Posted May 20, 2013 in
By Joe Edger, Director of Aquatics and Youth, David D. Hunting YMCA
Drowning is preventable, that is why at the Y we have been teaching generations lifesaving skills through swim lessons for more than 100 years. This summer when it comes to keeping your loved ones safe, keep the following in mind and take action:
FIRST, whenever you are near a pool or body of water, watch the kids every minute. At gatherings with several adults, take turns being the one responsible for... 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 April 08, 2013 in
By Sarah Portenga, Registered Dietitian, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
It’s seems that every week there is a new food being pushed by the media as the newest and most wondrous food for our health. The truth is one single food does not have a unique feature that prevents or cures disease. In reality it is a class of foods or an entire diet that protects against a disease. Here is what research knows about which foods may lower the risk of some key health problems.
LOWERING... Read More
Posted February 19, 2013 in
By Bev Thiel, Executive Director, Spartan Stores and Wolverine Worldwide YMCAs
As the snow piles up, each day it seems as though those days of basking in the sun while playing a game in the front yard, are distant memories. And if you are like me, during this time of year, you may feel a little stir crazy from being cooped up indoors.
Sound like you?
Make a change and round out the last few months of winter by putting an end to our winter routine of going to work, coming... Read More
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 January 17, 2013 in