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How the Y Has Allowed Me to Learn, Grow, and Thrive

My love affair with the YMCA didn't begin as a young child with swim lessons or in youth sports. It began in graduate school with AmeriCorps. During my second service term with AmeriCorps I served at the Monroe County YMCA in Bloomington, IN. I worked with the community outreach coordinator to implement ENERGIZE, a childhood obesity prevention program that focused on health education and physical activity in rural Title I schools. Title I schools are schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.

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Fresh Advice on Warm Weather Running and Summer Workouts

It's officially summer, and running bloggers have tips on adjusting to the warm weather, beach running, fartleks, alternative workouts for injured runners and beating burnout. There's also a guide to the results of the NCAA Championships.

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Running, adjusting to warm weather, running in heat, beach running, fartlek, burnout, alternative workouts for injuries, NCAA results

Preparing your Child for Day Camp

You’ve tirelessly researched why camp matters and you found the perfect one for your child (probably at the Y *wink, wink*), now proud mama, camp season has arrived and it’s game time. Going to camp for the first time can be exciting, but also a little nerve-wracking. Here are a few helpful pointers to help you prepare your kids in having the best summer ever!

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, camp, day camp, camper, campers, Rules, goals, communication, routine, Fun, friends, friendship, Bonding

Time To Go Get That Donut!

While working the front desk at the Y, I got to know A LOT of members. After all, part of my job was to welcome anyone and everyone who walked through the door with a smiling face. One member who stuck out to me was an older gentleman named Frank.

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