Blog https://kansascityymca.org/ en 5 Tips for Healthy Aging https://kansascityymca.org/blog/5-tips-healthy-aging <span>5 Tips for Healthy Aging</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 6, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-05/healthy-aging.jpg?itok=6sz6DE5T" width="500" height="333" alt="Trainer leads woman sitting on exercise ball in arm exercise" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>May is Older Americans Month, and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is emphasizing the importance of developing behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging.</p> <p>Many older adults have been staying home to stay healthy this past year because of the risk of COVID-19. As the community reopens and vaccinations increase, the Y is here to help you find ways to eat healthy, get active and stay connected socially—all keys to healthy aging. </p> <p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes can help older adults live better.</p> <p>Here are some tips to live healthier as you age.</p> <ol><li><strong>Have fun with your food.</strong> Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients. </li> <li><strong>Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt.</strong> As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.     </li> <li><strong>Get active.</strong> Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health benefits far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits. </li> <li><strong>Tweak your routine.</strong> To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can reach to hold something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods. </li> <li><strong>Get social. </strong>Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!</li> </ol><p><a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/aoa">Learn more about the Y's programs for Active Older Adults.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 06 May 2021 19:05:48 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27391 at https://kansascityymca.org Important Water Safety Tips https://kansascityymca.org/important-water-safety-tips <span>Important Water Safety Tips</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 3, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/WaterSafetyTips.jpg?itok=sACVYvEs" width="500" height="334" alt="Tips to Make Water Safety a Priority" title="Tips to Make Water Safety a Priority" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>As part of the Y’s commitment to eliminate drowning, the Y encourages you to always make safety your first priority as you enjoy the various benefits of swimming.</p> <p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old, and the leading cause of unintentional death for ages 1 to 4. </p> <h3>Water Safety Tips</h3> <p>Take an active role in your child’s safety. Practice these safety tips in and around the water:</p> <ul><li>Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty. Never swim alone.</li> <li>Adults should constantly and actively watch their children. That means avoid distracting activities such as texting, talking on the phone, reading and drinking alcoholic beverages.</li> <li>Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. </li> <li>Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.</li> <li>Children and adults should not engage in breath-holding activities.</li> </ul><h3>Look for Signs of Distress</h3> <p>Be vigilant and look for swimmers showing signs of distress before it progresses to a serious situation or drowning.</p> <p>Real-life drowning doesn't look like it does in the movies where someone is splashing and screaming in the water. The signs of someone struggling are actually very different.</p> <p>Look for these signs to identify a swimmer in distress:</p> <ul><li>Mouth at water level</li> <li>Head tilted back as the person tries to float</li> <li>Eyes glassy or closed</li> <li>Quiet voice, with no talking or screaming, as the swimmer struggles for air</li> <li>Bobbing up and down in the water but not making any forward progress</li> </ul><p>What should you do if you see if you see a swimmer in distress? Reach out to them with a pool noodle, another flotation device or a towel that they can grab, and pull them to safety. </p> <h3>Learn to Swim at the Y</h3> <p>To help make sure everyone can be safe in the water, the Y offer swim lessons for all ages. Children as young as 6 months old can begin in Parent/Child classes, and group lessons begin for ages 3 and older. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/youth-swim/youth-swim-lessons">Take our swim assessment</a> to determine which level is the best fit for your child, or our check out our <a href="/programs/adult-swim/adult-swim-lessons">Adult Swim Lessons</a> for yourself. </p> <p>Thanks to generous donations, the Y is able to offer financial assistance to individuals and families unable to pay the stated fees.</p> </div> Mon, 03 May 2021 16:40:36 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18274 at https://kansascityymca.org Now Hiring: Attend Our On-Site Recruitment Events https://kansascityymca.org/blog/now-hiring-attend-our-site-recruitment-events <span>Now Hiring: Attend Our On-Site Recruitment Events</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 1, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2020-08/unnamed.gif?itok=lKcMHg3n" width="500" height="281" alt="Find a fun and fulfilling role at the Y" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/careers">is hiring</a>! As the leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is looking for talented associates to help us make our community stronger. All employees have the opportunity to learn and grow through training opportunities.</p> <p>Please attend an upcoming Job Fair to learn more about opportunities with the Y:</p> <ul><li><strong>Thursday, May 13 -</strong> 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kirk Family YMCA (Downtown), 222 W 11th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.</li> </ul><p>Our association currently has needs in the following areas across the metro:</p> <ul><li><strong>Full-Time, Part-Time and Seasonal </strong></li> <li><strong>Y Club - </strong>Site Supervisors, Learning Coaches and Youth Leaders, Summer Camp Counselors</li> <li><strong>Aquatics</strong> - Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Swim Coaches</li> <li><strong>Head Start</strong> - Teachers and Teacher Assistants</li> <li><strong>Center Operations </strong>- Group Exercise Instructors, Member Engagement Representatives, Building Monitors</li> <li><strong>Personal Trainers</strong></li> <li><strong>Youth Sports Officials</strong></li> </ul><p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/careers">Click here to view all job opportunities at the Y.</a></p> <p>Here's what you can do to prepare:</p> <ol><li>Check out current job openings at <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/careers">KansasCityYMCA.org/Jobs</a></li> <li>Complete the online application for the position(s) you are interested in. </li> <li>Attend any of our on-site interview sessions. Be prepared to tell us more about why you are interested in working for the Y, your interests and skills.  </li> </ol><p><strong>Safety Protocols</strong> - The Y will observe all safety protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing. We will have masks available or you may bring your own.</p> <h4>OUR JOBS MEAN MORE </h4> <p>Being a part of the Y team is so much more than customer service, sales, or childcare. It’s about fostering achievement, relationships and belonging.</p> <h4><strong>Plus:</strong></h4> <p><strong>Free Y membership:</strong> When you work for the Y, you’ll enjoy the perks of being a Y member including access to all 11 Y centers and discounts on programs, childcare and summer day camp.</p> <p><strong>Flexible Schedules:</strong> Part-time and full-time positions are available, making jobs at the Y ideal for students and non-students alike.</p> <p><strong>The best co-workers ever:</strong> In our Y centers and Before and After School Y Clubs, you’ll work among others who share a mission of creating a welcoming, safe family atmosphere for children and families in our communities. Plus, it’s a great place to make new friends who share a desire to make our community a better place.</p> <p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran and committed to diversity and inclusion throughout our organization. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Sat, 01 May 2021 13:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26236 at https://kansascityymca.org Healthy Kids Day 2021: The Recipe for a Healthy Kid https://kansascityymca.org/blog/healthy-kids-day-2021-recipe-healthy-kid <span>Healthy Kids Day 2021: The Recipe for a Healthy Kid</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>April 24, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-04/healthy-kids-day-recipe-2021.jpg?itok=WrOIjgSp" width="500" height="500" alt="Healthy Kids Day, Get the Recipe for a Healthy Kid: 1. Start with a tummy full of healthy food. 2. Stir in a cup of physical activity. 3. Add a tablespoon of laughter. 4. Mix in a pinch of curiosity. 5. Sprinkle with a dash of fun!" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Do you have the ingredients for a healthy kid? The Y's annual #HealthyKidsDay on April 24—a day to celebrate what makes a healthy kid—is going virtual this year. These fun family resources help build the recipe!</p> <p><strong>1. </strong>Encourage <strong>healthy eating habits</strong> by involving kids in the kitchen. <a href="https://www.ymca.net/afterschool-meal-program">Try our favorite kid-tested recipes</a>.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Set aside at least 60 minutes for <strong>physical activity</strong> every day. Get started with this <a href="https://youtu.be/-ifWJKhw0hE">YMCA Challenger football clinic</a> led by former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Shawn Barber.</p> <p><strong>3.</strong> <strong>A good laugh</strong> can lift your spirits all day. <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/camp">Y Summer Day Camps</a> are a great way to keep kids laughing, learning and growing all summer.</p> <p><strong>4.</strong> <a href="https://www.ymca.net/STEM">Check out these fun experiments</a> for kids of all ages. Together we can <strong>inspire</strong> the next generation to love STEM!</p> <p><strong>5. </strong>Spend family time together by taking a walk. <strong>Add to the fun</strong> <a href="https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/nature/article/neighborhood-adventure">with these neighborhood adventure bingo cards</a> from National Geographic Kids!</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Sat, 24 Apr 2021 14:15:30 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27341 at https://kansascityymca.org 3 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas and More Tips https://kansascityymca.org/blog/3-healthy-lunch-box-ideas-and-more-tips <span>3 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas and More Tips</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>April 8, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/IMG_0508.JPG?itok=COxKyU_B" width="500" height="375" alt="Healthy Lunch Ideas" title="Healthy Lunch Ideas" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Want to pack a school lunch for your child that you both can agree on? The Y is here to help with some ideas for healthy, tasty and kid-friendly midday meals.</p> <p>Savanah Standifer, Senior Director of Program Development for YMCA Youth Development Services, is trained in the <a href="http://www.ymca.net/hepa/">Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards</a>. The standards are based on years of research with key partners, and are one way the Y is helping youth develop healthy habits.</p> <p>Standifer pulled together these yummy lunches that provide lots of flavor - and lots of nutrients, too.</p> <h4>HEALTHY LUNCH MENUS</h4> <ul><li><strong>Turkey wrap with spinach and swiss cheese, popcorn, red grapes and cucumber slices.</strong> Use a whole wheat tortilla, which offers more nutrients than a white flour tortilla. Fill with sliced roasted turkey, several leaves of spinach and a slice of swiss cheese. Choose a white cheese made with 1 percent milkfat, such as swiss or mozzarella, which is a healthier alternative to cheddar. Slice the wrap into bite-sized pieces for easy and fun eating. For the popcorn, try the low-cal, lightly salted kind without butter that you can buy in a large bag and put into single servings in plastic snack bags. The grapes and cucumber slices provide colorful fruit and veggie options. <p>  </p></li> <li><strong>Bean and cheese quesadilla, avocado, lime and strawberry slices.</strong> Beans provide an excellent source of protein and fiber - just be sure to get low-sodium and fat-free canned refried beans. Black beans are another option. Choose white cheese, such as mozzarella, made with 1 percent milk for a healthier option. Spread the beans and cheese in half of a wheat tortilla, and then fold the other half of the tortilla over to cover the beans and cheese. Warm the quesadilla in the oven or microwave before school. Wrap it in foil to keep it warm for lunch. Or serve cool if your child prefers. Sliced fruits, versus whole, can make it more likely your child will eat them. <p>  </p></li> <li><strong>Whole-wheat bagel chicken sandwich, cottage cheese with pineapple slices, and baby carrots.</strong> Try mini bagels to make it easier for younger children to eat. Fill with sliced roasted chicken and a slice of white cheese. Stock the pantry with canned or sliced pineapple in 100 percent juice, and make a tasty combo by adding it to cottage cheese made with 1 percent milkfat. Rather than buying single serving bags of carrots, buy the large bag and repackage into single servings to save money.</li> </ul><p>Drink water with each meal, and keep some of that summer fun by adding fresh fruit for extra flavor, such as slices of strawberries, lime, blueberries and oranges. Another healthy beverage option is 1 percent milk.</p> <h4>CREATE YOUR OWN</h4> <p>Want to get creative on your own? <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/ymca-ynet-prod/files/healthy-living/HEPA-Infographic.pdf">Download the standards</a> that the Y follows in our programs and recommends to families. </p> <p>The standards include:</p> <ul><li>Provide a fruit or vegetable - fresh, frozen, dried or canned in their own juice</li> <li>Offer whole grains - such as whole wheat bread or whole wheat tortillas</li> <li>No fried foods</li> <li>No foods with transfat</li> <li>Watch the sugar - the first three ingredients shouldn’t be sugar, and there should be less than 8 grams of sugar total</li> </ul><p>Unsure where to start? Standifer said try just one thing, such as including a fruit or vegetable at every meal.</p> <p>“Starting with one new habit is much more manageable than trying to include all at once,” she said. “Then you’ll be more likely to be successful before you try to make another change.”</p> <p>Also, include your kids in the process.</p> <p>“Giving them an opportunity to make choices and help pack the lunches helps them learn to make healthy choices for themselves and increases the likelihood that they’ll actually eat their lunch,” she said.</p> </div> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:55:45 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 13396 at https://kansascityymca.org Fast Twitch Fitness: New Speed and Agility Class for Youth Athletes https://kansascityymca.org/blog/fast-twitch-fitness-new-speed-and-agility-class-youth-athletes <span>Fast Twitch Fitness: New Speed and Agility Class for Youth Athletes</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>April 5, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-04/0001166_2560x1706_sm_0.jpg?itok=2o9QJSYX" width="500" height="333" alt="Two teen athletes talk with a coach" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>A new program for youth athletes who want to improve their speed and agility is launching June 7 at Platte County Community Center South.</p> <p>Fast Twitch Fitness is a sports performance group training for youth ages 12 to 18. It focuses on sprint mechanics, both front side and backside, proper force absorption and force production and change of direction that applies in all sports.</p> <p>The course is taught by Dante Edwards, a Nationally Accredited Personal Trainer with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Strength and Conditioning.</p> <p>Monthly sessions are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Registration is required for each session. Spots are limited.</p> <p>To learn more and register, <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=twitch&amp;applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&amp;cat=Activities">click here</a>.</p> </div> Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:18:39 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27251 at https://kansascityymca.org New Kirk Family YMCA Begins First Phase With Summer Day Camp https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-kirk-family-ymca-begins-first-phase-summer-day-camp <span>New Kirk Family YMCA Begins First Phase With Summer Day Camp</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 30, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-03/downtownyemailimage.jpg?itok=t_ACeKw2" width="500" height="290" alt="Exterior photo of Kirk Family YMCA at 222 W 11th Street in Downtown Kansas City, MO" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The new <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtownkcy">Kirk Family YMCA</a> in downtown Kansas City will open in phases, beginning with enrollment for a <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/camp">summer day camp program</a> scheduled to start June 7. </p> <p>The camp will support working families and help kids who have had their learning disrupted by the pandemic by giving them an opportunity to continue to learn throughout the summer.</p> <p>The Kirk Family YMCA, located at 222 W 11th Street in the former Lyric Theatre building, was created to support those who live and work downtown. The Y plans to open the full facility by the end of the year when more workers return to downtown, and more individuals and families are ready to return to a community center. </p> <p>“As a nonprofit, charitable organization, the best use of resources right now is to open for camp this summer, which will address an important need to provide learning and social opportunities for youth and to support working parents,” said John Mikos, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “Because the rest of the facility will open at a later date, the camp will have access to spaces throughout the building providing a unique opportunity and an exciting summer day camp experience.”</p> <p>Camp activities will take advantage of building amenities including the indoor pools, gym and an outdoor artificial turf field behind the building. The camp will follow the curriculum of Y camps throughout the metro, with each week featuring a unique theme and activities that promote physical movement, social interaction, educational opportunities, leadership, personal growth and creativity.</p> <p>Registration is open now for the camp at the Kirk Family YMCA and camps throughout the metro. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/summer-camps/explore-camps/youth-day-camp">Learn more and register</a>.</p> <h4><strong>About the Kirk Family YMCA</strong></h4> <p>The $35-million renovation and reconstruction project was funded by $16.9 million from the 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District, additional funding from the Missouri Development Finance Board, as well as charitable gifts from foundations and individual donors.</p> <p>The Y is named for the Kirk family, longtime YMCA of Greater Kansas City donors and supporters of the new downtown Y. The family includes the late Phil Kirk, the former chairman of DST Realty, which is now part of SS&amp;C Technologies. He played a key role in Kansas City’s downtown revitalization and was instrumental in bringing the new Y to the former Lyric Theatre.</p> <p>Features of the new 62,000-square-foot Kirk Family YMCA include:</p> <ul><li>Preservation of the facade and lobby of the historic building including the original marble floors, ornate ceiling finishes and more to become the new Y entrance.</li> <li>A 42,000-square-foot section of new construction built on the north side of the lobby featuring a contemporary design. Behind the building, there is an outdoor space for events and youth sports. </li> <li>Dramatic two-story windows in the new limestone walls along Central Street bringing natural light into the space and creating a contemporary, eye-catching look for the building’s exterior. The limestone came from the same quarry that provided the limestone for the original Lyric building.</li> </ul><p>Amenities inside the new Kirk Family YMCA include:</p> <ul><li>Three community rooms for a variety of activities, including one with a teaching kitchen for healthy eating, nutrition and cooking classes. </li> <li>An indoor activity pool and lap pool for swim lessons, exercise and recreational opportunities.</li> <li>A gymnasium that can be used for basketball, volleyball, and other sports.</li> <li>A large health and wellness area offers a space for guests to improve their health through cardiovascular exercise and strength training featuring the latest state-of-the-art equipment.</li> <li>Three studios for group exercise.</li> <li>A suspended indoor walking and jogging track that will offer views of the lower levels of the center.</li> </ul><p>For more information about the project, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtownkcy">DowntownKCY.org</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 18:51:21 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27196 at https://kansascityymca.org North Kansas City YMCA & Tohi Wellness Beverages Celebrate Food Pantry Re-Opening https://kansascityymca.org/blog/north-kansas-city-ymca-tohi-wellness-beverages-celebrate-food-pantry-re-opening <span>North Kansas City YMCA &amp; Tohi Wellness Beverages Celebrate Food Pantry Re-Opening</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 12, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-03/070a6951_sm.jpg?itok=7bsZImKg" width="500" height="333" alt="Shari Coulter Ford, Tohi Beverages, and Tina Weaver, North Kansas City YMCA Executive Director, hold cans of Tohi Beverages at the Marketplace Food Pantry at North Kansas City YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Marketplace Outreach Pantry at the North Kansas City YMCA has reopened. To celebrate and help fight growing food insecurity in our community, local brand Tohi Ventures donated 10,000 cans of Tohi Wellness Beverages ($30,000 retail value) to assist with re-stocking the pantry’s shelves and to support the Y's mobile food pantries. </p> <p>The food pantry closed during the stay-at-home order that began in March 2020 and had remained closed since then because of capacity limits in the facility and other safety precautions. During that time, the center adjusted to offer a drive-through food pantry. <br />  <br /> The food pantry hours will be 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Appointments will be required to limit the number of guests at a time to allow for physical distancing. As part of a new partnership with the Y, volunteers with Easterseals will staff the food pantry. For more information and to set up an appointment, contact the North Kansas City YMCA at 816.300.0531. The North Kansas City YMCA is located at 1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO, 64116.</p> <h4>Hunger Prevention</h4> <p>The pantry opened in 2019 to address food insecurity to provide healthy foods to anyone in the community in need of food. It’s located inside the main entrance of the Y.</p> <p>Prior to the pandemic, one in eight people in the greater Kansas City region faced food insecurity, unsure of where their next meal would come from or whether they would have enough food for their household. One in five children didn’t know where their next meal was coming from.</p> <p>More people are now at risk of food insecurity as a result of the challenges of COVID-19, including loss of income and lack of access to school meal programs when schools are in virtual learning. It is estimated that one in seven people in the greater Kansas City region, and one in four children, are now at risk of hunger.</p> <h4>Healthy Options</h4> <p>The pantry offers fresh fruits and vegetables, plus other items that will vary from time to time such as grains, whole wheat pastas, beans, healthy drinks (including almond milk and 100% juices), healthy snacks (such as granola, energy bars and nuts), and healthy condiments (such as olive oil mayonnaise).</p> <p>The beverages donated by Tohi are have ingredients to boost the immune system. Tohi, a Kansas City-based healthy lifestyle brand, has a line of four Aronia Berry-based functional beverages. Aronia boasts a high micronutrient profile and total antioxidant measures that are four times that of blueberries and twice that of acai. Antioxidants are widely studied and are believed to improve heart, bone, immune and brain health by inhibiting the oxidation of free radicals in the body that can lead to inflammation and chronic disease. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="paragraph container paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="carousel"> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=w2_l9XV1 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=4uyB0717 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=w2_l9XV1 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=w2_l9XV1 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=gb6H08Lr 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=4uyB0717 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=WqHV-fdR 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=gb6H08Lr" alt="Can of Tohi beverage donated to the Marketplace Food Pantry at North Kansas City YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=0CeOFhC6 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=zMIeb1r0 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=0CeOFhC6 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=0CeOFhC6 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=15ojfBnQ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=zMIeb1r0 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=E9eEkART 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=15ojfBnQ" alt="A woman picks up a can of Tohi wellness beverage at the North Kansas City YMCA Marketplace Food Pantry" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </section> <hr> </div> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 15:59:19 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27201 at https://kansascityymca.org Why Pronouns Matter https://kansascityymca.org/blog/why-pronouns-matter <span>Why Pronouns Matter</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 10, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-03/logo-for-social-post-green.jpg?itok=eOAVonRD" width="500" height="328" alt="Logo - The Y" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>As a community organization for all, committed to advancing equity and inclusion for all, the Y encourages inclusive language. One way to be inclusive is through the use of pronouns.</p> <p>Including pronouns is a first step toward respecting and affirming people’s gender identity, working against assumptions, and engaging people of all genders, including those who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender non-binary.</p> <p>In English, pronouns are used frequently in speech and writing in the place of someone’s name. When referring to someone in the third person, these pronouns have a gender implied. </p> <p>To decide what pronoun to use, people often make an assumption about the gender of someone based on appearance, name, mannerisms, clothing or other expressions of gender. These associations are not always accurate or helpful.</p> <h4><strong>The Importance of Pronouns</strong></h4> <p>Using someone’s correct pronouns is a way to show respect, create an inclusive environment and interact with people as unique individuals. Gender can be very important to someone’s sense of self. To incorrectly gender someone can cause the person to feel disrespected, alienated, or dysphoric (or a combination of the three). </p> <p>It is very important to know that you cannot visually tell someone’s gender. This means that you can also not visually tell if someone is transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, gender-variant, etc. Asking what pronouns someone uses in that specific space can prevent emotional distress from happening, and sets an example of respect and inclusion.</p> <h4><strong>Examples</strong></h4> <p>People may choose to use a variety of pronouns. Pronouns are interchangeable. For example, someone may use he and they. </p> <p>Below are some examples. </p> <ul><li>He, Him, His, Himself</li> <li>She, Her, Hers, Herself</li> <li>They, Them, Their, Theirs, Themselves</li> <li>Ze, Hir, Hirs, Hirself</li> <li>Ze, Zem, Zirs, Zirself </li> <li>Ey, Em, Eirs, Eriself</li> </ul><h4><strong>How Do I Know What Pronouns to Use?</strong></h4> <p>If you’re not sure what pronouns someone uses, it’s a good practice to ask. </p> <p>Asking for pronouns can depend on the setting. When speaking to a member, camper, coworker, or other community member to whom you introduce yourself, it is best to ask for their pronouns. Some ways to do this might be:</p> <ul><li>“What pronouns do you use?”  </li> <li>“What pronouns should I use for you in this space?”</li> <li>“My name is Dan, and my pronouns are he and him. What about you?” </li> </ul><p>If you aren’t sure of someone’s name or pronouns but you have already asked or met the person, it is okay to ask for them again or later. Someone may use different pronouns in different spaces. Asking what pronouns to use in a specific space makes room for people to be affirmed and express themselves in a variety of ways, including if the person does not want to out themselves in certain spaces. People may not be out everywhere and may not want to be out elsewhere or with others.</p> <h4><strong>Respecting Boundaries</strong></h4> <p>While it is important to take an active role in being inclusive – whether it is through educating yourself, checking in if a person’s name or pronouns have changed, or correcting yourself and others who make mistakes – it is also important to do this at the comfort level of the person with whom you are interacting. </p> <p>Do not ask about a person’s body, their potential former names, their gender, why or how they know they are a certain gender, their sexual practices, or any other questions that are invasive unless the person invites you to ask.</p> <h4><strong>More Information</strong></h4> <p>For more information about pronouns and why they matter, check out these resources.</p> <ul><li>Website - <a href="https://www.mypronouns.org"><u>mypronouns.org</u></a> </li> <li>Guide from Y-USA - <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/Gender-Pronouns-and-Why-They-Matter.pdf">Gender Pronouns and Why They Matter</a></li> </ul></div> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:02:50 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27086 at https://kansascityymca.org YMCA Partnership with Riverside Community Center https://kansascityymca.org/ymca-partnership-riverside-community-center <span>YMCA Partnership with Riverside Community Center</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 9, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2014-06-25_AOF_12498_RGB.jpg?itok=Fal8jd2i" width="500" height="333" alt="Group Exercise Class - Zumba" title="Group Exercise Class - Zumba" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Did you know that the YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers group exercise classes at the Riverside Community Center? Y members are eligible to participate in a variety of free classes.</p> <p>In addition to the group exercises, Y members also have free access to pickle ball on the following days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required for pickle ball. Please call the Welcome Center at 816.741.4172 to sign up.</p> <p>Through the Healthy Citizens Initiative, Riverside residents are eligible for a discounted rate at the Riverside Community Center and the Platte County Community Centers operated by the YMCA in Parkville and Platte City. Residents will only have to pay 25% of the membership fee, the City of Riverside will cover the other 75%. For more information on the Healthy Citizens Initiative, click <a href="http://www.riversidemo.com/recreation/page/healthy-citizens-initiative">here.</a></p> <p>Riverside members can visit any of the <a href="/locations">11 area YMCA of Greater Kansas City</a> locations.</p> <p>Visit the <a href="http://www.riversidemo.com/recreation/page/group-exercise-schedule">City of Riverside website</a> to download the latest version of the group exercise schedule. For questions, please email <a href="mailto:Riverside@KansasCityYMCA.org">Riverside@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> or call 816.741.4172.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 09 Mar 2021 18:19:32 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18339 at https://kansascityymca.org Kid’s Club Now Open at Cleaver Family YMCA https://kansascityymca.org/blog/kids-club-now-open-cleaver-family-ymca <span>Kid’s Club Now Open at Cleaver Family YMCA</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 5, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-03/yusa_yclub_19750x600.jpg?itok=zmrDCSHu" width="333" height="266" alt="Child smiling" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Cleaver Family YMCA is now offering <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=Kid%27s%20Club&amp;applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&amp;cat=Activities">Kid’s Club</a>, a fun and safe place for youth ages 4-8 to enjoy while caregivers participate in other activities at the Y.</p> <p>Kid’s Club is available free of charge with a membership that includes your family. Your child will be engaged in active play, art projects, reading and other activities.</p> <p>Kid’s Club is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=Kid%27s%20Club&amp;applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&amp;cat=Activities"><u>Pre-registration is required</u></a>. The deadline to register for Monday sessions is the Sunday prior, and the deadline to register for Wednesday sessions is the Tuesday prior.</p> <h4><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=Kid%27s%20Club&amp;applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&amp;cat=Activities"><u>Click Here to Register</u></a></h4> <p>The Cleaver Y will look for opportunities to expand this program based on interest from families. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Welcome Center at 816.285.9622.</p> <p> </p> </div> Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:20:40 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27041 at https://kansascityymca.org KC Chiefs Chris Jones Launches Sack Nation Foundation with Gift to the Y https://kansascityymca.org/blog/kc-chiefs-chris-jones-launches-sack-nation-foundation-gift-y <span>KC Chiefs Chris Jones Launches Sack Nation Foundation with Gift to the Y</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 23, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-02/sack-nation-foundation.jpg?itok=MAT5m4pQ" width="437" height="444" alt="Sack Nation Foundation logo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Kansas City Chiefs' Chris Jones announced that the first official partner for his new charitable organization, Sack Nation Foundation, will be the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>Jones made the announcement about his new foundation and its first donation through a virtual appearance at the Columbus Park YMCA Head Start on February 23, 2021. The donation will provide flag football programs for 300 YMCA Head Start kids and their siblings.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Fezi1bDQw&amp;feature=youtu.be">Watch the full announcement here</a>, including remarks from Jones, questions for Jones from kids at the Columbus Park Head Start program, questions from the media, and remarks from John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>Jones, the Chiefs star defensive tackle and fan favorite #95, founded Sack Nation Foundation to improve the health and well-being of young people in underserved communities. </p> <p>“The YMCA of Greater Kansas City focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Jones. “It’s a perfect fit for Sack Nation Foundation, especially for kids in vulnerable communities."</p> <p>During the announcement, Jones spoke about the challenges he had growing up.</p> <p>“I was actually one of those kids in a poverty community — that I wasn’t able to play sports early on in my early age because of a financial standpoint," he said.</p> <p>He said the foundation will give him an opportunity to give back after the Chiefs took a chance on him to get to this point.</p> <p>"It’s always been a part of me to give back, and they put me in a position to reach the opportunity to give back to others, and I’m just trying to fulfill that,” Jones said.</p> <p>The foundation will help the Y deliver its mission. </p> <p>“We’re looking forward to partnering with Chris Jones and Sack Nation Foundation to give hundreds of kids the opportunity to learn and grow from sports,” said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “We’re grateful for the shared commitment to nurturing the potential of youth and making sports accessible to kids of all backgrounds and abilities.” </p> <p>Watch the video below for more on how Jones makes a difference on and off the field.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="container video video-medium-red" > <h2>Chiefs&#039; Chris Jones Launches Sack Nation Foundation</h2> <div class="twelve column"> <div class="video-wrapper-outer"> <div class="video-wrapper"> <div><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qh8Q5bI0z7c?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Tue, 23 Feb 2021 22:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26991 at https://kansascityymca.org Y Partners with Walmart and City of KCMO to Offer Vaccines https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-partners-walmart-and-city-kcmo-offer-vaccines <span>Y Partners with Walmart and City of KCMO to Offer Vaccines</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 23, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-02/0062353_1200x1200.jpg?itok=jPVoL4x2" width="500" height="500" alt="Medical symbol" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Walmart Inc., and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City announced a COVID-19 vaccine partnership beginning Thursday, February 26, and occurring each week for the next six weeks, which will vaccinate more than 3,500 eligible Kansas Citians in zip codes with lowest life expectancy.</p> <p>Walmart will host these vaccination clinics at a Kansas City YMCA, utilizing a vaccine allotment provided directly to Walmart by the federal government. These vaccines do not pull from, nor will alter, Kansas City’s weekly vaccine allotment from the State of Missouri.</p> <p>Eligible Kansas Citians will be notified of this vaccination opportunity by the Kansas City Health Department. For safety and security reasons, the particular YMCA location will be disclosed only to those eligible to receive a vaccine through this partnership. Due to a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, walk-ups will not be accepted.</p> <p>“As my office and the City continue our work to ensure equitable vaccine distribution, I am proud this vaccine allotment through our partnership with Walmart will be getting to Kansas Citians who need vaccines the most,” said Mayor Lucas. “The Kansas City Health Department has identified and has begun notifying eligible Kansas Citians of this opportunity via email and phone call, to ensure those without regular access to internet who need a vaccine will not be skipped over. As we continue vaccine rollout, we will not leave anyone behind. I thank Walmart, the YMCA, and our COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force for their quick and diligent work, and I look forward to continued partnerships such as this moving forward.”</p> <p>“We have two goals as we administer vaccines: first, to get as many shots in eligible arms as possible so we can start the process of reopening our country, and second, ensuring equitable vaccine access across the communities we serve,”<strong> </strong>said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President, Health &amp; Wellness, Walmart. “We will continue finding new ways to increase vaccination access for our customers as we work towards the eventual end of the pandemic.”</p> <p>"The Y is proud to partner with the task force to provide vaccines in vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately affected by the health and economic impacts of COVID-19," said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. "Offering our space to improve vaccine equity is one way the Y can deliver on our mission to make sure all in our community have access to the resources they need to thrive."</p> <p>“The COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is pleased to assist in the coordination of this multi-week mass-vaccination event,” said Renita Mollman, chair of the Kansas City COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. “Our Task Force was charged with helping ensure efficient and equitable vaccine rollout, and this event is but one example of ways the community can come together to protect our most vulnerable. We appreciate Walmart’s partnership and look forward to more events in the future.”</p> <p>Kansas Citians interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine should complete the City’s online interest form in <a href="https://hipaa.jotform.com/210117358088152">English</a> or <a href="https://form.jotform.com/210187080190145">Spanish</a>, or call 311. The Kansas City Health Department continues to utilize this list as it works to pair interested Kansas Citians with vaccines. To date, more than 4,800 Kansas Citians who have filled out this online form have been paired with a vaccine.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 23 Feb 2021 21:30:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27001 at https://kansascityymca.org Debunking Swim Lesson Myths https://kansascityymca.org/debunking-swim-lesson-myths-1 <span>Debunking Swim Lesson Myths</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 18, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/DebunkingSwimLessonMyths.jpg?itok=9BN-cAty" width="500" height="333" alt="Debunking Swim Lesson Myths" title="Debunking Swim Lesson Myths" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Teaching children how to be safe in and around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. It not only saves lives; it builds confidence. The Y’s swim lessons and water safety programs work to eliminate drowning by providing swim lessons to children.</p> <p>Drowning continues to be the leading cause of accidental death among child ages 1 to 4, and experts report that 88 percent of preschooler drownings could have been avoided with formal swim lessons. Older children are also at risk. Drowning is the second-leading cause of deather for children ages 1 to 14.</p> <p>To make sure you and your family are safe, know what is fact and fiction when it comes to swim lessons and water safety.</p> <h5 class="question">Myth #1: Kids should take swim lessons when they start school.</h5> <p><strong>False.</strong></p> <p>The facts: To avoid accidental drowning and equip your child with essential survival skills, kids should begin swim lessons as early as six months in a parent/child setting. Water is a danger everywhere, so the earlier a child learns to swim and be safe around water, the better.</p> <p>The Y recommends starting swim lessons at the age of six months in a parent/child class where parents can also learn important safety techniques. Getting your child comfortable with being in the water, even if they cannot swim independently, is an important first step that will make tackling swimming techniques and correct strokes easier and more fun to learn.</p> <h5 class="question">Myth #2: Swimming with arm floaties can protect your child and help them learn.</h5> <p><strong>False.</strong></p> <p>The facts: Swimming with floaties will not protect your child, and they come with risks.</p> <p>Arm floaties hold the body in a vertical position, not in a proper horizontal position for swimming. So if a child used to wearing floaties accidentally slips into the pool without the floaties, they will struggle to keep themselves above water because they haven't learned proper swimming techniques.</p> <p>Plus, floaties are unreliable. Arm floaties can slide off, pop or deflate. If a child wearing floaties begins to struggle, the floaties hold the body in an upright position, but that could mean that only the child’s arms are above water.</p> <p>The Y recommends a Coast Guard-approved life vest to be used by non-swimmers. But even when a child is wearing the vest, parents must have the child within arm’s reach and keep a close eye on them to keep them safe in the water at all times.</p> <h5 class="question"><strong>Myth #3: As long as we practice during the summer, my child will be ready to advance to the next swim class.</strong></h5> <p><strong>False.</strong></p> <p>The facts: Your child should practice swimming year round if you want them to continue to advance. Not only is this smart for safety reasons, but swimming is also a wonderful exercise for children and adults.</p> <p>Indoor swimming pools are a great way to continue swimming lessons all year or even just to practice. They also are a good way to get your child used to the water, because indoor pools are typically warmer.</p> <p>Many parents believe their children will automatically advance to the next class each summer. But unfortunately when kids only take lessons each June or July, they sometimes need to repeat a level. If you're not sure what level your child belongs in, just ask about a free assessment or use our <a href="/programs/youth-swim/swim-lessons">online swim lesson level selector</a> to find the best fit.</p> <h5 class="question">Myth #4: A parent's reaction to their child’s swimming progress is irrelevant.</h5> <p><strong>False.</strong></p> <p>The facts: The way that you react as the parent can truly help your child learn to swim. Be careful to consider your words, behaviors and even facial expressions when your child is learning how to swim. If your child coughs, goes under water for the first time, gasps or screams, remain calm. Avoid getting involved in your child's lesson to allow your child will build more confidence and also build trust in the instructor.</p> <p>Be sure to give them smiles, recognize them for using correct techniques and support the instructor’s teachings. A child will not be able to learn the correct swimming techniques if they are scared, don't trust the instructor, or are concerned about your reaction. </p> <h5 class="question">Myth #5: The lifeguard is always watching, so it’s okay to let your kids be independent while in the water.</h5> <p><strong>False.</strong></p> <p>The facts: Even if your children are old enough to go down the slide, go to the bathroom, or hit up the concession stand by themselves, you should always keep an eye on them. Parents should avoid distractions such as phone calls, texting, watching videos, looking at social media and reading. All of these activities can cause you to lose track of time and lose track of what your child is doing.</p> <p>Despite the fact that lifeguards are professionally trained to rescue your child, you know your child best and can alert a lifeguard if your child appears to be struggling in the water.</p> <p>Drowning is usually a silent accident and happens quickly. While the lifeguard on duty is carefully checking the pool, parents are asked to be mindful of their own children. Be sure to be alert and always track your child or children while they’re at the pool, no matter how old they are. Parents should always be within arm’s reach of non-swimmers.</p> <p>The best protection is to make sure your child knows how to swim. As a nonprofit, the Y offers financial assistance to families in need so that all in need have the opportunity to take swim lessons and learn water safety and swim skills. <a href="/programs/youth-swim/swim-lessons">Learn more about Y swim lessons and register online.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 18 Feb 2021 16:55:32 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18273 at https://kansascityymca.org Inclement Weather Updates https://kansascityymca.org/blog/inclement-weather-updates <span>Inclement Weather Updates</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 17, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/InclementWeatherInformation.jpg?itok=grQxVTwH" width="500" height="500" alt="YMCA Inclement Weather" title="YMCA Inclement Weather" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Locations and programs are operating at their regular schedules.</p> <p>Check back here at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/weather">KansasCityYMCA.org/Weather</a> for the latest updates.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 18 Feb 2021 03:17:47 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 10301 at https://kansascityymca.org American Heart Month: Tips for Becoming Heart Healthy https://kansascityymca.org/blog/american-heart-month-tips-becoming-heart-healthy <span>American Heart Month: Tips for Becoming Heart Healthy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 11, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/girl-with-heart.jpg?itok=qRvdz1x2" width="500" height="333" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>February is American Heart Month. With <a href="https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/07/417951/physical-activity-dropped-worldwide-during-covid-19-raising-concerns-health">decreased physical activity due to COVID-19</a>, it’s important to use this month to get a blood pressure screening and focus on becoming heart healthy. Below are tips for the whole family to become heart healthy this February.</p> <p>1. <strong>Get Physical:</strong> Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities to get moving. When it's on your calendar, you'll be less likely to miss a workout at the Y or a 10-minute walking break during the day. If your family enjoys active video games, select versions that require moving the body’s large muscle groups while playing. If the weather or health concerns are keeping you at home, try virtual exercise, such as our <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/onlinewellness">new YMCA 360 options</a>.</p> <p>2. <strong>Take a Snooze:</strong> Lack of sleep can be associated with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Adults need at least seven, but no more than nine hours of sleep at night to aid with the prevention of heart disease. Children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Develop bedtime routines for the whole family to assist with falling asleep faster and staying asleep.</p> <p>3. <strong>Shape Up Those Recipes:</strong> Makeover your family’s favorite recipes by reducing the amount of salt and saturated fat and substituting a lower fat food without sacrificing tastes. For example, use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream, and skip the seasoning packet and use pepper and olive oil instead. Read food labels to learn more about what is in the package. Select foods that have less than 1,000 mg of sodium per serving.</p> <p>4. <strong>Feeling the Pressure:</strong> Revised blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans  - 46 percent - have high blood pressure. Lowering or maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Start self-monitoring your blood pressure and know your numbers. Discuss the results with you doctor if needed.</p> <p>5. <strong>Play Together: </strong>Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress, which is important to heart health. Make homemade Valentine's Day cards for your children’s classmates or build a snow fort together in the yard or the park.</p> </div> Thu, 11 Feb 2021 15:30:18 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26921 at https://kansascityymca.org Self-Care for Your Mind and Body: 4-Week Virtual Mental Health Series https://kansascityymca.org/blog/self-care-your-mind-and-body-4-week-virtual-mental-health-series <span>Self-Care for Your Mind and Body: 4-Week Virtual Mental Health Series</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 9, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-02/aoa_social2018_4.jpg?itok=qwV-6J9T" width="500" height="334" alt="Man and woman having coffee" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us in many ways. Older adults are facing increased isolation, which increases the likelihood of experiencing depression and anxiety.  </p> <p>Take care of your mind, body and spirit and <a href="https://soundscaping-source.ck.page/66ce858cbb">join us for a 4-week virtual series</a> on self-care, hosted by Becky Franklin, LPC, Behavioral Health Therapist and Educator at Tri-County Mental Health. The free series is brought to you by Show Me Hope, Tri-County Mental Health Services and Platte County Community Center South. </p> <p>Through weekly virtual sessions, you'll learn practical and enjoyable strategies for staying active, engaged and healthy while practicing physical distancing.</p> <h3>Event Information:</h3> <p><strong>Session One: Monday, Feb 22 at 10 a.m.</strong><br /> Relaxation – When the body is experiencing a stress response, there is a speeding up in various functions (rapid breathing, increased heart rate, body tension, etc). In session one, we will discuss strategies to combat a stress response by slowing down body functions with soothing and calming exercises.</p> <p><strong>Session Two: Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m.</strong><br /> Mindfulness and Meditation – When stress hits, our tendency is to ruminate about the past or worry about the future. This takes away from being present in the here and now. In session two, we will focus on exercises geared toward being in the moment as a valuable addition to your coping toolbox. The mind and body have a powerful connection. Thus, we will include a discussion on how movement can help release stress and tension.</p> <p><strong>Session Three: Monday, March 8 at 10 a.m.</strong><br /> Grief takes Many Forms – During the pandemic, we have all been touched by various forms of grief.  This week we will discuss change, loss and missing our previous “normal” way of doing things. We will also incorporate a focus on grief rituals, honoring relationships and creating meaning, even in difficult times.</p> <p><strong>Session Four: Monday, March 15 at 10 a.m.</strong><br /> Thoughts and Feelings – Our thought patterns impact what we feel and the choices we make in everyday behaviors. In session four, we will discuss common thought distortions and how these thoughts can automatically pop up in the mind. We will also discuss ways to create more balanced replacement thoughts and why this process is important and helpful to our overall well-being.</p> <p><a href="https://soundscaping-source.ck.page/66ce858cbb">Click here to register.</a></p> <p>If you have questions or need more information, please contact Platte County Community Center South at 816.505.2622 or <a href="mailto:PlatteCountySouth@KansasCityYMCA.org">PlatteCountySouth@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:45:42 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26896 at https://kansascityymca.org Celebrate Black History with Linwood Heritage Week: Feb. 15-20 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/celebrate-black-history-linwood-heritage-week-feb-15-20 <span>Celebrate Black History with Linwood Heritage Week: Feb. 15-20</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 8, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-02/capture.jpg?itok=Ko2sLtzF" width="500" height="282" alt="Celebrate Black History" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Linwood Heritage Week is a chance for us to celebrate the rich African American culture and presence in Kansas City while learning, supporting and growing together. </p> <p>Virtual events are scheduled from Feb. 15-20 and are free unless specified otherwise.</p> <ul><li><strong>Monday, Feb. 15:</strong> Kansas City History Tour with Erik Stafford of KC Tour Company, 1 p.m. (120 min) Y Members: $5 Community Participants: $10</li> <li><strong>Tuesday, Feb. 16:</strong> Financial Workshop with Mary Ricketts from Wealth on Purpose, 6 p.m. (90 min). <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-financial-workshop/39891">Click here</a> to register.</li> <li><strong>Wednesday, Feb. 17:</strong> Business Workshop with Cathy Randall with Black Coffee Consulting, 6 p.m. (60 min) <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-business-workshop/39894">Click here</a> to register.</li> <li><strong>Thursday, Feb. 18:</strong> Naturola Hair Care with Olayemi Sowemimo, 6 p.m. (60 min) <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-haircare-workshop/39892">Click here</a> to register.</li> <li><strong>Friday, Feb. 19:</strong> Paint Party with Danny Diallo-Hinds of Art In Motion, LLC, 6-8 p.m. Y Members: $15, Community Participant: $20. <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-virtual-paint-party/39895">Click here</a> to register.</li> <li><strong>Saturday, Feb. 20: </strong>Afro/Caribbean Dance with Danny Diallo-Hinds of Art In Motion, LLC, 11 a.m. (60 min). <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-afro-caribbean-dance/39893">Click here</a> to register.</li> </ul><p>For questions or additional information, please call the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center at 816.923.5675 or email <a href="mailto:Linwood@KansasCityYMCA.org">Linwood@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> </div> Mon, 08 Feb 2021 16:21:40 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26881 at https://kansascityymca.org New Face Covering Guidelines in Platte County as of February 8, 2021 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-face-covering-guidelines-platte-county-february-8-2021 <span>New Face Covering Guidelines in Platte County as of February 8, 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 5, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-02/0063072_1200x1200.jpg?itok=58dXUcl2" width="500" height="500" alt="Illustration of facemask" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>In response to updated guidelines from the Platte County Health Department, we will have updated face covering policies beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, at Platte County Community Center North and Platte County Community Center South. These changes have been approved by the Platte County Health Department.</p> <h4><strong>What’s new?</strong></h4> <p>Members actively engaged in high-intensity, cardiovascular activities on cardio equipment and in select group exercise classes may remove their face coverings only when social distancing of at least six feet can be guaranteed.</p> <h4><strong>What stays the same?</strong></h4> <p>Face coverings continue to be required at all other times for ages 5 and older. This includes while exercising and when on the pool deck, but not while swimming. </p> <h4><strong>When can I remove my mask? </strong></h4> <p>Here are some examples of high-intensity, cardiovascular activities when masks may be removed.</p> <ul><li><strong>During use of cardiovascular equipment on the Wellness Floor. </strong>Wear face coverings until you get on the equipment. Put on face coverings again when use of the equipment is complete or when stepping away from the equipment. Wear face coverings when sanitizing the equipment before and after use.<br />  </li> <li><strong>During high-intensity group exercise classes only when social distancing of at least six feet can be guaranteed. </strong>Instructors will let you know if and when you may remove your face covering. Examples of high-intensity classes include Cardio Dance, Zumba, Body Pump, Spin Class and WERQ. Face coverings are required at all times for low-intensity classes, such as yoga, Tai Chi and Enhanced Fitness.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Personal training. </strong>Personal Training participants will follow face covering requirements for their area or activity. During Personal Training, you may remove your face covering while using cardiovascular equipment on the Wellness Floor as outlined above. You may also remove your face covering during high-intensity workouts in personal training spaces when social distancing of at least six feet can be guaranteed. Trainers will continue to be required to wear face coverings at all times during personal training sessions. </li> </ul><h4><strong>Thank You!</strong></h4> <p>Thanks for your continued support to maintain a safe environment at our Ys. For more information about guidelines at the Y, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/healthandsafety">KansasCityYMCA.org/HealthandSafety</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 17:27:39 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26866 at https://kansascityymca.org YMCA of Greater Kansas City Awarded Healthy KC's Workplace Wellness Gold Certification https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ymca-greater-kansas-city-awarded-healthy-kcs-workplace-wellness-gold-certification <span>YMCA of Greater Kansas City Awarded Healthy KC&#039;s Workplace Wellness Gold Certification</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 4, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-02/gold-certified.png?itok=E2wLn7n-" width="500" height="427" alt="Healthy KC GOLD Certified" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Now more than ever we’ve seen the importance of a healthy workforce. We’re proud to announce we have received the Gold Level Healthy KC Workplace Wellness certification from The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Healthy KC Initiative.</p> <p>This year’s Certified Healthy KC Workplace designation recognizes our efforts to create a workplace focused on health and wellness, as well as creating a more inclusive and equitable environment to ensure employees’ mental health. We’re proud to prioritize the safety of our team, joining more than 130 certified businesses across Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>The detailed application process examines the actions we are taking as an organization and evaluates these against five pillars of health: nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, work-life integration, and environment.</p> <p>As a Certified Healthy KC Workplace, the Y has been recognized in each of the five areas for our leadership and policies, resources and engagement tools, and our measures and outcomes.</p> <p>Healthy KC is a partnership of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), and a number of regional health and wellness leaders. It is an effort to advocate for real solutions that help shape individual, organizational, and environmental health change through a collaborative, community-wide partnership. It aims to create a culture of health and wellness in Greater Kansas City. <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/i435s/y0rm4g/uxu3jg">Learn more about Healthy KC</a>.</p> </div> Thu, 04 Feb 2021 15:37:01 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26836 at https://kansascityymca.org