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, ensuring that kids practice healthy habits could be a... Read More
An Event taking place on June 6, 2013
Posted May 08, 2013 in
The YMCA Farmers Market has set their opening date for 2013. Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 6 for the annual opening of this great summer market. This market is in its third year and is unique in a number of ways: • The YMCA Farmers Market bridges the gap between West Michigan’s urban and rural communities. • Customer surveys from last year revealed that our shoppers want more variety among vendors and more live music. The Y Farmers Market will feature live music at one market every month, and we’re welcoming vendors... 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 children are spending more time indoors and less... 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... 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... 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 – and double again by 2030.
So the question stands, is there any... 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 your risk is as simple... 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 pressure, and BMI).
If you have a chronic condition like diabetes, heart... 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 that signal heat exhaustion.
Football players are more prone to dehydration... Read More
Posted July 31, 2012 in
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