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Swimming is an Essential Skill, Not a Privilege

Here at the Y, we believe that every person deserves access to water safety classes, no matter their circumstances. Each year we provide 2,400 of Safety Around Water classes and swim lesson scholarships to ensure that all families have the skills they need to keep them safe, opening up a world of possibilities for all! In the Y’s Safety Around Water program, children learn a sequenced set of skills over eight lessons, reducing their risk of drowning. A typical session includes: Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water. Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,”

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Posture Makes Perfect

Occasionally in a group setting, when a new fitness move is introduced and repeated throughout, the body can get in the habit of using bad form or an old injury can create a bad relationship with affected muscles and joints. Our fitness professionals at Earlywine Park are certified to help you through a Postural Assessment and ensure your body is working at it’s best! The body functions at its best when it’s in correct posture. When the body is in correct postural alignment, it moves evenly and distributes weight appropriately. The muscles, joints and spine work together help you perform

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Face the Facts: Mental Health Awareness

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is encouraging community members to join the conversation about mental health. Mental health is how we think, feel and act. At the Y, we recognize that we all have mental health, and mental health is an important part of our physical health and social-emotional well-being, as well as a core component of our identity. Help the Y get the conversation going about mental health this Mental Health Awareness Month by sharing these facts with your friends and family: FACT: We all have mental health, not

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We All Have Mental Health

Today is Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and tomorrow is the first day of Mental Health Awareness month. All over the metro our Y’s are celebrating and promoting healthy kiddos. You can do the same with these family activities. Resilience is our ability to thrive, adapt and cope despite tough and stressful experiences. The more resilient we are, the stronger, wiser, and more flexible we become, and the better we are able to respond to, heal, and recover from challenges. Resilience is built through intentional actions and activities that promote connection to oneself and others

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Kick Off Summer with Healthy Kids Day at the Y

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is hosting the Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 30, encouraging families to take a moment to help kids be kids and set them up for a summer of success. Participating Ys will host events filled with games, local vendors, activities, bounce houses and demonstrations, all designed to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home. Healthy Kids Day is a fun, free community-wide event to kick off summer and remind us all how important it is for kids to stay active physically and mentally throughout the

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We Wear Blue on April 1

This April, we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an initiative rooted in communities working together to serve children and their families in meaningful, impactful ways that provide families what they need to thrive, even throughout adversity. Last year, an estimated 618,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse or neglect nationwide.  The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City recognizes that our actions play a role in addressing the root causes of child abuse and neglect. In order to do our part, staff are trained throughout the year to help them identify, report and prevent child abuse. We continually

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National Nutrition Month: Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Stew

We’ve shared some great recipes for National Nutrition Month, but none quite as hearty as this one. The best part of cooking in a slow cooker is that you get to set it and leave it, making it perfect for dinner during the week! This recipe comes from Capital Area YMCA, and we can’t wait to try it! Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Stew Ingredients: Cooking spray 2- 15oz cans tomato sauce (use 1 can no salt added to cut down on sodium) 2 tsp. Caldo con Sabor de pollo 1.5 -2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts (if you

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Women in Leadership: Christin King

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand Tweet Meet Christin King, an Oklahoma City transplant who joined the Y in 2021. Christin has worked in marketing and strategy for over a decade. While she loved building brands, she is excited about what the Y is building in our communities. Prior to joining the Y, Christin started her career in New York City working in the fashion industry. Eventually, she landed in advertising here in Oklahoma City, where she discovered a passion when working with nonprofit clients.  Christin grew up

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National Nutrition Month: Banana Cream Smoothie

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City knows how important healthy meals and snacks are, so we’ve lined up some of our favorite recipes to share all throughout National Nutrition Month! This week, we’ve got a delicious snack coming from the Joplin Family YMCA. Banana Cream Smoothie Yields 1 Ingredients: 6 ice cubes 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt 1 banana (sliced and frozen, if possible) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, ground 1 tsp. flaxseeds, ground 1 tbsp. nonfat dry milk powder 2 tbsp. whole grain graham cracker crumbs (about 2 squares) Directions: Combine first seven ingredients in a blender and

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National Nutrition Month: Tomato Cucumber Herb Salad

At the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, we believe that healthy living is key. That doesn’t just mean a great fitness routine, it also includes healthy meals for the entire family! Grab the kids or your best friend and connect over a delicious meal in honor of National Nutrition Month. Want a new take on the traditional salad? This recipe from the YMCA of Western North Carolina is sure to be a hit. Tomato Cucumber Herb Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients: 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 1 whole cucumber, sliced in half lengthwise and cut into smaller pieces ½ whole red onion,

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Swimming is an Essential Skill, Not a Privilege

Here at the Y, we believe that every person deserves access to water safety classes, no matter their circumstances. Each year we provide 2,400 of Safety Around Water classes and swim lesson scholarships to ensure that all families have the skills they need to keep them safe, opening up a

Read More »

Posture Makes Perfect

Occasionally in a group setting, when a new fitness move is introduced and repeated throughout, the body can get in the habit of using bad form or an old injury can create a bad relationship with affected muscles and joints. Our fitness professionals at Earlywine Park are certified to help

Read More »

Face the Facts: Mental Health Awareness

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is encouraging community members to join the conversation about mental health. Mental health is how we think, feel and act. At the Y, we recognize that we all have mental health, and mental health is

Read More »

We All Have Mental Health

Today is Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and tomorrow is the first day of Mental Health Awareness month. All over the metro our Y’s are celebrating and promoting healthy kiddos. You can do the same with these family activities. Resilience is our ability to thrive,

Read More »

Kick Off Summer with Healthy Kids Day at the Y

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is hosting the Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 30, encouraging families to take a moment to help kids be kids and set them up for a summer of success. Participating Ys will host events filled with games, local vendors, activities, bounce

Read More »

We Wear Blue on April 1

This April, we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an initiative rooted in communities working together to serve children and their families in meaningful, impactful ways that provide families what they need to thrive, even throughout adversity. Last year, an estimated 618,000 children were found to be victims of child

Read More »

Women in Leadership: Christin King

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand Tweet Meet Christin King, an Oklahoma City transplant who joined the Y in 2021. Christin has worked in marketing and strategy for over a decade. While she loved building brands, she is

Read More »

National Nutrition Month: Banana Cream Smoothie

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City knows how important healthy meals and snacks are, so we’ve lined up some of our favorite recipes to share all throughout National Nutrition Month! This week, we’ve got a delicious snack coming from the Joplin Family YMCA. Banana Cream Smoothie Yields 1 Ingredients: 6 ice

Read More »

National Nutrition Month: Tomato Cucumber Herb Salad

At the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, we believe that healthy living is key. That doesn’t just mean a great fitness routine, it also includes healthy meals for the entire family! Grab the kids or your best friend and connect over a delicious meal in honor of National Nutrition Month.

Read More »

Swimming is an Essential Skill, Not a Privilege

Here at the Y, we believe that every person deserves access to water safety classes, no matter their circumstances. Each year we provide 2,400 of Safety Around Water classes and swim lesson scholarships to ensure that all families have the skills they need to keep them safe, opening up a

Read More »

Posture Makes Perfect

Occasionally in a group setting, when a new fitness move is introduced and repeated throughout, the body can get in the habit of using bad form or an old injury can create a bad relationship with affected muscles and joints. Our fitness professionals at Earlywine Park are certified to help

Read More »

Face the Facts: Mental Health Awareness

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is encouraging community members to join the conversation about mental health. Mental health is how we think, feel and act. At the Y, we recognize that we all have mental health, and mental health is

Read More »

We All Have Mental Health

Today is Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and tomorrow is the first day of Mental Health Awareness month. All over the metro our Y’s are celebrating and promoting healthy kiddos. You can do the same with these family activities. Resilience is our ability to thrive,

Read More »

Kick Off Summer with Healthy Kids Day at the Y

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is hosting the Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 30, encouraging families to take a moment to help kids be kids and set them up for a summer of success. Participating Ys will host events filled with games, local vendors, activities, bounce

Read More »

We Wear Blue on April 1

This April, we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an initiative rooted in communities working together to serve children and their families in meaningful, impactful ways that provide families what they need to thrive, even throughout adversity. Last year, an estimated 618,000 children were found to be victims of child

Read More »

Women in Leadership: Christin King

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand Tweet Meet Christin King, an Oklahoma City transplant who joined the Y in 2021. Christin has worked in marketing and strategy for over a decade. While she loved building brands, she is

Read More »

National Nutrition Month: Banana Cream Smoothie

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City knows how important healthy meals and snacks are, so we’ve lined up some of our favorite recipes to share all throughout National Nutrition Month! This week, we’ve got a delicious snack coming from the Joplin Family YMCA. Banana Cream Smoothie Yields 1 Ingredients: 6 ice

Read More »

National Nutrition Month: Tomato Cucumber Herb Salad

At the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, we believe that healthy living is key. That doesn’t just mean a great fitness routine, it also includes healthy meals for the entire family! Grab the kids or your best friend and connect over a delicious meal in honor of National Nutrition Month.

Read More »