YMCA Notebook: May 28, 2019

  • Greenfield YMCA Tumbling Tigers Sydney Unaitis, 14, Tatum Morse, 11, and Allyson Unaitis, 12, perform their gymnastics routine in 2016. Eight weeks of Y gymnastics camps are about to begin, running from June 24 through Aug. 16. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 5/27/2019 10:16:20 PM

Take Control: This is a new 16-week lifestyle change program at the YMCA in Greenfield. This weekly support group will show participants how to make basic behavioral and lifestyle changes that can contribute to weight loss, healthy living, and may help pre-diabetics from becoming Type II diabetics. The program consists of weekly weigh-ins and food tracking following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recognized Diabetes Prevention Program. Group meets on Mondays at 5 p.m. The fee for the 16-week program is $99. People can add a four-month summer membership for only $80. Contact Jayne Trosin at 413-773-3646, ext. 448 for more information or to sign up.

Sports Camps: The Y offers eight weeks of sports camps for boys and girls of all abilities ages 6 to 14. The campers use the Y’s air conditioned gym, game room, Kid Fit Center and pool. The sports offered are basketball, recess games, GaGa/dodge ball, flag football and multi-sport. There are half-day options for 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m., and a full-day option from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The early care (6 to 9 a.m.) and late care (4 to 6 p.m.) options make summer child care easy. Full day campers get a free lunch provided by the Greenfield Public Schools summer food program. A limited amount of financial aid is available, which can cover up to 70 percent of camp fees. See the camp brochure at ymcaingreenfield.org for more information and all camp forms, or call 413-773-3646, ext 0.

Gymnastics Camps: Eight weeks of Y gymnastics camps run from June 24 through Aug. 16. There are half-day camps from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or noon to 4 p.m., or a full-day camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early (6 to 9 a.m.) and late (4 to 6 p.m.) care available. These camps are for boys and girls ages 4 to 14. The camp is held in the Y’s gymnastic center. The camps also have a swim lesson and recreational swim every day. See the camp brochure at ymcaingreenfield.org for all details, or call Camp Director Caitlyn O’Leary at 413-773-3646, ext. 423.

Prescribe the Y Program: May is a good month for people to ask their primary care provider for a free referral to the Y’s Prescribe the Y program (RxY). At the referral appointment, a Y fitness specialist goes over each person’s wellness goals and then recommends the proper Y program to start with. RxY is a 12-week starter wellness program with lots of Y staff support to help each patient start to feel the benefits of regular exercise. RxY is $139 and financial aid is available. Contact Jayne Trosin at 413-773-3646, ext. 448 for more information.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program: The YMCA in Greenfield has received a Y-USA grant to offer the new Y Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. This evidence-based program has proven to help lower blood pressure by 7 to 10 points or more. During this four-month program, participants meet with their healthy heart coach at least twice a month, attend monthly nutrition seminars, increase daily movement, and take and record their blood pressure on a regular basis. Contact Jayne Trosin at 413-773-3646, ext. 448 or jtrosin@ymcaingreenfield.org for more information or to register.

Camp Apex: Since 1952, the Camp Apex staff have provided area boys and girls with fun, safe, outdoor summer activities. Camp Apex has a solar-heated pool, hiking trails, a 100-foot tube slide, GaGa ball, an archery range, ball field, craft and nature centers, and lots of shelters for rainy days. The camp runs from June 24 to Aug. 23 and is for 5- to 14-year-olds. There is early and late care from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free lunches are provided by the Greenfield Public Schools summer food program. See pages 5, 6 and 7 of the camp brochure at ymcaingreenfield.org or call 413-773-3646 for more information.

Camp Apex Open House: On Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Camp Apex directors will offer an open house. Children ages 6 to 12 and their parents can go on a tour, try camp activities and eat a free hotdog lunch. Directors will take parents’ questions and camp forms will be available. There will also be a raffle drawing for a free week of camp. Camp Apex is located on Peckville Road, three miles up Route 2 from the Interstate 91 rotary.

Two Free Community Presentations: On Wednesday, June 5, at noon, nurse and herbalist Kathleen O’Rourke will be presenting “Lung Percussion.” Lung percussion helps with colds, congestion and coughs, and can be learned in just five minutes. On Monday, June 10, at noon, there will be an Alzheimer’s Community Forum. Learn about Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss, and share your thoughts about how we can help people in your community. Each presentation will include a free lunch. Please register in advance by calling 413-773-3646.

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