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Nominations Open for 2014 Peace Medals Recipients

YMCA Peace Week

Many people choose to advance peace through their selfless acts of kindness, courage and understanding. Whether they work locally or abroad, alone or in groups, they make a meaningful contribution to a better community and a more compassionate world.

Help us celebrate and honour outstanding Calgarians. YMCA Peace Medal nomination is a great way to honour someone for their dedication to peace. Your nomination also helps create awareness about community needs and inspires others to get involved. Recipients will be honoured at the 2014 Peace Medals event on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, during YMCA Peace Week.

Get started today! The nomination categories are:

  • Community Peace Initiatives by an Individual
  • Community Peace Initiatives by a Group
  • Community Peace Initiatives by a Youth
  • International Peace Initiatives by an Individual
  • International Peace Initiatives by a Group
  • International Peace Initiatives by a Youth
  • Humanitarian Peace Initiative
  • YMCA Calgary Staff Peace Initiative

Submit your nomination for 2014 Peace Medals Recipients by October 1, 2014!

Download the Nomination Package (Word document)


Get a Good Start to September at the Saddletowne YMCA

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The first week of September is Demo Week at the Saddletowne YMCA!  Incorporate a free class into your weekly workout, try a new sport or fitness routine, and meet our amazing instructors.

Click here to see a full schedule of the exciting demo classes we are offering from September 1st – 7th.  Call your neighbors, siblings, parents and nephews and attend with a friend!

We look forward to seeing you at the Saddletowne YMCA this fall!

Steve Elliot- Program Manager


Free Demo Class Week!

Come into the Crowfoot YMCA during the week of September 2-6 and try out one of the following registered programs for free!

Fitness Programs:
Dance Fitness
Metabolic Conditioning: Tuesday 6:00-7:00am
Olympic and Platform Lifting: Tuesday 7:15-8:15am
Baby & Me H2O: Tuesday 3:00-3:45pm
My First Bootcamp: Tuesday 5:15-6:15pm
Yoga Active: Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
Hard Core: Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm
Tabata: Wednesday 6:00-7:00am
Swimfit: Wednesday 9:30-10:30am
Active Older Adult: Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm
Fitness Kickboxing: Wednesday 5:30-6:15pm
Yoga Passive: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Zumba: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Yoga Passive: Saturday 8:00-9:00am

Youth Programs:
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Indoor Soccer (6-7 years): Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm
Youth Yoga (6-13 years): Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-5:15pm
Floor Hockey (8-9 years): Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm
Backyard Games (2-3 years): Wednesday 10:30-11:15am
Homeschool Sports (6-8 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Homeschool Sports (9-11 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Preschool Sports (3-5 years): Wednesday 1:30-2:15pm
Volleyball (10-13 years): Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm
Badminton (10-13 years): Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm
Badminton (8-9 years): Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm
Y Skip (6-16 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Y’D World of Sports (6-9 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Floor Hockey (10-13 years): Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Thursday 6:00-7:00pm
Cookie Monsters (3-5 years): Friday 11:00-11:45am
Homeschool Sports (12-15 years): Friday 12:00-1:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (8-9 years): Friday 4:00-5:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (10-13 years): Friday 5:00-6:00pm
Floor Hockey (6-7 years): Saturday 10:30-11:30am
Indoor Soccer (8-9 years): Saturday 11:30-12:30pm


North LINC Picnics

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Last week, North LINC students celebrated summer with one of Canada’s favorite past-times: a picnic!

LINC participants invited their family members, ranging from 6 months to 80 years old, to take part in a fun day in the great outdoors.

The students and their families met at Prairie Winds Park in Northeast Calgary, where they joined culinary forces to produce an amazing spread of food from around the world. Of course, students made sure to include lots of “Canadian” foods like pizza and corn dogs to go along with the picnic theme.

Although the food was the main attraction, everyone had fun playing games together before and after the meal. There was a lot of laughter and friendly competition as adults teamed up with their kids for activities such as relay races, badminton, a hill climb, and soccer.  The teams got very competitive, and everyone had a blast playing together. Prizes featuring Canadian images such as maps, beavers, hockey sticks, maple leaves, and flags were a huge hit with the participants at the end of the day. LINC students are very patriotic when it comes to their new home!

We had all of the ingredients for a successful picnic: a beautiful location, perfect weather, delicious food, and fun games. LINC staff, students, and their families enjoyed spending time together, relaxing and having fun, on this beautiful summer day.

Check out photos of our picnics on Facebook: the Evening Group Picnic and the Morning Group Picnic

South LINC students have their picnic planned for the end of September, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, summer’s not over yet! So grab your coolers, blankets, and bug spray and go have a picnic!

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Back to School – For Parents

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There are a few key things to think about as the kids go back to school. By taking some time to set up some healthy habits, parents can make sure you are healthy and available for your kids when they need you.

Routine Preparation – Before school starts, figure out the best time for your family for things like packing lunches (is it the night before or the morning of?), doing laundry, signing permission slips and setting timetables for things like who showers first. This can make mornings and evenings run just a little more smoothly with less stress – and leave more time for quality family fun.

Schedule Sleep – The kids have a firm bedtime during the school week and so should you. By making sure you get adequate sleep, you’ll be healthier and more present when you’re with your family.

Snack Healthy – Healthy, balanced meals are important. But so are snacks. When you put healthy snacks like apples and yogurt in your kids’ lunches, pack some for yourself too. You’ll be less likely to run to the newsstand for a bag of chips and more likely to feel lighter and less groggy by the end of the work day.

Move More – Find ways to energize yourself with exercise and make them into quality time with your family. Do you like running? Go for a jog – or better yet – go play a game of tag with the kids.

By focusing on your own health as well as the health of your kids, back to school can feel a little less stressful, a little less chaotic, and a little more fun.


Change for Strong Kids Starts September 1

Pick up a water bottle starting September 1st at your  YMCA Calgary Member Services Desk* and collect change for YMCA Strong Kids.

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What is Change for Strong Kids?

Change for Strong Kids is a fun fundraising event where members and participants save spare change in a Change for Strong Kids bottle provided by YMCA Calgary to raise money for our annual Strong Kids Campaign. This year YMCA Calgary’s goal is $1.5 million, all money raised goes towards providing children and youth with great experiences such as swimming lessons or going to camp.

How can you participate?

Stop by the member services desk at your YMCA Calgary to pick up your bottle. Bottles are limited so visit soon!

Place your Change for Strong Kids Bottle in a convenient location at home or your office where family members or co-workers can deposit spare change over the next few months. No donation is considered too small.

When your Change for Strong Kids Bottle is full (or by November 15th), please return it to the member services desk. We will graciously take your donation and give back your bottle for personal use. You can also fill it as many times as you’d like!

*Participating YMCA branches include Shawnessy, Crowfoot, South Health Campus and Saddletowne.

 

 


Post- Workout Eats

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Post- Workout Eats

Post-workout snacks are important to help your body recover from exercise. Give yourself a boost of energy and your muscles the tools they needs to repair and rebuild. Get some protein and some carbohydrates within 2 hours of working out.

Some great post-workout eats are:

 

Chocoloate Milk
The newest craze in post-exercise snacks. Chocolate Milk is packed with carbs and protein along with calcium to strengthen your bones. And it’s oh, so tasty.

 

Blend it!
Make a smoothie with berries, bananas, spinach and milk for a tasty, and cool, treat to cool you down and fuel your body’s recovery. Want some more protein? Add a bit of peanut butter to the blender.

 

Apple & Cheese Please
Another of my favourite snacks – it’s just enough to quiet the little tummy rumble, and it’s a great combo of sweet and not so sweet. Apples are filled with fibre, just make sure you eat the peel too.

 

Turkey & Cheese
Need something a little more filling? Some roasted turkey, Swiss cheese and a pile of veggies between whole wheat bread will fill you with good carbs, fibre, protein and vitamins.

 

Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is packed with fibre and protein. Mix your favourite veggies with this grain instead of a pile of lettuce for a tasty, filling, and recovery-boosting snack or meal.

 

Studies have shown that eating after exercise is important for insulin sensitivity levels, which impacts how the body takes sugar from the bloodstream into tissues for fuel. Give your body the fuel it needs by eating balanced, whole food snacks after hitting the gym.

Don’t forget to keep drinking water before, during and after your workout. The body gets dehydrated faster than normal when exercising because of the moisture loss from sweating.

As always, listen to your body. Learn to recognize what food makes you feel good before and after your workout.

 

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*Photos: Flickr – Katie Earley John Watson


Food Drive SUCCESS!

Thank you Calgary! Your generosity is amazing.

Once again, Calgarians have shown their care for this city and community.

Our Kids in Motion and Day Campers planned to raise 8,000 lbs of food for the Calgary Food Bank this week.

We haven’t even finished weighing, and we’re already at 10,682 lbs! That’s a lot of food!

[Update: Tuesday, August 19 - With boxes from the branches, our total food collected is 11,442 lbs!!! Thank you, Calgary!]

If you’d still like to donate, drop off food donations at any YMCACalgary location before Monday, August 18 or contact the Calgary Food Bank directly.

 

Photos

Check out our photo album on Facebook for some shots of excited kids, big bags of food, and smiling Food Bank staff!

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Stories

Did you know, one family in Ogden donated 500 lbs of rice! Jenna, a YMCA staff member, drove over and picked up 25 sacs of rice because they were too heavy for the campers to carry down the block.

On some streets during the food collection there would be a dry spell of a long line of houses with no donations. But when campers saw one of those white food bank bags, their excitement was huge and they would all race to see who could get there first and what kinds of tasty treats were being donated to help feed other kids.

In Huntington Hills, campers and volunteers from Eagle Well Servicing loaded 1120 lbs of donations into an SUV. Then our friends at Eagle bought an ice cream treat for the hard-working campers.

Eagle Well Servicing also donated nearly 1000 lbs of food, purchased and collected by their staff.

Southland Transportation donated a bus to help some of our Kids in Motion campers get around and hand deliver food donations to the Calgary Food Bank.

 

Impact

At the Y, we’re all about community-building and leadership.

Day camps are no exception. We want to inspire the kids who spend their summer with us to be healthy and active, community-impacters, and influential leaders. Community service projects like the Food Drive are a big part of this.

Yes, the kids are young. And yes, the food drive is a small part of their camp experience that is full of other fun, exciting things.

But we do believe it makes an impact on the kids, and helps them understand the power and importance of helping others.

Rabbitt is a Discoverers counsellor at Eau Claire YMCA. Her campers are 6 and 7 years old and she thinks the repeated discussions and activities about the food drive have made sense to them.

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“During snack time on Monday, we talked about the fact that some kids can’t afford snacks and that is why the food bank is important,” Rabbitt says, “Then when we were handing out the fliers and bags on Tuesday we talked about how those of us who have snacks can help other kids get snacks. And then, on Thursday when we go out to pick up the food, it clicks for the kids who didn’t understand it yet.”

For Rabbitt, connecting the task or cause to something the campers understand, like snacktime, helps it make sense.

“Repeating it a lot during the week helps them understand. Most of them get it and are excited to help,” Rabbitt says.

For some campers, the food drive is a game, but for many, it is a tangible opportunity to learn about their community and helping other kids – because after all, 42% of people who use the Calgary Food Bank are children.

 


Camp Chief Hector – August Openings

As of August 14, the following camps still have availability:


MALES

12Y Kananaskin 13-day Traditional | Aug 17 – 29

15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike | Aug 17 – 29

14-15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike/Horse Gray Jay | Aug 17 – 29

 

FEMALES

12-13Y Kananaskin 6-day | Aug 24 – 29

 

There is also room in our Family Camp running August 24-29.

 

CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622 As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available to those who qualify.


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