Saturday, May 11, 2013
Metro-wide YMCA Staff Field Day filled with fun and teamwork, 10 team members from the Peachtree Corners Y participated.
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Saturday, May 11
By Kushuna Exford What do you get when you put 14 staff teams from 14 YMCAs across Metro Atlanta on a huge empty soccer field? You get a YMCA Staff Field Day. Each year our Sanders Buckhead YMCA organizes an Association wide staff field day. This event is full of fun and teamwork and a continual reminder to put a little play into our work days. YMCA Field Day is an annual event, where the each branch in the Metro Atlanta YMCA Association put together a team of 10 or more staff members. These teams are made up of full time and part time staff from all the departments at each branch. Each branch is encouraged to create a team name, design a team shirts and a team cheer. There were 10 staff members from the Fowler YMCA that made up team “…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Did you know that every year 10 million American kids attend summer camps? It's not too late to sign your child up for some summer fun at the local Y.
Summer camp has been a U.S. tradition for almost 130 years. Back then, before air conditioning, hot city summers were miserable, so escaping to the country for a few weeks became a popular trend. Today, kids have different reasons for making camp a part of their lives. At camp kids take a break from TV, cell phones and Internet and reconnect with nature; they learn to be safe around water and develop lifelong swimming skills; improve athletic, artistic and intellectual skills; make new friends and develop social skills; and campers spend their day being active and having lots of summer fun! This month, Fowler YMCA will be holding Open House at each of its three summer camp locations. Parents can meet the staff, tour the camp and discovery …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Get a jump on summer at the local Y on Saturday, April 27, for a free event for kids and their families.
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Sunday, April 21
By Kushuna Exford It’s that time of year again….when the weather gets warmer, the days are longer, the teachers and students are both racing for the nearest door that leads to summer. Most parents are always looking for inspiration to help keep their kids and families active and engaged during the summer months. Join Robert D. Fowler YMCA for its Annual Healthy Kids Day event, Saturday April 27, 9-12 p.m. This is a free event that is open to the entire community. Research shows that children gain weight two to three times faster during summer vacation than during the school year. This is why the resources and activities provided at the Healthy Kids Day event are critical to the families in the community. For 22 years, Healthy Kids Day has …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Fowler YMCA offers a unique way to get a workout - and stay cool in the process.
Have you checked out the Fowler YMCA pool? It's an ideal way to get in shape and keep your cool at the same time. You don't have to be a swimmer or get your hair wet or put your face in the water to participate in water fitness classes at the Y. It is a refreshing change to sweating on land, and the health benefits have been proven by water exercise research. Water fitness is adaptable to almost every exerciser, from the most fit to those who may have difficulty moving freely on land. Commonly called "water aerobics," aquatic fitness classes include one-hour morning classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. which are taught by YMCA certified water instructors. Early risers …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Fowler YMCA held its annual event last Saturday. The day included cookie decorating, coloring and an underwater egg hunt. Each month the Y plans a family event.
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Sunday, March 31
By Kushuna Exford What do you get when you mix 300 stuffed plastic eggs, 150 sugar cookies, 60 families, 6 containers of whipped icing, 5 volunteers, 4 staff members, and 2 containers of sprinkles? You get ONE awesome family event. On Saturday, March 23rd the Fowler YMCA was overtaken by the members and residents in the community for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Each month the Y plans an event in which the entire family can have participate and have fun together. For March the YMCA scheduled two Easter Egg Hunts (one outdoors and one underwater) for families to enjoy. Although the rain and gray skies did threaten to decrease participation, it did not damper our excitement or fun. At exactly 10:15 am, the Y's Senior Center was swarmed with …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The local Y offers a variety of personal and group fitness activities, and on March 25 the Peachtree Corners facility is offering health screening tests.
One of the ways the YMCA brings health care into our communities is through health screenings, which provide convenient, easy access to a variety of common screening tests for numerous medical conditions and overall health. Health screenings can detect many medical conditions at an early stage before symptoms are present. Early detection and treatment can improve your quality of life and, in many cases, even save your life. On March 25 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Fowler YMCA will host HealthCheck Services, Inc. who will provide a screening service for a convenient, reliable, and low cost way to check your health. Screening costs start at $40. At the time of the screening, HealthCheck will obtain a small blood sample from you. The sample is …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Spring has sprung at the Robert Fowler Family YMCA in Peachtree Corners, it's time to get in the dirt.
Gardening can be rewarding - and it can also be an ideal time to teach that there's more to learn than just watching seeds sprout. That is the idea behind Fowler YMCA's organic learning garden - to plant seeds of healthy living in the lives of young people. “By connecting kids to the natural world through gardening, we are better able to improve healthy behaviors and establish life-long health habits," said Gina Lembo, the YMCA's Wellness Directory. "The garden really brings healthy eating to life." The learning garden provides members ages 3 to 15 who participate in YMCA's free kids fitness clubs with opportunities to work cooperatively with each other and adult volunteers to grow, nurture and enjoy fresh vegetables, make healthier food …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
As part of a research study, the local Y and the American Cancer Society are recruiting men and women who have never been diagnosed with cancer for the study.
Cancer is a word heard too often today. That is why Fowler YMCA is fighting back against this disease with the American Cancer Society – by encouraging individuals between the ages of 30 and 65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer, to take part in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the U.S. for this research study that will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and will save lives. As an enrollment location, the Peachtree Corners YMCA had more than 100 staff members and neighbors enroll in the study this week to help create a world with less cancer …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Fowler Fins, which swims out of the Peachtree Corners YMCA, captured a big win Feb. 16 edging out two strong teams for the championship.
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Sunday, February 24
On the heels of an undefeated 9-0 dual meet season, the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA swam its way to an impressive win over seven other local YMCA teams attending the Metro Atlanta YMCA Swimming Championships on February 16, 2013, at the Cumming Aquatic Center. More than 600 swimmers from age 5 to 18 competed in 84 different events at the meet. The Fowler Fins scored 1670.0 points to edge out second-place Tull-Gwinnett YMCA with 1517.0 points, and third-place Carl Sanders/Buckhead YMCA with 956.0 points. At the end of event 20, the Medley Relays, Tull-Gwinnett and Fowler were tied at 184.0 with both teams winning the exact same age groups as they did in the Free Relays. Fowler pulled ahead 535.5 to 446.0 after event 32, the short Free …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
A heart attack followed by kidney failure didn't stop this Peachtree Corners school teacher who walked her way back to health at the YMCA.
Do you know Susan Wise? For 19 years she was a teacher at Simpson Elementary School. She lives in nearby Peachtree Corners and has a son and daughter-in-law and a cute little 1-year-old grandson. Susan's Y story starts in 2006 when she had a heart attack caused by congestive heart failure. She underwent a quadruple bypass and after her heart attack, her doctors recommended that she begin walking. She joined the Fowler YMCA and began by walking the track then the treadmills. She lost 30 pounds and began to feel better. Unfortunately her kidneys were damaged by her heart problems. She was told her health would never improve and she was put on the wait list for a transplant and examined monthly to be sure she didn't need dialysis. Susan's …