Y Stories

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

Learning Healthy Living

When the bell rings at Mallory Elementary the after school staff of the Dallas County Area YMCA is just getting started. Each participant is greeted with a smile and snack while backpacks are put away and groups gather to begin their afternoon. Many inquire what they will be doing that day and more than a few times you may hear, “Is it Kids in the Kitchen today?” Every Tuesday and Thursday you can find Ms. Rachel, Health Educator for the Dallas County Health Department, and Ms. Pat, her assistant, bringing in their coolers and supplies to get set up for “Kids in the Kitchen.” These ladies meet with each group for 30 minutes during the week teaching them about food and nutrition. This seme

The Support of Friends

Jennifer Woodward, Corie Post, Ashley Bailey, and Tracy Rhea are all busy moms who also happen to be Y members. On most days, you will see these ladies walking into the building with their children & heading first toward the kids’ zone, game room, or gym before ending up in the wellness area or in a group exercise class to begin their workouts. Jennifer, the instigator, having been a member for some time, asked her three good friends to join going to the Y with her about a year ago. Ashley, known to be a great competitor, likes to attend the group exercise classes because she says they challenge her to work even harder. Ashley’s three sons use the gym and game room with the same compet

Thankful For Our Community

We are entering into the time of year, for us to all reflect on our blessings. Life, happiness, health, family and friends. At the Y, we have a lot to be thankful for year-round, but Thanksgiving seems like the perfect time to recognize all of the reasons why. Here are some of the reasons we are so thankful this holiday season: Our Members: Whether joining as an individual or a family, all of our members become a part of our large Y family. The smiling children in child watch, swim lessons and our many other youth programs warm our hearts each day. We love seeing our Active Older Adults join us for fun classes. We hope you like coming to the Y as much as we enjoy having you here. Our Volu

For Help. For Hope.

“Breast cancer is a sisterhood you don’t wish on anyone.” Annette shared with me. I’ve known Annette Rowe, through the Y, for almost a decade and it’s hard to imagine that someone as active, fit and healthy as she has ever been sick. But it really didn’t faze me when I found out she was a survivor of breast cancer. Annette is only one of many women I could have talked to for this article. As I listened to Annette’s story and the roller coaster of emotions – back and forth from being mad, to “you are not doing that. Kick it.” She inspired me and it reminded me of the saying, “alone we are strong… together we are stronger.” In honor of our loved ones and because October is Breast Cancer Aware

A Place to Belong

Our family joined the YMCA this summer. As the mother of twin daughters with autism, I was concerned with how my girls, Summer and Autumn, would adjust to the Kids’ Zone and how the staff would accommodate their needs.We have had struggles with child care in the past but I took a leap of faith and made a phone call to speak with the director at my branch. She explained she was going to talk with her staff and everything else would fall into place, and she couldn’t have been more right! When we arrived for our first visit, the staff was very welcoming, very upbeat, very encouraging and willing to help in any way they could. I left Summer and Autumn in the Kids’ Zone to attend my first exercis

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