The YMCA State Alliance of Noth Carolina has been selected to participate in the Y’s Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) – an initiative aimed at addressing the childhood obesity epidemic through policy, sytems and environmental change. The YMCA State Alliance of Noth Carolina is one of 14 to receive funds from YMCA of the USA, which was recently awarded nearly $7.9 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to expand the Statewide PHC initiative from six states to a total of 21 states. The focus is on states with high rates of childhood obesity.
Did you know that more than 10 million kids around the world go to summer camp each year? The summer months are just around the corner and now is the time to register for camp. Summer is meant to be filled with learning enrichment, new experiences and making new friendships and memories that can last a lifetime. At the Y, we focus on programs that allow children to explore and get involved in activities that help them grow both mentally and physically. Summer camp gives children and teens the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about nature, discover new interests, be more physically active, and develop confidence, independence, leadership and social skills.
The YMCA has launched a new mobile app available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Users can search exercise schedules, get new program information, see facility closings, and more. You can even add group exercise classes and special events directly to your personal calendar, as well as register for Y programs through the app. All Y info including group exercise schedules, facility closing and sports cancellations, and pool information will continue to be available on our website and by calling your branch.
he YMCA of Northwest North Carolina announced today that three branches will offer the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – an innovative initiative to reduce the burden of diabetes – one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases. Sessions will begin this spring at the Jerry Long Family YMCA, William G. White, Jr. YMCA and Wilkes Family YMCA branches.
Thank you to all who voted for the Y in the 2013 Triad Moms on Main Awards! We are thrilled to share YMCA Camp Hanes won for Favorite Summer Camp and the YMCA (locations across the Triad) won for Favorite Child Sports Program or Facility.
YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), national resource office for 2,700 Ys across the country, has announced the election of five members to the nonprofit’s board of directors. Curt Hazelbaker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, was among those selected. Hazelbaker joins the following newly-approved members: John G. Conley, partner and co-founder of Gilliam Capital, Concord, Mass.; Janice Reals Ellig, co-CEO of Chadick Ellig, New York, N.Y.; Christopher A. Padilla, vice president of governmental programs of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), Washington, D.C.; and Derrick Stewart, CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville, Ind.
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Several branches of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina are increasing efforts to serve meals and snacks in its afterschool program, as well as take-home meals over holidays and family dinners, thanks to grants totaling $40,000 from the Walmart Foundation. The Fulton, William G. White, Jr., Winston Lake, and Wilkes Family YMCA were awarded the grants of $10,000 per branch. Some sites will also purchase refrigerators to better store healthier foods and serve meals and snacks throughout the 2012-2013 school year.
For Sandra Anderson, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program at the Wilkes Family and Wilkes Express YMCAs isn’t just an exercise program designed for older adults – it represented a life-changing experience. Sandra Anderson credits the program for improving the quality of life for everyone in her SilverSneakers class. She cites their progress from dependence on a walker to a cane which led to finally having the joy of walking again without any assistance. Today, Anderson participates in the SilverSneakers program four days per week, which has reinvigorated her life.
Branches of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina are offering a membership special to jump start New Year’s Resolution to live healthier. Join the Y for only $1 through January 1. After the 1st, pay the date on the calendar – for example, the joining fee on January 2 is $2 and increases each day to $31 on January 31, the last day of the special offer. The Annual YMCA “Pay the Day” membership offer is popular with those who resolve to meet goals like living healthier or spending more time as a family. Membership at the Y provides access to a wide range of options to get active including fully-equip Wellness Center, Group Exercise Classes, indoor swimming, and racquetball courts, as well as expert advice from certified, experienced trainers and special programs like Boot Camps.