Blog https://kansascityymca.org/blog-feed en 5 Healthy Lifestyle Tips to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk https://kansascityymca.org/blog/5-healthy-lifestyle-tips-reduce-your-breast-cancer-risk <span>5 Healthy Lifestyle Tips to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk</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>October 10, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-10/exercise-class.jpg?itok=KurndveD" width="500" height="333" alt="Group exercise class at the Y" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>We all know that physical activity is good for us, but how does it affect our health in the long run? </p> <p>Beyond keeping your weight in check, an active lifestyle is linked to a number of biologic effects on the body and improved overall health. Benefits include lower blood pressure, improved oxygen flow to the brain, strengthened immune system, and stronger heart and muscles. </p> <p>Plus, eating well and staying active can even reduce your risk for developing certain diseases, including breast cancer.</p> <p>Approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Obesity and inactivity are major contributing factors. Changes that include exercise and good nutrition are especially important to decrease the risk of breast cancer.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/five-ways-to-reduce-your-breast-cancer-risk.html">American Cancer Society</a> makes these five suggestions to protect your breast health:</p> <ol><li><strong>Watch your weight.</strong> Being overweight or obese increases breast cancer risk. This is especially true after menopause and for women who gain weight as adults. After menopause, most of your estrogen comes from fat tissue. Having more fat tissue can increase your chance of getting breast cancer by raising estrogen levels. Also, women who are overweight tend to have higher levels of insulin, another hormone. Higher insulin levels have also been linked to some cancers, including breast cancer.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Exercise regularly. </strong>The American Cancer Society recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, or a combination of both. Moderate-intensity activities are at the level of a brisk walk that makes you breathe hard. And don’t cram it all into a single workout – spread it out over the week.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Limit time spent sitting.</strong> Evidence is growing that sitting time increases the likelihood of developing cancer, especially for women. In an American Cancer Society study, women who spent six hours or more each a day sitting when not working had a 10 percent greater risk for invasive breast cancer compared with women who sat less than three hours a day, and an increased risk for other cancer types as well.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Limit alcohol. </strong>Research has shown that women who have two to three alcoholic drinks a day have about a 20 percent higher risk compared to women who don’t drink at all. Women who have 1 drink a day have a very small increase in risk. Excessive drinking increases the risk of other cancer types, too.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Avoid or limit hormone replacement therapy (HRT). </strong>Talk with your doctor about all of the options to control your menopause symptoms, and the risks and benefits of each. If you do decide to try HRT, it is best to use it at the lowest dose that works for you and for as short a time as possible. </li> </ol><p>So what steps can you take to make these changes? It doesn’t take much to make a big impact on your health. Begin with making small, measurable goals for yourself and find the best way to remain accountable. </p> <p>The Y is here to support you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Here are some suggestions on how to get started.</p> <ul><li><strong>Schedule a Coaching Connection meeting at your Y.</strong> You’ll meet one-on-one with a Health Living Coach to discuss your goals and create a personalized wellness plan together. Contact your local Y to set an appointment. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations">Find a location near you.</a><br />  </li> <li><strong>Try a new class. </strong>Just three of our 50-minute group exercise classes a weeks will add up to the recommended 150 minutes a week. We’ve got something for everyone--Les Mills BODYPUMP, Water Fitness, Active Older Adults classes, Yoga, Zumba, and so much more. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/group-class-search">Find your Y’s schedule here.</a><br />  </li> <li><strong>Download the free YMCA of Greater Kansas City app to keep yourself motivated. </strong>You can track your workouts, check schedules and participate in fitness challenges. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/ymca-app">Learn more.</a><br />  </li> <li><strong>Be creative.</strong> There are lots of ways to stay active indoors and outdoors. Find something you enjoy and stick to it. A walk around the neighborhood, playing tag with your kids at the park and even raking leaves can count toward your physical activity goals. </li> </ul><p>Small changes now will add up to a world of difference in the long run. Don’t wait to get healthy!</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 18:52:48 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 19451 at https://kansascityymca.org All of Us Research Project Comes to the Y https://kansascityymca.org/blog/all-us-research-project-comes-y <span>All of Us Research Project Comes to the Y</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/maggielittlekansascityymcaorg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Maggie Little</span></span> <span>October 2, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-10/all-of-us-research-project.jpg?itok=O0fjqQEt" width="500" height="375" alt="all of us research program participants" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>My aunt was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in September of 2017 and quickly had a double mastectomy. In the months that followed she had multiple reconstruction surgeries, received chemotherapy and will possibly be on an oral chemotherapy for years. Her experience has made me think a lot about the treatment options for cancer survivors and the amount of research that has gone into those options.  </p> <p>Recently I learned about the <a href="https://allofus.nih.gov/">All of Us research project</a>, which gives me hope that we will continue to have more treatment options for a variety of diseases. The goal of All of Us is to speed up breakthroughs in health research by learning how the differences between us might lead to different types of treatments. </p> <p>As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, we are partnering with All of Us to host their mobile educational exhibit about their research effort October 2 –5 at our <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/nkc">North Kansas City YMCA</a>. Anyone in the greater Kansas City area is invited to come find out more about the transformational approach to medical research, and how you can be part of it.</p> <p>All of Us seeks to use precision medicine to help providers determine treatment options. All of Us defines precision medicine as, “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in lifestyle, socioeconomics, environment and biology.”</p> <p>In order to further this approach to medicine, All of Us is working to bring together 1 million or more volunteers who reflect the diversity of people living in the United States. Each volunteer will share their health data over at least a decade. All of Us uses the highest levels of privacy and security to build trust with participants who have made the commitment to participate in this important research work. </p> <p>Minority populations in the United States are historically underrepresented in medical data and medical research. Participation in All of Us is an opportunity for members of all communities to help medical research, which will benefit all communities for generations to come. </p> <p>Learn more about All of Us at <a href="https://allofus.nih.gov/">allofus.nih.gov</a>.</p> <p><em>Maggie Little is Association Senior Healthy Living Director for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</em></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 17:38:31 +0000 Maggie Little 19326 at https://kansascityymca.org Lace Up for Basketball at the Y https://kansascityymca.org/lace-basketball-y-2018 <span>Lace Up for Basketball at 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>September 25, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/YouthBasketballSmall.jpg?itok=sBatri7w" width="500" height="400" alt="Youth Basketball at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City" title="Youth Basketball at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Basketball was created by Dr. James Naismith at a YMCA in 1891, and that tradition continues today at our Y. Whether you are just beginning to play or ready to take on more challenges in our advanced division, the Y is where kids learn sportsmanship and the value of participation over winning. </p> <p>Registration is now open for youth basketball for the winter 2018-19 season for players in Kindergarten-5th grade. Additional league information is available below. </p> <h3><strong>League Overview </strong></h3> <p>The Y provides all game and practice equipment. Each player receives a team jersey. Weekly one-hour practices begin after Thanksgiving break. Coaches choose practice night and location. Talk to your Y's sports director if you have schedule conflicts.</p> <p>One-hour games will be held on Saturdays, anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Some 4th and 5th grade divisions may have games on Friday evenings. The first games are scheduled for January 5. Each team has a minimum of seven games scheduled.  </p> <p>Early registration pricing is available until October 29. The final day to register is November 12. </p> <p><a href="programs/youth-sports/basketball"><strong>Register now</strong></a></p> <h3><strong>Buddy Up</strong></h3> <p>Sports are more fun with friends! Share the name of your friends, coach or school when you register online to be placed on the same team, based on availability. </p> <h3><strong>Which League is Right? </strong></h3> <p>Our 2nd-3rd Grade Advanced leagues use a different set of rules for players who have already learned the basics. Rule differences include a higher goal, 20-minute halves and a few other minor modifications. Only team registrations are available for the Advanced division.</p> <p>For more information, review our basketball rules and contact the Sports Director at your Y.</p> <p><strong><a href="/sites/default/files/2018-09/YMCA%202018%20Basketball%20Rules.pdf">View Basketball Rules</a></strong></p> <h3><strong>Bitty Basketball</strong></h3> <p>Kids ages 3-5 are introduced to basketball through three instructional practices and three scrimmage games. Bitty sports are free for Y members. Ready for more advanced play? Talk to your Y's sports director about moving up to our Kindergarten-1st grade division.</p> <p><strong><a href="programs/youth-sports/bitty-sports">Register for Bitty Sports</a></strong></p> <h3><strong>Make a Difference. Be a Coach.</strong> </h3> <p>We need volunteers looking to make a positive influence and provide great experiences for youth. We help provide instruction and training as needed. No experience necessary. Sign up to coach during the registration process or visit our <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog">volunteer management system</a> to get started.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:16:56 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18338 at https://kansascityymca.org 12th Annual Cheers for Challenger Event Recap https://kansascityymca.org/blog/12th-annual-cheers-challenger-event-recap <span>12th Annual Cheers for Challenger Event Recap</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>September 20, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2018-09/DSC_1173-COLLAGE.jpg?itok=fpJGpW1j" width="500" height="500" alt="Photo collage from the 12th annual Cheers for Challenger event" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Approximately 200 guests gathered at Boulevard Brewery on September 19, 2018 for the 12th annual Cheers for Challenger fundraiser presented by the Fred and Jami Pryor Foundation. The event benefited the Y's <a href="/challenger">Challenger program</a> that offers recreational, social, swim and other activities for young people with diverse abilities.</p> <p>Guests enjoyed fine food and beverages, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment by the Country Duo.</p> <p>A brief program focused on the impact that Challenger activities have on everyone involved in Challenger, from donors to volunteers to participants and their families.</p> <p>Four Challenger athletes, Henry DeVry, Alison Hickerson, Josef Kepus and Kaylee Walker, each shared their favorite things about Challenger. “Playing with the Chiefs and dancing with the Chiefs cheerleaders,” said Alison. She smiled as she shared her recent experience at the annual Challenger Chiefs Cheer clinic, where she was able to learn cheers, make posters and interact with Chiefs Cheerleaders. Alison and her mother were also featured in a video presented during the program.</p> <p>“I like to bowl because it is fun and I get to be with friends I know,” added Henry.</p> <p>All four Challenger athletes signed a buddy volunteer shirt and presented it as a token of appreciation Fred and Jami Pryor, the presenting sponsors of Cheers for Challenger.</p> <p>Fred Pryor also spoke about his personal history with the YMCA and his family's connection to the special needs community. Pryor's foundation has supported the Challenger program for many years and the Y's <a href="/programs/challenger-adaptive/sports-complex">adaptive sports complex</a> includes his namesake. “Many others in the program, who I haven’t even met yet, are going to enjoy that for years to come,” said Raegan Schurr, Sr. Adaptive Program Director, referring to the sports complex. </p> <p>Additional speakers also reflected on their Y experiences and how the Challenger program ensures that individuals of all needs can have a Y experience. </p> <p>“We all have memories of the Y," said Jenny Burkhead Johnson, Cheers for Challenger committee chair. "It’s really nice now that these kids can have their memories, too.” </p> <p>“The Challenger Program is not about a Cheers event and a fashion show," said Greg Westbrook, YMCA Board of Directors and longtime Challenger supporter. "It is 365 days a year that we show up for these individuals and these families that have special needs and who are incredibly special people.” </p> <p>David Byrd, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, thanked all sponsors, donors, attendees and volunteers for their support. “You are spending time to serve and help others," Byrd said. "And that’s why God has us on this earth, I’m convinced of it. No matter what faith you walk from, I hope you are waking up every day thinking about, ‘How do I make a difference in the life of another human being?’ Because that’s really, at the end of the day, what really counts.”</p> <p><a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/QtxCMD6SoEMDMrHs7">Visit our Google Photos album</a> to view event photos. </p> <p>To make support the Challenger program, <a href="/programs/adaptive-challenger/donate">click here</a>. To learn more about upcoming events supporting the Challenger program, <a href="/programs/adaptive-challenger/special-events">click here</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/events" hreflang="en">events</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="media media-video view-mode-default container video video-medium-teal" > <h2>Watch Video: Alison Becomes A Challenger All-Star</h2> <div class="twelve column"> <div class="video-wrapper-outer"> <div class="video-wrapper"> <div><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sH9jyoVlf-A?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:31:50 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 19241 at https://kansascityymca.org Prevent Falls as You Age https://kansascityymca.org/blog/prevent-falls-you-age <span>Prevent Falls as You Age</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>September 20, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2015-06-22_EF-Group1_CMYK_1220.jpg?itok=MEX_-WdQ" width="500" height="333" alt="Enhance Fitness - AOA - Active Older Adults" title="Enhance Fitness - AOA - Active Older Adults" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Each year, it’s estimated that one out of four Americans aged 65 or older will suffer a fall, leaving many adults with a fear of falling that can cause them to limit physical activities. This leads to reduced mobility and diminished quality of life and can increase their risk of falling. </p> <p>In addition, as the population ages, falls put an immense strain on the health care system. The financial toll expected to reach $67.7 billion by 2020.</p> <p>Saturday, September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free Coalition to help raise awareness and prevent falls in our community. </p> <p>The good news: falls are preventable. And the Y is here to help. </p> <p>With a focus on healthy aging, the Y is committed to helping older adults learn their fall risk and provide resources that can help them reduce their risk for falls.</p> <p>Even older adults who are in good health can suffer a fall. Many families underestimate the risks and steps needed to prevent them. </p> <p>The Y can provide resources for any older adult, family member or caregiver who wants to learn what they can do to not only decrease the risk of a fall but improve overall health and well-being.</p> <p>The first step to prevention is understanding risk. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/2018-09/Falls_Prevention_Risk_Assessment-2018.pdf">Assess your fall risk by taking this simple test.</a> Through this assessment, individuals can learn how routine activities and other factors help determine their risk for falls.<br />  <br /> Once assessing risk, the next step is to take action. Talk to your local Y about opportunities to improve health and well-being and specific programs such that help increase balance and fitness.</p> <h4>Tips to Prevent Falls</h4> <p>The CDC suggests these basic lifestyle and safety changes to help reduce risk and prevent falls:</p> <ul><li>Begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength and balance.</li> <li>Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines.</li> <li>Get annual eye check-ups and update your eyeglasses. </li> <li>Make your home safer by: <ul><li>Removing clutter and tripping hazards.</li> <li>Putting railings on all stairs and adding grab bars in the bathroom.</li> <li>Installing proper lighting, especially on stairs.</li> </ul></li> </ul><p>To learn more, <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations">visit a Y location near you</a>.  </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:16:20 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 19251 at https://kansascityymca.org Join Us in Celebrating New Americans During Welcoming Week https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-us-celebrating-new-americans-during-welcoming-week <span>Join Us in Celebrating New Americans During Welcoming Week </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>September 10, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-09/welcoming-week-fb-teal-logo.jpg?itok=0UuS6_F0" width="500" height="500" alt="Welcoming Week September 14 through 23, 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>This Welcoming Week, September 14-23, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide in hosting events to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. </p> <p>Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and include open house events, resource fairs and seminars, and other activities that celebrate cultures from around the world. </p> <p>The Y believes our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome, and we can all work together for the common good. </p> <p>Welcoming Week shows that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of all backgrounds are coming together to create stronger communities. It is a time to celebrate the shared values that unite us as neighbors, parents and colleagues, and to make our towns more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home.</p> <p>For more than 160 years, the Y has provided immigrants with support and resources to integrate well and fully participate in American society. The Y has a long history of welcoming and engaging immigrants – from launching the nation’s first English as a Second Language class in 1856 to providing aid to thousands of new arrivals at Ellis and Angel Islands in the early 1900s.</p> <p>We believed then as we do now, that offering our newest neighbors the support and care to thrive creates stronger, more connected communities for all. With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States today, the Y is committed to strengthening community by fostering an environment that encourages successful immigrant integration and social cohesion.</p> <p>Please contact your local Y about specific activities in your center. <a href="http://kansascityymca.org/locations">Find a location near you.</a> </p> <p><strong>About Welcoming Week</strong><br /> Welcoming Week, founded by Welcoming America, is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is September 14-23 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world. </p> <p>Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future. Learn more at <a href="https://www.welcomingamerica.org">welcomingamerica.org</a>. <br />  </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:52:37 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 19176 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>August 11, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/IMG_0508.JPG?itok=zr3KsKuA" 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="http://www.ymca.net/sites/default/files/HEPA%20Infographic.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> Sun, 12 Aug 2018 03:55:45 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 13396 at https://kansascityymca.org Join Us for Cheers for Challenger https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-us-cheers-challenger <span>Join Us for Cheers for Challenger</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>July 26, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-08/cheersforchallenger2018_0.jpg?itok=2z_IusI8" width="500" height="375" alt="12 Annual Cheers for Challenger" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Please spend the evening with us… and make a difference&nbsp;in the lives of others! Enjoy fine food and beverages, live music and a silent and live auction benefiting YMCA Challenger programs for young people with special needs, including our accessible sports facilities at the Fred and Shirley Pryor YMCA Challenger Sports Complex.</p> <h4>EVENT DETAILS</h4> <p>Wednesday, September 19, 2018<br /> 6-10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Boulevard Brewing Co.</strong><br /> Muehlebach Suite &amp; Heim Room<br /> 2501 Southwest Boulevard<br /> Kansas City, MO 64108</p> <h4>EVENT SCHEDULE</h4> <ul> <li>5:30 p.m. Reception/Silent Auction</li> <li>7:30 p.m. Program</li> <li>8 p.m. Live Auction with auctioneers the Nigro Brothers</li> <li>9-10 p.m. Social</li> </ul> <h4>TICKETS</h4> <p>Cost is $75 per person. Complimentary parking is available at the venue.</p> <h4>AUCTION ITEMS</h4> <p>Opportunities to bid on and win a wide variety of spectacular items, including Royals, Chiefs and other sports memorabilia, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates and so much more…</p> <p><strong>TICKETS</strong></p> <p><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-for-challenger/26607">Purchase tickets online,</a> or contact Michelle Ford at <a href="mailto:MichelleFord@KansasCityYMCA.org">MichelleFord@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> or 816.360.3304.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h2>Fun and Friends for a Good Cause</h2> <div class="carousel"> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-img_1953.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=9BKwWtK0 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-img_1953.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=Syd7Xw4A 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-img_1953.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=9BKwWtK0 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-img_1953.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=9BKwWtK0 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-img_1953.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=Ge4xjV2J 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-img_1953.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=Syd7Xw4A 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-img_1953.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=2ICZhTLk 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-img_1953.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=Ge4xjV2J" alt="Guests at the 2017 Cheers for Challenger Event" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-_img_5159.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=IZf_pdsL 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-_img_5159.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=-fLdQiSq 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-_img_5159.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=IZf_pdsL 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-_img_5159.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=IZf_pdsL 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-_img_5159.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=fqATTruF 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-_img_5159.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=-fLdQiSq 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-_img_5159.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=DDxmzGjD 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2018-08/cheers-2017-_img_5159.jpg?h=c9f93661&amp;itok=fqATTruF" alt="Challenger Participants speak at the 2017 Event" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 26 Jul 2018 22:04:49 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18556 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y Feeds Kids https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-feeds-kids <span>The Y Feeds Kids</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>July 20, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-08/food-group.jpg?itok=5eMwp672" width="500" height="333" alt="Photo of youth eating healthy foods around a table" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>One in six children in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from.</p> <p>The summer is a particularly vulnerable time for kids who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but for many, the needs continue year-round. </p> <p>At the Y, we know that children who receive daily nutrition are set up to succeed. That’s why we’re helping kids reach their full potential by providing free access to healthy snacks and meals when school’s out for summer, year-round after school, and even on weekends.</p> <p>See our list below of food programs open to any youth in the community. </p> <p><strong><a href="/locations/cleaver">Cleaver Family YMCA</a></strong><br /><strong>Year-Round</strong><br /> Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. - Shelf-stable meals in partnership with Harvesters Kids Cafe</p> <p><strong><a href="/locations/linwood">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</a><br /> School Year 2018-19</strong><br /> Monday-Friday, 3-4 p.m. - Hot, fresh meals</p> <p><strong><a href="/locations/providence">Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</a><br /> Year-Round</strong><br /> Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. - Shelf-stable meals in partnership with Harvesters Kids Cafe<br /> Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m. - Breakfast</p> <p> In addition, healthy meals and snacks are provided for youth registered in programs such as <a href="/programs/early-education">Early Education and Head Start</a>, and <a href="/programs/before-and-after-school-y-club">Y Club before and after school</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:28:14 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18541 at https://kansascityymca.org After School, The Y Helps Kids Reach Their Potential https://kansascityymca.org/blog/after-school-y-helps-kids-reach-their-potential <span>After School, The Y Helps Kids Reach Their Potential </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>July 19, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-08/yclub-teacher-student.jpg?itok=veIq7lA1" width="500" height="400" alt="Photo of a Y Club leader using dice to play a learning game with a student" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children do not have someone to care for them after school, according to <a href="http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/AA3PM-2014/AA3PM_Key_Findings.pdf">Afterschool Alliance</a>, a nonprofit public awareness organization. </p> <p>During the school year, the gap between parents’ work schedules and kids’ school schedules can be as much as 20 hours a week. The YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s before and after school programs offer activities in a caring and safe environment to fill this gap.</p> <p>As families are transitioning from summer to fall, the Y offers programs to school-aged children throughout the metro to keep youth active, safe and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year. </p> <p>“Over 11 million children are unsupervised between 3 and 6 p.m., an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Savanah Standifer, senior director of program development for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “After school at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and help them reach their potential.”</p> <p>The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career. In the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s after school program, youth are in a safe, supportive and fun environment to learn, develop interests and make friends.</p> <p>One focus is health. The Y employs Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in our after school programs that help build a healthier future for our nation’s children by encouraging healthy eating habits, limiting screen time and providing physical activity to keep every child healthy. Every day students have a healthy snack, go outside to play as long as the weather allows, and stay active with fun physical activities. </p> <p>Learning and enrichment are also important. Careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are projected to grow 17 percent over the next few years, and the Y is helping youth develop strong problem-solving, planning, analysis and decision-making skills to succeed in the classroom and in high-demand careers through hands-on STEM activities. Youth also explore the arts and humanities, learn about nutrition and have service learning opportunities to learn about social responsibility.  </p> <p>The Y offers financial assistance to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. </p> <p>For more information about the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s after school program, visit <a href="/programs/before-and-after-school-y-club">KansasCityYMCA.org/YClub</a> or call 913.345.9622. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:52:36 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18551 at https://kansascityymca.org After 120 Pound Weight Loss, Y Member Looks Forward to Rock, Roll & Run 5K https://kansascityymca.org/blog/after-120-pound-weight-loss-y-member-looks-forward-rock-roll-run-5k <span>After 120 Pound Weight Loss, Y Member Looks Forward to Rock, Roll &amp; Run 5K</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>July 16, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-08/levi-krystle-and-erin-5k-2017.jpg?itok=zxAGpk1-" width="500" height="500" alt="Levi at the 2017 Rock, Roll &amp; Run 5K, pictured with his wife, Krystle (center), and Y personal trainer Erin (far left)" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <figcaption>Levi at the 2017 Rock, Roll &amp; Run 5K, pictured with his wife, Krystle (center), and Y personal trainer Erin (far left)</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><p>Weighing 410 pounds in March 2017, Levi Sperry feared he would die of heart disease.</p> <p>He was 29 years old and knew he had to make a change if he wanted to be around for his wife and four sons.</p> <p>So he and his family joined the Bonner Springs Family YMCA. At the beginning, he would breathe heavily just walking across the parking lot. But even on the toughest days, he kept coming back to the Y for exercise and nutrition programs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Within five months, he had lost more than 50 pounds and had built up the strength and endurance to participate in his first 5K--the Rock, Roll &amp; Run presented by Providence Medical Center and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. The positive experience gave him a boost as he continued on his wellness journey.</p> <p>Now he’s lost a total of 120 pounds through exercise and healthy eating, and he’s looking forward to completing the Rock, Roll &amp; Run 5K again on August 18 at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater.</p> <p>Levi wants others to know that when you participate in the run, you’re helping people like him have the opportunity to make life-saving lifestyle changes at the Y. Proceeds from the run support the Y in Wyandotte County, including scholarships for all to have access to membership and programs, regardless of their financial resources.</p> <p>“If I hadn’t met all of the people here at the Y, if they hadn’t taught me correctly how to change my life, I don’t think I would’ve made it to this point,” Levi said. Personal trainers, class instructors and fellow Y members have all encouraged him.</p> <p>Over the past year and a half, Levi has traded thousands of calories a day of sugary beverages for water. He’s eating more vegetables. He can keep up with his kids playing in the park. And instead of playing video games 80 hours a week, he’s hooked on fitness and studying to become a certified personal trainer.</p> <p>He continues to set wellness goals, including training to complete a sprint triathlon and continuing lose weight.</p> <p>At the Rock, Roll &amp; Run 5K this year, his goal is to do more running than walking and complete it 10 minutes faster than last year. The run is one of the most positive experiences he’s ever had, with people he didn’t even know cheering him on.&nbsp;</p> <p>“I will always remember the rock roll run as my first 5K,” he said. “That kind of got me hooked.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Plus, it’s for a good cause.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Not only are you helping yourself, but you’re helping somebody else,” he said.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT THE RUN, ROCK &amp; ROLL 5K</strong></p> <p>Providence Medical Center and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City will present the third annual Rock, Roll &amp; Run Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th Street, Bonner Springs, Kan. <a href="/rock-roll-run-2018-0">Learn more and sign up.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h2>Levi&#039;s Journey</h2> <div class="carousel"> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-08/levi-before-and-after.jpg?h=57024e64&amp;itok=R7stpAgf 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2018-08/levi-before-and-after.jpg?h=57024e64&amp;itok=YGFUsPWk 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-08/levi-before-and-after.jpg?h=57024e64&amp;itok=R7stpAgf 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-08/levi-before-and-after.jpg?h=57024e64&amp;itok=R7stpAgf 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2018-08/levi-before-and-after.jpg?h=57024e64&amp;itok=-MJ7JmAf 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2018-08/levi-before-and-after.jpg?h=57024e64&amp;itok=YGFUsPWk 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/images/2018-08/levi-before-and-after.jpg?h=57024e64&amp;itok=JQ6ZAmv9 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2018-08/levi-before-and-after.jpg?h=57024e64&amp;itok=-MJ7JmAf" alt="Levi with his wife, Krystle, before and after his weight loss. Photo courtesy of Levi Sperry." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:01:59 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18531 at https://kansascityymca.org Ruby Jean's Juicery Opens at North Kansas City YMCA https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ruby-jeans-juicery-opens-north-kansas-city-ymca <span>Ruby Jean&#039;s Juicery Opens at North Kansas City 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>July 3, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-08/ruby-jeans-juicery-kiosk.jpeg?itok=_lfJ0Jj8" width="500" height="375" alt="Photo of Ruby Jean&#039;s To-Go kiosk at North Kansas City YMCA." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Ruby Jean’s Juicery and the Y are partnering to provide healthy food options at the North Kansas City YMCA. Ruby Jean’s To-Go will open in the lobby of the North Kansas City YMCA on July 7 with a ribbon cutting for members and the community at 11:11 a.m.</p> <p>The new healthy café will have a kiosk setup and offer grab and go items such as fresh, cold-pressed juice, healthy snacks, salads, wraps and produce. </p> <p>“We are proud to partner with Ruby Jean’s to make it easier for busy members and neighbors to find healthy food on the go,” said Garry Linn, vice president of operations for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “Ruby Jean’s shares the Y’s commitment to healthy living, making them a great partner for our first effort to bring a food vendor on site at a Y.”</p> <p>Ruby Jean’s has three other full-service locations in Kansas City: Downtown at 11th and Main, Midtown at 30th and Troost, and in the Northland.</p> <p>“Partnering with the YMCA is an opportunity to align our local brand with a mainstay that has served our community for well over a century,” said Chris Goode, founder and CEO of Ruby Jean’s Juicery. “The values of the YMCA directly align with our approach to make healthy options accessible to all in a welcoming and inclusive environment.”</p> <p><strong>About Ruby Jean’s Juicery</strong></p> <p>Ruby Jean’s Juicery was created with a passion for health and longevity of life in mind. Ruby Jean was a lady who connected her family and community members with a great sense of love and genuineness. Her legacy lives through providing that same level of care to the wide array of healthy options Ruby Jean’s Juicery offers. Ruby Jean’s is a place meant for relaxation in a fresh, hip, one of a kind environment. There is life in fruits and vegetables and that same life and passion are cornerstones of the Ruby Jean’s brand. Learn more at <a href="https://www.rubyjeansjuicery.com/">rubyjeansjuicery.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 21:47:07 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18546 at https://kansascityymca.org Keep it Safe and Fun on the Water this Fourth of July https://kansascityymca.org/blog/keep-it-safe-and-fun-water-fourth-july <span>Keep it Safe and Fun on the Water this Fourth of July</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>June 26, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-08/youth-swim-life-jacket-sm.jpg?itok=I82EITFN" width="500" height="338" alt="Photo of a lifeguard helping a young boy put on a life jacket" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Keeping in the pool or lake is what summer's all about for many kids. But with children drowning on the rise, how do you get the family to slow down and make sure kids stay safe and happy in the water this Fourth of July holiday and beyond? </p> <p>The experts at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City say it just takes a few simple steps to save lives.</p> <p><strong>1. Be a Water Watcher. </strong>The number one rule around water: Parents and caregivers need to watch their kids. </p> <p>The Y suggests adults take turns as the designated "Water Watcher," whose only task is to watch kids in the water - without distraction. That means skipping the drinks, putting down the cellphone, and saving your books and magazines to read later, so you can truly focus on keeping track of the kids in the water. </p> <p>For the youngest swimmers, a parent or trusted adult needs to be in the water within an arm’s reach of the child.</p> <p><strong>2. Wear life jackets.</strong> Life jackets are a potentially life-saving option in the water and on boats when used properly. But floating rafts and water wings are not life-saving devices and can offer a false sense of security. Make sure to use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket or personal floatation device. Before you purchase one, look for the details on the tag to make sure it’s the right size based on body weight and appropriate for your water activity.</p> <p><strong>3. Take swim lessons.</strong> The Y recommends all kids learn how to swim from certified swim instructors, and practice their new skills regularly. Like learning to ride a bike or play a musical instrument, learning to swim takes repetition. </p> <p>There’s still time to enroll in <a href="/programs/youth-swim/swim-lessons">swim lessons</a> this summer at any of the <a href="/locations">13 Greater Kansas City Y locations</a>. And with our indoor pools, your kids can continue to take lessons and practice year-round. Find out which swim lesson stage is the best fit for your child by completing the <a href="/programs/youth-swim/swim-lessons">free online swim lesson assessment and selector</a>.</p> <p><strong>4. Throw, don’t go, in an emergency.</strong> Make sure the kids and adults remember we can help someone who is struggling in the water without getting wet. Reach out to someone with a pool noodle, another flotation device or a towel that they can grab, and pull them to safety. Don’t go in the water--it could cause you to get in trouble, too.</p> <p><strong>5. Know the signs of drowning.</strong> Drowning is often called a silent disease. It's not like what has been depicted on TV and in the movies, where people start flailing and waving their arms. In reality, a child’s legs might be kicking, but their head falls back, slides to the waterline and then they sink under the water. The drowning can take only a few seconds. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 21:17:03 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18536 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>June 21, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/DebunkingSwimLessonMyths.jpg?itok=JMNxGZUn" width="500" height="333" alt="Debunking Swim Lesson Myths" title="Debunking Swim Lesson Myths" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Last year at Ys throughout the metro, more than 6,000 children learned to swim and be safe around the water. 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, 21 Jun 2018 17:55:32 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18273 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>June 21, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/WaterSafetyTips.jpg?itok=_vHV4hxe" 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="/programs/youth-swim/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> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:40:36 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18274 at https://kansascityymca.org Ys Open as Cooling Centers During Excessive Heat https://kansascityymca.org/ys-open-as-cooling-centers-during-excessive-heat <span>Ys Open as Cooling Centers During Excessive Heat</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>June 13, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/Cleaver.jpg?itok=4BGUxd0N" width="500" height="167" alt="Cleaver Family YMCA" title="Cleaver Family YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>All YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations will be open to the community 1-4 p.m. when the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning. Anyone may come cool off at the Y during those hours for free. Guests should bring a photo ID and check in at the Welcome Center when they arrive. </p> <p>Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Teens 16 and older may visit unaccompanied by an adult.</p> <p>Activities vary by location. Call ahead for more information. <a href="/locations">Find a location near you.</a> </p> <p>The Y offers cooling centers as a part of our commitment to social responsibility and helping neighbors in a time of need.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/social-responsibility" hreflang="en">social responsibility</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/operations" hreflang="en">operations</a></div> </div> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:22:53 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18277 at https://kansascityymca.org Stay Safe as Summer Temperatures Soar https://kansascityymca.org/stay-safe-summer-temperatures-soar <span>Stay Safe as Summer Temperatures Soar</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>June 13, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/water.jpg?itok=jkO_UCqX" width="333" height="375" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Summer is in full swing, and temperatures are on the rise. Follow these tips to keep yourself and others safe.</p> <p><strong>PERSONAL SAFETY</strong></p> <ul><li>Drink more water.</li> <li>Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.</li> <li>Wear sunscreen. Reapply often.</li> <li>Reduce your activity as the heat increases. Try walking instead of running. </li> <li>Take advantage of cooler mornings and evenings for outdoor activities such as cutting the grass. </li> <li>Limit sun exposure during the middle of the day (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)</li> </ul><p><strong>EXTENDED PERIODS OUTDOORS</strong></p> <p>More than sixty minutes of intense activity, especially in the heat and humidity, can deplete your energy, electrolyte and fluid reserves. Enjoy a cold sports drink in addition to water. Or, if you prefer, have a few salty pretzels to replenish the salt loss from sweating.</p> <p><strong>T</strong><strong>HE ELDERLY, CHILDREN, PETS </strong></p> <p>Be sure to check regularly on elderly neighbors, children and those suffering with chronic medical conditions. They may be more susceptible to dehydration and heat-related illnesses.</p> <p>Never, ever leave a child in a parked car. When it is 90 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can climb to 150 degrees in just 15-20 minutes. </p> <p>Never leave a pet in a parked car, even with the windows slightly open. Pets maintain a higher body temperature than humans and can't cool down as efficiently.</p> <p><strong>Y COOLING CENTERS</strong></p> <p>Find an air-conditioned place to cool off. When the National Weather Service has issued and Excessive Heat Warning for the Kansas City area, we open our Y centers to the community during the hottest part of the day and serve as Cooling Centers from 1-4 p.m. For a list of Y centers go to <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations">KansasCityYMCA.org/Locations</a>. For additional cooling centers, call the United Way of Greater Kansas City’s 2-1-1 hotline.</p> <p><strong>SAFETY IN Y PROGRAMS</strong></p> <p>All outdoor Y sports programs have a protocol in place to monitor temperatures and activities to keep participants and families safe. As you head out to your Y activity, remember to bring plenty of cold water and wear sunscreen.</p> <p>Additionally, our Head Start programs have procedures in place to remind parents never to leave children in their cars. </p> <p>For more information on warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html">CDC website</a> is an excellent resource. Stay cool. Stay hydrated. Stay informed.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog-type/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:15:38 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18323 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y’s History of Building a Better Us https://kansascityymca.org/y-s-history-building-better-us <span>The Y’s History of Building a Better Us </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>June 5, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/george-williams.jpg?itok=o_QlIJ31" width="500" height="634" alt="YMCA founder George Williams" title="YMCA founder George Williams" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>On June 6 the YMCA marks more than 170 years as more than a place, it is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services designed to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Here are five past notable events and achievements that demonstrate the Y’s commitment to the communities it serves.</p> <ol><li><strong>American Institutions:</strong> Celebrations such as Father’s Day, and organizations like the Peace Corps, all have their roots at the YMCA.</li> <li><strong>Summer Camp:</strong> The oldest known summer camp, Camp Dudley, first opened in 1855 and countless numbers of boys and girls have since learned the skills and wonders of camping through the Y, developing critical skills and making memories along the way.</li> <li><strong>Innovating &amp; Inventing:</strong> From James Naismith's invention of basketball to instructors creating racquetball and what would eventually become volleyball, the Y has a rich tradition in activities that are played by millions of people around the globe. One Y staffer, Robert J. Roberts, is credited with inventing the term “body building.”</li> <li><strong>A Nobel Peace Prizewinner:</strong> YMCA leader John R. Mott was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for the Y's groundbreaking role in raising global awareness and support and for the organization’s humanitarian efforts.</li> <li><strong>Furthering Education:</strong> The Y is credited with spearheading the first public libraries, night school for adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. </li> </ol><h4>How the Y is relevant in 2018</h4> <p>Today, the Y serves more than 22 million people annually and offers resources at over 2,700 locations across all 50 states. Here are three ways “community” continues as the Y’s number one cause:</p> <ol><li><strong>Nurturing the Potential of Our Kids:</strong> When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Nationwide, the Y helps over nine million youth to close gaps in hunger, health, learning, water safety and safe spaces while providing a place to stay healthy, build friendships, and achieve more – all while having fun! Each program demonstrates the Y’s unwavering commitment to ensuring children are on track for a successful education, especially those in underserved communities. </li> <li><strong>Improving the Nation’s Health:</strong> More than a place to work out, the Y offers programs that help individuals and families improve their health and enact changes that strengthen their community and society. From working with people who are trying to find ways to improve health, but don’t know how, to preventing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and helping people recover from serious illnesses like cancer, the Y is one of the few organizations in the country with the size and influence that can effectively reach millions of people. Ys are also active in the community, creating communal gardens, increasing access to farmers markets and ensuring children have a safe route to school. </li> <li><strong>Support for All Our Neighbors:</strong> As one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, the Y's social services and volunteer programs help more than 10,000 communities nationwide. From helping newcomers and immigrants adjust to new communities to member-led community service projects through the Togetherhood program, every effort helps to make a difference. </li> </ol><p>For more information on how the Y strengthens communities across the country, visit <a href="ymca.net/forabetterus">ymca.net/forabetterus</a>.</p> <p>Learn more about our local impact at <a href="/donate/share-cause">KansasCityYMCA.org/ShareTheCause</a>. </p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:00:58 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18387 at https://kansascityymca.org Rock, Roll & Run 2018 https://kansascityymca.org/rock-roll-run-2018-0 <span>Rock, Roll &amp; Run 2018</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 31, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/rrr-pmc-finalonly-web.jpg?itok=FYcXC36V" width="500" height="250" alt="Rock, Roll and Run Logo" title="Rock, Roll and Run Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Providence Medical Center and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City are proud to present the third annual Rock, Roll &amp; Run on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. Proceeds benefit the Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center’s Cancer Survivorship program, as well as the YMCA scholarship program.</p> <p>The family-friendly activities begin with a 5K walk/run through Wyandotte Park at 8 a.m., followed by a free Kids Run and Health Fair.</p> <p>Runners are encouraged to “dress” like their favorite Rock and Roll stars. Tribute stars, Elvis 2, Elton John, Alice Cooper, Tina Turner and Bucket Head will be entertaining during the run. Each registered runner will receive two free tickets to the Providence Amphitheater ($120 value).</p> <p>Health screenings and information will be available for: blood pressure, breast cancer awareness information, body fat, BMI, health and weight checks, leg vein checks (Peripheral Artery Disease), stress measurement and relaxation information for expecting moms, smoking cessation and healthy nutrition information, hands-only CPR information and much more.</p> <p>Other activities include: FREE kids run at 9:30 a.m.; inflated obstacle course for the kids, Zumba before the kids run, Bonner Springs police/firetruck, face painting, Kansas City Kansas Community Policing Show Car, KCKFD Safety House, and other fun activities.</p> <h3>Event Details</h3> <p>Saturday, August 18<br /> Providence Medical Center Amphitheater<br /> 633 N. 130th Street<br /> Bonner Springs, KS</p> <h3>Packet Pick-Up</h3> <p>Packet Pick-Up will be Friday, August 17 from 5-7 p.m.<br /> Providence Medical Center Lobby<br /> 8929 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66112</p> <h3>Race Day Timeline</h3> <ul><li>Registration - 7:15-8 a.m.</li> <li>Race Start - 8 a.m.</li> <li>Kids Run - 9:30 a.m.</li> <li>Awards - 9:45 a.m.</li> <li>Community Health Fair &amp; Local Bands - 8-10:30 a.m.</li> </ul><h3>Registration</h3> <ul><li>$20 through August 12</li> <li>$25 August 13 and later</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/providence-rock-roll-run/24573">Click here to register online now</a></strong></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/runs" hreflang="en">Runs</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/events" hreflang="en">events</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/providence" hreflang="en">Providence</a></div> </div> Thu, 31 May 2018 19:23:46 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18388 at https://kansascityymca.org Grant Will Support Y Swim Lessons for 500 Metro Youth https://kansascityymca.org/grant-will-support-y-swim-lessons-500-youth <span>Grant Will Support Y Swim Lessons for 500 Metro Youth</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 21, 2018</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2018-07/Desmond_Water_safety.jpg?itok=tzoneMdn" width="500" height="245" alt="Desmond" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City was chosen as one of 78 Make a Splash programs in the U.S. to receive grant money from the USA Swimming Foundation in 2018. The Y will use the award of $15,000 to help 500 youth learn to swim through partnership programs and scholarship assistance. </p> <p>“We are so grateful for these funds, because they will support the Y’s work to eliminate drowning by making sure everyone in our community has the opportunity to learn how to swim,” said Michelle Ford, Chief Development Officer of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “The funds will go toward our Y’s continued efforts to provide free and reduced cost swim lessons.”</p> <p>The USA Swimming Foundation awarded a total of $436,515 to programs across the country that will provide swim lessons to an estimated 16,000 children. </p> <p>Each year, the Y provides swim lessons and water safety instruction to more than 6,000 youth across the greater Kansas City area. Classes are available for all ages and all levels. Children as young as 6 months old can begin in Parent/Child classes, and group lessons begin for ages 3 and older.</p> <p>The USA Swimming Foundation vetted 200 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 78 programs to receive funding, 36 of whom are first time Make a Splash grant recipients. </p> <p>“We are thrilled to be awarding this funding and so proud that it will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” said Debbie Hesse, USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director. “These exciting and lifesaving opportunities would not be possible without the support of our USA Swimming Foundation partners and donors, who continue to help us make a difference across this country.”</p> <p>More than 850 Make a Splash Local Partners promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships and transportation for children to participate in their swim lesson programs.  </p> <p><a href="https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2018/03/27/usa-swimming-foundation-awards-over-$436-000-in-2018-grant-funding-for-make-a-splash-local-partners">View a full list of Make a Splash grant recipients.</a> </p> <p><a href="/programs/youth-swim/swim-lessons">Learn more about YMCA of Greater Kansas City swim lessons.</a> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog-type/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 22 May 2018 03:55:54 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18386 at https://kansascityymca.org