Blog https://kansascityymca.org/blog en Rethink and Reframe Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2019 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/rethink-and-reframe-your-new-years-resolutions-2019 <span>Rethink and Reframe Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2019</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 6, 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/2018-12/0001477.jpg?itok=74uivYmA" width="500" height="333" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing resolutions can be easy, sticking to them is hard.</p> <p>A YMCA of the USA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Forty percent confessed they gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!</p> <p>While there is no “right way” to keep a resolution, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by:</p> <ol><li><strong>Start small. </strong>Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. “Getting healthy" is too broad, so reframe that big resolution into smaller, more manageable goals. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only have it a few times a week. Or trade your two sodas a day for one soda and a glass of water.</li> <li><strong>Take it one step at a time. </strong>Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New <em>Year’s </em>resolution, make a new <em>month</em> resolution. Focus on that one change for the month and add another (small) change when the new month rolls around. </li> <li><strong>Keep the faith. </strong>Don’t get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day—or even the week—that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Bad habits aren’t created in a week, so try as you might, you can’t change them in a week either.</li> <li><strong>It’s all about attitude. </strong>It’s important to think about what you’re gaining from a resolution rather than what you’re missing. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable. For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2019, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family.</li> <li><strong>Talk it out. </strong>It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals. Team up with someone to set your 2019 goals and help each other establish a game plan dedicated to achieving them. Set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other during the high points.</li> </ol><p>Changing behaviors is a tough task even for the most dedicated and motivated people. The new year is a great time to make changes, but it’s important to remember that any change takes time, and the type of resolution you make plays is a huge factor in your success.</p> <p>Additionally, many people join a gym or other health facility to help keep their resolutions. Just as making your resolutions manageable contributes to success, the type of place you join is important as well. Make sure the facility you pick is the right fit.</p> <p>While we’d love everyone to join the Y, when it comes to adding healthy behaviors like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find a facility where you feel comfortable, but also keeps you motivated. Before committing to a membership, take a tour of local gyms to find the best fit for you. Your facility should not be just a gym, but an environment that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity.</p> <p>To learn more about how the Y can help you reach your goals and support you on your wellness journey, visit our <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/join">membership page</a>.</p> </div> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:04:29 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 20016 at https://kansascityymca.org Prevent the Spread of Germs during Flu Season https://kansascityymca.org/blog/prevent-spread-germs-during-flu-season <span>Prevent the Spread of Germs during Flu Season</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 6, 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/2018-12/0018598s.jpg?itok=XoCjSphK" width="500" height="451" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">Winter is just around the corner, which means cold and flu symptoms are on the rise. According to the CDC, December - February is peak time for the flu.  So as we prepare to gather with friends and family, let’s not forget that the best way to avoid getting sick is to help prevent the spread of germs.<br />  <br /> If you follow some of the tips below, your chances of catching a cold or the flu can go down.<br />  </p> <ol dir="ltr"><li>Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. In our Y centers, hand sanitizer is available for you to use, in addition use the sinks and soap in the restrooms and locker rooms.</li> <li>Wipe down equipment at our Y centers after you use it. Look for spray bottles of cleaner and paper towels in our wellness areas.</li> <li>Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.</li> <li>Try to avoid close contact with sick people.</li> <li>Practice good health habits. Get plenty of exercise and sleep, which can boost your immune system. Manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.</li> <li>Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. </li> <li>If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.</li> </ol></div> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:21:09 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 20011 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>November 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/InclementWeatherInformation.jpg?itok=Ea7GUqOw" width="500" height="500" alt="YMCA Inclement Weather" title="YMCA Inclement Weather" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>All locations and programs are scheduled to operate normal hours.</p> </div> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 02:43:57 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 10301 at https://kansascityymca.org Construction Begins on Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center https://kansascityymca.org/blog/construction-begins-downtown-ymcakirk-family-community-center <span>Construction Begins on Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>November 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/2018-11/downtown-groundbreaking-shovels.jpg?itok=eLMnDu-S" width="500" height="333" alt="Photo: Donors, partners and leaders turn shovels in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Downtown YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Construction kicked off on the Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center at the former Lyric Theatre building on Friday, November 16. Donors, volunteers, members and the community gathered for a celebration on the front steps of the historic Lyric building. </p> <p>A short program emceed by Lara Moritz from KMBC 9 News included remarks from Y leaders, city officials and partners on the project. </p> <p>David Byrd, President and CEO, spoke of the impact the new Y will have in the community. He said the dream for the new Y is that it will be “a place for people to come together from across the downtown community.”</p> <p>There has not been a full-service YMCA downtown since 1984. The new Y will provide programs to address chronic disease, help prevent drowning through youth swim lessons, make health care more accessible through Truman Medical Center’s on-site University Health clinic, serve more youth through an expanded partnership with Crossroads Charter Schools with activities such as swim lessons and a high school swim team, and more.</p> <p>CiCi Rojas, Chief Volunteer Officer, recognized contributors and partners.</p> <p>“I’m proud, to say the least, especially after we have raised $35 million for the new Y, the largest capital campaign in the history of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City,” Rojas said.</p> <p>The renovation and reconstruction project is funded by $16.9 million from the 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District, additional funding from the Missouri Development Finance Board, as well as charitable gifts from foundations and individual donors.</p> <p> <strong>The Kirk Family Legacy</strong></p> <p>The new Y will be named the Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center, in honor of the Kirk family for their support of the project and longtime support for the Y. During the program, a monument sign was unveiled with the name of the new center.</p> <p> Frank Kirk, representing the Kirk family, thanked supporters and spoke of his brother Phil, who played a key role in Kansas City’s downtown revitalization. Phil was the former chairman of DST Realty, now part of SS&amp;C Technologies, and was instrumental in bringing the new Y to the former Lyric Theatre prior to his death in 2014.</p> <p>Frank shared that his parents taught him and his brothers, “You put back into the city more than you take out, a concept that we have lived by forever.”</p> <p>This location was Phil’s idea, Frank said, and it was part of the plan Phil and Bill Deramus, the chairman of Kansas City Southern who died in 1989, had for the revitalization of the west side of downtown.</p> <p>“This beautiful site finishes off the wonderful plan they had,” Frank said.</p> <p>Frank also thanked the Y staff, and recognized Byrd for his leadership in improving the Y’s financial position and driving the capital campaign that led to the renovation and expansion of the the Atchison and Linwood Ys, and building a new Downtown Y. </p> <p>“David has been a wonderful leader for the major renewal of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City,” Frank said. “This Y is now financially strong and better serving families all over the Kansas City area.”</p> <p> <strong>Closing Gaps in the Community</strong></p> <p>Mayor Sly James said the Y is so much more than a pool, a gym or even a community center. </p> <p>“Anytime that you have a building, a location, a venue, where people come together, people of different stripes, different colors, different ages, different walks of life, in one place, then we all have the chance to get to know each other better,” James said. “And in getting to know each other better, we have the chance to alleviate and eliminate some of the things that divide us.”</p> <p> Sean O’Byrne, Vice President of Business Development for the Downtown Council, said the new Y will help attract families. </p> <p>“We have families moving downtown because of our wonderful schools,” O’Bryne said. “I think that this facility is only going to elevate that to the next level with bringing families and all sorts of people downtown.”</p> <p>Charlie Shields, President and CEO of Truman Medical Center, spoke about how TMC will continue its partnership with the Y by building a new University Health Clinic in the new Downtown YMCA. </p> <p>“Of all of our patients who suffer from chronic diseases, many of them live very close to this community center, and we’ll be able to expand that partnership and give them care right here...this is a place of health, and at Truman, we are excited to be part of that,” Shields said.</p> <p>Dean Johnson, Executive Director of Crossroads Charter Schools, said the new Y, which will neighbor the Crossroads Central Street Campus, will allow more opportunities for children and families. Currently the Y provides a before and after school program for Crossroads and students use the Quality Hill YMCA facilities. </p> <p>“Looking forward, the YMCA and Crossroads partnership opportunities are boundless,” Johnson said. The vision includes grade school swim lessons, a high school swim team, volunteer projects serving the downtown area, improved health access with TMC’s University Health clinic, shared facilities for sports and community gatherings, culinary classes, and a great destination for staff and families. </p> <p>To welcome the Y to the neighborhood, students representing Crossroads’ three campuses presented a banner to the Y.</p> <p> <strong>Contributors and Partners</strong></p> <p>Donors  include the Sunderland Foundation; Tom and Jean McDonnell; Illig Family Foundation; William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee; The Kirk Foundation Trust; SS&amp;C Technologies; Victor Speas Foundation, US Trust, Bank of America Corporation; Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation; Kansas City Southern; Mabee Foundation; Dunn Family Foundation; UMB Trusts &amp; Foundations: Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation; Jim and Annabel Nutter Family; Sherman Foundation; KCP&amp;L; Frank and Nancy Kirk; Mark One Electric; Tom and Jill McGee; Natalie Kirk Welch and J.C. Welch; Allen and Libby Blair; Charles and Judy Kahn; and Ron and Nancy Jones.</p> <p>Design and construction partners include BNIM Architects, JE Dunn Construction, Structural Engineering Associates, Henderson Engineers, Antella, Taliaferro &amp; Browne, New Horizons, Land3 Studio, Larkin and FSC.<br />  <br /> Development partners include Broadway Square Partners, Downtown Council and MC Realty.<br />  <br /> Financing partners include Sun Trust Bank, Industrial Development Authority of the City of Kansas City Missouri, and Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority.</p> <p>The new center is expected to open in spring of 2021.</p> <p>View more event photos in <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/WmN5wdtenWob3hFn6">our online album</a>.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtown">KansasCityYMCA.org/Downtown</a>.<br />  </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>A New Chapter in History</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/2018-11/downtown-groundbreaking-vip.jpg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=OWWf8LY2 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2018-11/downtown-groundbreaking-vip.jpg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=QITU2dUU 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-11/downtown-groundbreaking-vip.jpg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=OWWf8LY2 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-11/downtown-groundbreaking-vip.jpg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=OWWf8LY2 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source 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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month</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>November 15, 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/2018-11/a29q5195_9x12.jpg?itok=aoODt0e4" width="500" height="750" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is encouraging members of the community to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.  </p> <p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in three Americans (84 million people) has prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it. But with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may be able to prevent the onset of diabetes.</p> <p>“Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are preventable conditions, but many people don’t know they are at risk, let alone the steps to take to avoid the disease,” said Dr. Daphne Bascom, Senior Vice president and Medical Director of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “Fortunately, the Y is here to help.”</p> <p>You can assess your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at <a href="http://www.ymca.net/diabetes-prevention"><u>YMCA.net/diabetes</u></a>. Through this assessment, you also can learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level.</p> <p>You can also make some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living and can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes.</p> <h4>The following tips will not only help prevent the risk of illness but also help you maintain a healthy lifestyle:</h4> <ul><li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Eat fruits and vegetables every day.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Choose fish, lean meats and poultry without skin.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Aim for whole grains with every meal.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Be moderately active, getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight.  </p> </li> </ul><p dir="ltr">The YMCA of Greater Kansas City also offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. To be eligible for this program, you must be at least 18 years old with a BMI of 25 or greater and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. A diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.</p> <p>Learn more about our Diabetes Prevention Program at KansasCityYMCA.org/Diabetes or contact us at <a href="mailto:HealthCommunity@KansasCityYMCA.org">HealthCommunity@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> </div> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:28:54 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 19836 at https://kansascityymca.org Construction Set to Begin on New Downtown Y at Former Lyric Theatre https://kansascityymca.org/blog/construction-set-begin-new-downtown-y-former-lyric-theatre <span>Construction Set to Begin on New Downtown Y at Former Lyric Theatre</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>November 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/images/2018-11/masterdowntownymcarenderingfinal-11-2018s.jpg?itok=TMGZvN-5" width="500" height="265" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City will host a Construction Kickoff Celebration for the new Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center. Donors, volunteers, members and the community are invited to gather at a special celebration at 11:15 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16 on the front steps of the former Lyric Theatre building at 1029 Central St. </p> <p>The event will include a ceremony to commemorate the redevelopment of the 92-year-old building and illustrate bringing healthy living, youth and community programs to downtown Kansas City. The new Y will bring important programs to the families and commuters in the heart of downtown for the first time including a medical clinic, swim lessons, healthy living classes for children and adults, community events, and opportunities for people of all ages to improve quality of life. </p> <p>“The new Y builds on the success of Kansas City’s downtown revitalization, and will bring much-needed community programs to this diverse and growing community,” said David Byrd, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “This is a new chapter in history for our Y and for Kansas City as we transform the historic Lyric Theatre building into a community center that will benefit generations for years to come. We are so grateful to all of our donors and partners for their support to make this project possible.”</p> <p>The $35-million renovation and reconstruction project is expected to be completed by spring of 2021. It’s funded by $16.9 million from the 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District, additional funding from the Missouri Development Finance Board, as well as charitable gifts from foundations and individual donors.</p> <p>The Y will be named the Kirk Family Community Center. The Kirks are longtime YMCA of Greater Kansas City donors and supporters of the new downtown Y. The family includes the late Phil Kirk, the former chairman of DST Realty, now part of SS&amp;C Technologies. He played a key role in Kansas City’s downtown revitalization and was instrumental in bringing the new Y to the former Lyric Theatre. </p> <p>Other donors include the Sunderland Foundation; Tom and Jean McDonnell; Illig Family Foundation; William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee; The Kirk Foundation Trust; SS&amp;C Technologies; Victor Speas Foundation, US Trust, Bank of America Corporation; Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation; Kansas City Southern; Mabee Foundation; Dunn Family Foundation; UMB Trusts &amp; Foundations: Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation; Jim and Annabel Nutter Family; Sherman Foundation; KCP&amp;L; Frank and Nancy Kirk; Mark One Electric; Tom and Jill McGee; Natalie Kirk Welch and J.C. Welch; Allen and Libby Blair; Charles and Judy Kahn; and Ron and Nancy Jones. </p> <p><strong>Features of the new 62,000-square-foot Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center include:</strong></p> <ul><li>Preservation of the facade and lobby of the historic building including the original marble floors, ceiling tiles and more to become the new Y entrance.</li> <li>A 42,000-square-foot section of new construction built on the north side of the lobby featuring a contemporary design. Behind the building, there will be a small green space for events and youth sports. </li> <li>Dramatic two-story windows will be inserted into the new limestone walls along Central bringing natural light into the space and creating a contemporary, eye-catching look to the building’s exterior. The limestone will come from the same quarry that provided the limestone for the original Lyric building.</li> </ul><p><strong>Amenities inside the new Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center include:</strong></p> <ul><li>Three community rooms to give members and the community the opportunity to host meetings, celebrations of family and friends, and more. One of the community rooms will feature a teaching kitchen for healthy eating, nutrition and cooking classes. </li> <li>A Kids Zone constructed near the entrance that will provide a safe and fun place for kids to learn and play.</li> <li>An indoor family pool and lap pool to bring year-round life-saving swim lessons, exercise and recreational opportunities to families downtown for the first time.</li> <li>An enclosed wood-floor gymnasium that can be used for basketball, volleyball, and other youth and adult sports.</li> <li>A large health and wellness area offers a space for guests to improve their health through cardiovascular exercise and strength training featuring the latest state-of-the-art equipment.</li> <li>Three studios for group exercise.</li> <li>A suspended indoor walking and jogging track that will offer views of the lower levels of the center.</li> </ul><p><strong>The Y has also partnered with Truman Medical Center to offer a medical clinic at the new downtown Y. </strong></p> <p>The two organizations first partnered to open TMC’s University Health Clinic adjoining the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center in February 2018. The Linwood Y partnership has already proven that working together toward a common vision and mission can improve community health at a time when chronic disease is rising and access to quality health care remains a challenge for many.</p> <p>The downtown clinic will make health care more accessible not only to Y members, but those in the surrounding area.</p> <p>“It is part of our mission to get out of the four walls of the hospital and bring health care where it’s needed,” said Charlie Shields, president and CEO of Truman Medical Center. “We are excited about the construction of this new University Health clinic, because it’s in the right place, at the right time. The power of our combined services will make a great impact on the area’s health and wellness.”</p> <p>TMC’s University Health Clinic is planned for the lower levels of the building. TMC also will partner with Cerner to bring advanced technology to the patient experience at the clinic.</p> <p>“Bringing this Y and medical clinic to downtown is truly a game changer and an important milestone for the Kansas City community,” said CiCi Rojas, chief volunteer officer for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “We look forward to the completion of this project so that the Y may impact more lives for the better. There are still opportunities to give. The new Y will allow us to meet the changing needs of the community as more young professionals, families and empty-nesters call downtown home, and will serve as a destination for the entire metro.”</p> <p>Design and construction partners include BNIM Architects, JE Dunn Construction, Structural Engineering Associates, Henderson Engineers, Antella, Taliaferro &amp; Browne, New Horizons, Land3 Studio, Larkin and FSC.</p> <p>Development partners include Broadway Square Partners, Downtown Council and MC Realty.</p> <p>Financing partners include Sun Trust Bank, Industrial Development Authority of the City of Kansas City Missouri, and Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtown">KansasCityYMCA.org/Downtown</a>.<br />  </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>The Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center</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/2018-10/ymca_cam03.jpg?itok=8g_UKkYS 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2018-10/ymca_cam03.jpg?itok=d8rsMDjl 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-10/ymca_cam03.jpg?itok=8g_UKkYS 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2018-10/ymca_cam03.jpg?itok=8g_UKkYS 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2018-10/ymca_cam03.jpg?itok=w5SvM-oR 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2018-10/ymca_cam03.jpg?itok=d8rsMDjl 1.5x, 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the new Downtown YMCA looking west on Central Street." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:16:46 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 19831 at https://kansascityymca.org Out of This World: 2018 Spirit of Service Volunteer Celebration https://kansascityymca.org/blog/out-world-2018-spirit-service-volunteer-celebration <span>Out of This World: 2018 Spirit of Service Volunteer Celebration</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>November 12, 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/spiritofservice2018.jpg?itok=vtDihTha" width="500" height="339" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The eighth annual Spirit of Service celebration on November 8, 2018, recognized the powerful commitment and service of volunteers throughout the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>More than 400 volunteers, members, program participants, supporters and Y friends gathered at Overland Park Convention Center for an evening of fellowship, dinner and an awards program honoring top volunteers.</p> <p>This special evening was made possible thanks to our event partners KCP&amp;L, Tivity Health, Lathrop and Gage, Hillyard, and JE Dunn. Event hosts were CiCi Rojas, Chief Volunteer Officer for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and David Byrd, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>As part of the awards program, they highlighted the impact of the more than 2,800 Y volunteers who worked throughout the region to give more than 31,580 hours of volunteer service in the past year.</p> <p>"What a difference you are all making every day in our community,” Byrd said. “Everything Y volunteers do is in service of making individuals and our community stronger.”</p> <h3><strong>AWARD RECIPIENTS 2018</strong></h3> <p>Congratulations to all recognized this year! </p> <h4><strong>KIRK FAMILY PHILANTHROPY AWARD</strong></h4> <ul><li> <p>Kent Sunderland, Sunderland Foundation</p> </li> </ul><h4><strong>EAGLE AWARD</strong></h4> <p>Wyandotte County Annual Campaign Team:</p> <ul><li> <p>Craig Gaffney</p> </li> <li> <p>Mike Burns</p> </li> <li> <p>John Tiszka</p> </li> <li> <p>Don Ash</p> </li> <li> <p>Jimmy Gaona</p> </li> <li> <p>Bill Dunn, Jr.</p> </li> <li> <p>Sam Allred</p> </li> <li> <p>Nikki Romolo</p> </li> <li> <p>Kelly Chamberlain</p> </li> <li> <p>Gordon Criswell</p> </li> <li> <p>Bill Walberg</p> </li> <li> <p>John Bakarich</p> </li> <li> <p>John Tiszka</p> </li> </ul><p>Paul Henson Family YMCA Annual Campaign Team:</p> <ul><li> <p>Clay Coburn</p> </li> <li> <p>Joe Meyrs</p> </li> <li> <p>John Houts</p> </li> </ul><h4>DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND GLOBAL AWARD</h4> <ul><li> <p>CiCi Rojas</p> </li> <li> <p>Madeline Romious</p> </li> </ul><h4><strong>TIVITY HEALTH ACTIVE OLDER ADULT VOLUNTEER AWARDS</strong></h4> <ul><li> <p>Doris Peterson, Platte County Community Center North operated by the YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Glen Humphreys, Platte County Community Center South operated by the YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Nina Vickers, Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</p> </li> <li> <p>John Park, Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</p> </li> <li> <p>Marsha Kirkendoll, Children’s Center Campus YMCA Early Learning Center</p> </li> </ul><h4><strong>COMMUNITY OUTREACH VOLUNTEER AWARDS</strong></h4> <ul><li> <p>Paul Prue, Blue Springs Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Linda Horvath, Bonner Springs Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Helen Keller, Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</p> </li> <li>Debbie Sloan, Platte County Community Center South</li> <li> <p>Charity Testerman, Northland Head Start</p> </li> <li> <p>Debra and Robert Ford, Providence Family YMCA</p> </li> </ul><h4><strong>LATHROP GAGE COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARDS</strong></h4> <ul><li> <p>Atchison Community Health Clinic represented by Stevie Durkin, Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center</p> </li> <li> <p>Nikki Romolo, Bonner Springs Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Grantham University represented by Candice Haines, Olathe Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Shawn Turner, Olathe Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Turner School District represented by Superintendent Jason Dandoy, Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</p> </li> <li> <p>Partners in Primary Care represented by Lauren Jilek, Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</p> </li> <li> <p>Olathe School District represented by Mike Flenthrope, YMCA Youth Development Services</p> </li> <li> <p>UAW Local 249 represented by Terri Hall, YMCA Head Start</p> </li> <li> <p>Rebecca Allison, Quality Hill Family YMCA</p> </li> </ul><h4><strong>KCP&amp;L YOUTH MENTOR AWARDS</strong></h4> <ul><li> <p>Kelly King, YMCA Challenger/Adaptive Program</p> </li> <li> <p>Darron Howell, YMCA Challenger/Adaptive Program</p> </li> </ul><h4><strong>MEMBERSHIP AND PROGRAM VOLUNTEER AWARDS</strong></h4> <ul><li> <p>Trish Fitzsimmons, YMCA of Greater Kansas City Association Resource Center</p> </li> <li> <p>Roberto Castillo, North Kansas City YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Megan White, Olathe Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Joe Myers, Paul Henson Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>John Houts, Paul Henson Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Craig Gaffney, Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</p> </li> <li> <p>Pam Houston, Young Achievers</p> </li> </ul><h4><strong>HILLYARD YOUTH SPORTS VOLUNTEER AWARDS</strong></h4> <ul><li> <p>Maggie Wilkinson, YMCA Challenger/Adaptive Program</p> </li> <li> <p>Anna Egan, Cleaver Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Drew Etheridge, Olathe Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Ryan Curtis, Paul Henson Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Stacey Archer, Red Bridge Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Tori Blake, Bonner Springs Family YMCA</p> </li> </ul><h4><strong>YOUTH VOLUNTEER AWARDS</strong></h4> <ul><li> <p>Molly Lombardi, Cleaver Family YMCA</p> </li> <li> <p>Tyler McCoach, YMCA Challenger/Adaptive Program</p> </li> <li> <p>Precious Williams, Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</p> </li> </ul><h3>EVENT PHOTOS</h3> <p><a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/2fMMBW8UAG9VAbZT7">Explore photos from the event</a>, including award winner photos.</p> <h3>GET INVOLVED</h3> <p>Are you inspired to make a difference by volunteering? Whether you would like to help with a special event or sign up to coach a youth sports team, there are lots of ways to volunteer at the Y. Explore upcoming volunteer opportunities through our <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog">volunteer Project Catalog</a>.</p> </div> <div> <section class="media media-video view-mode-default container video" > <h2>Join Us - Volunteer at the Y</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/KTNRV86fRj8?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:36:59 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 19826 at https://kansascityymca.org Friendship at the Y Leads to Honor Flight for Veteran https://kansascityymca.org/blog/friendship-y-leads-honor-flight-veteran <span>Friendship at the Y Leads to Honor Flight for Veteran</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>November 9, 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/2018-11/amy-larsen-veteran-ricky-2018-cr.jpg?itok=F4hPNPl5" width="500" height="453" alt="Y fitness instructor Amy Larsen and Y member Ricky Garcia" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <figcaption>Y fitness instructor Amy Larsen and Y member Ricky Garcia</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><p>When Ricky Garcia, a member of Platte County Community Center South for more than a decade, met fitness instructor Amy Larsen two years ago at the Y, they hit it off quickly.</p> <p>When Amy’s not at the Y, she’s dedicated to honoring veterans by performing USO shows like those of the 1940s, across the metro with a group called the Kansas City Bettys. Ricky, 86, is a veteran of the Korean War, and worked in personnel for the Strategic Air Command with the United States Air Force.</p> <p>As their friendship grew at the Y, Amy encouraged him to apply to go on an Honor Flight. Amy had become involved in the Honor Flight through the Kansas City Bettys. The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit that arranges trips for veterans to visit Washington, D.C. and reflect at the memorials for the wars in which they served.</p> <p>When Ricky was selected for the Honor Flight, Amy went on the trip as his guardian. </p> <p>“It was one of the best days of my life, thanks to her,” Ricky said.</p> <p>They visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Korean War Memorial and other sites at the Capitol with other veterans.</p> <p>Ricky even climbed to the top of the Lincoln Memorial.</p> <p>“At 86 years old, he climbed to the top of the Lincoln Memorial. Now we can thank the Y for that, right?” Amy said, of how the Y has helped Ricky stay active and strong. Ricky visits the Y five days a week to exercise.</p> <p>Ricky said the Y is more than just a gym.</p> <p>“It’s about the friendships you create with people,” he said. “It’s like a big family.”</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:51:39 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 19821 at https://kansascityymca.org Be Vigilant Against Cancer https://kansascityymca.org/blog/be-vigilant-against-cancer <span>Be Vigilant Against Cancer</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/5016" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Priti Lakhani - MHCM SM DPM">Priti Lakhani - MHCM SM DPM</span></span> <span>October 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/2018-10/0018520.jpg?itok=PG41crEp" width="500" height="333" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and you don’t have to look far to find someone affected by it. Yet because of medical breakthroughs and increased awareness, the<a href="https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics"> death toll</a> attributed to the disease has decreased since 2000.</p> <p dir="ltr">We need to continue to be vigilant against all cancer, all the time. The American Cancer Society<a href="https://www.cancer.org/research/cancer-facts-statistics/all-cancer-facts-figures/cancer-facts-figures-2018.html"> says</a> there will be an estimated 1,735,350 new cancer cases diagnosed this year. The organization also expects more than half a million people to die from cancer in 2018.</p> <p dir="ltr">The third most common cancer for men and women is <a href="https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html">colon cancer</a>. Many of the things you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer can also reduce your risk of colon cancer. Read on to learn more.</p> <h4 dir="ltr">Know Your Risk.</h4> <p dir="ltr">The American Cancer Society notes there are several<a href="https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html"> risk factors</a> for colorectal cancer. Some of those factors you can change, including being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, and eating a diet high in red meats.  </p> <p dir="ltr">Some you can’t change: your race, your age, and a family history of inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal cancer.</p> <p dir="ltr">That doesn’t mean you should accept that you’ll get cancer. It means you need to be vigilant about cancer screenings.</p> <h4 dir="ltr">Get Healthy.</h4> <p dir="ltr">If you’re looking to change your lifestyle to reduce your risk of breast, colon and other cancers, the Y can help.</p> <p dir="ltr">There are lots of ways the Y can support you with being more physically active. You can schedule a Coaching Connection meeting to meet one-on-one with a Healthy Living Coach to discuss your physical activity and wellness goals and create a personalized wellness plan together. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations">Contact your local Y to set an appointment.</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Or consider trying a new class. 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></p> <p>Or ask about our nutrition programs. Our Ys offer a variety of nutrition seminars and classes to help you make healthy food choices.</p> <h4>Get Screened.</h4> <p>Colonoscopies are still the best way to check for colon cancer. Get one every 10 years beginning at age 45. A doctor will use a camera to see inside your intestines and remove any polyps found.</p> <p>You can also ask your doctor about at-home tests that are an easy and less invasive way to safeguard yourself. You may be a good candidate if you don’t have an increased risk of colon cancer or symptoms of it. At-home tests involve using a kit to collect a stool sample and send it to a lab. Check with your insurance provider to see if this is covered under your plan.</p> <p><em>Dr. Priti Lakhani, MHCM (SM), DPM, is a Medical Director for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</em></p> </div> Fri, 26 Oct 2018 18:57:37 +0000 Priti Lakhani - MHCM SM DPM 19676 at https://kansascityymca.org 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