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Teaching Young Kids What Healthy Foods Are

Before the summer kicked off, college student Lisa Riggsbee from North Carolina helped us start the conversation about bringing healthy food to our communities. The work continues. From Asheville all the way to Pennsylvania, young leaders across the country are doing their part to make sure not only that kids are getting their fill of fun, but also learning about what foods are healthy to eat. This week, let's check out what folks are doing in York City to bring access to healthy foods to cut down on obesity and other health problems in their town.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Community, healthy living, obesity, health, fitness, food desert, food pantry, mobile kitchen, the y, YMCA

Spirit + Mind + Body

I'm the Healthy Living Director at the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA in Lexington, KY. Worked with the Y for five years in both as a part-time and full-time employee.  When not working or hanging out with my wife, I can be found swimming, cycling or running—all things healthy. This is my Y. My words. My advice for you.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Leadership, healthy living, fitness, Livestrong, cancer, chronic disease, spirit, mind, body, physical, spiritual, healthy

I'll Have a Run for Lunch

CoachTonyVan D's on vacation this week, so check out our guest blogger, Shawnie D!

One of my favorite things to do is to run with colleagues over my lunch hour. There are days when I feel like I accomplished more during my thirty-minute run than my eight hours at work that same day. I find that I am more honest, direct, and open-minded when having a conversation while running outside versus in a meeting room in the office.  more

Tags: This Week in Runners, the y, YMCA, Running, meetings, runner, cardio, health, fitness, fitblr, fit, Run

Runners, Warm Up Your Engines!

Have you ever run a race or start an interval workout where you find yourself breathing harder than you feel you should be at that pace, and your legs feel like they're stuck in mud? Eventually your body adapts and you begin to feel more comfortable, either in subsequent intervals or later in the race. This is why you run a warmup first. more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, warmup, racing, lactate threshhold

Why Running is Good for Your Knees

One of the most entrenched myths about running is that it "wears out" your knees. Despite several studies over the past two decades proving that this is just not true, the myth persists, especially among non-runners. Fortunately for everyone, it's no longer a valid concern. In fact, running is actually good for your joints. more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, knee pain, osteoarthritis, joints

In a Rut? Shake it Up!

It's human nature to stick to routines. There are good reasons for it, helping us maintain schdules and accomplish long-term goals. Just getting into a regular running routine is an admirable accomplishment in itself. But eventually the same routine will result in a plateau. For those who want to achieve new goals and challenges, it's necessary to change things up. more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, training, routine, unique workouts

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