Posted September 03, 2013 in
By Sharon Crosby, Association Program Executive Director, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Back to School season is here and with it comes thoughts of busy schedules filled with education, sports, and fitting in the little time you have left, for quality family activities. But one thing that should not be left off the list is the importance of arts and humanities on raising a well-balanced child.
Children naturally love the arts – many are drawn to activities such as painting,... Read More
Posted August 28, 2013 in
By Justin Lyons, Senior Health and Wellness Director, Spartan Stores YMCA
Sweat. It is a beautiful thing, especially in hot temperatures. Sweat is our body’s built-in cooling system, but when your sweat isn’t enough to cool your core temperature, it leaves you at risk… for heat exhaustion or worse, heat stroke.
With many athletes lacing up their shoes for two-a-day practices in Michigan’s hot summer heat, what do you need to know to help prevent and cool down quickly... Read More
Posted August 20, 2013 in
A concussion is a brain injury, caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head that can have serious consequences. It can occur in any sport or recreational activity.
Michigan was the 39th U.S. state to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and return to athletic activity. The law went into full effect on June 30th, 2013.
The sports concussion legislation requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a... Read More
Posted July 29, 2013 in
By Sarah Portenga, Registered Dietitian, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Whether you are a seasoned athlete or someone who is getting back at it, what you eat and how much you drink matters. Pre and post workout snacks provide fuel to power your body with the energy needed to fuel your muscles and keep your body going. Water, on the other hand, helps to regulate your body temperature and maintain proper function of every organ and cell. Bottom-line, without enough fuel and fluids,... Read More
Posted July 25, 2013 in
Here are opportunities for corporations and individuals to enjoy the game of golf and fellowship with others. All proceeds benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign.WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE FAMILY YMCA
Thursday, August 22 11:30am – 6:30pm Boulder Creek Golf Club
18-holes of golf, cart, lunch, evening hors d’oeuvres reception, two drink tickets, goodie bag, silent auction, and cash bar.
Contact Brenda at 616.363.3000 for sponsorship opportunities or to register.VISSER FAMILY... Read More
Posted July 01, 2013 in
By Justin Lyons, Senior Health and Wellness Director, Spartan Stores YMCA Let’s face it, working out on your own can get monotonous. Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated and becomes easier to talk yourself out of that workout you so badly need. Accountability can help you overcome this common battle many face. Try working out with a friend or even a small group. There is power in numbers! In my own experience, people who work out together feel happier, push each other to... Read More
Posted June 28, 2013 in
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has increased its efforts to curb the rate of diabetes in West Michigan, thanks to generous funding from YMCA of the USA (YUSA), Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and Spectrum Health Healthier Communities. The Y-USA’s evidence-based, CDC endorsed, Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to assist high risk individuals in adopting healthy lifestyles that will reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. The program... 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 June 24, 2013 in
By Sarah Portenga, Registered Dietitian, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Hitting the beach this summer? If you are like most Michiganders you will be. And chances are, you will with a cooler in tow.
Not sure what to pack? Here are some ideas to give you the energy you need to keep going all day long:
Prepare and portion everything in ready-to-go plastic storage containers or baggies before you leave the house. Most importantly, stay hydrated. Make sure to pack plenty of water.... Read More
Posted June 17, 2013 in
By Nicole Pratt, Senior Child Care Director, Spartan Stores YMCA
Dashing through the playground, hanging upside down, and racing to the nearby swings – no wonder the playground offers a place for childhood delight.
But what about the parents? Are you one to sit back and indulge in a cup of calorie-rich coffee while watching your child swing to the next bar on the monkey bars?
If so, it might be time to lace up your tennis shoes and jump in. After all, being a parent... Read More