Blog https://kansascityymca.org/blog en Humana Partners to Support Y Child Care for Essential Employees https://kansascityymca.org/blog/humana-partners-support-y-child-care-essential-employees <span>Humana Partners to Support Y Child Care for Essential Employees</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 31, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/humana-child-care-donation-blog.jpg?itok=5Pv8vj5R" width="500" height="388" alt="Humana logo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">Support from Humana will reinforce the Y’s <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">Essential Child Care</a> program for children of essential employees during the Coronavirus health crisis.</p> <p dir="ltr">The program, which started Monday, March 23, fills an important need for parents who have essential employment and must leave their home to work during the “stay at home” order, including first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees and others providing important services.</p> <p dir="ltr">The partnership with Humana will provide families in need another child care option in the KC metro region.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are so grateful for Humana’s support during this difficult time,” said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “This gift will help make sure we can take care of children of essential employees, so they can help take care of the rest of the community.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Locations are available throughout the metro, with room to serve up to 400 children a day. The Y is working to add more sites, including locations in Johnson County.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Y has been working closely with public health officials to put health and safety protocols in place to protect the children and associates.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Humana is committed to supporting all of our essential workers at this time,” said Jeremy Gaskill, Humana’s regional president. “This support includes partnerships with community organizations serving those, who are serving and supporting our community.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The program is available Monday through Friday for ages 5 through 12 (Kindergarten through 6th Grade). Lunch is included. Regular rates are $150 a week, or $35 a day.</p> <p dir="ltr">Registration, locations and the scholarship application are available at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">KansasCityYMCA.org/EssentialCare</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:23:32 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25961 at https://kansascityymca.org From our CEO: How You Can Support the Y During this Time https://kansascityymca.org/blog/our-ceo-how-you-can-support-y-during-time <span>From our CEO: How You Can Support the Y During this Time</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 30, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/john-mikos-essential-care.jpg?itok=PaQVsHpg" width="500" height="344" alt="President and CEO John Mikos with student painting at Essential Child Care program" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Dear Y Family,</p> <p>To ensure that the Y is able to open after this health crisis, we’re asking for your support. </p> <p>As a charitable, nonprofit organization, the Y has a long tradition of emergency response. Right now, we're providing <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">essential child care</a> for the families of first responders, health care workers and others on the front lines. And we've already distributed 4,000 pounds of food to our Head Start families and several agencies serving those in need.</p> <p>You can support this work and help make sure we're still here after this crisis to support you and build a better, stronger community. <a href="https://youtu.be/uUKyyEkHtkE">Please watch my video message</a> and read below to learn more.</p> <h4>Update Your Membership to Support the Y</h4> <ul><li><strong>Convert Your Membership Fee to a Donation.</strong><br /> You can choose to continue your monthly draft and convert your membership fee to a donation. The Y will maintain your current draft amount, or you can choose a different amount. We will convert the draft payment into a donation and provide you with appropriate documentation for tax purposes. When the Y reopens, your membership will continue at your original rate and regular draft date.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Place Your Membership On Hold.</strong><br /> If you wish, we will place your membership on hold, and you will not be charged until the Y reopens. All standard hold fees will be waived. As soon as we reopen, your membership will automatically resume at your original rate and regular draft date.</li> </ul><p>Please access our <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/membership-update"><strong>Membership Update Form</strong></a> to complete your information and allow us to update the status of your membership. If we do not hear from you, your membership drafts will be converted to a donation. </p> <h4>Donate Now</h4> <p>If you are able and would like to join us serving our community by serving children and families in need, please consider making a <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/give">secure online donation</a>. The Coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty. Every dollar donated to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City will have a lasting impact on people of all ages, right here in the metro.</p> <p>Now more than ever, our community needs you, and we value your ongoing support. Please help in any way you can to ensure the Y is always here and always ready to serve.</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>John Mikos<br /> President and CEO<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="container video video-medium-blue" > <h2>John Mikos Update - March 27, 2020</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/uUKyyEkHtkE?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:03:20 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25956 at https://kansascityymca.org COVID-19 Response: Latest Updates https://kansascityymca.org/blog/covid-19-response-latest-updates <span>COVID-19 Response: Latest 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 23, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/facility_update2.jpg?itok=nvwW14VT" width="500" height="263" alt="Announcement" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">Here are the latest updates regarding Y operations and programs as we respond to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are closely monitoring this situation, and we will update this blog regularly as plans change and new information becomes available. </p> <h4>UPDATE 3/23 - 5:30 pm</h4> <p>Your membership during this time has helped us remain fully focused on our efforts to help our community stay strong in spirit, mind and body. However, we also understand the challenges we’re all facing.</p> <p>As our temporary closure has extended beyond anticipation through April 26, we are providing options to allow you to update the status of your membership:</p> <ul><li><strong>Convert Your Membership Fee to a Donation.</strong><br /> You can choose to continue your monthly draft and convert your membership fee to a donation. The Y will maintain your current draft amount, or you can choose a different amount. We will convert the draft payment into a donation and provide you with appropriate documentation for tax purposes. When the Y reopens, your membership will continue at your original rate and regular draft date.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Place Your Membership On Hold.</strong><br /> If you wish, we will place your membership on hold, and you will not be charged until the Y reopens. All standard hold fees will be waived. As soon as we reopen, your membership will automatically resume at your original rate and regular draft date.</li> </ul><p>Please access our <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/a67r7c/yg46gd/mr0d4n"><strong>Membership Update Form</strong></a> to complete your information and allow us to update the status of your membership. If we do not hear from you, your membership drafts will be converted to a donation. </p> <p>If you have questions, you may <strong>contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>. </strong>Please allow 3-5 working days for our Business Support team to update your information and confirm with you.  </p> <h4>UPDATE 3/20 - 1:30 pm</h4> <p>The Y is offering child care for children of essential employees during this state of emergency at several locations in the metro beginning Monday, March 23. We are working toward adding more sites, including locations in Johnson County. Scholarships are available for first responders and health care workers. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/before-and-after-school/essential-care">Learn more and register.</a><br />  </p> <h4>UPDATE 3/19 - 1:15 pm</h4> <p>Based on the latest recommendations from county and city health officials, <strong>our Y centers will remain temporarily closed through Sunday, April 5</strong>. This is an extension of policies and recommendations of health authorities, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community.</p> <p><strong>Youth Sports and Swim</strong><br /> Families who are registered for Swim Lessons or in Y Youth Sports programs will receive more information about re-scheduling or changes to programming.</p> <p><strong>Y Club Care, Y Summer Day Camp</strong><br /> Families currently in Kansas Y Club Before and After School programs will not be charged any payments scheduled for the rest of the school year. At this time, schedules for <strong>Y Summer Day Camp have not changed.  </strong>The Y is working diligently with school districts and health officials to determine options for providing care. We will send updated information about future care options when they are available.</p> <p>If you have questions, you may contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <h4> </h4> <h4>UPDATE 3/17 - 6:00 PM</h4> <p><strong>YMCA Head Start </strong><br /> All YMCA Head Start program will close Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, April 5, based on the latest recommendations from health officials. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Y Head Start locations.  </p> <p dir="ltr">We understand the challenge this temporary closure may cause for families. We will check in with families throughout the time the Head Start locations are temporarily closed. We are working on ways to continue to support families with food, other community resources and activities to do with children home. </p> <p dir="ltr">Follow the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/YMCAHeadStart/">Y Head Start Facebook</a> for the latest information.</p> <h4> </h4> <h4>UPDATE 3/16 - 10:10 PM</h4> <p><strong>YMCA Head Start - Park Hill Head Start</strong><br /> The Park Hill Head Start program will close Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, April 5. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Y Head Start locations. The Park Hill School District has closed the Gerner Early Education Center building in which the program is housed.  </p> <h4> </h4> <h4>UPDATE 3/16 - 1:20 PM</h4> <h4>Y Membership Centers - Temporary Closure</h4> <p dir="ltr">Based on recently updated guidelines from county and city health officials, <strong>all YMCA of Greater Kansas City centers will temporarily close beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, March 16.</strong> At this time, we anticipate this temporary closure through Sunday, March 22. This includes Y programs at Riverside Community Center and Grain Valley Active Older Adults programs.</p> <p><strong>There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any Y facility</strong>, and we increased our existing cleaning protocols to help prevent the spread of germs. As a nonprofit, community organization committed to wellness for all, we are responding based on public health recommendations and with concern for our associates, members, program participants and the community as a whole. </p> <p>To help you stay healthy in spirit, mind and body during this time, the Y is partnering with Y360 to offer <strong>wellness programs online, free of charge to you as a Y member.</strong> Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/onlinewellness">KansasCityYMCA.org/OnlineWellness</a> to get started and access additional resources.</p> <p><strong>Y Center Programs - Postponed</strong><br /> Center programs will be postponed, including: </p> <ul dir="ltr"><li>Youth Sports</li> <li>Swim Lessons </li> <li>Challenger Adaptive programs </li> </ul><p><strong>Youth Development Services (Y Club, No School Days, Spring Break Camp) </strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"><li>Spring Break Camps/No School Days have been canceled for the week of March 16, and the Y is processing refunds. </li> <li>We are working with school districts and public health officials to determine what services we will be able to offer the week of March 23 and how we can best support our community.</li> </ul><h4 dir="ltr">Questions</h4> <p dir="ltr">If you have questions, you may contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 22:28:09 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25656 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y to Offer Child Care to Essential Employees and First Responders https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-offer-child-care-essential-employees-and-first-responders <span>The Y to Offer Child Care to Essential Employees and First Responders</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 20, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/facility_update.jpg?itok=6NJZ4pQo" width="500" height="263" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h4>Updated March 30, 2020</h4> <p>With the closure of schools in our area as the community responds to COVID-19, the Y is offering child care for children of essential employees. </p> <p>The program is available to anyone who has essential employment and must leave their home to work during the “stay at home” order, including first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees and others providing important services.</p> <h4><strong>Registration</strong></h4> <p>Online registration is encouraged. <a href="/EssentialCare">Register online </a>or <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/EssentialCare_Form.pdf">download a PDF registration form</a>. Please bring completed form to the site or fax both pages of this form to 816.931.1847.</p> <h4><strong>FREE CARE FOR HEALTH CARE/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKERS</strong></h4> <p><strong>Free </strong>care is available to employees of the following organizations, thanks to scholarship funding from the <strong>Health Forward Foundation.</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Missouri:</strong> KC Care Clinic, Samuel U. Rodgers, Swope Health Services, Vibrant Health, Truman Medical Center, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Rediscover, Hope Family Care Center </li> <li><strong>Kansas: </strong>Vibrant Health, Health Partnership of Johnson County, SW Blvd Family Health Care, Duchesne Clinic,  Wyandot Center, Johnson County Mental Health Center, Mercy and Truth</li> <li><strong><a href="https://forms.gle/jmSbWyiEvRCiFmcD7">Apply Here</a></strong></li> </ul><h4><strong>OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS</strong></h4> <p>Thanks to Humana and other funders, scholarships are available to attend at low or no cost.<br /><strong><a href="https://forms.gle/dw19upKGYtq3Zf9F7">Apply Here</a></strong></p> <h4><strong>Locations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Bonner Springs School District - Delaware Ridge Elementary</strong><br /> 1601 N 130th Street, Kansas City, KS 66109</p> <p><strong>Cleaver Family YMCA</strong><br /> 7000 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64131</p> <p><strong>Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</strong><br /> 3800 E Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64128<br /> Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.</p> <p><strong>North Kansas City YMCA</strong><br /> 1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116</p> <p><strong>Piper Middle School</strong><br /> 4420 N 107th Street, Kansas City, KS 66109</p> <p><strong>Platte County - Pathfinder Elementary</strong><br /> 1951 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64154<br /> Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.</p> <p>We are working to add more sites, including locations in Johnson County. </p> <h4><strong>Program Details</strong></h4> <p><strong>Dates:</strong> Starting March 23<br /><strong>Ages:</strong> 5-12 (Kindergarten through 6th Grade)<br /><strong>Cost:</strong> $150 a week or $35 a day. No registration fee. Lunch will be provided.</p> <h4><strong>More Info</strong></h4> <p>Registration details are available at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">KansasCityYMCA.org/EssentialCare</a>. For more information contact our Youth Development Services office by emailing <a href="mailto:YClubSupport@KansasCityYMCA.org?subject=Essential%20Child%20Care">YClubSupport@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <h4><strong>Health and Safety</strong></h4> <p>The Y has been working closely with public health officials to put health and safety protocols in place to protect the children and associates. Safety is always a priority. Based on input from public health officials, the following procedures will be in place at our emergency child care locations:</p> <ul><li>Curbside check-in/out for children to limit people inside locations</li> <li>Temporal scans of children upon entry</li> <li>Small group structure</li> <li>Mandatory hygiene breaks</li> </ul><p>We also will continue to follow health and safety guidelines that are always in place in our programs, including staff training in CPR, first aid, recognition of illnesses, signs and symptoms of abuse, child abuse prevention and risk management.</p> <h4><strong>What to Bring</strong></h4> <p>-Completed Emergency Information Packet</p> <ul><li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/MissouriPacketUpdated_0.pdf">Download Packet for Missouri Locations</a></li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/KansasYClubPacketFillable.pdf">Download Packet for Kansas Locations</a></li> </ul><p>-Water bottle, homework and homework device (no backpack)</p> <p>You can get the latest updates about the Y’s response to COVID-19 at <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/igpe7c/yg46gd/mb0y3n">KansasCityYMCA.org/YResponse</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 22:12:01 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25876 at https://kansascityymca.org From Our CEO: COVID-19 Response Update https://kansascityymca.org/blog/our-ceo-covid-19-response-update <span>From Our CEO: COVID-19 Response Update</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 19, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/johnvideo.jpg?itok=2OnkX7mk" width="500" height="281" alt="John Mikos, President and CEO" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Dear Y Family,</p> <p>We understand many of you have questions regarding Y programs and your membership during this uncertain time. </p> <p>As we respond to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/yresponse">KansasCityYMCA.org/YResponse</a> for the latest information about adjusted scheduling plans.</p> <p><strong>We ask for your patience and your continued Y membership and program enrollment to support our nonprofit, charitable mission during this time.</strong> Our temporary closure, as well as the cancellation and rescheduling of various programs and services in and around our community, is proving to have real financial consequences for nonprofit organizations like the Y that rely on the support of our members, program participants and donors. <a href="https://youtu.be/6LXdJ8tvzyo">Please watch my video message to learn more.</a></p> <p>Even though we have had to close our Y facilities, we are beginning to shift our focus on things to support our community in a different way.</p> <p>The Y has partnered with Y360 to <strong>offer wellness programs online</strong>, free of charge to you as a Y member. These include high-quality workouts you can do from the comfort of your home. Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/onlinewellness">KansasCityYMCA.org/OnlineWellness</a> to get started and access additional resources.</p> <p><strong>We also are working closely with public health, licensing and school districts to be able to offer child care for first responders, health care workers and other essential employees.</strong> We will share more information about this as it becomes available.</p> <p><strong>There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any Y facility. </strong>Our closure decisions continue to be out of concern for our associates, members, program participants and the community as a whole. If you have questions, you may contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <p>Thank you for being part of our Y family. And thank you for the sacrifices you’re making for your community as we all navigate this challenge. Every small step we take now can have a dramatic positive impact on our community’s health in the days and weeks to come.</p> <p> Sincerely,</p> <p>John Mikos<br /> President and CEO<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City<br />  </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="container video video-dark-teal" > <h2>John Mikos Update - March 19, 2020</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/6LXdJ8tvzyo?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:55:29 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25826 at https://kansascityymca.org Help Prevent the Spread of Germs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/help-prevent-spread-germs <span>Help Prevent the Spread of Germs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 5, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/handwashing-graphic.jpg?itok=or-ln43g" width="500" height="401" alt="hand-washing graphic of water running out of a faucet onto hands" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">With the flu and other respiratory illnesses circulating during this time of year, we continue to follow guidelines from public health officials to keep our facilities clean and safe. </p> <p>We also encourage our associates, members and program participants to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases by practicing these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  </p> <ul><li>Avoid close contact with people who are sick.</li> <li>Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.</li> <li>Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.</li> <li>Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.</li> <li>Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. For your convenience, our Ys have cleaning stations available with spray bottles of disinfectant cleaner and paper towels available for you to wipe down exercise equipment after use. </li> <li>Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.</li> <li>If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.</li> </ul><p dir="ltr">Good health habits can help you stay strong and healthy, too, including: </p> <ul><li>Get plenty of sleep and exercise.</li> <li>Manage your stress.</li> <li>Drink plenty of fluids.</li> <li>Eat nutritious food.</li> </ul></div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25616 at https://kansascityymca.org Now in Grain Valley: Y Active Older Adults Programs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/now-grain-valley-y-active-older-adults-programs <span>Now in Grain Valley: Y Active Older Adults 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>March 2, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <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>The Y is now offering programs for active older adults at First Baptist Church of Grain Valley, 207 W. Walnut Street, Grain Valley, Mo., 64029.</p> <p>Exercise and social activities are available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, including:</p> <ul><li>Unlimited group exercise classes designed specifically for older adults</li> <li>Free personalized wellness plans</li> <li>Social events to provide opportunities to share fun and fellowship such as game days, potlucks, service projects and field trips to local attractions.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/AOA_Grain%20Valley_MarApril_2020.pdf">Download the March/April 2020 class schedule and calendar.</a></p> <p>A special $20 a month Grain Valley Active Older Adult membership provides access to these activities. Access also is available through insurance benefits, including Silver and Fit through Aetna, Renew Active through United Healthcare, and SilverSneakers®.</p> <p>“We look forward to continuing to serve active older adults not only in Grain Valley but throughout eastern Jackson County, including those who may have used the Blue Springs Y in the past,” said Garry Linn, senior vice president of operations. “The activities designed for seniors are so valuable to helping older adults stay active and maintain social connections that lead to longevity and improved quality of life.”</p> <p>The Y continues to explore opportunities to provide additional services in Grain Valley. The City of Grain Valley is currently studying the feasibility of opening a new full-service community center in partnership with the Y. </p> <p>For more information or to join Active Older Adults Programs powered by the Y in Grain Valley, visit First Baptist Church of Grain Valley during Y activities or call 816.914.6195. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/grainvalleyYMCAAOA/">Get the latest program updates on Facebook.</a><br />  </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:01:21 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24881 at https://kansascityymca.org American Heart Month - Tips to Stay Heart Healthy https://kansascityymca.org/american-heart-month-tips-stay-heart-healthy <span>American Heart Month - Tips to Stay 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 10, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/girl-with-heart.jpg?itok=0tF1S_QV" width="500" height="333" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Y offers the following tips to help families in Kansas City be heart healthy.</p> <ol><li><strong>Get Physical:</strong> Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals 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.<br />  </li> <li><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.<br />  </li> <li><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.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Cut Back on Processed Foods:</strong> Most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods. Eat highly processed foods less often and in smaller portions—especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli/luncheon meats; and ready-to-eat foods, like canned chili, ravioli and soups. Fresh foods are generally lower in sodium.<br />  </li> <li><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 the numbers. Discuss the results with your doctor if needed.<br />  </li> <li><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 valentines for your children’s classmates or build a snow fort together in the yard or the park.  </li> </ol><p>For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, ;head over to the <a href="https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/heart-truth">National Institutes of Health to educate yourself</a>, visit <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/">KansasCityYMCA.org</a> or stop by your local Y and speak with one of our Healthy Living team members for personalized health planning. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Feb 2020 20:13:24 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18366 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 6, 2020</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=k5YfbZN5" 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 the YMCA has a long-running history with Black History Month? It’s true! In fact, in 1926, historian and professor Carter G. Woodson came up with the idea of Negro History Week during a meeting at a YMCA in Chicago. </p> <p>Woodson was inspired by a 50th-anniversary party that celebrated the Emancipation Proclamation that he attended in 1915. He went on to form the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History which met at the Wabash YMCA in Chicago. </p> <p>The celebration started out as Negro History and Literature Week, then became known as Negro Achievement Week, and later Negro History Week. This week-long event became a month-long celebration, known now as Black History Month, in 1976.</p> <p>Many people wonder why February was chosen as the month that would represent black history. Woodson chose February because a couple of people who played a big role in black history have birthdays in the month. The first one being Abraham Lincoln and the second being Frederick Douglass.</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> <p>For more detailed information on the contributions of African Americans to the Y movement, check out <a href="https://www.lib.umn.edu/ymca/guide-afam-history">A Brief History of the YMCA and African American Communities</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 06 Feb 2020 19:44:15 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18371 at https://kansascityymca.org 13th Annual Challenge Your Fashion https://kansascityymca.org/blog/13th-annual-challenge-your-fashion <span>13th Annual Challenge Your Fashion</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 27, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-01/83184022_10158106637753921_1390331383875895296_o.jpg?itok=BOiSvTxg" width="500" height="334" alt="Challenge Your Fashion Models" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <figcaption>13th Annual Challenge Your Fashion models backstage</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><p>The 13th annual <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/adaptive-challenger/challenge-your-fashion">Challenge Your Fashion</a> event on Saturday, January 25, 2020 was filled with fun, fashion and great times. Thanks to our guests, volunteers and <a href="/programs/adaptive-challenger/special-events/sponsors">event </a><a href="/programs/adaptive-challenger/special-events/sponsors">sponsors</a> for making this year's event such a success. </p> <p>This great night for a great cause benefits the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/adaptive-challenger">Challenger program</a>, which provides children with diverse abilities 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. Event proceeds will also help the Y build additional accessible sports fields at the YMCA Challenger Sports Complex.</p> <p>Challenge Your Fashion guests enjoyed cocktails and a silent auction, dinner, a fashion show, a live auction hosted by Kansas City Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler and the Nigro brothers and an after party with live music from Lost Wax.</p> <p>Each year, current and former players from local sports teams walk the runway with YMCA Challenger athletes and buddies. Models this year included Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, Kansas City Royals players Brett Phillips and Nicky Lopez, Challenger Buddy and UMKC soccer player Sam Gettings, the founder of Disabled but Not Really, Wesley Hamilton, who was featured on Season 4 of Queer Eye on Netflix and many others. Co-emcees Steven St. John and Aly Trost from Sports Radio 810 hosted the fashion show.</p> <p>During the program, several guests shared how the Challenger program has grown over the years and the impact Challenge Your Fashion has on supporting this growth.</p> <p>"Funds raised from Challenge Your Fashion not only give youth with diverse abilities the opportunity for physical activity, but they also boost mental health, too, which is so important for their success," said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. "When everyone has a chance to participate, it makes all of us stronger."</p> <p>David and Karla Shepard, parents of Challenger athlete and Challenge Your Fashion model Charlie, talked about how much the Challenger program means to their son and how they have found support from the program and the staff.</p> <p><strong>Take a look at our <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/mTAiKEztn4FoLEwL7">Google Photos gallery for event photos</a>. </strong></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> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:18:18 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25081 at https://kansascityymca.org Volunteers Make Big Impact at MLK Day of Service  https://kansascityymca.org/blog/volunteers-make-big-impact-mlk-day-service <span>Volunteers Make Big Impact at MLK Day of Service </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 22, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2020-01/mlk-day-of-svc-CL-01-2020.jpg?itok=pGc0NvQ_" width="500" height="371" alt="Volunteers at table writing notes of encouragement on cards at MLK Day of Service at Cleaver YMCA." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>More than 1,450 volunteers participated in family-friendly service projects at five Ys across the metro for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2020. As part of the Y’s focus on social responsibility, the events encouraged 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>The Cleaver Family YMCA, Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center, Olathe Family YMCA, Platte County Community Center South and Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center hosted events. Check out photos in our <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/P7GNNn8r7HuUabXR7">online album</a>.</p> <p>Thanks to all of our volunteers and partners for joining us in our cause to strengthen the community! Special guests included Kansas City Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas and U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver at the Cleaver Family YMCA, and U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers, and Kansas State Rep. Stephanie Sawyer Clayton at the Olathe Family YMCA.</p> <h3>OUR IMPACT</h3> <p>A range of activities to address a variety of community needs included: </p> <ul><li>9 sleeping mats out of plastic grocery bags for homeless people (these “Beds of Bags” typically take a skilled maker seven hours to complete)</li> <li>1,500 notes of encouragement written for neighbors in need, including military families, patients and families in hospice care and students preparing for state tests</li> <li>850 care and supply bags assembled, including first aid bags for the homeless, blessing bags with toiletries and snacks for the homeless, and birthday bags for children in need </li> <li>300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made for the hungry</li> <li>400 toys made for pets in shelters</li> </ul><p>Partner organizations included:</p> <ul><li>Amethyst House</li> <li>Bed of Bags</li> <li>Care Beyond the Boulevard</li> <li>City Union Mission</li> <li>Friends of the Parkville Animal Shelter</li> <li>Lakemary Center</li> <li>Hospice of Olathe</li> <li>Human Rights Campaign</li> <li>Kansas City Public Schools</li> <li>KC Pet Project</li> <li>Operation Breakthrough</li> <li>The Starfish Project</li> <li>Veterans Community Project</li> </ul><h3>MORE WAYS TO SERVE</h3> <p>Looking for additional ways to get involved? <a href="/volunteer">Volunteer opportunities</a> are available through the Y throughout the year. <a href="/volunteer/togetherhood">Learn more about our Togetherhood program</a> that connects Y members to service projects, or 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> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:45:23 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25046 at https://kansascityymca.org Healthy Harvest Mobile Market Adds Weekly Stop at Linwood Y in April https://kansascityymca.org/blog/healthy-harvest-mobile-market-adds-weekly-stop-linwood-y-april <span>Healthy Harvest Mobile Market Adds Weekly Stop at Linwood Y in April</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 20, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/farm_0.JPG?itok=9SPaRBV5" width="257" height="193" title="Mobile Market" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center has partnered with 12345 Fit-Tastic! and Partners 4 Health to bring The Truman Medical Center Healthy Harvest Mobile Market to the Linwood Y each week, beginning in April 2020.</p> <p>The TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is a mobile grocer that sells high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables at a low cost. This past spring, the Mobile Market added a weekly stop at the Linwood Y on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p>“One of the biggest improvements that we’ve seen through the work that we’re doing with our partners is that individuals are now paying attention to their health… People are getting it,” said Niki Donowa, Chief Community Relations Officer, Truman Medical Centers.</p> <p>Since adding Linwood, each month has shown incredible growth in the number of transactions and items purchased. In April, there were just three total purchases with a total number of items sold of 37. One month later there were 58 purchases with a total of 666 items sold. That’s a whole lot of fresh fruits and vegetables for our community! Check out what can be purchased for just $5 by <a href="/sites/default/files/flyer%20mobile%20for%20web.pdf" target="blank">downloading the program flier</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only does the Mobile Market offer fresh produce, they offer recipes and provide tips on storage, prep and even kid-friendly activities that make healthy eating fun.</p> <p>“The end goal is a healthy community,” said Katie McAnany, MD, Pediatrician, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics. “We want people to have access to healthy resources. We want them to know what’s healthy and to be able to make the healthy choice.”</p> <p>Check out the Mobile Market every Wednesday outside the newly renovated and expanded <a href="/locations/linwood" target="blank">Linwood Y</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on how programs like these and the Linwood Y are improving health for youth and families, check out the video below.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on 12345 Fit-Tastic!, visit <a href="https://fittastic.org/" target="blank">FitTastic.org</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:40:08 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 13876 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 10, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/MKTG16-036%20OpenHouse_Email1.jpg?itok=4CjBejRN" 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 20.</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/613">Cleaver Family YMCA, 9 a.m.-Noon.</a> </strong>Activities include making sleeping mats for the homeless, creating birthday bags for children in need, making dog toys for pets in shelters, writing notes of encouragement for local students preparing for state tests, assembling first aid kits for the homeless and creating cards of support for military families. <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/613">Learn more and sign up.</a><br />  </li> <li><strong><a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/625">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center, Noon-3 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/625">Learn more and sign up.</a><br />  </li> <li><strong><a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/626">Olathe Family YMCA, 9 a.m.-Noon.</a></strong> Assemble blessing bags of toiletries and snacks for the homeless and others in need, and writing cards of support to patients at Lakemary Center and Olathe Hospice. <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/626">Learn more and sign up.</a> <br />  </li> <li><strong><a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/623">Platte County Community Center South, 1-5 p.m.</a></strong> Make dog toys out of donated t-shirts to benefit the local animal shelter. <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/623">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. <a href="/volunteer/togetherhood">Learn more about our Togetherhood program</a> that connects Y members to service projects, or 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, 10 Jan 2020 20:34:31 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24896 at https://kansascityymca.org New Y Weight Loss Program https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-y-weight-loss-program <span>New Y Weight Loss Program</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, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-01/choosetolose.jpg?itok=7oovTQoR" width="500" height="190" alt="roup meeting with two women and two men smiling, a bowl of apples and bananas is on the table.\" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>A new, 12-week program at Y locations throughout the metro is now open for registration to help community members lose weight. The <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/yweightloss">YMCA’s Weight Loss Program</a> helps people seeking a healthier weight achieve their goals by making small, modest changes to their daily behaviors. The program is open to Y members 18 and older.  </p> <p>"This program helps participants build skills for successful lifestyle changes," said Julie Solomon, senior vice president of community integrated health. "This is not a gimmick or a fad. This is guidance from a trained YMCA facilitator in a supportive group environment."</p> <p>The YMCA Weight Loss Program is supported by a team of specialized trainers in weight loss, nutrition and physical activity.</p> <p>Each weekly, one-hour session will help participants gain insights into physical activity and nutrition, and a better understanding of the obstacles and pitfalls that make losing weight (and keeping it off) such a challenge. At the end of the 12 weeks, facilitators will help participants chart a course for continued success. Participants will continue to receive guidance over the course of nine monthly follow-up meetings.</p> <p>The supportive Y environment separates it from other weight loss options. Solomon said the Y prides itself on fostering a welcoming environment where members are respected and physically and emotionally safe. The group setting also provides accountability and a powerful incentive to effect change.</p> <p>Y members save up to 50% on standard program rates. Discounts for Active Older Adults and financial assistance may be available. For more information and to register, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/yweightloss">KansasCityYMCA.org/YWeightLoss</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 22:43:54 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24846 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>January 5, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <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><h3>Thursday, February 13, 2020</h3> <p dir="ltr">Inclement weather care for Y Club families is available at the following location:</p> <ul dir="ltr"><li>Blue Valley - Prairie Star, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.</li> </ul><p>The following Head Start locations are closed.</p> <ul><li>Burlington</li> <li>Columbus Park</li> <li>Park Hill</li> </ul><p>Check back here at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/weather">KansasCityYMCA.org/Weather</a> for the latest updates. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Sun, 05 Jan 2020 11:48:36 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 10301 at https://kansascityymca.org Rethink and Reframe Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2020 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/rethink-and-reframe-your-new-years-resolutions <span>Rethink and Reframe Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2020</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 17, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <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> Tue, 17 Dec 2019 21:04:29 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 20016 at https://kansascityymca.org Congrats to our 2019 Spirit of Service Volunteer Award Recipients https://kansascityymca.org/blog/congrats-our-2019-spirit-service-volunteer-award-recipients <span>Congrats to our 2019 Spirit of Service Volunteer Award Recipients</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 17, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-12/spirit-of-service-1-2019.jpg?itok=7wQe7H3A" width="500" height="383" alt="Woman walks across stage to receive Spirit of Service Award" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Y recognized volunteers for their service at our annual Spirit of Service volunteer appreciation and celebration event held December 10, 2019, at the Overland Park Convention Center.   </p> <p>Nearly 300 volunteers attended the event, which included dinner, fellowship and an awards ceremony in which 18 top volunteers received Spirit of Service Awards for their outstanding commitment and dedication to the Y's cause of strengthening the community.</p> <p>The awards program highlighted the impact of the more than 2,900 Y volunteers who worked throughout the region to give more than 32,000 hours of volunteer service in the past year.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Volunteers are the heart of our organization and it is an honor...to celebrate the gifts of time and talent our volunteers give to the community," said John Mikos, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>Mikos, along with John Passanisi, Chief Volunteer Officer Elect with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City Board of Directors, handed out the awards.</p> <p>"Volunteers are so important in the Y delivering upon its mission and promise of strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility," Passanisi said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Volunteers make a difference in a variety of ways: supporting our food programs for children facing food insecurity, coaching youth sports programs, teaching English as a Second Language, raising much-needed funds so all can participate in Y programs and membership, and so much more.</p> <h3>2019 Spirit of Service Award Winners</h3> <ul><li>Gary Andreason, Platte County Community Center North</li> <li>Don Ash, Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</li> <li>Alexander Carney, Cleaver Family YMCA Togetherhood Committee</li> <li>Pastor Clay Bowlin, Platte County Community Center South</li> <li>Steve Dennis, Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</li> <li>Michael Gonzales, Diversity, Inclusion and Global Council</li> <li>Brian Hamrick, Youth Sports</li> <li>Uche Ikeme, Youth Sports</li> <li>Teresa McGranahan, North Kansas City YMCA </li> <li>Leon Muinday, Cleaver Family YMCA Togetherhood Committee</li> <li>Beth Noser, Cleaver Family YMCA Togetherhood Committee</li> <li>Eric Peters, Youth Sports</li> <li>Ed Redhair, YMCA Head Start</li> <li>Julie Sola, North Kansas City YMCA</li> <li>Dan Thomason, YMCA Head Start</li> <li>Eric Wells, Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</li> <li>Alison Wilhelmi, YMCA Challenger program  </li> <li>Amy Zoellner, Cleaver Family YMCA Togetherhood Committee</li> </ul><h3>Sponsors</h3> <p>This special evening was made possible thanks to our event partners Evergy, Tivity Health and Hillyard.</p> <h3>Event Photos</h3> <p><a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/etV3h22qYgf1ckFn9">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> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 17 Dec 2019 17:56:18 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24641 at https://kansascityymca.org Watch Your Step: Preventing Falls https://kansascityymca.org/preventing-falls <span>Watch Your Step: Preventing Falls</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 17, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <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>Anyone can fall down--especially in weather like the snow this weekend.</p> <p>Kathy Armitage, active lifestyles director at Platte County Community Center South operated by the YMCA, is a specialist in working with active older adults. She offers the following reminders to help all ages prevent falls. </p> <ul><li><strong>Anyone can fall.</strong> Not just older adults are susceptible. Young moms walking with babies and toddlers in their arms can be especially prone because their children can provide distractions and carrying a child on one side can throw off your balance. </li> <li><strong>Watch where you park</strong>. What you think is a shadow where you’re walking may be black ice. Your garage floor at home may be especially slippery when it’s wet.</li> <li><strong>Forget fashion.</strong> Wear flat shoes with good tread. You may be tired of your sturdy boots by now, but hold off on wearing your heels and lighter shoes just a little bit longer.</li> <li><strong>Exercise regularly.</strong> Regular exercise and especially exercise that focuses on the back and core can help reduce the risk of falls and increase balance. Kathy also recommends leg exercise for older adults. </li> <li><strong>If you do fall, take your time.</strong> Fight your instinct to get up as quickly as possible. Take time to gather your thoughts, catch your breath and assess for injuries before you stand up. </li> <li><strong>Think ahead.</strong> It’s hard to think about the proper way to fall when you're slipping, but it’s worth some thought in advance—especially as you get older because injuries can mean long recoveries and can make daily activities challenging. When possible, brace your fall with the meaty parts of your body like your forearms and bottoms, not your head, wrist or palm. Try to avoid bracing your fall with just one side of your body, too, to more evenly distribute the impact.</li> </ul><p> </p> </div> Tue, 17 Dec 2019 06:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18275 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>November 18, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <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> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:21:09 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 20011 at https://kansascityymca.org Holiday Events at the Y https://kansascityymca.org/blog/holiday-events-y <span>Holiday Events 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>November 14, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-11/holidayeventimage.jpg?itok=C3aElHsD" width="500" height="495" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends at the Y! Many Y locations are hosting events that include photos with Santa, arts, crafts and more! Explore each center's activities by visiting their online calendar listed below. </p> <ul><li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/linwood/schedules#tab3">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</a> – Breakfast with Santa, 10-1 p.m. on Saturday, December 21</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/north-kansas-city/schedules#tab3">North Kansas City YMCA</a> – Pancakes with Santa, 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 14</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/olathe/schedules#tab3">Olathe Family YMCA</a> – Kids Day Out with Santa, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday December 21</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/platte-county-north/schedules#tab3">Platte County Community Center North</a> – Kids Night Out with Santa, 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, December 14</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/platte-county-south/schedules#tab3">Platte County Community Center South</a> – Pancakes with Santa, 7-11 a.m. on Saturday December 7 at the American Legion Post 318, 11 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/providence/schedules#tab3">Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</a> – Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14</li> </ul><p>For more information, visit or call the Welcome Center at your Y. </p> </div> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:55:25 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24336 at https://kansascityymca.org