YMCA, We Salute You!

American Woman Magazine February 24, 2013 0

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The American Woman Magazine seeks to not only support women in order to celebrate their strengths, but to also increase awareness of businesses and agencies with similar missions, small businesses, and women-owned businesses in order to help enrich everyone’s lives. This month American Woman Magazine would like to highlight the National YMCA organization.

Helping People and Communities

Today, the YMCA (the Y) engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, their contributions are both far-reaching and intimate—from influencing our nation’s culture during times of profound social change to the individual support they provide an adult learning to read. By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.

The start of each new year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind, and especially the body. During the winter and early spring, the American Woman Magazine reminds families that building and maintaining family connectedness is one of the most important resolutions.

Encourages Ways to Enrich Your Life

YMCA’s across the country offer a variety of programs that support family time, such as art and cooking classes or camping and swimming, among others. There are also simple things families can do at home to improve their family’s health and well-being.

yfamily-dinnerAmerican Woman challenges to you to talk to a neighbor, a friend, or a family member…..chances are they will have a story about how the YMCA impacted their lives, often during a challenging economy or a difficult time in adolescence. The Y encourages many of the concepts identified by us as proven ways to enrich your life.

  1. Eat Together: Sitting down together for a meal is a great way for parents and children to share stories, or talk about the school day or their favorite part of the day. Set aside time for the family to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner at least once a week or every day if scheduling permits.
  2. Volunteer Together: Giving back and supporting neighbors benefits everyone involved. It teaches children and teens the value of helping others and is also a way to meet new people or discover a new interest. Find an opportunity in your community that the entire family may enjoy, such as cleaning your neighborhood park or distributing food at a local food bank.
  3. ychild tvUnplug from Technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities that allow interaction and camaraderie. If weather permits, go for a walk, a bike ride, a trip to the park, or have a game night at home. If you do want to watch television, maybe have a movie night with the family.
  4. Be Physically Active: It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve your health and well-being.
  5. Put Extras to Good Use: Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out your pantry, closet, or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs. You can also get the entire family involved and demonstrate to the children the value of giving.

With a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, their impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good. The American Woman Magazine salutes the YMCA as a leader and partner in enriching the lives of women.

Visit http://ymca.net/find-your-y/ to learn more about family programs at a YMCA in your community.

Source: http://www.ymca.net/

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