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Register for the Dynamite Days Off Camp at McCleskey YMCA

During the school holiday breaks the McCleskey YMCA is providing healthy fun activities for children 5-12 at the Dynamite Days Off Camp, December 22, 23, 29 and 30. Activities include swimming, crafts, sports and group games. Camp hours are 9am-4pm with extended care from 7:30am-6pm.
Cost for Y members is $40/day, program member cost is $60/day. Camp held at McCleskey YMCA, 1055 E Piedmont Road, Marietta. For more information call 678-569-9622.

 

 

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Help tackle hunger this Thanksgiving

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Help tackle hunger with the Thanksgiving Food Drive at the East Cobb Ys, to benefit the Little School families in need.

Donations requested by November 17 and can be made at any YMCA. Needed items are dressing mix, rice or pasta, canned yams, canned tuna, canned ham, canned soup, cranberry sauce, breakfast cereal, canned fruit, dried beans, fruit pie filling, pie crust mix, peanut butter, canned or dry milk, canned gravy, canned vegetables, canned/instant potatoes.

For more information email gayleb@ymca.org.

 

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YMCA Cobb Adult Soccer to host St. Nickolas Charity Soccer Event

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Registration is open for the 2014 St. Nickolas Charity Soccer Event, hosted by YMCA Cobb Adult Soccer. All Donations benefit local Must Ministries Toy Box in Marietta.

The St. Nickolas Charity Soccer Event will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 10am-5pm, at Custer Park in Marietta off Highway 41 & the North Marietta Parkway. Four divisions will compete – Men’s Open Rec, Men’s Over 30, Women’s & Coed
Small Sided 7v7 with small goals and 35 minute halves.

Per Player Entry is a Toy (new & unwrapped), valued at $25.00 or greater – please include batteries if required. Candy Canes, hot chocolate and water for everyone are provided.

Prizes for Ugliest Christmas Sweater, Best Christmas Hat and Best Team Costume. All referee, officials and staff are volunteers, donating their time to make this possible.

Registration opened November 1. This is a Rain/Snow/ or Shine event. For more information contact Karon Beyer at cobbsoccer@gmail.com or call (404) 317-9245.

The St. Nickolaus Charity event was founded five years ago and has continued to grow annually. They have found a permanent home the 1st Sunday in December at Custer Park through the generosity of the Cobb YMCA. Every year the goal is to continue to raise the Toy donation by 25%, with last year’s total of over 200 toys ($5,000.00)

 

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Halloween Spooktacular coming to the Y

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Children and parents are invited to join the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA for its Halloween Spooktacular at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24.

Children ages 12 and under are asked to come dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes. All children can participate in carnival games, crafts and a costume parade. Every child who attends will receive prizes and healthy treats.

“Our Halloween Spooktacular is a great family event for our community,” says Kristen Gauvreau, senior membership director at the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA. “We provide a safe, fun and engaging time for parents and children to participate in Halloween fun.”

The Halloween Spooktacular costs $5 per child, and will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the McCleskey-East Cobb gym, 1055 East Piedmont Road in Marietta. Game tickets are included in the registration fee. Food can be purchased for a nominal fee. Parents must accompany children and there is no cost for them.

To learn more about the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA’s Halloween Spooktacular, contact Gauvreau at 678-564-2120 or kristeng@ymcaatlanta.org.

 

Better Choices, Better Health – Diabetes coming to the YMCA

 

In partnership with Cobb2020 and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Better Choices, Better Health – Diabetes will be offered at the South Cobb Recreation Center starting in July. Living with diabetes can present many challenges, such as knowing how and when to eat, living your life so you can avoid complications, and getting the support you want from family and friends.

Who Can Participate?
Anyone 18 years or older with type 2 diabetes can register. The workshop is offered as part of a research study by Stanford University and funded by the National Council on Aging.

When: Orientation is held Tuesday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. with session running on Tuesdays, July 15th – August 19th
Where: South Cobb Recreation Center
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Cost: FREE

To Register, call Jennifer Rewkowski at 866-202-1926. Space is limited so call and register today.

 

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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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