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5 Questions with ... Matt Whitehead, CEO of the Decatur Family YMCA
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5 Questions with ... Matt Whitehead, CEO of the Decatur Family YMCA

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Name: Matt Whitehead

Age: 43

Occupation: CEO of the Decatur Family YMCA

City of residency: Decatur

What's new at the Y for 2018?

This year, we actually just launched a "Pedaling for Parkinson's" program. Several YMCA facilities across the country are doing the same thing. We were able to get a grant to purchase some new spin bikes, and we'll use them to have a class that's especially for Parkinson's patients. It's been studied that if they pedal at a certain speed for a period of time, it helps with the symptoms. We're also going to launch a diabetes prevention program at some point. 

Did you have any New Year's resolutions? If so, how's your progress going?

Just like many others, it was to work out and be healthier. I am off to a pretty decent start. I also want to get better at golf. I want to play more, and would like to get better at golf because it's enjoyable and relaxing. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Two things: I've always been pro-Decatur. Being in this position, I've gotten to meet a lot of people in the city, and I've come to love this community. We have so many great people, and I enjoy meeting them. I also love the impact that the Y has. We have programs for seniors, for people who want to work to become happier and healthier and all of our youth programs. I just love the impact it has on the community. 

Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies?

I have two children and two stepchildren, all between 13 and 17, and they all play sports. So, I spend a lot of time watching youth sports. We also enjoy boating, camping and backpacking. I really enjoy doing things outdoors like that. 

In addition to the people, what other things do you like about Decatur?

Decatur has a lot of things to offer. Things for the family, a great park district, zoo, children's museum, restaurants and a lot of other stuff to offer. You may have to look for it sometimes, but there's always stuff to do. Plus, it's about an hour drive from Bloomington, Champaign and Springfield, and two hours from Chicago and other cities. And there's a lot of people in the community that care about this community. I think Decatur is primed to have some great things happen. 

jcook@herald-review.com | (217) 421-7980

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