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Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, North YMCA, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

The YMCA Brings Families Closer Together

The YMCA Brings Families Closer Together

Our family loves going to the YMCA! Being so far away from a military base, the YMCA has been a great place for us to not only exercise, but to spend time together having fun. From swimming in the amazing kid friendly pools, to challenging each other in air hockey, or even a basketball shoot off, our family always enjoys our time at the Y. My 4-year-old, Ryan, looks forward to his child care time so much that he keeps me on track to go in and exercise three days a week. He even calls it his “school time” because they always have great activities like crafts, coloring and learning their alphabet, numbers and shapes, and of course, outdoor fun time. The ladies in the North YMCA Child Care Center are absolutely wonderful. I’m so grateful that the YMCA provides such a safe, fun environment for my littlest man to participate in while I focus on my own health and fitness goals. My 7-year-old, Zachary, learned how to swim...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Active Older Adults, Cardio, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Strength, Uncategorized, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

The Y – so much more than a gym

The Y – so much more than a gym

The YMCA has a unique view of health. We strive to develop holistic health, focusing on the improvement of mind, body, and spirit; each is just as important as the other. We believe that the development of this kind of health is best fostered when within a community that shares the same values. It is because of members like Cheryl McHenry, a Y member for the past 16 years, a proud grandmother, and a consistent donor to the Y’s Annual Campaign, that the YMCA community is unlike any other of it’s kind. A regular at the Valley YMCA, she enjoys exercising with members that have the same genuine desire to be healthy and fit. But the value she places on physical fitness is only a part of what motivates her to exercise. Diabetes and Cardiac disease are present in her family, and she hopes to set an example for her granddaughters to live a healthy lifestyle. Cheryl’s greatest motivator is her orientation toward improving the future of our youth....

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Social Responsibility, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Father’s Day is More than Just an Excuse to Buy a Tie

Father’s Day is More than Just an Excuse to Buy a Tie

Recognizing the important role fathers play in their children’s lives Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father’s Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives. On Sunday, June 19, the YMCA of the Inland Northwest joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s...

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Cardio, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, My Y Story |

My Y Story – Jody Sander

My Y Story – Jody Sander

Every member of the YMCA community encounters the Y at various points in their lives. Often times, individuals seek out the Y when they are faced with adversities they can’t overcome alone. For Jody Sander, it was her drive and perseverance to make a serious lifestyle change that ultimately resulted in her losing a total of 85lbs in just the past year and a half. Although Jody is now a regular at the YMCA, she found the Y at the end of her journey. She found the Y when she needed it the most. Jody’s story started in October of 2015 when she made a pact with her friends to walk the Leavenworth Half Marathon a year later. It was setting this goal for herself that symbolized her decision to make the dramatic change that would leave her in a healthier and happier place. Coping with the disconnect between feeling active and healthy while still being obese was one of the hardest obstacles Jody needed to overcome. Once she...

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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

History of the Y: Strengthening Communities for 172 Years

History of the Y: Strengthening Communities for 172 Years

  The Y is the organization that… …saw to and met the practical and spiritual needs of young men flocking to London during the Industrial Revolution. …has served the military and military families in every U.S. conflict since the Civil War. …inspired the formation of the U.S.O., Peace Corps and Father’s Day. …met immigrants coming off the boats at Ellis Island to offer services and support in making a new life. …began the first night school and English as a Second Language courses. …invented group swimming lessons, basketball, volleyball and racquetball, and gave them to the community. …provided quality and affordable child care when women began joining the workforce in droves. …began values education at a time of social unrest. A Historical Timeline: 1844 – George Williams joins with 11 friends to organize the first Young Men’s Christian Association in industrialized London. The Y offers Bible study and prayer to help keep young men off the streets. Dec. 29, 1851 – Sea captain and missionary Thomas Valentine Sullivan and...

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