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2008-08-03 09:00:11

By Leigh Coleman, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Aug. 3--GULFPORT -- Residents of the Gaston Point community said they are reclaiming their neighborhood from the social ills of the area. Hundreds gathered for a Village is Back Block Party on Saturday at the Gaston Point Community Park to celebrate an awakening. The event is only the beginning, organizers said, as the Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church and representatives from the Gulfport YMCA are taking steps to get their kids off...

2008-07-30 15:00:50

By Kimberly Bellamy, The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, N.C. Jul. 30--The Down East Performing Arts of Rocky Mount will sponsor the first annual Teen Summit with actor Bill Cobb as a special guest speaker. The event will be held in the Keihin Auditorium of Edgecombe Community College (ECC) from 8 to 3 p.m. Friday. ECC was chosen as the site because it provides a neutral location for everyone from rural areas. The event will give youth the opportunity to learn about the performing arts...

2008-07-23 12:01:24

CHICAGO, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Reader's Digest has awarded YMCA of the USA a grant of $272,000 to support family-centered reading programs in 2008. Ten YMCAs from across the country will be selected to receive a $1,000 Reader's Digest grant to host a community-wide "We Love Reading" event in September. In addition, Reader's Digest will provide each participating YMCA with up to 300 books for child care, afterschool and camp programs. Reader's Digest's total gift to the YMCA -- including...

2008-07-18 15:00:19

Triathlon training clinics: The Bayside Family YMCA is hosting a series of training clinics prior to the Bayside Family YMCA annual Triathlon, which will be held on Aug. 16. These clinics are free to all. Seminars will be held at the Barrington Beach at the end of Bay Road. Each seminar will start promptly at 9 a.m. The first clinic will be the swim seminar July 26. Following a short discussion related to open water swimming, the group will swim the actual course. Swimmers are asked to...

2008-07-18 09:00:20

By CARY ASPINWALL Get your kids off the couch and exercising Some kids spend all summer outdoors, playing tag or baseball, riding bikes and swimming. Others become summer slugs, watching junk on TV, surfing the afternoon away on the Internet or playing hours of video games -- and in Oklahoma's uphill battle against childhood obesity, that's bad news. Health experts say childhood obesity rates in Oklahoma have more than doubled in the past 20 years. The Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition...

2008-07-08 00:00:07

By CHARLOTTE FERRELL SMITH DAILY MAIL STAFF The swimming pool at the YWCA in downtown Charleston that closed in March will not re-open until September, weeks beyond the projected construction completion date. And the YMCA on Hillcrest will close its pool for the month of August. "We have to repair a piece of the roof," said John Giroir, YMCA president. "There is rust on the roof and a 10-by-10-foot section needs repaired." The pool at the YMCA is generally emptied for a week each...

2008-07-06 15:00:28

By Sergy Odiduro, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 6--Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital YMCA Aquatic Center, a 25-yard, six-lane lap pool with a family lagoon, was recently unveiled. The center at the Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center is designed to help reduce the incidence of child drownings. Through a partnership with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and SWIM Central, basic water safety and swimming lessons will be offered to children as young as a year old, along with water polo,...

2008-07-03 18:00:07

Kids learn that staying in shape is fun at the Millington Family YMCA Fit Kids Summer Camp. The kids get wet, get dirty and have fun while taking advantage of all the amenities at the YMCA. Instead of just running laps or doing push-ups, kids participate in games like tug-of-war, volleyball, dance, swim and more. Local community volunteers also donated their time to teach the kids sports such as martial arts and roller skating. "My favorite part was the rock climbing," said 11-year-old...

2008-06-26 18:02:20

By Kathy Marsh Have you morphed into a tubby weakling with your energy level nearing that of a sloth? Is your body storing food for the winter, spring, summer and fall? Are you a time bomb with cholesterol numbers higher than the stock exchange on a good day? Feeling out of shape and ready to do something about it, my husband and I joined the Barco-Newton YMCA on Fleming Island in January. We soon discovered a variety of activities and a great group of people who could make exercising...

2008-06-24 02:29:21

By CRYSTALR. REID Intermingled with the sounds of basketballs slamming against hardwood floors, kids laughing and the constant whir of cardio machines are the productive buzzes of saws, hammers banging and gruff ladders scraping against concrete floors. The new 27,000-square-foot expansion of the Missouri Valley YMCA is nearing completion, and soon, all noise will be that of healthy achievement. "The best part is going to be, in my mind, just the amount of space,"said Brent Kleinjan of...