September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 02, 2014

Help kids understand their weight

While the dangers of childhood obesity are well-chronicled, many children who are overweight or obese don’t realize it. That’s why the YMCA of the Suncoast — a leading voice on improving health— wants families to understand the role weight perception plays in childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits. 
How to Talk to Kids About Weight

How to Talk to Kids About Weight

September 09, 2014

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. According to the CDC, the obesity rate in children has tripled from just one generation ago. It now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States. Children who are overweight as preschoolers are likely to be overweight as adults, increasing the chance that they’ll suffer lifelong physical and mental health issues. Now is the time to make your child aware of the risks that this condition carries, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, how do you talk to your kids about this sensitive topic? Use these tips to get started.
Ride for a Cause

Ride for a Cause

September 11, 2014

Annual Cure on Wheels Bike Challenge

Support the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program by participating in the 7th Annual Cure on Wheels Bike Challenge on Sunday, November 10th.  Participation is easy. Ride with our team, or donate to the team or individual rider. Join either the 7 Mile Family Fun Race, or the 25 & 62 Mile Events. 
M*A*S*H 5K Run

M*A*S*H 5K Run

September 11, 2014

A Fundraiser Benefiting Camp COAST

The YMCA M*A*S*H 5k Race benefits the Mainstream Adults Sharing Hope program, held at the North Pinellas YMCA which serves special needs adults and their families. The race will take place in John Chesnut Park in North Pinellas County offering a flat, fast and simply stunning race course. This is a course designed to achieve a personal best and is a great way to start off December while supporting a fantastic cause!

SPICE it Up for Autism

SPICE it Up for Autism

September 11, 2014

A Fundraiser Benefiting Camp COAST

Come help us taste and judge some chili, and all for a great cause! The Clearwater YMCA is hosting an event to raise money for Camp COAST (Children on the Autism Spectrum Together), a summer day camp for children on the spectrum living in Pinellas County.


 Six Ways to Include More Fruits and Veggies in Your Meals

Six Ways to Include More Fruits and Veggies in Your Meals

September 16, 2014

For busy families, finding time to prepare nutritious meals and pack healthy back-to-school lunches can be a challenge. The hurdles are even higher for families with picky eaters. Fortunately, there are quick and convenient ways to include fruits, vegetables and other healthy ingredients in every meal your family eats, from breakfast to after-school snacks. Use these ideas to get started.

Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying

Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying

September 11, 2014

5K Run and 1 Mile Kids’ Dash

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The YMCA of the Suncoast is taking a stand against bullying. The Greater Ridgecrest Y and the Pinellas School Age Program will host the first Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying 5K Run and 1 Mile Kids’ Dash. Show your support and take your stand at the finish line. Start and Finish at the Y.

World's Largest Swim Lesson

June 16, 2014

Be Water Smart from the Start

The "Be Water Smart from the Start" aquatic safety awareness campaign continues to grow with The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL). On Friday, June 20, at 11 a.m., the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA will participate with tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™.

5 Health Questions to Ask a Man You Love

June 10, 2014

With Father's Day around the corner, it's a great time to think about the health of the men in your life. Whether it's your hubby, dad, granddad, adult son or someone else, helping him to improve his health is good for both of you. Here are some top health concerns for men that are worth talking about with the men you love.

History of the YMCA- 2000 to current day

June 06, 2014

June 6 marks the 170th anniversary of the Y - a global organization that began with a simple but powerful idea: a strong, supportive community can help people build healthier, happier lives. Since its founding, the Y has grown into one of the world's largest volunteer organizations and become renowned for its commitment to helping people of every background reach their potential.
Here's a historical timeline of the Y's significant contributions to the global community in the 2000s.
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