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One Step at a Time

What a great day to change your life.  So where do you start?

Part One – Overhauling Your Dietary Habits

This is a huge piece to the wellness puzzle, and oh my goodness is there ever a TON of conflicting information out there.  It’s impossible to be able to tell the good information from the not-so-good sometimes, especially with all the different “fad” diets, cleanses, and restrictions that affect our eating habits.  The resource that is recommended by Health Canada is Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating which includes examples of what foods fit into each of four food groups.  It also offers tips on how to eat optimally for your age and gender, beginning at age two (younger children should follow the advice of their family physician to ensure all health requirements are being met). 

Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating also gives examples of proper portion sizes.  The reality is that we could actually be over or under-eating certain foods and not even know it.  Did you know that one bagel is actually two servings of grain products?  That two eggs is one serving of Meat and Alternatives? That half a cup of pure fruit juice is one serving?  I have personally found it helpful to have a food scale in my home.  Having the visual really helped me to learn what a single portion looks like, and has helped me to ensure that myself as well as my entire family is eating a healthy and balanced diet.  So much information is available just by going to:

www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/order-commander/index-eng.php

Real change takes work, commitment, and willpower.   Dietary habits are life-long habits which you have become accustomed to from a young age, and it can be difficult to learn a different eating culture.  Changing small things (to start!) can help to find long-term success.  A few tips that you can do to get started are:

  • Choose whole grain bread products over white, it will help you feel full longer
  • Increase water consumption – drink a glass of water before you eat a meal
  • Choose vegetables and fruit more often than juice
  • Trim visible fats from your meat and remove the skin from poultry
  • Try something new!  Tofu, quinoa, soy, brown rice, lentils etc. might sound bizarre to you, but you might amaze yourself with the items that you actually like!

It is important to note that that specialized diets do have a place in wellness, however if you are restricting anything from your diet (ie: dairy, gluten/wheat, sugar) My advice is to have a registered dietician or physician’s recommendation and guidance to do so safely. 

Bon Appetit!


Scotiabank’s $180,000 gift towards sports pad for kids

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Thank you Scotiabank!

On April 11, 2016 hockey Olympians Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Kelly Bechard challenged YMCA youth in the inaugural hockey game on the new sport pad at South Health Campus YMCA. Scotiabank and Calgary Flames mascots were also there at game time.

Scotiabank has partnered with YMCA Calgary to build a much-needed sport pad at the YMCA’s Alberta Health Services South Health Campus. Scotiabank’s $180,000 donation towards the sport pad will provide an outdoor space for young people to stay healthy, develop physical literacy skills, enjoy the comradery of sport and learn essential life skill of teamwork. This donation will go to the Scotiabank Youth Leadership and Recreation Fund, which the YMCA will use to expand and develop child and youth programming and fund program participation through YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Used for hockey, badminton, soccer, basketball and more, the sports pad will be shared by the South Health Campus YMCA, Alberta Health Services and Calgary Health Trust. All three organizations, and the work they do in the community, will benefit from the addition of the sports pad to the health facility.

A big step in building a healthy youth culture and positive generation of leaders.

YMCA donors truly do make a world of difference for Calgary’s kids.


RBC Swim to Survive

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On March 4, RBC invested $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.”

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

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“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.”

Thank you, RBC!

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Update on New YMCA Child Development Centres

By Wendy Anderson, Childcare Administqpy playgroundration Director

My first day on the job this past week provided me with an opportunity to tour the Quarry Park Child Development Center. While still under construction it is clear to see each of the spaces and to imagine children at play. I was able to see the kitchen which will provide the children’s lunches and snack times. There is an indoor gym for children to experience indoor gross-motor play.

A large outdoor play area will feature landscaping, grass and a discovery trail for stroller walks and bike riding.

One feature I particularly enjoyed seeing was the Experience Studio (Below: Caryl Broen & Trudy Halvorsen in the Experience Studio). This space will provide lots of unique experiences to support YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. I could really envision children baking their own cookies or working on a science project there.

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It was great to see the centre as we prepare to welcome children to the facility mid August.

We are excited to also be preparing to open a second Child Development Centre in the Quarry Park community. Located in the Remington YMCA, this centre is scheduled to open early July. Like the Quarry Park Child Development Centre, the childcare centre will feature the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. Children will be able to experience time in the on-site Calgary Public Library and utilize YMCA facilities including the pool and active play areas.

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For more information about YMCA Childcare please visit our website at YMCA Calgary .

To enquire about our childcare programs please contact the Childcare Registration office at
(403) 351—6689 or childcare@ymcacalgary.org.

Click here to sign up for news and updates on the YMCA in Quarry Park


Strong Kids Fun Run Raises $19,000

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Thank you sponsors, runners and volunteers for being part of our 2016 Strong Kids Fun Run.

With the help of our 195 run participants, generous sponsors and volunteers, an amazing $19,000 was raised for our Strong Kids Campaign – an increase of nearly 30% from 2015. This means over three hundred children and youth will now be able to access YMCA programs, services and camps who might otherwise have been excluded because of their financial situation.

 

Results for the 2016 Race can be found here. A wonderful gallery of memories from the day can be found here. A list of our generous sponsors can also be found on the run site.

 

Thank you for making YMCA Calgary a place for everyone to belong, grow, thrive and lead. We look forward to having you back to the 2017 Strong Kids Run on Saturday 6th May 2017.


Free Access to all YMCA Calgary Locations for Fire-affected Evacuees

Our thoughts are with the communities affected by the wildfires in Northern Alberta.

YMCA Calgary would like to extend an invitation to all of those evacuated from fire-affected areas to use any of our YMCA Calgary locations free of charge.

Although we cannot accommodate overnight stays, we can offer the use of all facilities, including drop-in fitness and aquatic classes and shower facilities at all five of our Calgary locations.
Facility locations, hours and schedules can be found on our website at http://www.ymcacalgary.org/programs-locations-and-membership/ or by downloading our free app available at the App store or on Google Play (search YMCA Calgary).


Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA Healthy Kids Day

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Come one, come all! Join us for a family fun filled afternoon of activities at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA! We are offering FREE YMCA access from 12-3pm and an afternoon of family fun activities. The Wibit will be in the pool from 1-5pm, there will be games in our studio spaces such as giant Jenga and bean bag tosses, and mini basketball from 12-3pm. And don’t miss out on the face painting in the lobby! We look forward to seeing you there!


Made Foods Debuts at Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA!

 

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YMCA Calgary is pleased to partner with Made Foods to bring you a new food experience to the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA.

“What sets Made apart in my mind, is the pure passion for good, nutritional food that comes from the entire team – from the regional farmers and growers we work with daily, to the Made chefs and the in-store team that serve our meals-to-go across our Calgary locations,” says Made co-founder Chris Dobson.”

“The culture we have fostered is based around this love for sharing 100% quality, delicious food, with zero fuss for our guests.  We get amazing satisfaction from having our guests trusting Made as part of their healthy lifestyle.”

The Made brand was built on the principle that wholesome, healthy food should be easily available, convenient, affordable and always fresh – with the passionate belief that busy people shouldn’t have to sacrifice nutrition in their day-to-day lives.

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Made understands first-hand what it is to care about good health, and that it’s not always possible to spare the time to prepare and cook nutritional dishes at home. With Made, it’s easy to incorporate quality, fresh food that’s been carefully sourced from regional growers and farmers being being lovingly prepared by chefs in the Made kitchen. With the expertise of a certified, in-house nutritionist, Jenn Hruby, combined with the experience of Executive Chef Andrea Harling, Made offers a wide selection of gluten aware, dairy aware, vegetarian friendly, vegan friendly and prepared, packaged and ready to go. Made is committed to working with the very best of the regional community to make healthy, sustainable, delicious food that’s proudly served to Calgarians every single day.

“Teaming up with YMCA Calgary was such a natural fit for Made,” says Dobson. “The shared philosophy is there; providing Calgarians with easy, affordable ways to stay healthy and maintain wellness in busy, modern lives.  What a great thing, to leave your fitness class or training session and have the convenience of picking up a guilt-free snack, fresh, cold-pressed juice, lunch option to-go, or dinner for the family on your way home?

“We’re truly excited that we’re now able to provide the Made lifestyle to Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA members and visitors, and look forward to being part of the YMCA family.”

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Scotiabank gives $180,000 to build a much needed sport pad at the South Health Campus YMCA that will benefit Calgary’s children and youth. With your help, Scotiabank will give more!

On April 11, 2016 hockey Olympians Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Kelly Bechard challenged YMCA youth in the inaugural hockey game on the new sport pad at South Health Campus YMCA. Scotiabank and Calgary Flames mascots were also there at game time.

Scotiabank has partnered with YMCA Calgary to build a much-needed sport pad at the YMCA’s Alberta Health Services South Health Campus. The sport pad will provide an outdoor space for young people to stay healthy, develop physical literacy skills, enjoy the comradery of sport and learn essential life skill of teamwork. This donation will go to the Scotiabank Youth Leadership and Recreation Fund, which the YMCA will use to expand and develop child and youth programming and fund program participation through YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Used for hockey, badminton, soccer, basketball and more, the sports pad will be shared by the South Health Campus YMCA, Alberta Health Services and Calgary Health Trust. All three organizations, and the work they do in the community, will benefit from the addition of the sports pad to the health facility.

A big step in building a healthy youth culture and positive generation of leaders.

Scotiabank is generously pledging up to an additional $70,000, donating an extra $5 for every video share, favourite or retweet through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Help raise more funds . Share, favourite and retweet today!

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Mobile App

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We’re Mobile For a Better You!

Wonder if there is a Yoga class this evening? Looking for open swim or gym time? Wanting to find program information?  Our new YMCA Calgary app will give you everything you need in the palm of your hand!

 

Schedules

Search class times by day, class name or instructor. Conveniently add classes or open swim and gym time right from the app to your personal calendar.

Facility Status

Be alerted to facility closings by center due to weather, maintenance or holiday closings.

Events

Discover upcoming events and add them to your personal calendar or share on social media!

Programs

Learn about and register for programs.

Getting Started

When you open the app for the first time it will ask you to choose your preferred location. This will be your default YMCA branch.

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Schedules

View upcoming drop-in, gym and pool schedules for up to 4 weeks in advance. View class descriptions, set reminders, add classes to your calendar and share class information on social media.

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