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Posted February 12, 2013 in
By Nicole Pratt, Senior Childcare Director, Spartan Stores YMCA
Our kids are at risk. With 1 in 3 children overweight or obese, it is time to take a closer look at what we all can do to change this eerie situation. While these numbers are scary, what is behind them is even more.
Today it is projected that we as parents, will live longer, healthier lives than our children. The primary cause of course is the human costs associated with the childhood obesity epidemic, such as... Read More
Posted January 24, 2013 in
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids received a $35,000 grant from jcp cares, jcpenney’s new charitable giving program, to provide school-aged children with financial assistance to attend afterschool programs at seven different YMCA branches in the Grand Rapids area. This gift provides children in the Grand Rapids community, who otherwise could not afford to participate, with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that cultivate the values, relationships... Read More
Posted November 09, 2012 in
By Molly Schmid, Senior Membership and Community Director, Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA
November is more than a month to give thanks and celebrate family at the Y. It is a month to recognize, honor, and give thanks to our courageous men and women who serve our country, as well as their families. Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month, something at the Y we take to heart.
In honor of the month, here is our thanks to our brave... Read More
Posted October 08, 2012 in
By Bev Thiel, Executive Director, Spartan Stores YMCA
For the first time ever in history, forecasts from the ““2012 F as in Fat(F as in Fat Report)”:http://www.healthyamericans.org/report/100/” report, are predicting that adult obesity rates could rise above 60 percent in 13 states, with Michigan growing to 59.4%. If we continue on our current path the number of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020... Read More
Posted September 24, 2012 in
By Justin Lyons, Senior Health and Wellness Director, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids With 1517 entries, 162 venues within 3 square miles, how many miles will you walk this ArtPrize? And how much of that walking will be a benefit to your health?
Due to our fast pace lifestyles, most of us are now easily vulnerable to chronic diseases and illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and asthma that were seldom problems in the past. The answer to avoid this troubling future and reduce... Read More
Posted September 10, 2012 in
Sherry Blair, EdD, CES, ATC Association Healthy Living Director, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids supports the American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk on October 6, 2012. My goal at the Y as an exercise physiologist and educator is to help people with chronic conditions to stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of diabetes by encouraging daily exercise, choosing vegetables and fruit, and to Know Your Numbers (cholesterol, glucose, blood... Read More
Posted September 04, 2012 in
By Sara Vander Zanden, Healthy Living Agriculture Manager, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
This is my first season managing the YMCA Farmers Market, and it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s been exciting to watch the season evolve, from spring’s first bunch of beets to summer’s abundance of heirloom tomatoes, to the promise of this fall’s butternut squash.
I recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where I studied farming and food systems. This... Read More
Posted August 29, 2012 in
By Justin Lyons, Senior Health & Wellness Director, Spartan Stores YMCA Did you know that in recent years, 29 high school football players have died from heat-related causes? Countless others have come dangerously close. What really scares me is when athletes feel symptoms of heat exhaustion, they do not recognize the risks. Because they don’t want to “wimp out,” they often opt to “play through” the headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, chills, nausea and muscle cramps... Read More
Posted July 31, 2012 in
At the YMCA we value your time and talents. We are committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. And we can’t do it without interns. View and apply for our open positions for fall here!
Posted June 18, 2012 in
By Sarah Byler, Registered Dietitian, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Here comes the bride and here come the calories. As summer wedding invitations go out and the RSVPs come in, those in charge of selecting the reception menu have the option of providing more nutritional foods and beverages for their guests.
As you plan your reception and review the menu choices, look past the cost and ask your caterer if they offer healthier, more nutritious options for your wedding guests to... Read More