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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Aquatics, Healthy Living, Slider, Sports and Recreation, Summer Activities, Youth Development |

Safety In The Water

Safety In The Water

Nothing says summer quite like the season’s first trip to the swimming pool or beach. Spending time in and around the water is a fun summer activity that helps us be physically active and stay cool in the heat of the sun. To fully enjoy and appreciate the pastime, however, it is important for both children and adults to feel confident and secure in the water. Without vigilance, a relaxing day at the lake or lake can quickly become unsafe. As the largest operator of swimming pools in the U.S., the Y understands and believes in the importance of practicing safety in and around the water. The Y recommends children and adults practice the following safety tips to help ensure a safe and fun summer: •Swim only when and where there is a lifeguard on duty. •Never swim alone. •Constantly and actively watch children in your care while in and around the water, and always remain within an arm’s reach. •Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket if you are...

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Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Sports and Recreation, Youth Sports |

Pickle Without the Jar

Since being founded in 1965, Pickle Ball has been a great pastime for many people, adults and youngsters alike. Pickle Ball is very similar to badminton. The sport is played on a badminton court using a small wooden paddle. Using the same net (which has been lowered to 34 inches) the players take turns hitting a perforated plastic baseball back and forth to each other across the net. The game starts out with the server hitting the ball off the bounce with an underhand stroke. The receiving team allows the ball to bounce on their side of the net before hitting the ball back to the other side. After the ball has bounced on each side of the net twice then the game is opened to volleys, hitting the ball without letting it bounce. On either side of the net is a 7 foot non-volley zone which requires the ball to bounce on the ground before it can be hit back to the other side. Both teammates on each...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Sports and Recreation, Teen, Youth Development | 1 comment

Live Healthier Together!

Live Healthier Together!

The Y Encourages Spokane Families to Address Healthy Living during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month   September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, which provides us with a perfect opportunity to openly discuss this disease with one another and share insights into what’s being done, and what can be done to combat it.   Nationally, one in three children are obese or overweight – and here in Washington, 29% of children are affected by this epidemic. This September, the YMCA wants to help families in the Spokane community understand the risks of childhood obesity and how to incorporate enjoyable physical activities and healthy eating habits into their every day lives.   “We want families to understand the risks of childhood obesity and the lifetime benefits of eating right and getting physically active,” says Mindy Wallis, a YMCA Healthy Living Coordinator. “Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to healthy living and the Y is a great place for families to get started.”   The following simple tips can help...

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Sports and Recreation, Teen, Youth Development |

Fun and Fit!

Fun and Fit!

A Collaboration with Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital   On June 8, the YMCA’s Fun and Fit program concluded its first 8 week program of 2012.  Fun and Fit began as an idea from a local pediatrician who was witnessing the harmful effects of youth obesity first hand in her practice.  With the pediatrician’s expertise, along with the help of a dietitian and child psychologist, they created a comprehensive 8 week program designed for 10-15 yr olds who are at, or above, 85% for BMI. In collaboration with the YMCA and our knowledgeable health and wellness staff, Fun and Fit was launched. The class began with 8 children, of which 6 finished the program completely.  The main purpose of the class is to help children see the value in making healthy food choices and to assist them with making physical activity part of their daily routine.  These two main factors (nutrition and activity) will help kids adopt a healthy lifestyle, thus helping them achieve a healthy weight.   Below is...

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Healthy Living, North YMCA, Sports and Recreation, Summer Activities |

Ga-Ga is coming to the North YMCA!

When most people see the word Ga-Ga they think of Lady GA GA. In this case when we say Ga-Ga, we are talking about the new sport at the North YMCA. Ga-Ga, pronounced ja-ja, is a game originating from Israel and is similar to how the classic game of dodge ball is played. Ga-Ga goes by many names including Ga-Ga Ball, Israeli Dodge Ball, and Octo-Ball. The playing field consists of an octagon shaped ring with walls that come up to about the waist. Any number of people can play as long as everyone can safely fit within the pit. The referee or judge then throws a soft ball into the center of the pit and all of the players wait (while touching the side of the pit) for the ball to bounce twice while saying “Ga” for each bounce. After both bounces players may then move around the ring as they like while taking turns slapping the ball with their hands trying to hit the other players. You...

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Healthy Living, Sports and Recreation, Youth Development, Youth Sports |

Coaching in the Eyes of Robert Dean

My Name is Robert Dean. I have been a youth coach for almost 20 years and feel it is one of the most rewarding forms of volunteerism there is. I was fortunate enough to play college football and I feel it is a great way to use those skills imparted into me by others. It’s also an opportunity to mold youth and mentor them. I currently coach youth football for the YMCA and I’ve found that it parallels life in alot of ways, for example working together towards one goal, doing your part for the team, interaction with others in a competitive environment and all the while keeping a good sense of sportsmanship and self. As a business owner, all these qualities are necessary to run a productive and profitable business. I have found that the YMCA creates a safe environment for this. It encourages the growth of an athlete with a sense of fairness. Although the coaches are generally volunteers, there are also paid professional staff that supports the coach and is...

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