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Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Slider, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Zumba |

Military Outreach Initiative Y Story: Corey McGowan

Military Outreach Initiative Y Story: Corey McGowan

I’ve tried many diets that cause deprivation and haven’t worked. Trying to stick with something that seems virtually impossible made me feel bad about myself. This time around, instead of first worrying about what I was eating, I focused on becoming more active. As it turns out, that approach has worked for me and I’m in love with working out! I really enjoy Zumba; it is one of the workout classes that makes me feel as though I’m not actually exercising.  Maybe it’s a mindset, but then again, what isn’t? Being more active makes me want to make healthier food choices. In doing so, I’ve lost 28 pounds, and my eating habits aren’t nearly as bad as they once were. However, I think there is still room for growth. I try to work out twice daily on most days, and if I happen to get off schedule, I’ve learned to not allow it to deter me. My commitment to a healthier lifestyle began once I decided to wake up and...

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Slider, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, Zumba |

Our Y Story – The Cumbie Family

Our Y Story – The Cumbie Family

To the Cumbie family, the YMCA has been their salvation. At two years old, Jennifer and Brian’s oldest daughter Anna was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, just four weeks before her baby sister was to be born. Jennifer and her husband were hopeful when they learned her diagnosis was treatable, but were frightened at the idea of giving the physicians permission to start her on a 2½ year chemotherapy plan. Anna continued her chemo for over two years and finally completed her treatment in May of 2009 – Madeline was two at the time. Anna continued to go to the hospital for checkups every 8 weeks, and was nearing her first anniversary off treatment, when Madeline started getting sick. Jennifer and Brian knew right away that their youngest daughter had leukemia as well. She was officially diagnosed in April 2010 and was put on the same chemo plan as her older sister. Jennifer searched for a clean and safe environment for her family to spend time together – the...

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, School Age Care, Social Responsibility, Summer Activities, Teen, Welcome, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Zumba |

YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s Healthy Kids Day®

YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s Healthy Kids Day®

YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 27 Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies [SPOKANE, WA, MARCH 29, 2013]– On Saturday, April 27, the YMCA of the Inland Northwest is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids in Spokane to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health. Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and...

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Zumba | 2 comments

Zumba Fever

Zumba Fever

Had a rough day? Woke up late and then managed to hit all the red lights on your way to the office? Perhaps your kids, whom you dearly love, are driving you nuts, or you are stressed about projects at work. Instead of drowning your anxiety in a deluge of chocolate and coffee, opt for a healthier and honestly more fun solution: try out a Zumba class at the YMCA. A friend and I first tried a Zumba group fitness class about a year and half ago, and we’ve been avid attendees ever since. Instead of exercise being a burden to cram into my schedule, it is something I look forward to each week—something I truly miss if I haven’t been able to go to Zumba for a while.   What exactly is Zumba? Zumba is a cardio and muscle-toning workout incorporating movements from different dance styles which keeps your body moving and heart pumping hard for a solid hour. It is a fusion of Latin and Indian moves,...

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