YMCA spotlights Chad Burkey as part of Military Appreciation Month

(ROCKWALL-May 22, 2013) One thing I love about my job at the YMCA is getting to know people’s personal journey, their story that brought them to the YMCA or how the YMCA impacted their life. In the next few articles, I will share with you my YMCA story, along with the stories of others, staff […]

Spring is right for seasonal cleanse and detoxing

(April 13, 2013) Every change of season is a good time to clean things up – our homes, our bodies, time to clear the clutter in our minds.  Time for spring cleaning the house, the garage, our yards (I even cleaned up my office to the shock of many) and a great time to get […]

Keeping children healthy, safe

(April 1, 2013) April is Child Abuse Awareness month.  At the YMCA we champion child abuse prevention every day, but during April we will be working hard to bring awareness to this issue. I have seen child abuse from many angles.  As a former executive director of domestic abuse and sexual assault programs, I saw […]

JER Chilton YMCA to host Lunch & Learn, Healthy Kids Day

YMCA offers FREE Lunch & Learn on family nutrition for Blue Ribbon News readers (ROCKWALL – March 2, 2013) March is National Nutrition Month, so this is a great time to focus on individual and family nutrition.  One of the most important aspects of a wellness program, whether you are trying to be fit, avert […]

November is Military Family Month at the Rockwall Y

November is Military Family Month at the Rockwall Y

Rockwall County families with loved ones serving in the military can connect at the Y  (Rockwall, November 10, 2012) – Military Family Month provides all Americans the opportunity to recognize the dedication, sacrifice and service of military personnel and their families.  The Rockwall Family YMCA recognizes military families this November and all year round by […]

Living Well by Liz Jones: Key to staying healthy over the holidays

As most people know, staying fit and healthy over the holidays can be a challenge.  First of all, I recommend not attempting to lose weight over the holidays.  Do not try to make drastic changes in diet or exercise plans.  The most obtainable goal to work toward is to try to maintain through the holiday […]

Rockwall Family YMCA offers healthy eating, physical activity tips

Encouraging families to address healthy living during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month September 18, 2012 – September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and the Rockwall YMCA — a leader in youth development and healthy living—wants to help families in Rockwall County understand the risks of childhood obesity and how to incorporate regular physical activity and […]

Eagle Scout project blooms, community partnerships grow at Rockwall YMCA

Eagle Scout project blooms, community partnerships grow at Rockwall YMCA

(Rockwall) September 5, 2012 – The YMCA, as many people know, promotes Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. One way that we work toward these goals is by creating partnerships in the community that focus on our common purpose.  Recently we had a young man, Andrew Kirfman, who is working to earn his Eagle […]

Getting ready for a special occasion

September 5, 2012 – No, no, no… I have no current plans for a wedding.  In fact, I’m pretty darn single at the moment. When I put this picture on my Facebook page without any comment about why I was wearing it, I got slammed with Facebook comments, texts and e-mails from many of my friends […]

140-pound weight loss goal achieved with determination, discipline

STORIES THAT INSPIRE : Jennifer Manley August 28, 2012 – I first met Jennifer Manley when I was interviewing her for a position at the YMCA.   She is a 25-year-old woman who has a very inspirational story to share with others.  She struggled her whole life with her weight and grew up often eating […]

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