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Spring Demo Days at the Saddletowne YMCA

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You’ve sprung ahead one hour and your winter jacket is hanging in the back of the closet, unused.  Spring is coming!

Get a head start on the new season by trying out one of the Saddletowne YMCA’s Adult Fitness classes.  March 28th through April 3rd, we will be offering FREE demo classes showcasing martial arts, group fitness, dance and more.  Click here for a complete schedule- we’ll see you then!


Strength and Conditioning Changes

We’re Introducing New and Improved Strength and Conditioning Programs/Services.

In an effort to serve you better, YMCA Calgary is introducing improved strength and conditioning programs/services. Starting April 1, 2016, you can take advantage of a free YMCA program and service orientation or meet with a strength and conditioning team member who will design a strength and conditioning program to help you meet your goals.

With this change, YMCA Calgary will be ending its partnership with Fitlinxx and transitioning to LF Connect (a digital app that connects with the technology on our Life Fitness cardio equipment). This means that Fitlinxx services on all cardio and strength machines as well as Fitlinxx kiosks and online accounts will be disabled by March 31, 2016.

 

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The New Offerings

Program and Service Orientation

If you are new to strength training, the gym, or the YMCA, this orientation is for you. You will receive an orientation of the strength and conditioning floor (weight and cardio area) and learn more about our programs and services.

Basic Strength & Conditioning Program

You’ll learn proper technique when using the weight and cardio equipment and receive a strength and conditioning program to help you reach your goals.

LF Connect App Online Tracking Service

Get workouts, track your progress, link with other digital tracking devices and share with your friends or trainer.  The LF Connect Appconnects directly to Life Connect cardio equipment to make it even easier to record your workouts. Download the app on the App Store or Google Play and ask a strength and conditioning team member help you get set up.

Looking for a specific tracking system? Ask a strength and conditioning team member who can recommend an app that’s right for you.  Let’s stay connected.

 

Interested in Personal Training? Check out all we have to offer!

 


Y Survive 2016

Join our Y Survive Fitness Challenge

Y Survive is a great way to challenge your fitness routine, increase your physical activity, try
new activities, and meet other fun people at the Y.  Best of all it’s for all ages and all abilities!

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How does it work?

Earn team points by getting active on your own or by joining a group challenge.

  • Earn 1 point per minute of activity completed at the YMCA
  • Earn 2 points per minute of activity during any Y Survive weekly challenge

Week 1:  (April 1-9) Sports/Athletics

Week 2:  (April 10-16) Weight

Week 3:  (April 17-23) Group Fitness

Week 4:  (April 24-30) Climbing wall / Pool

 

Participate for just $10!

Includes a t-shirt and a $5 discount on YMCA’s Strong Kids Run. See member services for details

Register today! Space is limited.

Sign up on your own or with a team. Team sign-up based on availability.


YMCA Saddletowne Preschool Open House

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Stop by the Saddletowne Preschool Room over the Spring break and meet our friendly teaching team.  Bring your preschooler and get crafty with art, or run, throw, catch and jump in our multipurpose room.

Whether your child is already registered, or you are looking for the right class for your little learner, we look forward to seeing you!

 

Monday March 28th: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Thursday March 31st: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Friday April 1st: 4:00 – 6:00 PM


New Changes for Children’s Programs

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From the beginning of Spring Session (April 4th) YMCA Calgary will require all children aged seven and under to be signed in and out of programs, by an adult aged sixteen or over.

YMCA Calgary is a leader in providing safe, fun, and impactful programs for children. As part of a review of our current policies, we have decided to be more consistent in how we manage the drop off and collection of children into our care. From the beginning of Spring Session (April 4th) we will require all children aged seven and under to be signed in and out of programs, by an adult aged sixteen or over.

This already occurs in many of our program areas, but will be extended to all classes – including swim lessons. Children will be signed in and out directly with the instructor, typically in the pool or regular program setting. This ensures we transfer care to and from a responsible adult.

Please begin to plan for this change now, to ensure a responsible adult is able to accompany your child to and from each program. Thank you for your understanding during this period of change, and by helping us create the safest environment possible for all members and participants of the YMCA.

Thank you !


Big Plans for Students at the Saddletowne YMCA

University of Calgary nursing students are partnering with the Saddletowne YMCA and hosting an event called “Big Plans?” that will raise awareness about career options and pathways to help students in grades 6 to 9 achieve their goals.

This event will be taking place at the Saddletowne YMCA on March 18th, 2016 starting at 4:00 pm.

There will be games and activities for grades 6 to 9 that highlight the importance of post-secondary education and career planning. Refreshments will be provided.

We’ll see you there!


The World YMCA and Environmental Advocacy

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“Environmental degradation, sustainable development and the regulation of human impact on our planet will likely be the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century. The earth is the greatest resource that young people have, yet we are destroying it.” (World YMCA)

The World YMCA believes that:
  •          Every young person should live in a sustainable environment
  •          We should be an example of sustainable practices and respect for the environment
  •               Young people should be given opportunities to learn and advocate on environmental issue
  •               Every young person has the ability to contribute to reducing environmental degradation and its consequences

World YMCA’s Position on Environmental Issues

 What Matters Now

The global YMCA movement recognizes that young people face many challenges on a global scale and that empowering them to act within their own communities will spark real and sustainable change. Employment, civic engagement, health, and the environment have been identified as 4 critical areas necessary for young people to experience a sense of well-being and dignity.

Each day, our choices (big and small) make a difference. From the things we buy and the food we eat, to what we talk about with our friends and how we pass the time – these small decisions can have a big impact on the world around us. However, the time has come for conversation and action around the environment to expand beyond the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle). While there is still great power in how we model climate justice in our own lives; the critical changes need to also happen at a policy level. The World YMCA is committed to engaging young people in learning about critical environmental issues and supporting their growth as climate advocates. Every young person has the capacity to confront environmental policy, be it in their local YMCA or at UN climate talks.


Throughout the months of March and April, I will be leading 50 young people from 30 different countries as they explore what it means for them to be strong advocates for the environment in their YMCAs and their communities. Through a series of 5 online modules and video panels, participants will look at the roles that activism and advocacy play in their lives, learn new skills to communicate their message, and develop an action plan to address an issue that is important to them.  Most importantly, they will have the support of participants from around the world who are also working towards a more sustainable and just world. Supporting young people as advocates recognizes that climate change and environmental justice are not future concerns, but are real problems that need to be addressed in the present, with urgency.

I am grateful for the support of the World YMCA and I am very excited to support a new generation of young people who have strong voices to stand up for our collective right to a clean, sustainable, and responsible world.

 Selena Gignac

Community Outreach Director, YMCA Calgary

selena@ymca.int


Spring/Summer Program Registration Now Open to Everyone!

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Spring Program Registration is now open to everyone!

YMCA Calgary offers a variety of programs to accommodate all children, youth, adults and families. You do not need to be a YMCA member to sign-up for our programs. We strive to serve the community by offering programs to promote healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development to help build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

 

>>SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDES<<

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

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Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

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Saddletowne YMCA

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Shawnessy YMCA

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South Health Campus YMCA

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REGISTRATION DATES

REGISTRATION DATES: MEMBER NON-MEMBER
2016 Spring Session Feb 22, 2016 Mar 7, 2016
2016 Summer Session Feb 22, 2016 June 6, 2016

 

HOW TO REGISTER

There are many ways to register for a program — by PHONE, IN PERSON or ONLINE (YMCA members only).

Click the link below to register for Programs, view and change your YMCA account information (including linked memberships) and access your receipts.

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New to online registration?

As a member, you ALREADY have an account. Contact your YMCA location for your login information or access Member Zone and Click Login > Forgot login information? to get started.

Please note: Members on Financial Assistance will not be able to receive a discounted rate on Programs through Member Zone. Please call or visit your YMCA location to register for programs.

 

 


RBC Invests in Children’s Safety


“People, especially kids, deserve every opportunity to live healthy and active lives…”


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RBC is investing $250,000 in YMCA Swim to Survive, a proven and effective drowning prevention program delivered at YMCA Calgary. As part of the establishment of the RBC Active for Life Fund, RBC’s gift will enable Saddletowne YMCA in the Genesis Centre for Community Wellness to teach more children in Calgary’s diverse northeast neighbourhoods fundamental, water-based skills to survive if they fall into water.

YMCA Calgary has recognized RBC for this commitment to community safety by naming the leisure pool at the Saddletowne YMCA as the RBC Leisure Pool.

Helene Weir, YMCA Calgary’s President and CEO, says RBC’s gift demonstrates a shared commitment to keeping children safe, especially those from new Canadian families who may be less familiar with deep water. “This gift could literally save lives,“ Weir says. “RBC is showing tremendous leadership in enabling the YMCA to help a generation of kids understand the importance of water safety.”

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RBC’s donation will also allow YMCA to invest in support, training and programming around physical literacy for children.

“People, especially kids, deserve every opportunity to live healthy and active lives, and we believe that physical literacy is an important part of achieving that,” says Jeff Boyd, Regional President, RBC. “We’re humbled to have the opportunity to support Active for Life and help kids build the confidence they need to enjoy sports safely.”

Brigitte Edwards, General Manager, Saddletowne YMCA, sees an opportunity to affect thousands of Calgary kids positively. “If we can help kids learn these skills when they are young, there’s a much better chance they will remain physically active throughout their lives,” she explains.

“Thank you to RBC for trusting in the YMCA to deliver on our promise to the community,” says Ian Dundas, Co-Chair of the Power of Potential campaign cabinet. “This support will go a long way towards engaging more young people, helping them reach their full potential – the anchor purpose of our campaign.”


2016 Strong Kids Kick-off Events

Today marks the YMCA Strong Kids kick-off for the year! Lots of fun & exciting activities happening across Calgary supporting children and youth!

YMCA Megathon

YMCA Megathon is happening today at Shawnessy YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA and South Health Campus YMCA! Be sure to visit them dressed as your favourite superhero.

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Cycle for YMCA Strong Kids

Next week on March 7, the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA will be hosting Cycle for Strong Kids event. Get on a bike and raise money for kids.

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Learn about YMCA Strong Kids

Stop by Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot to learn how YMCA Strong Kids supports your community.

 

Can’t make any of these events?

You can still support kids and youth by donating online.


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