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Stay up-to-date with the latest news and happenings from the Ozarks Regional YMCA and its 7 branches.

Kadyn's Wish

I wanted to write to again express our sincerest thanks and appreciation for what you put together for Kadyn. She is still over the moon and has not stopped talking about it. That day she came home gushing to her twin brother and cousins that she "got to take a REAL gymnastics class! A class! There was a beam, trampoline, and both sets of bars! It was the best day of my life! AND I get to take real lessons starting on Tuesdays!!!" Cystic Fibrosis is a disease we knew very little about when our twins were born 6 years ago. Kadyn was sick from the very beginning so we had a major crash course. There are a lot of things Kadyn simply cannot do because of her compromised immune system. Althoug

Couch to 5K Challenge

In October of 2014, I got this crazy idea to try a new class being offered at the Bolivar YMCA. It was a Couch to 5k class that would consist of two evenings a week with a group plus one day on my own, for eight weeks, ending with a 5k race in Republic the first Friday in December. Ok, I can surely survive that. I haven't run since my senior year in High School, which was in 1997, but surely I wouldn't die, right? The first night we did intervals of: jog 1 minute, walk 4 minutes, for half an hour. Yeah, I thought I would die before it was over! But I came back two nights later with everyone else. I even went out on my own on the weekend like I was supposed to. It was tough, but I survive

Ozark Mountain Family YMCA Weight Loss Winner

Judy Johnson won the six week weight loss challenge. This program taught participants how to form healthy habits for life. With the weight loss of13 lbs. Judy has been a Y member for 4 years and participates in the Senior Yoga Class and Low Impact classes weekly. Her goal is to continue with weight loss and increase her activity.

Swimming the Extra Mile

In the 1950’s – 1960’s the American Red Cross had a swimming program “Swim Stay Fit 50 miles” where a swimmer could swim 50 miles and receive a pin or patch to show their accomplishment. Bob started swimming for his 50 mile pin in the 1960’s and was almost finished but then he got a call to serve his country. Bob retired from the Army Special Forces (SOCOM) G3 in 1991 after 24 years of service. He is 3 years post heart attack and 1 year since spinal surgery. In April of this year 2015 he has started working on completing his 50 miles of swimming here at the Jones Y pool. “The YMCA members motivate me to continue improving, while the pool and indoor track give me the year-round opportunity

Loving the Ward Downtown YMCA

Danielle has lost 98 pounds since joining the Y four months ago. In December she had difficulty getting out of bed and now, Danielle does Body Pump, yoga, and resistance training. William is recovering from addiction and says that working out at the Y really helps. Both Danielle and William have done most of the classes at the Downtown Y and love them. They say Jill, Erica, and Holly are awesome and very encouraging. “The instructors push you and have a smile on their face.” Prior to joining the Y, Danielle and William went to other gyms but the atmosphere didn’t feel right. They say that there is a sense of community and sense of home at the Downtown Y. Danielle and William are amazed a

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Strong, Healthy Kids

The Ozarks Regional YMCA Before & After School Programs in Springfield and Clever have pledged to incorporate even more healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) into our programs. Nationwide, more than 8 million youth participate in after school programs and here in our service area, we serve over 2,400 youth in our before & after school programs. The Y, both locally and nationally, recognizes the potential of the after school setting for engaging youth, fighting hunger, and closing the achievement gap. Many partners have worked to develop and adopt standards for obesity prevention in the after school setting. These collective efforts represent an unprecedented attempt to spread healt

New Faces at the Y

Stephanie Smith Community Outreach Specialist ORYMCA’s School Age Services-Springfield is very proud of Stephanie Smith! In her role as our Community Outreach Specialist, she has started providing support to other YMCA’s across the country by serving as a YUSA Food Program Facilitator. This position is critical to YMCAs success in measuring quality delivery of the YMCA’s Food Program and practices in our anti-hunger work. She will travel to other Ys to conduct quality assurance site visits and conduct monthly support via webinars. Stephanie will continue her work here with our YMCA and we look forward to Stephanie bringing new information into our programs as well! Blake Larson School Age

Summer Fun in Dallas County

The Dallas County After-School Program kids have the privilege of attending many field trips and will be participating in many other trips/events thanks to the 21st Century Grant given to our district. Our school is very fortunate to have this grant, as it enhances our programs, allows for a richer experience, and provides supplies for science experiments and other learning activities. Our program currently runs 70+ students throughout the school year and during summer school. Our trips have included the Branson Scenic Railway, Skyzone, Incredible Pizza and the Springfield 11 Theater. For summer school our students will attend Fantastic Caverns, The Tiger Sanctuary, be visited by the Abra

Camp Wakonda Celebrates 100 Years

We had An Amazing Centennial Celebration Weekend! More than 200 Friends of Camp Wakonda were on hand to help us celebrate 100 years of Transformational Christian Camping on Saturday, May 23rd! The fun began at 1pm; and activities included archery, rifle range, climbing tower, zip line, creek walks, arts & crafts, hayrides, pool, fishing & canoeing/kayaking. A great dinner of burgers, hot dogs, brats and a 'hobo dinner' option, corn on the cob and watermelon followed at 5:30. Then to the campfire where many cherished memories of Camp Wakonda were shared. We closed the weekend Sunday Morning with a light breakfast and Chapel at Chapel Rock.

Camp Scholarship Recipient Gives So Others Can Grow

Dr. Tracy Crosswhite Roberts was 11 years old when she got to go to Camp Wakonda for the first time. Until that summer, the 6th grader could only listen to the stories her older brother, Kenny, told about the wonders of camp. But that summer, things would be different. Thanks to a scholarship from the West Side Optimist Club, Tracy would no longer have to just listen to stories of friendships and comradely; campfires and sing-a-longs; she was going to get to experience them for herself. That year, Tracy too, would get to know the fun of camp; to run and jump and play outside, to do all the fun outdoor activities her brothers’ spoke so fondly of; to roast marshmallows; and sleep under th

Helping Kids Get Their Fill of Fun

In an effort to combat child hunger, Ozarks Regional YMCA will offer its free Summer Food Program, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. Combining food and fun, the program provides nutritious meals and snacks and fun learning enrichment activities to keep youth healthy, active and well-nourished all summer long. At the Y, we are focused on keeping kids mentally and physically active while ensuring they have access to healthy food so they’re well-nourished and avoid the ‘summer slide’. The YMCA’s Summer Food Program will help kids stay healthy, active and energized all summer long, ensuring they start the school year ready to achieve. Participants in the Y’s Summer Food

Monett Twins Lose Combined 342 Pounds

In the season premiere of the “Extreme Makeover” show on ABC, the story of Monett twins Robert and Raymond Delgado's year-long weight loss journey was told. The show chronicled how the brothers were accepted by Extreme Weight Loss coaches Chris and Heidi Powell. The show followed them through the first 90 days at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colo. In that time, both brothers essentially hit their initial, 100-pound weight loss goals, as Raymond tipped the scales at 97 pounds lighter and Robert lost 108 pounds. Read more on The Monett Times.

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