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Children and Parents Benefit from 5210

In our efforts to help youth and families live healthier lifestyles, the Y has implemented 5210 in all School-Age child care programs. 5210 is part of a national initiative that encourages children to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables, have two hours or less of screen time, get at least one hour of exercise, and drink zero sugary drinks every day. From this, children have tried new foods and new activities they wouldn’t try before participating with the group. It has become interesting and fun for children to try new things and take leadership in introducing a healthier lifestyle to their family.

“My son is a picky eater, and my daughter likes television,” begins Dawn, describing her two kids who both attend the Y’s School-Age child care program. “As a mom, you want your kids to be both happy and healthy. It takes constant reminders to ‘eat your dinner’ and ‘turnoff the TV’; sometimes you have to pick your battles. I have to say; we have fewer battles lately! We are doing a much better job at planning family time to spend together outside, and even grocery shopping has changed for us. Both kids head to the produce section to grab the newest vegetable they’ve tried at the Y. The children have been taught to look at food labels. We take the time to read them before buying some items. As a family, we are now more conscientious about choosing the healthier option thanks to this program. We are all finding ways to be healthier together, and that gives us something new in common, so we are growing stronger as a family as well.

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NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA (April 1, 2018) – After a nationwide search, the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA Board of Directors today named Adam Klutts as the new chief executive officer of the leading nonprofit organization that operates 13 branch locations, one overnight camp, and 6 program centers across Isle of Wight County, the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, and Northern Neck of Virginia. For nearly 122-years, the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA has offered programs and services that nurture the potential of every adult and child, promotes health and well-being, and encourages social responsibility.

“On behalf of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA Board of Directors, I am delighted for Adam to join us in our service and mission to our communities,” said Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA President of the Board Don Buckless. “Adam will have an immediate and positive impact on the Y and all we do to strengthen communities.”

Adam, together with his wife, Rasa, and 2-year-old daughter, Ella, comes to us from Tampa, Florida. Since 2012, he served as the Executive Vice President and COO of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA with oversight of operations totaling $32.4 million annually. Some of his key results included increasing funds raised for the annual support campaign, developing partnerships, and growing the numbers of people benefiting from YMCA membership and programs.

With over 20 years experience with the YMCA, Adam served as the Senior Group Vice President of the South Tampa Family YMCA. As the Executive Director of the Peggy and Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center, he received the Central Florida YMCA Pinnacle Award given for growth in all areas (membership, revenue, financial performance, annual giving, programs and staff development). Earlier positions include Executive Director of the Riverfront Family YMCA in Akron, Associate Executive Director of the Arthur Jordan YMCA in Indianapolis, and Associate Executive Director of the Green Family YMCA in Akron.

“I am honored to be invited to serve at the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA alongside a team of cause-driven staff, volunteers, partners, community, and business leaders dedicated to providing supportive programs for children, families, and friends who rely on the Y every day,” said Klutts. “Together, we will provide transformational experiences to ensure everyone, regardless of age, income, or background has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive as they reach goals, establish caring relationships, and make a connection with the movement we call the YMCA.”

Adam earned his BA degree in Organizational Communications from the University of Akron Ohio. He begins as CEO on April 9th, 2018.

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I joined the Diabetes Prevention Program and my experience has been life-changing. I heartily support the program. The program promotes a lifestyle change of nutrition and physical activity which reduces the risk of diabetes. For several years my primary care provider urged me to lose weight and exercise more because I was pre-diabetic. I joined a gym with good intentions, unfortunately, my efforts failed repeatedly. Last March my doctor referred me to the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. I made the one-year commitment and had learned nutrition, the importance of consistent physical activity, and have identified road blocks that kept me from reaching my goals. The facilitator and classmates offer additional support as we take this journey to a healthier lifestyle together.

Now, five months into the program, I remain motivated and have exceeded my goal of 7% weight loss. I exercise at the YMCA at least three times a week and now understand how a balanced and healthy lifestyle will protect me from diabetes. I am looking forward to my next appointment with my doctor instead of the usual dread. I am confident that my lab results will show improvement. More importantly, I now feel healthy and optimistic that my life-style changes will be long-term.

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Years ago, I was diagnosed with a heart murmur. I did not think much of it because I lived a very healthy lifestyle, and my job kept me physically fit. I gained a lot of weight after my retirement, so I began attending the Silver Sneakers class at the Richmond County Family YMCA. I made dear friends and could feel the physical improvements.

In 2016, I discovered that my heart murmur was not benign. The murmur created many complications, having me not only battle anemia but also a bad aortic valve in need of surgery. I met with the best heart specialist in Maryland and went into open heart surgery.

After my successful surgery, I was instructed not to use my arms for eight whole weeks! I was, however, already very strong from the workouts I had done at my local Y. This strength was a blessing during this recovery period. I followed instructions for incorporating 30 minutes of cardio into my day by returning to my YMCA. I continue to strengthen my body with workouts, I am making new memories with my friends there, and I’ve even added a personal trainer to the mix!

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Our daughter Sophia entered the YMCA preschool program in September. We have been amazed by the learning Sophia has accomplished over the past couple of months. She loves to talk about HALO (Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones), the part of the preschool curriculum that focuses on healthy choices. We have enjoyed several fun and informative conversations in the car and at the dinner table sparked by what Sophia has learned through HALO. Not only is Sophia more aware of healthy versus harmful choices, but she has made us think twice about some of our choices especially when it comes to the foods we eat. Sophia loves to talk about how healthy choices help build a healthy body. The Y has become an extension of our family and encourages us to make healthy choices for our family. We enrolled Sophia in the Y to help her early learning experience; we had no idea what we would learn as a family.

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After suffering a stroke, Richard joined the Y in 2012 when he completed his rehabilitation sessions. When Richard joined, he started working with one of our wellness instructors, Joanie. He nicknamed her the Drill Sargent and attributes much of his success to how she has pushed him and was there for him. Richard says, “Since joining the Y I am in better physical shape than I have ever been, it has helped to improve my equilibrium immensely, and I have lost about 30lbs.”

Richard feels that if it had not been for the Y, he would be in terrible shape and would have never recovered from his stroke. In November 2015, he had another clot, this time in his heart. He had a surgery called the Five Box Maze to remove the clot. Through all of this, Richard has continued to use the Y and is faithful in his workouts. He says, “It’s the best choice I ever made.”

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“The First Tee program has helped my son, Sean. Sean is diagnosed with Autism, and has struggled with self-control, discipline, concentration, and social skills throughout his young life. I have noticed that Sean has had a marked increase of self-control and discipline since he has started with the program.

His concentration on homework, reading, and classroom behavior has also improved dramatically. The area he has grown the most in is his ability to interact in a social environment. I have seen Sean use golf etiquette while playing with his friends and classmates. This might seem odd to most people, but in the case of Autism, this level of social integration and skill is very hard to teach. I want to express my pleasure for allowing Sean to be part of your program, and I thank all the wonderful people that are involved on the team.”

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There is something so sweet about cherished chatter over of a cup of coffee with your female friends. Women often desire the closeness that comes from sharing daily joys and struggles. After becoming members of the Y, Lauren, Sara and Adrian’s commitment to fitness and passion for power lifting drew their paths closer to crossing. Their trio of strength manifested quickly.

“The YMCA provides a synergistic atmosphere where relationships and goals like ours flourish. Our formidable team is able to accomplish all that our training requires via the continuous encouragement and necessary equipment. We have been tremendously blessed to have our coach, Ernie, at the Y. None of our training would be possible without his support which has led each of us to hold Virginia State records.

We do life over coffee. We do empowerment under barbells. We never met before joining the Y, and found that we share a love for lifting at the Y. We are being sharpened by inner and outer strength. We aren’t just going to the gym, we’re powerlifting at the YMCA.

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APYC/YMCA Camp Kekoka is a summer camp that is more than just fun activities and meeting new friends; it helped me see a better me. It has impacted my life in the best way; I now understand the importance of kindness and that it is okay to be myself.

They Y teaches us core values and caring is one of them. Before I went to Camp Kekoka, I understood that it is good to be nice to people but camp helped me apply it. I was usually nice to people when it helped me; now I’m nice to people all the time. I have learned that saying one nice thing can positively impact someone’s day. When I am positive, I impact others to be positive.

An example of this is when my group was trying to settle a challenging situation. One of our friends in the group began telling us how funny we are; it made us realize the fight was unecessary and her words were impactful.

Before camp, it was hard to be myself because I believed what other people thought about me was important. At camp, it’s such a safe environment that you can genuinely be yourself all the time. It is an amazing feeling. Camp has impacted my life. -Kaity, YMCA Camper

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Eat Bell Peppers!

I simply love bell peppers, particularly the brightly colored ones. Although they belong to the chili pepper family, bell peppers are mild and can jazz up a salad in an instant, lend a perky crunch to your pizza, and taste fantastic when roasted.

But the appeal of bell peppers goes way beyond their stunning good looks. Here’s a short list of the good things they can do for your health:

  1. Bell peppers are low in calories! So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. Bonus: that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C!
  2. They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful. The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.
  3. Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids,  particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  4. The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. Studies show that it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief from pain and eases inflammation.
  5. If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient.
  6. The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
  7. The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
  8. Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells.
  9. Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.

So, pop some bell peppers into your shopping basket, and start reaping their rich health benefits!

By: Shubhra Krishan, downloaded 2/26/2018 from:

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