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Well, just like working out, it has been a while since the last blog. A lot of different excuses, our platform was going through some changes, but none of them really pass the mustard. Back to it.
Earlier this winter, the local police department and the YMCA partnered to help break down barriers between kids and the police. It was one of those wow moments.
Our staff heard one of our children in our 4 year old kindergarten rooms talking about the police in a negative light. We don’t know the personal story of the child or that family. Maybe there have been visits to the house or the child just picked up on mom and dad’s thoughts. We do know that our staff were troubled by the statement and started to figure out what to do.
Over several weeks, our proud members of our police department came to the Y in plain clothes. They played with the kids in the rooms. They read books to the children. They had a good time. Then, one day, they showed up in the classroom in full uniform. The kids were surprised. The person who had been there one moment just like their mom or dad was now standing in front of them as policeman or policewoman. They even got to go out and turn on the siren in the car!
We live in interesting times. It has been hard on the police departments around the country, ours included. We have figured out ways to drive wedges betwee
Happy post Thanksgiving. Our hope at the Y is that you had a great holiday shared with family and friends, stories and laughter, and just a little bit of food.
15 weeks ago, I made an offhanded remark to one of my staff that I was thinking of running in the Festival Foods Turkey Trot. The 5 mile race, no less. I have been working on my health, more to come on that, and felt like I needed to work towards something.
Happy October. Welcome to fall. A little breezy. A little cooler. Maybe a golf round or two before the end of the season? Ok, that one is for me.
One of the things that I love about my job is the opportunity to talk with nonprofits, community organizations, and businesses about their impact in our community. There are so many great stories from these groups telling us about kids they serve, how they are working with seniors, or just how they are working to make Manitowoc and Two Rivers a better place to live. They inspire me to work harder to do the same thing.
There is a great saying that we use around the Y that I believe in.
In this election season, I can guarantee that I am part of the majority. Nope, not Republican or Democrat. I am a health seeker!
Health Seeker’s make up 60% of the population. Maybe you are one as well. You might not know the label. You do know the lifestyle. See if any of this is you:
- You know that health is important but you don’t quite know where to start
- You allow different situations to railroad your health plan
- You will get to that workout tomorrow. Of course you might have said that a day, week or month ago
Are you like me?
Happy August. Summer, love it.
Are you like me on Facebook? I breeze through my friends posts to see what they are doing and get quick updates on their families. There are always a ton of videos that I don’t have time to watch so I skip them out of habit.
For some reason last night I watched this video Middle School Football Team Play Video. Take a few minutes, I can wait. Wow, right?
The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.