Palm Sunday: YMCA Press Release

To: Davidson County Churches
From: Glynda Smith, YMCA Annual Giving Committee
J. Smith Young YMCA 119 W. 3rd Ave. Lexington, NC
Subject: Press Release
Date: February 27, 2017

YMCA’s Palm Sunday Lunch Benefits Y Scholarships
On Palm Sunday, April 9, a delicious lunch will be served at the J. Smith Young YMCA. The lunch of chicken pie, creamed potatoes, green beans, rolls, dessert, and tea will begin at 11:30 and will continue until 1:30 to accommodate those who may want to eat following the Ecumenical Palm Sunday Service held on the old Court House steps.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and youth 11 years and older, $5 for children 4 – 10 years of age. Children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available at the YMCA front desk and from a representative in the church congregations. They may also be purchased at the door on April 9. With advance purchase of tickets, you may reserve a table of 10. Take- out service is also available.

Seating is limited to the first 300 tickets sold. Ticket sales begin March 19, 2017 at the Y and in the churches.

After expenses, all proceeds directly benefit the YMCA scholarships that provide after- school day care, swim lessons, sports teams, and summer camp experiences for children in Davidson County. In 2016, the YMCA gave $131,678 in scholarships to folks in Davidson County.

For more information: contact Anna Flippen at the J. Smith Young YMCA, (336) 249- 2177.

Lexington Honors its Firefighters

September 11 Memorial Service

Honoring Lexington Firefighters
September 11, 2016
The Courthouse Square in Lexington, NC  USA.


See the order of service in September 11, 2016 bulletin.

Acknowledgments
We are grateful to Mr. Rodney Workman and the Central
Davidson Wind Ensemble, Mr. Mickey Sharpe, and Officer
David Rosser for sharing their musical gifts with us today. We
are also grateful to the YMCA Thursday Morning Men’s Bible
Study, Lexington Area Churches, and the Faith Community for
providing the Firefighter’s Bibles. Special thanks to Chief
Hartley and the Lexington Fire Department, Chief Sink and the
Lexington Police Department, and Mayor Newell Clark, City
Manager Alan Carson, and the City of Lexington.

May Is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of
living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood
pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. We all need to be
physically active, but our children especially need to establish healthy
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Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. More than a third of all children and adolescents are overweight, up from only 5% 30 years ago.

One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve
the diet and exercise habits of your entire family. Treating and preventing
childhood obesity helps protect the health of your child now and in the future.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that
adults: Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity
each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing,
swimming, and mowing grass with a push mower. Do muscle-
strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands or
machines at the Y– at least 2 days a week. Any activity is better than
none. Start with small steps and work yourself up. Before you begin
any new physical program it is good to talk to your doctor.

We are blessed to have a wonderful and comprehensive YMCA as
our next door neighbor and partner in ministry. The YMCA offers
something for everyone to celebrate this month! We have classes for
children from 6 months and up, sports teams for adults and youth and a
staff who can help provide orientations to our equipment and classes for
adults, personal trainers who can help you meet your fitness goals and a
variety of programs that are designed to accommodate any fitness
level. For more information, please contact Jen Fuller-Allen at
jen(at)lexingtonymca.com or 249-2177.

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in children and adolescents over the past 30 years. Over 30% of children are overweight which poses  greater risks for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and some cancers. The J. Smith Young YMCA wants families to know the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits. Here are five important actions:
• Eat Healthy: Make water the drink of choice (supplemented by age appropriate
portions of 100 percent fruit juices and low-fat milk) and make it easy for everyone to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables by offering two or three colorful options. Feel free to mix and match fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables to provide variety.
• Play Every Day/Go Outside: Kids should have at least an hour a day of unstructured play outside (when possible) and break a sweat at least three times a week by getting 20 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity.
• Get Together: Eat as a family as frequently as possible with kids involved in meal preparation and clean up. In addition, adults should take a break from electronics and spend one-on-one time each day with their kids, enjoying one another’s company.
• Reduce Screen Time: Time spent in front of a television, computer, tablet, cell phone or video games should be limited to two hours per day.
• Sleep Well: Kids and adults need to keep a regular sleep schedule ten to twelve hours per night for kids and seven to eight hours for adults.

Please contact Jen Fuller-Allen at jen@lexingtonymca.com or 249-2177 for more information about programs that can benefit your family.

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The J. Smith Young YMCA

The YMCA of Lexington is a FaithHealth partner serving the needs of our community. During the summer months the Y offers many opportunities for our children and young people.  You can sign your child up for one day, one week or the entire summer. Drop-ins are welcome. The YMCA also offers a variety of youth fitness programs – from music and movement for our 1-6 year olds to running, swimming, volleyball, soccer, yoga and more for children ages 7+, there is an activity for everyone.

For more information about our youth programs or summer and after school care, please contact Jen Fuller-Allen at 249-2177 or jen@lexingtonymca.com.