a Campaign Ambassador, and to continue to give back to an organization that means so much to so many. As a member of the Board of Directors, I see the thoughtfulness and dedication that go into every decision that’s being made as we create a better Y.
I hope you’ll join us in this exciting effort that will mean better health for more people of all ages in our community!
Tracy Sipprelle is a health coach and writer, who founded “Bee Fit with Tracy” to share her knowledge and experience with nutrition, fitness, and life. She studied with New York’s Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is a certified personal trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association. Tracy is president of Sipprelle Charitable Corp., a family foundation dedicated to supporting educational initiatives in Princeton & surrounding area. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Princeton YMCA.