February 2017 
Youth Development

What is HEPA?
With Y's around the country, including ours, serving more than nine million children each day, we have a responsibility to the families that we serve to address rising obesity rates among children.
These standards, when implemented fully throughout the Y, will be the basis on which the Y's commitment to being
one of the largest and healthiest providers of early childhood education and after school programming in the nation is recognized.

What does this mean?

  • will include a fresh fruit or vegetable 
  • will include water
  • will include only whole grains, when grains are offered
  • will not include fried foods
  • will not include any foods that contain trans fats
  • will not include any sugar sweetened drinks

The Y will ensure that children will engage in 30-60 minutes of physical activity per day.  This physical activity takes place outdoors when possible.  


No access to television or movies.  Digital device time is limited to one hour or less per day & is limited to homework.

Healthy Living
Diabetes Prevention Program FREE A1C Screening


Our Diabetes Prevention Program is going to start Monday, Feb 27th!
This program is for individuals that are pre-diabetic. Most people do not know their numbers. We are happy to offer a free A1C screening for those that do not know if they are
pre-diabetic or not.
Come join us for this event this Wednesday February 15th  from 4:30pm to 6:30pm!
Sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot today!

For questions contact Ryan Ferguson at: 

Social Responsibility
Circulate the love!


The latest winter storm has caused the cancellation of more than 300 American Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast and along the East Coast, resulting in about 11,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations since it began on Feb. 11. More cancellations are expected as the storm moves north.
This storm follows an already rough start to 2014 for Red Cross blood collections. Severe winter weather throughout January and into February had already forced the cancellation of blood drives from coast to coast. In fact, from Jan. 2 through Feb. 10, more than 1,000 Red Cross blood drives in 34 states and Washington, D.C. had to be canceled, resulting in about 35,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.
BLOOD DONORS NEEDED All blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients. Those in areas unaffected by the storm are asked to make and keep an appointment to give blood or platelets this week. Those in affected areas are urged to make an appointment to give when conditions are safe to do so.
CIRCULATE THE LOVE When Charlie Fairbank went to the Red Cross to donate blood on Feb. 7, 1957, he knew he would be giving a gift from the heart. Charlie had no idea he would be getting a gift of love in return. It was love at first finger-stick when he entered the health history area and met Nancy Ream. Nancy was volunteering as a nurse that day. She remembers thinking that Charlie was a nice guy as she checked his vital signs, pulse and temperature.
Charlie was still at the blood donation center when Nancy took her break. As they talked, they learned they had a mutual friend. Not long after that, Nancy and Charlie each contacted that mutual friend, hoping to learn more about each other. Just seven months after they met, Charlie and Nancy married on Sept. 7.
Over the years, the Red Cross remained a priority in their lives. In Dec. 2012, Charlie hit a donation milestone - 20 gallons! Two of Charlie and Nancy's children have continued the family tradition of supporting the Red Cross as blood donors.
February 18th 9am-2pm
1-800-RED CROSS 

  Hours of Operation

Mon-Thu 4:30am-10pm
Friday 4:30am-8:30pm
Saturday 6am-6pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

 Child Care Hours

Mon-Fri   8am-1pm
Saturday 8am-12pm

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Upcoming Events

- NEW WEBSITE and MOBILE APP!  Check them out!
- Tee Ball/Rag Ball Registrations going on now!
- Swim lessons-new session starts February 19th
- AIC Screening February 15th 
- Blood Drive February 18th
- Diabetes Prevention Program February 26th
- Preschool Registration March 2017
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