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World Mental Health Day: Mental Health Matters

While the COVID-19 pandemic began as a physical health issue, it’s clear that mental health across the globe was also impacted. In the wake of constant change and slowly fighting their way back to normalcy, people have found themselves facing anxiety, depression and other mental health battles more than ever before. At the YMCA, our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Our focus on a healthy spirit and mind continues to increase as we strive to improve the overall well-being of our members, participants and community. On

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Meet the Team: The Integris Health Crew at Mitch Park YMCA

Did you know there are three Integris Health outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation clinics across the Y? Meet the team working at the Mitch Park YMCA facility. Daniel O’Connor PT, DPT, CSCS (Physical Therapist) Danny is an Oklahoma City native and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Athletic Training. He then earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2016. Danny is specialized in injury prevention, orthopedics, post-op rehabilitation, return to sport after injury, and health and wellness. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

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Meet the Team: The Integris Health Crew at Earlywine Park YMCA

Did you know there are three Integris Health outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation clinics across the Y? Meet the team working at the Earlywine Park YMCA facility. Kevin Taylor PT, ATC, Cert. DN I & II (Physical Therapist) Kevin graduated in 1994 from Oklahoma University with his degree in Physical Therapy.  Shortly after, he became a board-certified Athletic Trainer and has been working as a Physical Therapist and an Athletic Trainer in Oklahoma with a mission to improve the health and wellness of Oklahoman athletes and patients. His focuses are on outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, performance training and rehabilitation of athletes. 

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Meet the Team: The Integris Health Crew at YMCA HLC

Did you know there are three Integris Health outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation clinics across the Y? Meet the team working at the YMCA HLC-Integris facility. Raquel Samaniego (Rehab Technician/Patient Access Specialist) Raquel graduated in 2019 from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Kinesiology: Exercise/Fitness Management and has been with Integris Health for three years. Raquel decided to work at Integris Jim Thorpe to prepare for a future as a physical therapist. “Every patient that comes in the clinic is unique in their own way and it is fun getting to know them throughout their treatment process.” Matthew

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Greater than the Sum

Here at the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, we work hard to not just talk the talk of our “for all” mission, but to walk lockstep with it. We seek to ensure people of all backgrounds can access the Y and feel welcomed, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. We recognize that there has been tremendous progress since the 1969 Stonewall Riots, like the legalization of same sex marriage and openly LGBTQ+ candidates winning elections to public office. However, violence and discrimination against individuals in this community still takes place. We believe our community is strongest when everyone feels valued,

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Father’s Day: More Than an Excuse to Buy a Tie

Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father’s Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives. On Sunday, June 20,

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A Place to Call Home

Written by Shade Jalo “Everyone should have a space where they feel like they are included, visible, and valued. We have to be that space, especially for those who may not have that anywhere else.” As we march through Pride month, this particular line from our Summer Day Camp Diversity and Inclusion training really hits home for me. In my experiences as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, finding that space can be challenging. While Pride is a celebration of the accomplishments in acceptance and inclusion we have made so far, it is also a reminder of how far we

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Drowning is Preventable: Know the Facts, Reduce the Risks

Written by Melissa Anderson Although swimming, kayaking and boating are some of the most popular summertime activities, they can be some of the most dangerous, as well. At the Y, we are dedicated to always keeping kids safe, including when they’re in the water. In the same way we highlight child abuse prevention every April, May is the month we discuss drowning prevention tips, skills and resources with parents and caregivers. Drowning is preventable, and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is committed to providing vital water safety information to the members of our community. To emphasize the necessity and

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Tips for Water Safety

As temperatures rise, it’s only natural that kids want to cool off. Whether that happens in home pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams or oceans, that means the risk of drowning is as prevalent as ever. May is National Water Safety Month, and now is the perfect time for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of equipping their kids with essential water safety skills.   As “America’s Swim Instructor,” we typically teach hundreds of children invaluable water safety and swimming skills each year.  With many pools closed last summer due to COVID-19, we want to ensure parents, caregivers and children make water safety a top priority as they head

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Summer: A Time for Fun & Jobs

The transition into summer never ceases to amaze me. There’s this familiar, palpable mix of hope and anticipation in the air. Parents and children alike have high expectations and are all eager to be free from homework, surprise presentations and tests. For many of us, summer is a time to look forward to each year. The sun’s out, it’s warm, and we have more time to do fun activities and see our friends. When you think about it, our summers are often chalk full of things to do. Keeping the kids occupied usually means taking advantage of the longer days

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World Mental Health Day: Mental Health Matters

While the COVID-19 pandemic began as a physical health issue, it’s clear that mental health across the globe was also impacted. In the wake of constant change and slowly fighting their way back to normalcy, people have found themselves facing anxiety, depression and other mental health battles more than ever

Read More »

Meet the Team: The Integris Health Crew at Mitch Park YMCA

Did you know there are three Integris Health outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation clinics across the Y? Meet the team working at the Mitch Park YMCA facility. Daniel O’Connor PT, DPT, CSCS (Physical Therapist) Danny is an Oklahoma City native and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2012 with a B.S.

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Meet the Team: The Integris Health Crew at Earlywine Park YMCA

Did you know there are three Integris Health outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation clinics across the Y? Meet the team working at the Earlywine Park YMCA facility. Kevin Taylor PT, ATC, Cert. DN I & II (Physical Therapist) Kevin graduated in 1994 from Oklahoma University with his degree in Physical Therapy. 

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Meet the Team: The Integris Health Crew at YMCA HLC

Did you know there are three Integris Health outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation clinics across the Y? Meet the team working at the YMCA HLC-Integris facility. Raquel Samaniego (Rehab Technician/Patient Access Specialist) Raquel graduated in 2019 from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Kinesiology: Exercise/Fitness Management and has

Read More »

Greater than the Sum

Here at the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, we work hard to not just talk the talk of our “for all” mission, but to walk lockstep with it. We seek to ensure people of all backgrounds can access the Y and feel welcomed, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. We

Read More »

Father’s Day: More Than an Excuse to Buy a Tie

Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane,

Read More »

A Place to Call Home

Written by Shade Jalo “Everyone should have a space where they feel like they are included, visible, and valued. We have to be that space, especially for those who may not have that anywhere else.” As we march through Pride month, this particular line from our Summer Day Camp Diversity

Read More »

Drowning is Preventable: Know the Facts, Reduce the Risks

Written by Melissa Anderson Although swimming, kayaking and boating are some of the most popular summertime activities, they can be some of the most dangerous, as well. At the Y, we are dedicated to always keeping kids safe, including when they’re in the water. In the same way we highlight

Read More »

Tips for Water Safety

As temperatures rise, it’s only natural that kids want to cool off. Whether that happens in home pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams or oceans, that means the risk of drowning is as prevalent as ever. May is National Water Safety Month, and now is the perfect time for parents and caregivers to

Read More »

Summer: A Time for Fun & Jobs

The transition into summer never ceases to amaze me. There’s this familiar, palpable mix of hope and anticipation in the air. Parents and children alike have high expectations and are all eager to be free from homework, surprise presentations and tests. For many of us, summer is a time to

Read More »

World Mental Health Day: Mental Health Matters

While the COVID-19 pandemic began as a physical health issue, it’s clear that mental health across the globe was also impacted. In the wake of constant change and slowly fighting their way back to normalcy, people have found themselves facing anxiety, depression and other mental health battles more than ever

Read More »

Meet the Team: The Integris Health Crew at Mitch Park YMCA

Did you know there are three Integris Health outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation clinics across the Y? Meet the team working at the Mitch Park YMCA facility. Daniel O’Connor PT, DPT, CSCS (Physical Therapist) Danny is an Oklahoma City native and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2012 with a B.S.

Read More »

Meet the Team: The Integris Health Crew at Earlywine Park YMCA

Did you know there are three Integris Health outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation clinics across the Y? Meet the team working at the Earlywine Park YMCA facility. Kevin Taylor PT, ATC, Cert. DN I & II (Physical Therapist) Kevin graduated in 1994 from Oklahoma University with his degree in Physical Therapy. 

Read More »

Meet the Team: The Integris Health Crew at YMCA HLC

Did you know there are three Integris Health outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation clinics across the Y? Meet the team working at the YMCA HLC-Integris facility. Raquel Samaniego (Rehab Technician/Patient Access Specialist) Raquel graduated in 2019 from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Kinesiology: Exercise/Fitness Management and has

Read More »

Greater than the Sum

Here at the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, we work hard to not just talk the talk of our “for all” mission, but to walk lockstep with it. We seek to ensure people of all backgrounds can access the Y and feel welcomed, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. We

Read More »

Father’s Day: More Than an Excuse to Buy a Tie

Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane,

Read More »

A Place to Call Home

Written by Shade Jalo “Everyone should have a space where they feel like they are included, visible, and valued. We have to be that space, especially for those who may not have that anywhere else.” As we march through Pride month, this particular line from our Summer Day Camp Diversity

Read More »

Drowning is Preventable: Know the Facts, Reduce the Risks

Written by Melissa Anderson Although swimming, kayaking and boating are some of the most popular summertime activities, they can be some of the most dangerous, as well. At the Y, we are dedicated to always keeping kids safe, including when they’re in the water. In the same way we highlight

Read More »

Tips for Water Safety

As temperatures rise, it’s only natural that kids want to cool off. Whether that happens in home pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams or oceans, that means the risk of drowning is as prevalent as ever. May is National Water Safety Month, and now is the perfect time for parents and caregivers to

Read More »

Summer: A Time for Fun & Jobs

The transition into summer never ceases to amaze me. There’s this familiar, palpable mix of hope and anticipation in the air. Parents and children alike have high expectations and are all eager to be free from homework, surprise presentations and tests. For many of us, summer is a time to

Read More »