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WHY WE ARE THANKFUL

We are entering into the time of year, for us to all reflect on our blessings. Life, happiness, health, family and friends. Our Thankful Turkey cards gives our members and staff the opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful things life has for us.

At the Y, we have a lot to be thankful for year-round, but Thanksgiving seems like the perfect time to recognize all of the reasons why.

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 240,000 women in the United States are affected by breast cancer. Throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we hope to educate others on potential risk factors, the importance of early detection, and share a few prevention tips.

AFTER SCHOOL, HELPING KIDS REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL

A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization.

8 REASONS TO ATTEND Y SUMMER CAMP

Wondering if the Greater Naples YMCA could be the right fit for your child this summer? Y camps give kids from all backgrounds a safe space to come together, unplug, connect and have fun.

In a digital world where kids are increasingly connected to screens and smart devices, Y camps focus to unplug kids from distractions and connect them to community, nature and one another. Y summer camps help kids build independence, friendship and a sense of belonging.

NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH

May is National Water Safety Month, and the perfect time to get children involved in swim lessons. As America’s Swim Instructor, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming—teaching more than one million kids a year swimming and water safety skills.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK (APRIL 7-13)

During National Volunteer Week, Give Thanks to Your Volunteers. The Greater Naples YMCA is encouraging community members to use National Volunteer Week (April 7-13, 2019) to take a moment and thank the volunteers in their lives.

FEBRUARY IS HEALTHY HEART MONTH

Confucius once said, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” But if your heart isn’t healthy enough, the “wherever you go” part may be limited. Your heart is such an important part that often gets overlooked or taken for granted. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular (heart) disease is the leading cause of death in the world, accounting for 17.3 million deaths a year—a number only expected to rise in the coming years. Make the goal today to treat your heart better through nutrition and exercise.

Here at the YMCA, we want you to be as healthy and happy as possible, so have some great heart-healthy foods and exercises to get you started.

DON'T MAKE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS, SET GOALS INSTEAD

Did you meet your New Year’s resolutions last year? If not, don’t feel too bad. Of the 45 percent of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions goals each year, only 8 percent of people actually achieve them, according to a research study by the University of Scranton.

Long-term New Year’s goals can easily become overwhelming. If your goals are unrealistic, it is easy to burn out or find yourself wanting to give up. Choose goals that are specific, measurable and achievable, as well as realistic and time-limited. This will make them easier to accomplish and maintain.

MAKE IT A HEALTHY HOLIDAY

How many things do you have on your holiday to-do list? What with all the shopping, the gift wrapping, the cooking and the get-togethers at this time of year, it’s no wonder that people tend to start skipping workouts around the holidays.

But maintaining some sort of exercise routine is actually even more important during this season of overeating and higher stress levels. Not only can it help make up for some of the excesses of holiday feasting, but it can also help you keep your calm amidst all the hustle and bustle.

MEN'S HEALTH AT EVERY AGE

Men’s health month might kick-start you to do a few more sit-ups, maybe visit the doc or even get the prostate exam you’ve been putting off. But let’s face it, much like New Year’s Resolutions, your good intentions set forth during June will probably lessen by the 4th of July. So let’s look at health as less of a daily commitment to change your habits and more of a generational focus on what should be important to you during the different stages of your life in regards to health and wellness.

CELEBRATE HEART HEALTH MONTH!

February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Greater Naples YMCA offers the following tips to help families in in our community to be heart healthy.

5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR RESOLUTION ALIVE

It happens every year – you overeat around the holidays, you feel bad about it and you make a New Year’s resolution to get in shape.  The problem is, many people who make that resolution fall short before Spring even hits. This year, resolve to stick to your resolution! It’s not easy to do it alone but it can be easier if you stick to these five simple tips. Take these tips and post them on your fridge or set a reminder in your phone once week to reflect on them and assess your progress.