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Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Active Older Adults, Aquatics, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Valley YMCA, Y Stories |

My Y Story – Anita Coleman

My Y Story – Anita Coleman

At the Y, we strengthen community through healthy living because we believe that a community is  stronger when people have opportunities to improve their health and well-being. We work with people  to provide a nurturing environment in which you can develop skills and relationships for support in  meeting your goals. Take, for example, the story of Anita Coleman. A loving mother of four and grandmother of eight, Anita  has a passion for helping others. She has spent 13 years running her own massage business and often  spends time with her children and grandchildren. However, Anita had some struggles with her own  fitness, and spent many years overweight. At one point, she weighed 355 pounds and felt as though she couldn’t get up to enjoy her family or herself. That began to change four years ago when Anita’s insurance switched. Her new doctor recommended water aerobics, and feeling as though it would be the best way to help herself and others, she decided to join the Y. She had been...

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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 Mar 18, 2016 in Active Older Adults, LIVESTRONG, Membership, My Y Story, Volunteer, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Lauri Clark-Strait

My Y Story – Lauri Clark-Strait

  I have been involved with the YMCA since 1983 as a volunteer, camp staffer, program director and as a member. The Y has been an important part of my life for years. But 10 years ago, I went through breast cancer, and the Y became my lifeline. The encouragement from the staff, the care of the members, and the welcoming atmosphere were essential to my recovery. During that time, my husband, a disabled veteran, completely lost his ability to work. We were struggling financially and were going to haven to give up our Y membership. Thankfully, we learned about the Y’s Membership For All program. We were set up with a payment that we could afford comfortably until we were back on our feet. We now give each year to the Annual Campaign so that others may have their lives changed by the Y just as we have. Lauri is the 2016 Valley Branch Annual Campaign Chair and she also participated in the Valley Y Pedal For A Purpose...

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Active Older Adults, Health and Wellness, Impact In Action, My Y Story, Valley YMCA, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Daniel & Patty Sparks

My Y Story – Daniel & Patty Sparks

Time catches up with all of us. It eventually tells our knees, hips, and shoulders we are no longer twenty. For Patty and Daniel, who both learned to swim at the Y as children, time was calling them to rethink their fitness goals. Realizing they would not be able to age and continue to run or play basketball at their previous youthful levels, they looked for a physical activity they could pursue together. They found juggling and joined the Y in June 2009. Some laugh when they hear about juggling. That’s O.K. Patty and Daniel, who have been married 31 years, don’t mind. What’s nice about the Y is so many are involved in the pursuit of physical fitness to enjoy life and improve their health. It’s the goal-setting and commitment of Y members, whether lifting weights, participating in a TRX class, or sweating and grooving to a Zumba class, which encourage Patty and Daniel to continue to work at their juggling game. Just being around all of these active people is inspirational to...

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