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History of the Y: Building a Better Us for 174 Years

History of the Y: Building a Better Us for 174 Years In honor of Founders' Day, here is an updated history of the Y.  The Y is the organization that… …saw to and met the practical and spiritual needs of young men flocking to London during the Industrial Revolution. …has served the military and military families in every U.S. conflict since the Civil War. …inspired the formation of the S.O., Peace Corps and Father’s Day. …met immigrants coming off the...

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The Y’s History of Building a Better Us

  On June 6 the YMCA marks more than 170 years as more than a place, it is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services designed to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Here are five past notable events and achievements that demonstrate the Y’s commitment to the communities it serves:   American Institutions: Celebrations such as Father’s Day, and organizations like the Peace Corps, all have their roots at the YMCA.   Summer Camp: The oldest...

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DON’T GET BURNED! UV Safety Tips

Between the beach, the pool, and the weekend cookouts, you may be having too much fun to worry about sunburn—until that telltale stinging and redness set in. Sunburn isn’t just painful, it’s also bad for your health. The sun’s rays contain two types of ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet A (UVA) causes tanning, aging skin, and wrinkles. Ultraviolet B (UVB) causes sunburn. And both can cause skin cancer. We all know the telltale signs of a sunburn. But did you know that...

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Our First Messy Fun Party was a Success!

Hello, Harrison County! Recently, we've introduced new party options to our Y facility. One of those options is the Messy Fun Party! This party is aimed at kids from ags 3-6, though anyone can participate, as we learned on Saturday. Adults, young adults, teens, AND kids participated - no one could resist once they saw how much fun the children were having. This party format is also an excellent option for those who have sensory processing issues or are sensitive to textures....

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Charging Up for a Healthy Summer

  Summer is just around the corner and with it children’s break from the routine—mornings spent sleeping in, afternoons spent watching television or playing video games in the cool air conditioning and evenings enjoying a nice ice cream cone before bed. It may sound great, but a summer spent like this can have lasting negative effects. Kids are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer months and research shows that children gain weight two to three times...

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Our Spring and Summer 2017 Program Guide is Here!

Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the slight delay. There were a couple of exciting new classes we wanted to make sure we had in our brochure. Now that we've got that done, it's ready for your viewing pleasure! You can tap on the photo on the photo to bring up a PDF. Call or email us with any questions you may have. See you at the Y!  

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Second Annual Swim for a Cure Fundraiser!

Hello, swimmers and non-swimmers alike! The Harrison County Y is hosting their second Swim for a Cure on March 31st, 2017. This swim benefits not only HAYST, but the American Cancer Society as well. The American Cancer Society's goal is to free the world from all types of cancer, and they conduct research, fund studies and new methods of treatment, support patients, and spread the word about preventable types of cancer. The American Cancer Society's goal is to free the...

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American Heart Month Tips

  February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Harrison County YMCA offers the following tips to help families in Harrison County be heart healthy. Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals or a 10-minute walking break during the day. If...

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