Posted October 28, 2013 in
By Sarah Portenga, Registered Dietitian, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids In a few days classrooms and homes will transform to welcome ghosts, witches, princesses and superheroes for Halloween. To celebrate the Halloween festivities, classrooms across the country will take a break. Many classroom parties will be thrown, meaning if you are the parent of a young child, chances are high that you will be asked to contribute in some way.
There are many ways to make this Halloween party... Read More
Posted September 09, 2013 in
By Sarah Portenga, Registered Dietitian, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Eating nutritious food and beverages at lunch can help energize and boost your child’s academic performance, but as parents, deciding what to pack takes some thought. A sandwich, bag of chips and a piece of fruit is easy but also gets pretty boring and boring means one thing, not eaten. This school year pack lunches that your child will love, rather than swap by keeping the following tips in mind.
Tons of... Read More
Posted June 27, 2013 in
After a public hearing on Tuesday, June 25th, our new Southeast Y project was voted down by the Grand Rapids Township Planning Commission in a 4-2 vote despite significant support from Township residents.
Thank you to those of you who signed petitions (1,200 of them!), engaged on our Facebook page (750 Likes), sent in letters of endorsement, and attended the public hearing. Your support was tremendous and we appreciate having such a great group of members who love the Y as... Read More
Posted May 28, 2013 in
By Nicole Pratt, Senior Child Care Director, Spartan Stores YMCA
The warm weather has finally arrived bringing thoughts of summer along with it. With summer fast approaching, have you begun to plan your summer activities? What about planning your child’s activities?
As it stands today, more and more children are spending less time in nature than ever before. And no wonder, with the increase in technology from video games to iPods, to smart phones, it has become harder to... Read More
Posted May 13, 2013 in
By Greg Dodd, Executive Director, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin For parents, extra support to keep kids healthy can go a long way. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year, nearly 50 percent of U.S. parents say technological distractions such as television, cell phones or video games make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their children. With more free time in summer,... Read More
Posted April 29, 2013 in
By Molly Schmid, Associate Executive Director, Wolverine Worldwide YMCA
Although most are dreaming of spending the days soaking up the sun, the reality is most continue with their weekly work routine leading many parents to begin to worry about how to keep their children from spending all day playing video games and watching TV, and for good reason. Today the average child watches 1,680 minutes of TV each week. An alarming statistic that coincides with the fact that many... Read More
Posted April 22, 2013 in
By Greg Dodd, Executive Director, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
I fondly remember a time long ago when I was a child. Engulfed in the great outdoors, I can remember feeling the breeze gently caress my face and the sun beating down on me, as I ran to my next hiding place in a game of capture the flag. Now think back to a moment in your childhood – what was your most memorable experience? Did it involve playing outdoors?
As it stands today, children are losing contact with their... Read More
Posted April 15, 2013 in
By Rebekah Mittner, Marketing Assistant, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
From basketball to soccer to gymnastics, there are so many different options when it comes to sports for your child, leading many to wonder, which sport is right for my child. As a mother of an active preschooler myself, I have found it to be a challenge when it comes to helping my child find the right sport.
Why you may ask? Because, like every other parent, I want what is best for my child, especially... 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