The Wheel of Well-Being

If you haven’t been to the West Cook Y lately, you’re in for some real excitement – and that’s why we invite you to “Come Rediscover Your Y!”

One of the first things you’ll notice is “new.” New equipment, new member benefits, new personal trainers and fitness coaches, even new programs. We’ve been on a journey the last two years, investing more than $1.2 million into “new.” And we’ve done this with just one thing in mind: YOU.

Like many residents of Oak Park and the surrounding communities, I was shaped at the West Cook Y. Many of my childhood memories center around summer camp activities. The difference the West Cook YMCA made for me ignites my passion to turn our 113-year history into today’s all-new and totally relevant Y for today’s children, families, adults and seniors.

Programs at the Y are all about helping you bring out the best version of yourself. Our “best self” is not a one-size-fits-all standard. Instead, it’s discovering for yourself what motivates you to be healthy, active and fulfilled. And that’s far more than simply hitting a target number on a scale or achieving a certain image that the popular press has determined is ideal for everyone.

Instead, we focus on nine different ways a member at West Cook Y can achieve well-being. This “well-being wheel” means you can find your own passion and commit to a process of rediscovering what makes you feel and be your very best self.

One of the important ways we can all increase our well-being is to learn what matters when it comes to vitality. Health professionals say we need to “increase our health literacy.” At the West Cook Y, that moves from an abstract term to real programs and real support. From the Diabetes Prevention Program to LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for cancer survivors, healthy aging programs to sports teams, and swimming lessons to after-school programming with a global arts perspective, our members rediscover that being healthy in spirit, mind and body is good for you – and just good fun.

So I invite you to join us and begin your own journey of rediscovery. Talk to us. Tell us what makes you feel like the very best person you can be. Show us where we can improve. Let us teach you new skills and encourage you every step of the way.

We’re neighbors, you and I. We see each other at the Jewel, at church and on the sidewalks. We laugh together and we grow together as a community. So join me to Rediscover Your Y – and rediscover what it means to be part of a close-knit community of people who genuinely enjoy being together and want to help each other achieve their very best selves.

Phillip Jiménez

President & CEO

West Cook YMCA

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