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YMCA Healthy Kids Day is this Sunday!

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The YMCA’s annual Healthy Kids Day is this Sunday, April 13, at McCleskey YMCA from 1:30-4:30pm.

This FREE Family-Friendly event inspires more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, demonstrations, a kids 1K and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

Come out and enjoy a giant Inflatable obstacle course, healthy food samples, fire trucks, life safety houses, and lots of other fun and healthy activities for the whole family. The Easter Egg hunt begins at 1:30 pm, a 1K kids’ run is at 2:30 pm and Family Zumba begins at 3:30 pm.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Becky Shipley, Executive Director of YMCAs in East Cobb “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

The McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 1055 E. Piedmont Marietta, GA 30062 from 1:30 pm – 4 pm and features an Easter Egg Hunt (at 1:30 pm) a kids 1K at 2:30 and activities which encourage fun and active play.

 

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McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 13 Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies

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On Sunday, April 13th, the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, demonstrations, a kids 1K and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Becky Shipley, Executive Director of YMCAs in East Cobb “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs. Bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

The McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 1055 E. Piedmont Marietta, GA 30062 from 1:30 pm – 4 pm and features an Easter Egg Hunt (at 1:30 pm) a kids 1K at 2:30 and activities which encourage fun and active play.

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Y waives joining fees through February

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When dealing with life’s daily demands, people need a place to go where they can feel supported and receive help in trying times. A place where adults can find life balance; children can reach their full potential; seniors can be active and find camaraderie; and families can connect and strengthen relationships. By becoming involved with the YMCA, individuals have the opportunity to improve their health and well-being and connect with the community, all while participating in their favorite program or activity at the Y.

“The Ys in Cobb County are a community that is dedicated to helping individuals achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body,” said Becky Shipley, Executive Director. “We encourage everyone to get involved by joining the Y where they can take advantage of the resources and support to be healthy and connected.”

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y seeks to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For the first time, ever, the Y is waiving the Joining Fee. “We feel becoming a Y Person is life changing” said Shipley. “We want to open the doors to all and feel waiving the joining fee removes one barrier to becoming healthier in 2014.”

This year is your year. Start it off at the Y. Join online by visiting Yperson.org or by coming to any of the 3 Cobb locations 2 in Marietta and 1 in Kennesaw. Promotion expires February 28th.

 

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YMCA Weight Management Research Participants Needed

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The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is looking for females ages 21 to 60 to participate in a new weight management research program. The goal is safe, effective and maintained weight loss through use of moderate exercise and changes in eating behaviors. There is no cost to qualified individuals.

This study is related to The Coach Approach, which was developed by the Y in 2003 as a highly supportive coaching process that helps build the habit of regular physical activity. The program will be conducted at the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA at 1055 East Piedmont Road NE, Marietta, GA 30062.

Program participants must be female, 21-60 years old, have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40, (for example, a female of five feet and four inches would be required to weigh between 174 and 232 pounds), and who are not exercising regularly, which is less than 20 minutes per week average for the past year. They must have a goal to lose weight, but not presently be enrolled in another weight-loss program. Participants cannot be pregnant or planning to become pregnant, cannot be taking psychological or weight loss medications, and cannot have a medical problem affecting eating, weight, or metabolic rates, or where calorie or fat restriction is a problem.

Study participants will receive full access to a YMCA for two years, including the swimming pool, wellness center and the walking track. The study begins Feb. 3, 2014.

Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to see if you meet the inclusion criteria, contact the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA Wellness Director Lorna Loh atlornal@ymcaatlanta.org.

 

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Inspire Teen Leadership Program coming to East Cobb

Beginning October, the Northeast Cobb YMCA and Walton Communities have teamed up to offer “7 Mindsets” life changing revolution at little to no cost.  The experience will set every teen participant on the road to success!
Organizers are seeking motivated youth and their parents to attend one of two informational sessions:
Tuesday Evening, September 24th 6:30-8:00 pm @McCleskey East Cobb YMCA -or-
Saturday Morning, September 28th 10:00-11:30 am @Orange Hill Baptist Church
Attendance to one of these informational sessions does not indicate commitment to the program.
There you will:
  • Meet the program leadership
  • Hear more about the program elements
  • Learn about schedule and commitments
  • Understand other opportunities through the YMCA of Metro Atlanta
  • Register if interested
To attend, RSVP or for more information, email ymcaatlteens@ymcaatlanta.org.
There is no cost to attend the informational sessions.
The YMCA and Walton Communities are committed to Inspiring Teen Leadership in Cobb County.

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 21! For Parade and Festival details, click HERE!

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Register Now for the Third Annual Y Golf Open

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Register Now for the Third Annual Y Golf Open, Atlanta’s Largest Charitable Golf Tournament on October 7, 2013.  One amazing day of golf with 20 YMCA’s participating at 6 Canongate Golf Clubs.

For more information or to register, visit www.YGolfOpen.com or call 404-245-9368.

 

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YMCA will offer babysitting course this Fall

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Is your teen planning to earn extra money by babysitting? Then enroll them in a Babysitting Class at the Northeast Cobb YMCA.

Potential sitters ages 10 and up will learn  about basic childcare accident prevention, handling emergencies, entertainment ides and more. Includes ID card, certificate, manual and helpful babysitting handouts. Bring a doll to class.

Classes held from 10-11:30am at the Northeast Cobb YMCA,  3010 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb on Saturdays, August 17, September 21 and October 19.

Cost is $30 for members, $40 non-members. Contact Christina for more information at christinal@ymcaatlanta.org.

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Live Healthier with Diabetes

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The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is launching a workshop series that helps to manage the challenges of living with diabetes. The Northeast Cobb Family YMCA, located at 3010 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, will be the site of upcoming workshops.

For adults with type 2 diabetes, Better Choices, Better Health addresses concerns like knowing how and when to eat, avoiding complications and getting support from friends and family.

Developed and tested at Stanford University, the Better Choices, Better Health workshop series will help participants with diabetes understand how to eat while still making it enjoyable, monitor and manage their blood sugar, start or maintain a regular exercise program, communicate better with family, friends, and their medical teams, and design their own self-management programs.

The workshop is open to anyone who is 18 years or older with type 2 diabetes. There is no cost for the program.

Workshops are available in person and online. In-person workshops meet once a week for six weeks at the same day and time. Participants meet in small groups at metro Atlanta locations. Learn more and register by calling Jennifer Rewkowski at the Y, 866-202-1926.

The online workshops are a confidential way to interact with peers online.  Participate from home or anywhere with Internet access. Learn more and register at http://diabetes.selfmanage.org.

The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and connect. Visit http://www.ymcaatlanta.org or call 404-588-YMCA (9622).

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The YMCA Offers Summer Food Program for Kids

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To ensure that fewer kids and teens go hungry this summer, the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA is offering a free summer food program. The program will run June 3 to August 9, and will provide nutritious meals and snacks plus activities to keep kids’ minds and bodies active.

The YMCA’s summer food program is part of a national partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation to address child hunger in communities. While more than 30 million children in low-income communities receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school year, only 2.3 million of these same kids have access to free meals when school is out.

“For kids to maintain good health, they need proper nourishment and activities to keep their minds and bodies active,” Becky Shipley, executive director of the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, said. “The YMCA’s summer food program will help kids stay well-nourished, active and energized, and also provide some relief to families who need support in providing more food when school is out.”

In partnership with the Walmart Foundation, the Y’s summer food program is part of a yearround effort to fight child hunger. During the school year, the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA will serve healthy meals and snacks in its afterschool program to provide kids with nourishment and academic enrichment.

Participants in the Y’s summer food program can receive food at various locations throughout the area. Call 770-977-5991 to learn more about the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA’s Summer Food Program.

 

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YMCA Open House Scheduled

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Families are welcome to tour their local YMCA Saturday, July 27th from 9am to 1pm. Come preview classes, tour the facility, and look at the children’s center.

Both East Cobb YMCAs will participate. The McClesky YMCA is located at 1055 East Piedmont Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30062. And the Northeast Cobb YMCA is located at 3010 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062.

This event is free and open to the public. Try out the pool and collect some free give-a-ways.

 

 

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