Blog https://kansascityymca.org/ en Financial Literacy Program Begins with Kansas City Credit Union and Royals Nicky Lopez https://kansascityymca.org/blog/financial-literacy-program-begins-kansas-city-credit-union-and-royals-nicky-lopez <span>Financial Literacy Program Begins with Kansas City Credit Union and Royals Nicky Lopez</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 8, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-06/nick-lopez-catch-success.jpg?itok=7o51WMw3" width="500" height="386" alt="Nicky Lopez presents a check to Andre Sigler, Associate Executive Director of the Linwood YMCA, to fund financial literacy programs" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Kansas City Credit Union launched the “Catch Success” campaign for financial literacy along with Kansas City Royals infielder, Nicky Lopez, with a $10,000 donation to the Y. The check was presented at an event at the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center, on Friday, June 3, 2022.</p> <p>"Today, now more than ever, financial literacy is a requirement for success in life," said Nick Richmond, CEO of Kansas City Credit Union and former UMKC basketball standout. "It’s important that we, as a credit union and financial institution with 80-plus years of history in this community, step forward to help put the youth of Kansas City in a greater position to build generational wealth. After talking to Nicky Lopez and learning of his previous work with the Y and his commitment to helping KC kids, we knew that ‘Catch Success’ was going to be a great partnership.”</p> <p>"Catch Success" is part of the Linwood YMCA’s 12-week Launch Pad program, in which students in grades 6 through 12 spend their summer in an environment of academic support, enrichment and recreational activities. As part of 5-day-a-week enrichment activities, KCCU staff members will visit the Linwood Y weekly and interactively teach the kids about managing money.</p> <p>Through the program kids will learn how to budget their money for both short and long-term purchases, how interest is accrued by saving over time, how to plan for future financial success and much more. Nicky Lopez will join the weekly program several times, working with the kids to help them get excited about financial success – and he might even bring along a friend or two to share more than just how to hit financial goals out of the park!</p> <p>“I am excited to be working on this program with KCCU and the Y,” said Lopez. “Financial Literacy isn’t an accident. If no one teaches you how to open a savings account or how to balance a checkbook, the odds of having success with money and staying out of debt are long. Even as pro ballplayers many of us have a huge learning curve learning how to manage our money for the long term. There aren’t many pro ballplayers that play the game forever – choices we make now have an effect on future opportunities. And baseball is a game of numbers – like batting averages and slash lines – so we’re just applying some of those examples to make Catch Success more interesting to kids at the Y.”</p> <p>To add even more excitement to this new program, each youth who successfully completes the Catch Success program at the Y will receive a $25 savings account at Kansas City Credit Union – as a head start toward a lifetime of positive financial experiences. Throughout the summer kids will learn about money, receive paychecks, buy goods and snacks in the Catch Success store with pretend money they earn, and learn the benefit to saving money for longer-term purchases and unexpected expenses.</p> <p>The real home run of the Catch Success campaign is for every 200 new member accounts opened at Kansas City Credit Union this summer, Lopez and Kansas City Credit Union will donate an additional $10,000 – up to an expected total of $50,000 for Launch Pad and other enrichment programs at the Linwood Y.</p> <p>“The YMCA is both grateful and hopeful about Catch Success,” said Andre Sigler, Associate Executive Director of the Linwood YMCA. “When athletes like Nicky Lopez and organizations like Kansas City Credit Union step up to help influence the future success of young people in Kansas City, we all win. ‘Catch Success’ is not just a name, it is a hands-on part of our weekly Launch Pad programming at the Linwood Y. The KCCU team has worked with the YMCA team to design a program that is both fun and interesting to kids – one that we think will have real results. And the fact that Nicky Lopez has agreed to join us for several sessions is another huge win, the kids will love it.”</p> <p><strong>About Kansas City Credit Union</strong><br /> Kansas City Credit Union opened their doors in 1940 to serve the employees of the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Today, if you live, work, or worship in Jackson, Cass or Clay County, Missouri, you are eligible for membership. You are also eligible if you are an employee of the City of Kansas City Missouri, Truman Medical Center, or the KCATA (The Metro). Once qualified, family members are also eligible to become members. Members can open a My KC Savings Account with a minimum $25 balance. Kansas City Credit Union exists solely to serve our members in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Every dollar you invest in Kansas City Credit Union is reinvested in you in the form of high deposit interest rates and low loan rates.</p> <p><strong>About YMCA of Greater Kansas City</strong><br /> Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community since 1860. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across communities. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 08 Jun 2022 19:01:58 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28981 at https://kansascityymca.org New Teen Tech Center Opens at Linwood YMCA  https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-teen-tech-center-opens-linwood-ymca <span>New Teen Tech Center Opens at Linwood 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>May 11, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-05/linwood-teen-tech-ribbon-cutting.jpg?itok=mJ_ATd0a" width="500" height="405" alt="Staff and volunteers hold large ribbon and scissors in front of new teen tech center space at Linwood YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The new Teen Tech Center at the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter Community Center will give youth the opportunity to get hands-on technology training and mentoring. To celebrate, the Y hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony open to the community on Wednesday, May 11, at the Linwood location, 3800 E. Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo., 64138.  </p> <p>The Teen Tech Center is a fun, interactive learning space where youth in grades 5-12 can develop workforce skills and college readiness through hands-on activities to explore their interests in programming, coding, e-sports and gaming proficiency, music production and design. </p> <p>The Teen Tech Center was made possible thanks to donations from Nebraska Furniture Mart, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Credit Union and the Linwood YMCA Community Mission Board. </p> <p>The center works to address digital inequities by giving youth access to tech education opportunities, relationships that help to build confidence, and a foundation for school and career success. </p> <p>The interactive space and the equipment is free for young people to use, and a YMCA membership is not required. No previous experience is needed prior to visiting and using the equipment.</p> <p>“We are so grateful to Nebraska Furniture Mart for their support to increase access to technology experiences that could lead to future career success for our youth,” said Andre Sigler Jr., associate executive director of the Linwood YMCA. “It’s just one example of the Y’s commitment to youth development and making sure all youth have the resources they need to reach their fullest potential.”</p> <p>The celebration on May 11 included remarks from Y leaders, volunteers, youth and teens; a ceremonial ribbon cutting; and tours. </p> <p>The Teen Tech Center is open 2-6 p.m. during the school year for students enrolled in the Linwood Y’s after school program. During the summer, the Teen Tech Center is open to all ages of students from noon-6 p.m. Students in grades 4th and under may use the Teen Tech Center accompanied by an adult in the summer.</p> <p>For more information, contact the Linwood YMCA at 816.923.5675.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 11 May 2022 20:38:57 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28881 at https://kansascityymca.org Five Essential Water Safety Tips To Know https://kansascityymca.org/blog/five-essential-water-safety-tips-know <span>Five Essential Water Safety Tips To Know</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 4, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/PreschoolSwimLessonsLarge.jpg?itok=hM4V-Tf_" width="500" height="167" alt="Preschool Swim Lessons at the YMCA" title="Preschool Swim Lessons for ages 3-5 at the YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>As temperatures rise, kids want to cool off, whether that’s in home pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, or oceans. And that means the risk of drowning is ever present. With May being National Water Safety Month, now is the time for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of water safety and equip their kids with the essential skills to keep them safe in and around water.</p> <p>As “America’s Swim Instructor,” the Y teaches more than 1 million children invaluable <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/youth-swim/water-safety">water safety</a> and <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/youth-swim/youth-swim-lessons">swimming skills</a> each year.  With many pools closed last summer due to COVID-19, the Y wants to make sure parents, caregivers and children make water safety a top priority as they head back into the water this year.</p> <p>Here are five tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable swimming experience for all.</p> <p><strong>1. Never swim alone or without a water watcher.</strong> When children are swimming, make sure they are actively supervised at all times. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty, or where a responsible adult agrees to watch the children in the water without distractions.</p> <p><strong>2. Supervise your children whenever they’re in or near water.</strong> Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach at all times.</p> <p><strong>3. Don’t engage in breath holding activities.</strong> Children should not hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects.</p> <p><strong>4. Wear a life jacket:</strong> Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.</p> <p><strong>5. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water.</strong> If a child finds their friend in deep water unexpectedly, their natural instinct may be to jump in the water to try to save them. Even if a child is a great swimmer, a panicked person will overpower them and easily pull the rescuer underwater. The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches the “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for them and pull them to safety. By using this technique children can help their friend without compromising their own safety.</p> <p>To learn more about the Y’s Safety Around Water program and Y Swim Lessons, visit <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/youth-swim">KansasCityYMCA.org/Swim</a>.</p> </div> Wed, 04 May 2022 15:43:28 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28876 at https://kansascityymca.org YMCA of Greater Kansas City Kicks Off Summer with Annual Healthy Kids Day https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ymca-greater-kansas-city-kicks-summer-annual-healthy-kids-day <span>YMCA of Greater Kansas City Kicks Off Summer with Annual Healthy Kids Day</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 18, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-04/0027323_800x676.jpg?itok=yDdP1gL2" width="500" height="423" alt="Girl holds an apple slice " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is hosting the Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 30, 2022, encouraging families to take a moment to help kids be kids and set them up for a summer of success. Sponsored by Howard Johnson® by Wyndham, the day-long event will feature activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, water safety demonstrations and more to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines.</p> <p>Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The Y hopes to use the day to get more kids moving and learning, creating healthy habits they can continue while they’re away from the classroom. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than during the school year. With all that’s going on in the world right now, Healthy Kids Day is a reminder to families that we can help ensure all children have access to what they need to reach their full potential, even during out-of-school time.</p> <h4>Keeping Kids Healthy All Summer Long</h4> <p>In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits this summer that can have a lifetime effect:</p> <ul><li><strong>High Five the Fruits and Veggies</strong> – Make sure kids get at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend for healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.</li> <li><strong>Read Together</strong> – The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.</li> <li><strong>Get Moving!</strong> – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.</li> <li><strong>Play Together </strong>– Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.</li> <li><strong>Make sleep a priority</strong> – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, and learning.</li> </ul><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City's Healthy Kids Day takes place at Y centers across the metro on April 30. Events are open to the community.</p> <ul><li><strong>Bonner Springs Family YMCA</strong> - 2251 S 138th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012 - noon to 2 p.m. - Kids Fit Club demo, face painting, family games and activities, healthy snacks.</li> <li><strong>Cleaver Family YMCA</strong> - 7000 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64131 - Kids Craft Kits will be distributed throughout the week.</li> <li><strong>North Kansas City YMCA</strong> - 1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Activities include a bounce house, obstacle course, mural wall drawings and information sessions.</li> <li><strong>Olathe Family YMCA</strong> - 21400 W 153rd Street, Olathe, KS 66061 - 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Youth yoga, Kids Zumba, cooking demonstrations, water safety presentations and food samples from HIVE.</li> <li><strong>Paul Henson Family YMCA </strong>- 4200 W 79th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208 - Kids Craft Kits will be distributed throughout the week.</li> <li><strong>Kirk Family YMCA </strong>- 222 W 11th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105 - Activities include kids games on the turf, food trucks, community partner information sessions and a bounce house. This event is in partnership with the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center.</li> </ul><p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.ymca.org/what-we-do/healthy-living/family-time/healthy-kids-day">ymca.org/hkd</a>.</p> </div> Mon, 18 Apr 2022 17:40:35 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28821 at https://kansascityymca.org Join the Adult Triathlon Training Group at Platte County Community Center South https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-adult-triathlon-training-group-platte-county-community-center-south <span>Join the Adult Triathlon Training Group at Platte County Community Center South</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 14, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/triathlon.png?itok=_brDDYuv" width="500" height="296" alt="Indoor Triathlon at the Y" title="Indoor Triathlon at the Y" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Try a new way to stay active and connect with others who share a common interest! Platte County Community Center South is now offering <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/pcccs-adult-triathlon-training/44084">a Tri-Training Group</a> that meets weekly to practice and train for local Kansas City triathlons. This training is suitable for first time and veteran athletes.</p> <p><strong>Training Benefits:</strong></p> <ul><li>Suitable for first time and veteran athletes</li> <li>Improve distance, performance, and speed</li> <li>Increase motivation and accountability</li> </ul><p><strong>Program Details:</strong></p> <ul><li>Participants will meet with Coach and Personal Trainer, Tarah</li> <li>Wednesdays from 6 -7:30 p.m.</li> <li>8 week training session runs June 2 - July 20</li> <li>Fees: Members $70, Community Participants $100</li> <li>First Session: Orientation meeting and the first training session will be held at Platte County Community Center South. The first session will include a one-mile run and 30-minute swim.</li> </ul><p>To register, visit the Welcome Center, call 816.505.2622 or <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/pcccs-adult-triathlon-training/44084">click here to register online</a>.</p> </div> Thu, 14 Apr 2022 14:37:01 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28816 at https://kansascityymca.org New: Group Exercise Classes In Ys Powered by YMCA360 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-group-exercise-classes-ys-powered-ymca360 <span>New: Group Exercise Classes In Ys Powered by YMCA360</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 1, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-04/68ae8cfb9dcb217a45bab1b5_1280x382.jpg?itok=Lh91VDPA" width="500" height="149" alt="Left: Two instructors doing squats Center: Instructor with resistance band Right: Instructor doing yoga" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Now you can enjoy group exercise classes every hour of the day in select Y centers. In addition to classes with in-person instructors, we’ve added video classes taught by the best Y instructors from around the country on video through YMCA360. </p> <p>YMCA360 offers exclusive, on-demand, streaming content to Y members. It includes hundreds of group exercise classes for all abilities and interests. And now we’re bringing that content to you in our Ys, where you can enjoy the benefits of:</p> <ul><li>Experiencing the classes in spaces designed for exercise</li> <li>Access to any equipment needed for the classes</li> <li>The opportunity to connect with others during the classes to help you stay motivated</li> </ul><p><strong>Try a class at the Y and love it?</strong> Visit the Y again, or do it again anytime from home by streaming on YMCA360. Stream on the web, AppleTV, iPad, iPhone, AndroidTV, Android and Roku. All included in your membership. <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/yst2bg/2j9ffl/y46wdy">Learn more</a>.</p> <h3><strong>CHECK SCHEDULES</strong></h3> <p>YMCA360 classes are available now at the following Ys. Click the links below to check the group exercise schedules and look for classes with “YMCA360” in the name.</p> <p><strong>Kirk Family YMCA</strong> - <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/yst2bg/2j9ffl/ex7wdy">View Schedule</a></p> <p><strong>Platte County Community Center North</strong> - <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/yst2bg/2j9ffl/up8wdy">View Schedule</a></p> <p><strong>Platte County Community Center South</strong> - <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/yst2bg/2j9ffl/ai9wdy">View Schedule</a></p> <p><strong>Providence YMCA/Ball Family YMCA</strong> - <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/yst2bg/2j9ffl/qaaxdy">View Schedule</a></p> <p><strong>North Kansas City YMCA</strong> - <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/yst2bg/2j9ffl/62axdy">View Schedule</a></p> <h3><strong>DOWNLOAD THE APP</strong></h3> <p>For easy access to group exercise schedules, download the YMCA of Greater Kansas City app. <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/yst2bg/2j9ffl/mvbxdy">Learn more</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Apr 2022 18:35:47 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28621 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y Seeks Feedback on Prairie Village Location https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-seeks-feedback-prairie-village-location <span>The Y Seeks Feedback on Prairie Village Location</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 29, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-03/paulhensony-square.jpg?itok=9BaFid8I" width="500" height="334" alt="Exterior of Paul Henson Family YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City will hold a community forum May 12 to discuss the Paul Henson Family YMCA in Prairie Village, Kan. </p> <p>Paul Henson Y members and the Prairie Village community are invited to learn more about the Y and provide feedback about the Prairie Village location’s role in the community going forward.</p> <p>“We want to hear from the community and have an open dialogue around the Y’s presence in Prairie Village,” said Mark Hulet, Chief Operating Officer. “As a nonprofit, we are exploring sustainable solutions including partnerships and philanthropic support that would be the best use of available resources.”</p> <p>The Paul Henson Family YMCA opened in 1965. Prior to the pandemic, the Y was working with the City of Prairie Village on an opportunity to partner on a new community center. Those plans were put on hold in 2020. </p> <p>The community forum will be an opportunity for the Y to gather information to help determine next steps. </p> <p>The forum will take place at Meadowbrook Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave, Prairie Village, KS 66207, on <strong>Thursday,</strong> <strong>May 12 </strong>from <strong>6 to 7:30 p.m</strong>. Y members and the community are invited to attend. Please <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuyxkrGHTbNY6n2O2cpR2UcIwf0LkQmL94zmlByyFoqHyxeg/viewform">register online</a> if you plan to attend.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 29 Mar 2022 18:40:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28616 at https://kansascityymca.org 6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Prediabetes https://kansascityymca.org/blog/6-ways-reduce-your-risk-prediabetes <span>6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Prediabetes</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 13, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/DiabetesPreventionClass2.jpg?itok=qr-6-LU8" width="500" height="334" alt="YMCA Diabetes Prevention Class" title="YMCA Diabetes Prevention Class" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City wants you to know your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, plus the steps you can take now to reduce your chances of developing the disease.</p> <p>In the United States alone, diabetes affects more than 30 million people. Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent of them know it.</p> <p>Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes can reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by adopting behavior changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular disease, stroke and other conditions.</p> <p>Here are six basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and an increased focus on healthy living—and decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes.</p> <ol><li><strong>Reduce portion sizes</strong> of the foods you eat that may be high in fat or calories.</li> <li><strong>Keep a food diary</strong> to increase awareness of eating patterns and behaviors.</li> <li><strong>Be moderately active</strong> at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.</li> <li><strong>Choose water</strong> to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.</li> <li><strong>Incorporate more activity </strong>in your day, like taking the stairs or parking farther away from your destination.</li> <li><strong>Speak to your doctor</strong> about diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are overweight. </li> </ol><p>Want to know if you’re at risk for diabetes? <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/prediabetes/takethetest/">Take this quick assessment from the CDC</a>. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight and activity level.</p> <p>The Y is here to help. For people with prediabetes and at risk of type 2 diabetes, programs such as <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/nutrition-personal-training-weight-loss/smartstart">SmartStart</a> and <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/nutrition-personal-training-weight-loss/y-weight-loss">Y Weight Loss</a> can help you make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 14 Mar 2022 02:21:23 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21401 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>March 11, 2022</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><ul></ul><p>All locations and programs are operating at normal schedules at this time.</p> <p>Check back here at<a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/weather"> <u>KansasCityYMCA.org/Weather</u></a> for the latest updates.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Sat, 12 Mar 2022 04:11:32 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 10301 at https://kansascityymca.org 14th Annual Challenge Your Fashion Presented by Pro Athlete https://kansascityymca.org/blog/14th-annual-challenge-your-fashion-presented-pro-athlete <span>14th Annual Challenge Your Fashion Presented by Pro Athlete</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, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-03/ymkc-15.jpg?itok=4e7PYULj" width="500" height="333" alt="Challenger Models Alexis and Cole walk the runway" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/adaptive-challenger/challenge-your-fashion">Challenge Your Fashion presented by Pro Athlete</a> was filled with fun, fashion and great times. Our 14th annual event was held on March 5, 2022 at the Loews Hotel in Downtown Kansas City.</p> <p>Thanks to our guests, volunteers and event sponsors for making this year's event such a success. We also thank Greg and Linda Westbrook for co-chairing the event, as well as the 2022 planning committee for their support.</p> <p>This great night for a great cause benefits the <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/adaptive-challenger">YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s Challenger program</a>, which provides children with disabilities the opportunity to build confidence, learn new skills and make friends through sports programs, swim lessons, social events, before and after school programs and more.</p> <p>"Funds raised from Challenge Your Fashion will help the Y continue these life-changing programs,” said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “The peer interaction is critical to social, emotional and cognitive well-being and success. When everyone has a chance to participate, it helps make all of us stronger.”</p> <p>Challenge Your Fashion guests enjoyed delicious food and beverages, silent and live auctions, a photo booth, caricature drawings, live music from Willie Thorton and the band Twice on Sunday, as well as a special appearance from Kansas City Royals Mascot Sluggerrr.</p> <p>But the night was all about the fashion show featuring YMCA Challenger athletes and buddies, and celebrity guests from our local sports teams. Models this year included Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, former Kansas City Chiefs players Trent Bryant, Kendall Gammon and Danan Hughes, and former University of Missouri basketball player and scout for the New Orleans Pelicans Jarrett Sutton. The models wore clothing provided by Dillard's Zona Rosa and watches provided by Garmin.</p> <p>Emcees Steven St. John, Co-Host of Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810, and Yve Rojas, actress, auctioneer and Survivor contestant, hosted the show. Yve also hosted the live auction, along with help from Kansas City Royals Broadcaster Rex Hudler.</p> <p>The YMCA Challenger Buddy Award was presented to Josh and Lisa Thomas to recognize their support of the Challenger program. They host an annual golf tournament that has raised more than $120,000 since 2013. Their daughter, Abby, has been in the program since 2007, and Grant and Kale Thomas are volunteer buddies.</p> <p>Tom and Shelley Gifford, parents of Challenger athlete and Challenge Your Fashion model Alexis, talked about how much Challenger means to their family and how they have found support from the program and other Challenger families.</p> <p>You can learn more about the Gifford family <a href="https://youtu.be/iN0yTA6iUmI">in this video.</a></p> <p>We were also honored to host Suzanne McCormick, President and CEO of the YMCA of the USA, at the event. Suzanne is the fifteenth person and first woman to lead YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for Ys across the country, which is based in Chicago.</p> <p>Take a look at our <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/2t8vazCZJZQ8uSDp6">Google Photos gallery</a> for event photos. </p> <p>For the latest announcements, photos and news, follow the fun and excitement of YMCA Challenger activities and events <a href="https://www.facebook.com/YMCAChallenger/">on Facebook</a>!</p> </div> Thu, 10 Mar 2022 17:09:20 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28516 at https://kansascityymca.org New partnership provides swim lessons to KCK students https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-partnership-provides-swim-lessons-kck-students <span>New partnership provides swim lessons to KCK students</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 28, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-01/kck-lts-web-graphic.jpg?itok=ygzzBSb5" width="500" height="437" alt="Image - Y logo, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools logo, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City Kansas logo, WarnerMedia logo, photos of swim instructor helping child float on back, boy smiling on edge of pool, instructor teaching two students sitting on edge of pool" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Following the drowning of a 13-year-old Kansas City, Kan., boy last summer, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas are launching a Learn to Swim program. </p> <p>The program, funded by a grant from WarnerMedia, will provide swim lessons at no cost to students in the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools. The first phase will include lessons for 200 kindergarten through 6th grade students in the district’s after school program before the end of the school year. The inaugural classes started six weeks of lessons in February.</p> <p>The Learn to Swim KCK program kicked off with a ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 23 at the Providence YMCA (8601 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66112) with students participating in swim lessons following the ceremony.<strong> </strong><a href="//youtu.be/OqYJxD0v3Xg.">View a video from KCKPS about the event.</a></p> <p>The event included:</p> <div> <ul><li>Guest speaker Cullen Jones, an African-American competitive swimmer and Olympic gold medalist who helps raise awareness about the sport of swimming for youth of color.</li> <li>Remarks from leaders from each of the partner organizations </li> <li>Acknowledgement of the family of the KCK student who drowned last summer</li> <li>Recognition of two longtime advocates of youth recreation and swimming, Winnie Ayers, former educator with KCKPS and swim instructor with the YMCA, and Earl Watson, Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation.</li> </ul></div> <p>With a focus on life-saving swim skills and water safety, the lessons aim to prevent drowning. Plans are to expand the program to include students throughout the district, including middle and high schoolers.</p> <p>The partnership is dedicated to the memory of Emmanuel Solomon, the 13-year-old who drowned last summer at Parkwood Pool. He was a student at Carl B. Bruce Middle School in KCKPS.</p> <p>“Partnerships like the one we are witnessing today demonstrate positive collaboration across multiple entities within our community,” said Dr. Anna Stubblefield, Superintendent of Schools.</p> <p>“The death of Emmanuel Solomon impacted our entire community,” Stubblefield said. “The benefits of the Learn to Swim program provide our students with water safety skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.”</p> <p>“The Y believes no child should drown because they never learned to swim,” said Garry Linn, senior vice president of operations for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “We’re grateful to our partners to make sure that we can give kids in KCK the skills they need to safely enjoy the water throughout their lives.”</p> <p>“This partnership comes at a perfect time for Parks and Recreation as we plan to enhance our programming,” said Angel Obert, director of Parks and Recreation for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City Kansas. “We look forward to seeing the program grow and how it will lay the foundation for future lifeguards and give opportunities for young people to use their skills to benefit their community.” </p> <p>The Unified Government plans to reopen Parkwood Pool this summer and will be hiring certified lifeguards to operate the pool. </p> <p>Dennis Williams, senior vice president of corporate affairs and corporate social responsibility for WarnerMedia, grew up in Kansas City, Kan.</p> <p>“At WarnerMedia, we identify opportunities for the company to have meaningful impact in communities around the world. In this case, I have a firsthand understanding of how KCK organizations and our nonprofit partner, the Y, can join forces to effectuate meaningful change and save lives,” Williams said. “This is the beginning of a sustained partnership to make sure that not one more child drowns in the KCK community, and we will do everything we can to unite because drowning is preventable.”<br />  </p> <h4><strong>About the YMCA of Greater Kansas City</strong></h4> <p>Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community since 1860. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across communities. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Visit<a href="http://www.kansascityymca.org/"> <u>KansasCityYMCA.org</u></a> for more information.</p> <h4><strong>About KCKPS</strong></h4> <p>KCKPS is a nationally-recognized urban school district that is a model of excellence for other educational systems. We are the proud home to the 2019 Kansas Teacher of the Year, Whitney Morgan, an English language arts teacher at Wyandotte High School.</p> <p>We are the largest school district in Wyandotte County and the fifth largest in the state of Kansas. Our diverse school district serves students in Pre-K through 12th grade. The student population of more than 22,000 students is made up of about 50% Hispanic, 29% African-American, 11% White, and 7% Asian. The vision of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the Top 10 School Districts in the Nation.</p> <h4><strong>About Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City Kansas Parks and Recreation </strong></h4> <p>The mission of the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department is to provide clean, safe facilities and well maintained green spaces for the public to enjoy. To make available recreation programming for youth, adults, seniors and our special needs population. To encourage partnerships and collaboration with other entities that will enable us to provide additional programming not otherwise available.</p> <h4><strong>About WarnerMedia</strong></h4> <p>WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. The organization also includes Xandr’s suite of advanced advertising solutions designed to help to improve advertising for brands, publishers, and consumers. WarnerMedia is part of AT&amp;T Inc. (NYSE:T).</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="container video video-dark-blue" > <h2>KCK Learn to Swim Kickoff Event</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/OqYJxD0v3Xg?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> <div> <section class="paragraph container paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h2>February 23 Event</h2> <div class="carousel"> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2022-03/0y8a6960.jpg?h=e995465f&amp;itok=vgQWKqF6 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2022-03/0y8a6960.jpg?h=e995465f&amp;itok=_4fmv04N 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2022-03/0y8a6960.jpg?h=e995465f&amp;itok=vgQWKqF6 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2022-03/0y8a6960.jpg?h=e995465f&amp;itok=vgQWKqF6 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2022-03/0y8a6960.jpg?h=e995465f&amp;itok=isG_WuZH 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2022-03/0y8a6960.jpg?h=e995465f&amp;itok=_4fmv04N 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2022-03/0y8a6960.jpg?h=e995465f&amp;itok=amsGNfVh 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2022-03/0y8a6960.jpg?h=e995465f&amp;itok=isG_WuZH" alt="Partners stand for ribbon cutting. 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src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2022-03/0y8a7067.jpg?h=e995465f&amp;itok=-xXoxY_J" alt="Student in pool smiles at swim lessons" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2022-03/0y8a6932.jpg?h=34b89e8c&amp;itok=4TmLYYCy 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2022-03/0y8a6932.jpg?h=34b89e8c&amp;itok=FzRN-bqP 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2022-03/0y8a6932.jpg?h=34b89e8c&amp;itok=4TmLYYCy 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2022-03/0y8a6932.jpg?h=34b89e8c&amp;itok=4TmLYYCy 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2022-03/0y8a6932.jpg?h=34b89e8c&amp;itok=MbQ0yG2H 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2022-03/0y8a6932.jpg?h=34b89e8c&amp;itok=FzRN-bqP 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2022-03/0y8a6932.jpg?h=34b89e8c&amp;itok=ICp7xnNz 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2022-03/0y8a6932.jpg?h=34b89e8c&amp;itok=MbQ0yG2H" alt="School district interpreter, Emmanuel Solomon&#039;s father and brother, and Superintendent Anna Stubblefield during the kickoff program" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </section> <hr> </div> Mon, 28 Feb 2022 14:36:48 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28346 at https://kansascityymca.org How to Validate Your Parking at Kirk Family YMCA https://kansascityymca.org/blog/how-validate-your-parking-kirk-family-ymca <span>How to Validate Your Parking at Kirk 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>February 25, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-08/kirkfamilyymca_front_sm.jpg?itok=3AgZrFio" width="500" height="333" alt="Exterior of the Kirk Family YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>To help ensure parking is available for Kirk Family YMCA members and program participants in our lot, we will begin validating parking on Monday, February 28, 2022. Y members and program participants may park in the lot for up to 3 hours at no cost with validation.</p> <p>Below are details about how to access the Kirk Family YMCA lot and validate your parking. </p> <p><strong>How to Access Parking</strong>:</p> <ul><li>Enter the lot by pushing the button on the kiosk to take a ticket. </li> <li>Visit the Parking Validation kiosk inside the east building entrance to validate your parking for 3 hours from the time you entered the lot.</li> <li>At the parking gate, follow instructions on the screen to exit the lot with your validated ticket.</li> </ul><p><strong>$35 Fee if Over 3 Hours</strong><br /> If you exceed 3 hours of parking or do not validate your parking, there is a $35 fee to exit, payable by credit card at the gate.</p> <p>Thank you for your cooperation to ensure that we can continue to make parking available to our members and program participants.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please visit the Welcome Center, email <a href="mailto:Kirk@KansasCityYMCA.org">Kirk@KansasCityYMCA.org </a>or call 816.842.9622.<br />  </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 25 Feb 2022 22:07:34 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28496 at https://kansascityymca.org Kansas City Current Teams Up with YMCA for Youth Soccer Programs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/kansas-city-current-teams-ymca-youth-soccer-programs <span>Kansas City Current Teams Up with YMCA for Youth Soccer Programs</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, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-02/dscf6165.jpg?itok=cARAmC3v" width="500" height="333" alt="KC Current Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch holds the YMCA KC Current youth soccer jersey" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <figcaption>KC Current Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch holds the YMCA youth soccer jersey</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><p>The Kansas City Current is proud to support the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s Soccer Programs in partnership with Hy-Vee. More than 1,500 children will participate in the three different programs, officially known as KC Current YMCA Soccer.  </p> <p>“We are thrilled to partner with the YMCA and Hy-Vee to support youth soccer,” said KC Current co-owner Angie Long. “Our partnership will create additional opportunities for children across the metro to explore soccer and so many other sports from a young age. We can’t wait to see them take the pitch in their new KC Current gear!”</p> <p>“The Y is grateful to KC Current for their support and commitment to youth development,” said Garry Linn, senior vice president of operations for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “Working together, we'll be able to serve more youth across the metro and lay the foundation for the next generation of soccer athletes.”</p> <p>The three different KC Current YMCA Soccer Programs will be available for children ages three through third grade. KC Current YMCA Bitty Soccer will teach ages 3-5 the basics of the sport in a structured, fun and noncompetitive environment. KC Current YMCA Youth Soccer puts the emphasis on fun, sportsmanship and teamwork for kindergarten through third grade participants. KC Current YMCA Challenger Soccer is open to athletes from 4-30 years of age with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities. </p> <p>The Current will partner with Hy-Vee to provide program support, as well as jerseys, coach t-shirts and soccer balls for participants. Programs are offered at locations throughout the Kansas City metro area and offer spring and fall sessions. To learn more or to sign up, parents are encouraged to visit <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/KCCurrent">KansasCityYMCA.org/KCCurrent</a>.</p> <p>“Hy-Vee has long supported youth sports programs in our communities,” said Drew Holmes, senior vice president of operations in Kansas City. “With the growth in popularity of soccer throughout the Midwest, we are excited to help provide Kansas City youth the opportunity to participate in the sport.” </p> <p>Participants will also be invited to YMCA Night at a KC Current match in the 2022 season. Each child will receive one free ticket, with the opportunity for families to purchase additional discounted tickets. The participating children will be honored at the match. </p> <p><strong>About the Kansas City Current</strong><br /> Founded in <a>December</a> 2020, the Kansas City Current is led by the ownership group of Angie Long, Chris Long and Brittany Matthews. The team competes in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and played its first season in 2021. The Kansas City Current announced plans for the first stadium purpose-built for an NWSL team with expected completion in 2024. The team will play in 2022 at Children’s Mercy Park. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.kansascitycurrent.com/">KansasCityCurrent.com</a><u>.</u></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 09 Feb 2022 16:07:01 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28421 at https://kansascityymca.org American Heart Month: 5 Tips for Becoming Heart Healthy https://kansascityymca.org/blog/american-heart-month-5-tips-becoming-heart-healthy <span>American Heart Month: 5 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 1, 2022</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. Use this month to get a blood pressure screening and focus on becoming heart healthy. Below are five 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> Tue, 01 Feb 2022 15:30:18 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26921 at https://kansascityymca.org Black History Month and The Y https://kansascityymca.org/black-history-month-and-y <span>Black History Month and 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 1, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2019-02/carter-woodson-9536515-1-402.jpg?itok=qgOCYien" width="300" height="300" alt="Carter G. Woodson" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <figcaption>Carter G. Woodson</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><p>Did you know that Black History Month has roots associated with the YMCA? In 1915, Carter G. Woodson, a University of Chicago alumnus, arrived in Chicago to attend a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois.</p> <p>Inspired by this three-week celebration where thousands of African Americans had travelled from across the country to see exhibits that highlighted the progress of their people since the end of slavery, Woodson met at the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/places/wabash-avenue-ymca.htm">Wabash Avenue YMCA</a> in Chicago with a small group and formed the <a href="https://asalh.org/">Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH)</a>. This began the foundation that would create Negro History and Literature Week, renamed Negro Achievement Week, later Negro History Week and eventually Black History Month.</p> <p>Known as the “Father of Black History,” Woodson wanted the study of past black life to have significant impact stating, “We are going back to that beautiful history and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements.” It is important to note that the focus of Black History month has been on black achievements since enslavement in the US, however, Woodson’s intent was to explore modern black history as a starting point to deeper exploration beyond the arrival of enslaved Africans in the Americas.</p> <p>Here are some other moments in which the Y was involved in the making of Black History: </p> <h3>FIRST YMCA FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS</h3> <p>One of the first YMCAs was also one of the first African American organizations in our country. In 1853 in Washington DC, the first YMCA for African Americans was founded by Anthony Bowen, a freed slave.</p> <h3>FOUNDATION OF THE NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUES</h3> <p>In 1920, a group of African American baseball team owners led by Andrew "Rube" Foster met at the Paseo YMCA here in Kansas City and formed the Negro National League, the first successful organized black baseball league. The building is now home to the Buck O'Neil Education and Research Center, hosted by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.</p> <h3>FIRST LADY ANNOUNCES 'LET'S MOVE' AT THE Y</h3> <p>In 2010, as First Lady, Michelle Obama launched the pillars of her “Let’s Move Outside” campaign against childhood obesity at the Alexandria YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. This helped position the Y as an important ally in preventing chronic disease throughout the nation.</p> <h3>FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CEO OF THE YMCA</h3> <p>Kevin Washington is the first African American President and CEO of the YMCA of the United States. He is a 38-year YMCA professional and has been an advocate and champion for equity and diversity throughout his career. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 01 Feb 2022 15:00:15 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18371 at https://kansascityymca.org Celebrate Black History with Linwood Heritage Week: Feb. 21-26 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/celebrate-black-history-linwood-heritage-week-feb-21-26 <span>Celebrate Black History with Linwood Heritage Week: Feb. 21-26</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>January 24, 2022</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>Events are scheduled from February 21-26 and are free unless specified otherwise.</p> <ul><li><strong>Monday, Feb. 21:</strong> Afro-Fusion Dance with Live Drumming, 5:30 p.m.</li> <li><strong>Tuesday, Feb. 22:</strong> I Dance With De - Line Dance and Two-Stepping, 6 p.m.</li> <li><strong>Wednesday, Feb. 23:</strong> What's Cookin' Linwood - <a href="https://www.facebook.com/linwoodymca/">Facebook Live</a>, 2 p.m.</li> <li><strong>Thursday, Feb. 24:</strong> Luncheon and Panel Discussion about Fairyland with Erik Strafford of KC Tour Company, noon, $10 for members, $15 for community participants. <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-heritage-week-fairyland-history-presentation/42829">Click here</a> to register.</li> <li><strong>Thursday, Feb. 24: </strong>Financial Literacy Class presented by Arvest Bank <a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvf-utrjsiG9Z7HyrRb4MqEW3vWPeuNve1">on Zoom</a>, 5:30 p.m.</li> <li><strong>Friday, Feb. 25:</strong> College and Career Fair, 3-6 p.m.</li> <li><strong>Saturday, Feb. 26: </strong>Buy Black Expo, noon to 5 p.m.</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, 24 Jan 2022 16:21:40 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26881 at https://kansascityymca.org Run in Atchison: Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run is Saturday, July 16 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/run-atchison-amelia-earhart-2k8k-run-saturday-july-16 <span>Run in Atchison: Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run is Saturday, July 16</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>January 17, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/AmeliaEarhartRun.jpg?itok=_vjlWd_F" width="500" height="315" alt="Amelia Earhart Run" title="Amelia Earhart Run" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Get active and join us Saturday, July 16th, for Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center's annual Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run!</p> <h3>AWARDS</h3> <p>All medals will be given out after the races are completed, in front of the Y. Medals will be awarded to the top finisher in each age group and gender for each event.</p> <h3>AGE GROUPS</h3> <p>Male and Female groups for 14 &amp; under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49,50-59, 60-69, 70+.</p> <h3>REGISTRATION</h3> <ul><li>2K and 8K $20 until March 30. Fee includes guaranteed T-shirt.</li> <li>2K and 8K $25 March 31-June 12. Fee includes guaranteed T-shirt.</li> <li>2K and 8K $30 June 13– July 15. T-shirt based on availability.</li> <li>2K and 8K $35 July 16 (race day) </li> </ul><p><strong><a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=82705&amp;eventId=554451">Click here to register for the 2K race.</a><br /><a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=82705&amp;eventId=554450">Click here to register for the 8K race.</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Packet Pick Up Dates at the Atchison Y:</strong></p> <ul><li>July 15 and 16. Times to be announced soon.</li> </ul><h3>PARKING</h3> <p>Parking is not permitted on the 300 block of Commercial during race time.</p> <p>Parking is available on the street and in nearby lots.</p> <h3>RACE START/FINISH</h3> <p>The race will begin and end in front of the Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center.</p> <h3>COURSES</h3> <p>Maps are available at the Welcome Center. Race begins and ends in front of the Atchison Y. The 2K course is mostly flat with only one hill up and one hill down. The 8K course is hilly.</p> <h3>ADDITIONAL DETAILS</h3> <p>For more information on the race or to become a sponsor contact the Atchison Y at 913.367.4948.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/runs" hreflang="en">Runs</a></div> </div> Mon, 17 Jan 2022 18:05:49 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27601 at https://kansascityymca.org Volunteer on MLK Day at the Y https://kansascityymca.org/blog/volunteer-mlk-day-y <span>Volunteer on MLK Day 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>January 7, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/MKTG16-036%20OpenHouse_Email1.jpg?itok=ZPpf-tqi" width="500" height="333" alt="Voluntarios en el YMCA" title="Voluntarios en el YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">Help us make our community stronger by participating in fun, family-friendly service projects for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 17.</p> <p>As part of the Y's focus on social responsibility, the events encourage all ages to give back in the spirit of Dr. King and make it a day “on,” rather a day “off” from work or school.</p> <p>Learn more and sign up for service projects at Ys throughout the metro using the links below. </p> <ul><li><strong><a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/670">Cleaver Family YMCA, 9 a.m.-Noon.</a> </strong>Activities include making sleeping mats and health care kits for the homeless, making dog treats for pets in shelters, writing notes of encouragement for local students and creating cards of support for assisted living homes and military families. <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/670">Learn more and sign up.</a><br />  </li> <li><strong><a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/666">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</a> </strong>Several volunteer projects will include creating hygiene kits, making sleeping mats for the homeless, assembling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the hungry, and more. <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/666">Learn more and sign up</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Looking for additional ways to get involved?</strong> <a href="/volunteer">Volunteer opportunities</a> are available through the Y throughout the year. Explore our <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog">volunteer project catalog</a> for a complete list of volunteer opportunities available through the Y. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 07 Jan 2022 20:34:31 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24896 at https://kansascityymca.org Learn Healthy Habits at the New Chiefs Training Lab Powered by GEHA https://kansascityymca.org/blog/learn-healthy-habits-new-chiefs-training-lab-powered-geha <span>Learn Healthy Habits at the New Chiefs Training Lab Powered by GEHA</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>January 6, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-01/qbtaz4oodepqgstlsfrj.jpg?itok=KS6IhywL" width="500" height="281" alt="Chiefs Training Lab powered by GEHA Interactive Exercise Experience" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is proud to partner with the Kansas City Chiefs to bring the <a href="https://www.chiefs.com/community/traininglab">Chiefs Training Lab Powered by GEHA</a> to two of our Y locations.</p> <p>The Chiefs Training Lab helps youth learn key components of a healthy lifestyle through interactive experiences focused on mental, physical and social health.</p> <p>Visitors can warm up at the "Let's Get Moving" station, where they'll do a series of guided exercises. Other activities include an interactive experience focused on healthy eating habits and a virtual photo station.</p> <p><a href="https://www.chiefs.com/community/traininglab">Click here</a> to learn more.</p> <p>The Chiefs Training Lab Powered by GEHA will be at the following locations:</p> <p><strong>January 14 (Red Friday)</strong><br /> 4-7 p.m.<br /><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/downtownkc">Kirk Family YMCA</a> - 222 W 11th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105</p> <p><strong>CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: January 20</strong><br /><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/platte-county-south">Platte County Community Center South</a> - 8875 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO 64152</p> <p><em><strong>1/18/22 UPDATE: </strong>The event at Platte County Community Center South has been canceled due to inclement weather. This event will be rescheduled. Please check back for updates.</em></p> <p>These events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.</p> <p>If there is inclement weather, events may be rescheduled. Check back for updates.</p> </div> Thu, 06 Jan 2022 16:07:56 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28276 at https://kansascityymca.org New Partnership Provides Training for In-Demand IT Jobs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-partnership-provides-training-demand-it-jobs <span>New Partnership Provides Training for In-Demand IT Jobs </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>December 9, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-12/snap-it-partner-logos.jpg?itok=2ZK002-k" width="500" height="374" alt="The Y. Snap IT. Workforce Partnership: Johnson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h4><strong>Earn While You Learn – A Job with Y Club Could Lead to a New Career in IT</strong></h4> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1OJPsyXCdXwdhagx2eRYD29z9IO_95RIXalEWotnY2TUJ_g/viewform"><strong>SIGN UP FOR AN INFORMATION SESSION TO GET STARTED</strong></a></p> <p>A job with the Y’s before and after school Y Club program could lead to a new career in IT, thanks to a new partnership with SnapIT Solutions.</p> <p>Associates who live in Johnson County, Kan., or work for the Y’s Youth Development Services in Johnson County, supporting kids in elementary schools throughout the metro, will have the opportunity to access training through SnapIT to become career-ready for high-demand IT jobs while they work for the Y. The training is available at no cost to the associate. </p> <p>Career Academy is sponsored by the <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/tr926d/tr5b74/lhw72h"><u>Workforce Partnership</u></a> and funded through JoCo KS Works. The Y and SnapIT work closely with Workforce Partnership to assist Career Academy participants in fully accessing all available programs and career support services.  </p> <p>Program participants can begin SnapIT self-paced courses immediately and have in-person and virtual access to instructors. Benefits include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Cost-free Tech Training</strong> for Before and After School Y Club associates <strong>who meet program qualifications and live in Johnson County, Kan., OR work for the YMCA in Johnson County.  </strong></li> <li><strong>$4,200 training stipend</strong> in addition to Y Club salary (an addition of approximately $4 per hour to regular Y Club salary).</li> <li><strong>Free laptop </strong>for Y Career Academy participants</li> <li><strong>Self-paced courses</strong> that participants can begin immediately.</li> <li><strong>Weekly in-person or virtual access to SnapIT instructors. </strong></li> <li><strong>Part-time IT apprenticeships</strong> are available while participants are still working at the Y. </li> <li><strong>$1,500 child care subsidy</strong> for those meeting eligibility guidelines.</li> </ul><p>This partnership prepares people for the jobs of today and tomorrow in roles such as:</p> <ul><li>IT Support Services</li> <li>Project Management</li> <li>Software Development - C#</li> <li>Software Development - Java</li> </ul><h4>A Great Job and Training Together</h4> <p>Youth Development jobs with the Y offer fulfilling roles as youth leaders, providing mentoring and supportive care for the children in Greater Kansas City, as well as a needed and valued service for parents and families. SnapIT self-paced certification classes work to fit around work schedules at the Y.</p> <p>This opportunity is ideal for people looking for a career change and not currently planning to attend college or vocational school, but would like to be on the fast track to learning skills for a career in IT. Paid training with SnapIT’s model is offered to employees of all ages and prior experience levels, whether it’s a younger student or an adult looking to enter a new career. </p> <p>SnapIT Solutions is a hi-tech training and solutions firm headquartered in Kansas City Metro that delivers in-demand IT trainings that aim to build foundations in tech careers. <a href="https://snapit.solutions/"><u>SnapIT Solutions</u></a> provides resource augmentation and IT staffing for its clients, and also places concentrated emphasis on recruiting, screening, training and preparing talent for in-demand tech positions for fortune 500 companies.</p> <p>The idea for the partnership originated from a collaboration between SnapIT’s Founder and CEO <strong>Neelima Parasker</strong> and <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/"><u>the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s</u></a> President and CEO <strong>John Mikos</strong>. The two recognized that working together on recruiting and training opportunities would benefit the community through strengthening the IT and child care work forces and providing future opportunities for local youth.</p> <p>“At SnapIT, we strive to be agents of change for our community, and the YMCA is Kansas City’s go-to solution for before- and after-school care for our young children,” Parasker said. “This partnership is a way that our two community-minded organizations can team up; recruit, train and financially support the Y’s employees; and ensure that they’re on a tech career trajectory if they choose to enter this exponentially growing industry.”</p> <p>The YMCA and SnapIT are currently recruiting participants for this unique career opportunity. </p> <p>“The skills our employees gain from SnapIT’s training offer great opportunities for our organization,” Mikos said. “The partnership benefits Y families by engaging more people to become leaders of our before and after school learning and enrichment programs, and provide much-needed child care for working families. The technical skills they learn can be applied to boost the STEM curriculum in our programs, and also help open the door for our associates to pursue a career in IT.”</p> <h4>How to Apply</h4> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1OJPsyXCdXwdhagx2eRYD29z9IO_95RIXalEWotnY2TUJ_g/viewform">Sign up for an info session to get started.</a></p> <p>After the info session, you'll apply for one of the Y's Before and After School positions. Once you have been hired by the Y, you are eligible for the cost-free tech training provided by SnapIT. </p> <p>Available YMCA Before and After School Positions include:</p> <ul><li>Youth Development Leader </li> <li>Site Supervisor </li> <li>Assistant Site Supervisor</li> </ul><p>Once you are hired by the Y, you will begin the enrollment process with SnapIT's Career Academy Admissions Specialist.  </p> <p>To qualify for the cost-free IT training participants must live in Johnson County, KS, and meet the following income guidelines: </p> <ul><li>Individual: not to exceed $37,214</li> <li>Family: not to exceed $71,270 </li> </ul><h4>More Information</h4> <p>If you have any questions, contact: </p> <p>Gretchen Deaton <br /> Vice President, People Engagement and Experience<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City <br /> 816.360.3302 (Direct Line) <br /><a href="mailto:gretchendeaton@kansascityymca.org">GretchenDeaton@KansasCityYMCA.org</a></p> <h4>Get Involved</h4> <p>If other private foundations wish to support this unique workforce development program, they may contact John Mikos, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Kansas City at 816.360.3340.  </p> <p><strong>About SnapIT Solutions</strong></p> <p>SnapIT Solutions, LLC is a certified women, minority and disadvantaged-owned small business with a mission to empower communities and create opportunities in technology and engineering. Founded in 2015, SnapIT specializes in innovative technology trainings, services and solutions, with capabilities in IT Managed Services, Data Analytics, IT Security, Cloud, DevOps, with technical expertise in disruptive technologies such as AI, 3D Photogrammetry, AR/VR, ML and Blockchain. For more information on purchasing SnapIT’s trainings, software services and solutions, call 1-888-694-1285 or visit <a href="https://snapit.solutions/"><u>snapit.solutions</u></a>. </p> <p><strong>About Workforce Partnership</strong></p> <p>Workforce Partnership creates a workforce development system that meets the needs of both job seekers and employers throughout the Kansas City area with a network of career centers in Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties offering professional expertise to employers and job seekers. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.workforcepartnership.com/">www.workforcepartnership.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the YMCA of Greater Kansas City</strong></p> <p>Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community since 1860. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across communities. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org"><u>KansasCityYMCA.org</u></a> for more information.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/careers" hreflang="en">careers</a></div> </div> Thu, 09 Dec 2021 21:52:18 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27841 at https://kansascityymca.org