The Perfect Summer Camp For Busy Families

Thursday, February 26, 2015

By Guest Blogger Anitra Fulton, Program Director Swim Fanatics Swim Club

Are you dreaming of a summer camp experience that your toddler and school age child can enjoy together? This is a reality when joining Swim Fanatics Swim Club’s summer camp over the summer! SFSC has been a Triad favorite since 2007 for both parents and children alike. For a limited time, all TMOM members can try out one camp this summer with a $30.00 off discount (1 per household limit)*.

With fresh outdoor fun, arts & crafts, plenty of exercise and lots of swim time, SFSC provides families with the “Total Package” of a summer camp experience. Children as young as 2 years old through age 12 years old can enjoy a fun-filled half-day or full-day camp with Swim Fanatics! This swim camp appeals to busy moms the most because SFSC focuses on quality childcare for children of all age groups, while teaching an important life-skill that will encourage a love and healthy respect in and around a pool.  Read More

New Giveaway with Midtown Cafe, Ice Skating Special, KMO, and YMCA Giveaway Winner!

Sunday, February 08, 2015

By Katie Moosbrugger

New giveaway and other announcements you don't want to miss in today's Sunday Spotlight:

~ Valentine's Promotion at Greensboro Ice House
~ Forsyth Family's February Kids Morning Out
~ Win a Comfort Dinner from Midtown Market at Midtown Cafe
~ Find Out Who Won the YMCA Giveaway Read More

SuperTots Sports Academy is coming to the Triad!

Monday, December 29, 2014

By Guest Blogger Ethan Hall, Program Director of SuperTots Sports Academy NC

We are excited to announce that we are bringing SuperTots Sports Academy to the Triad area. The company has emerged as the premier child development company in North America. Classes are available for sign up now and will begin in January!

What is SuperTots Sports Academy?

SuperTots is a franchised child physical development program that uses a variety of fun games to delight and engage kids in physical and mental learning through various sports. We have all types of classes offered to children from 18 months to 6 years of age. The curriculum is professionally designed to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness, create self-confidence and prepare young children for sports.

SuperTots offers its flagship and longest running program in SoccerTots, and is now offering HoopsterTots, CheerTots, VolleyKats, and PartyTots. Each offers its own unique curriculum, which allows children the opportunity to explore their interest in different sports throughout the year. Read More

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

By Guest Blogger Nicole Gaboury, Nicole Gaboury, Greensboro Ice House Figure Skating Director and Master Rated Coach

We all know the song made famous by Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music” and many of us love to sing along to those whimsical lyrics because they’re so reminiscent of holidays gone by. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…”

The Greensboro Ice House offers countless opportunities to create memories that will live in our kids’ hearts for years to come. Read More

5 Reasons the YMCA Mistletoe Run is Great for Kids and Families

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

By Aimee Williams, Associate Wellness Director at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA and Race Director for the 31th Annual YMCA Mistletoe Run

The YMCA Mistletoe Fun Run, 5K, and Half Marathon is a festive tradition in our community and a great way to be healthy as a family. Held the first Saturday in December, this will be our 31st annual race. At the Y, we believe in helping families develop new skills and interests, improve their health and well-being, and connect to the community. Creating a family-friendly event is a huge focus for all the volunteers and staff who make the Mistletoe Run possible. Here are the five top reasons you should consider participating:  Read More

Get Kids Running and Motivate Them to GO FAR

Monday, October 13, 2014

By Guest Blogger Karen Grossman

The starting line is abuzz. Energy surges upward from the soles of bouncy feet, mouths curl into anxious grins, and conversation flows with excitement. The kids behind the line know what to do. They run. They remember to pace, not to grip their hands into fists, to hydrate, and to have fun.

Twice a year in the Triad, more than 2,000 kids, families, and community members participate in the Go Out for a Run (GO FAR) 5K and Fun Run. The event culminates weeks of training at a school or afterschool program, but kids who don’t belong to a club can also participate in the event. It’s open to everyone. Read More

The Greensboro Ice House – Ice Skating Fun for the Entire Family

Thursday, September 25, 2014

By Guest Blogger Nicole Gaboury, Skating Director

The Greensboro Ice House packs an array of frozen fun at the Triad's only year-round, ice skating rink. Conveniently located near the Wendover Avenue exit off of 1-40, the Ice House offers an experience as unique as your family!

Public skating sessions are the perfect outing for families, groups (discounts available here) or couples looking for a one of a kind activity. Bundle up for a totally distinct way to chill with family and friends by enjoying extended weekend public skating hoursRead More

SwimTYDE, Holiday Photos, Continuing Education, Golf Charity & More!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

We love keeping you up to date on events, programs and specials happening around the Triad, and this week we have more great news to share. Plus, stay tuned...we will announce a new giveaway later tonight and it's a good one! Keep reading to get more information about...

~ SwimTYDE at the YMCA of Northwest NC
~ Holiday Photos from Kissing Tree Studio
~ Salem College's Fleer Center
~ TL Cleaning Giveaway Winner
~ A Charity Golf Event in the Triangle
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Take a Child Outdoors!

Friday, September 19, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kevin Redding

Our guest blogger, Kevin, grew up in Salisbury and spent many days exploring the forests, fields, and creeks. He and his wife, Lori, and their two children, now live in Greensboro. Kevin is the Executive Director of the Piedmont Land Conservancy.

September is one of the finest times of year to be outdoors. The nights are cool and days are crisp. Leaves are giving their first hint of the upcoming color show. Wildlife is active during daylight hours. This year there is another good reason to get outdoors this week, and not by yourself! The week of September 24-30 has been designated Take a Child Outdoors Week. Read More

Triad Sports Directory

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing & Sloan Wilson

Ready to sign your child up for a sport, riding lessons or karate class?  Start here!  We have recently updated and added to this list of our readers' favorite sports programs in the area.  This is a list that will just keep on growing, so check back often to see new programs that have been added.  (This list can always be found by clicking the Directories tab at the top of the website.) If there is a group you would like to see added to this list, please email Sloan at On the flip side, if you see a program that is no longer offered, please let us know that as well so we can keep our list as current as possible.

You may remember our original directory of after-school activities which also included arts and enrichment programs for kids (theater, art, dance, music, drama, etc). We've decided to create a separate directory that focuses just on those programs and we will publish that list one week from today (Wednesday, August  27) - so stay tuned! We're blessed to have so many programs for our children in the Triad! Read More

Preschool Option, Family Night Out, New Giveaway & More!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

You don't want to miss today's news! Today we feature a fantastic preschool option, an event your whole family will enjoy, a new giveaway, and the winners from our last giveaway. Keep reading to get the scoop from these local businesses...

~ New Philadelphia Preschool
~ Forsyth Family magazine
~ The Shore Team with Allen Tate Realtors
~ Swim Gear
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New Giveaway, Summer Film Fests, and Disney Tips!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Exciting news to share in today's Sunday Spotlight! Today we feature...

~ Enter for Your Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card to Swim Gear!
~ Find Out Who Won the Last Giveaway from Noble Academy
~ Summer Film Fests at Carolina Theatre in Greensboro
~ Tips for Visiting Disney with the Family

Keep reading to get all the scoop! Read More

TONS of Fun Family Ideas + A New Giveaway!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Don't miss out on these exciting family events and ideas, plus a Back-to-School shopping giveaway, compliments of Noble Academy! Today we're featuring...

~ Brenner Fit 5K Challenge
~ Winston-Salem Open & Brenner Kids' Day
~ Disney Junior Live on Tour
~ Arts for Life Family Event
~ Swim Fanatics Swim Club and Camps
~ A Chance to Win a $100 Back-to-School Shopping Spree
~ The Winner of YMCA Giveaway Revealed
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Get Ready Now for a Great Summer

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

By Chelsea Cullen Joslyn, Communications Director for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

After the winter weather we’ve had, it’s hard to believe summer is just around the corner. The spring months are the time to prepare and plan so that your family has a fun, safe, and healthy summer.

There are a few things you can do now to ensure your family is ready for summer:

1. Get safe around the water. Swimming is a life-long skill that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age. Among its many benefits, swimming teaches children life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so they can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing. The Y encourages children and adults to have fun and enjoy the various benefits of swimming, but to always make safety their first priority. The Y recommends children and adults practice the following safety tips when in and around the water:  Read More

3 Things Every Parent Should Know about Summer Camp!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kim McClure

A great summer camp experience can have positive effects on a child that last long after summer ends. As parents, we want the best for our children’s development. YMCA camp programs offer a fun and unique experience that gives children and teens the opportunity to meet new friends, explore nature, discover new interests, be physically active and create memories that last a lifetime.

Attending summer camp is beneficial to every child’s personal development. The experience teaches essential leadership and social skills and helps youth develop confidence and independence. Being a part of the camp community nurtures the potential of every child. Here are three of the top things every parent should know about how summer camp can benefit your child.  Read More

New Giveaway, BONUS Giveaway, Special Events and Spring Sports

Sunday, February 09, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

We have lots of news to share with you today, PLUS we kick off a new giveaway on our site, announce the winner from our last giveaway, and we include a BONUS giveaway at the end of this post. Keep reading because you won't want to miss it!

In today's Sunday Spotlight we're featuring:
~ Full Time Summer Program at The Greensboro Montessori School
~ Summit's Inspired Learning Series
~ New Giveaway with Ruff Housing
~The Winner of the $250 Legal Document Giveaway
~ Spring Sports Registration at the YMCA of NWNC
~ A Chance to WIN a McDonald's Breakfast for 10 PLUS a $50 Gift Card Read More

The ABCs of Real Fitness & Nutrition for the Entire Family

Friday, January 24, 2014

By Guest Blogger Laura Buxenbaum

With New Years just behind us, many of us are still renewing our commitment to a healthy lifestyle. This year attack the age-old lose weight and eat healthier pledge from a different perspective and make it a family resolution. Every parent knows, teaching children healthy lifestyle habits can be a challenge. But it’s not impossible – in fact, the building blocks to a healthy family can be as easy as A-B-C: Aim for Activity, Bring Back Breakfast and Choose Snacks Cautiously. Read More

YMCA Mistletoe Run Celebrates 30 Years

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

By Aimee Williams, YMCA Mistletoe Race Director

For 30 years, the YMCA Mistletoe Fun Run, 5K, and Half Marathon has been a healthy, festive tradition in our community. We are lacing up for another great event on Saturday, December 7, presented by local law firm Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.

Here are five of the top reasons to join us on race day: Read More

Competition with Character: 5 Things to Know about YMCA Sports

Sunday, October 27, 2013

By Guest Blogger Chelsea Joslyn , Communications Director of NW YMCA

There is something for every kid at the Y. Just because winter is around the corner it’s not time to hibernate! There are great ways to stay active throughout the season. At the Y, we are as interested in developing character as we are in developing healthy athletes. With winter sports registration going on now, we wanted to share five things every parent should know about sports at the Y:  Read More

Celebrating 125 Years at the YMCA

Monday, September 30, 2013

By Chelsea Joslyn, Communications Director for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

This month, the YMCA will celebrate 125 years strengthening communities across Northwest North Carolina. When the YMCA was first formed in Winston-Salem on October 27, 1888 it was made up of just 129 charter members and a few meeting rooms on the corner of Main and Third Streets in downtown Winston-Salem. It wasn’t until nearly 10 years later the Y moved to the building with a gymnasium, and 10 years after that to a building that included a swimming pool.

One thing that has remained the same is our mission, “Helping people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.” Today, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina includes 15 branches, which serve seven counties (Forsyth, Davie, Iredell, Yadkin, Stokes, Alexander and Wilkes), as well as a division for Childcare Services, and YMCA Camp Hanes. The Y engages more than 115,000 people in our communities.
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So You Think Your Child Can Dance?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

By Guest Blogger Jennifer Gentry, Marketing Director of Greensboro Ballet

Your proof: your creative and energetic child leaps over toys, twirls down the hallway and bounces off every wall in your house. You may be right! Why not find out for sure?

The School of Greensboro Ballet is a great place to explore your child’s love of dance! Why you ask? Being a non-profit school of dance, SGB is focused on teaching an art form, not selling you a service. Your child will be taught technique that will give him/her a strong and flexible body, musical instincts, artistic expression and performance skills and all without spending a fortune. Read More

How GUSA Helps Level the Playing Field

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

You wouldn't normally think of a sport as a gift, but when you register your child for an activity such as soccer, you are giving them so much more than just an activity to fill their day. And thanks to Greensboro United Soccer Association (GUSA), parents have three options to help get their child on the field, no matter his age or ability.

Option #1: Recreation
Now through August 12, registration for the Fall Recreation program is in full swing for children ages 3 ½ to 16. The teams practice on some of the best facilities in North Carolina. Bryan Park (pictured below) is among the best fields in the southeastern United States. Read More

Fall Dance Fun!

Friday, August 02, 2013

By Guest Blogger Hayley Harwell of Dance Edge

It’s time to put your dancing shoes on!  Dance Edge of High Point is currently registering for fall dance classes.  Dance Edge is a family-owned and run business located in High Point. We teach students ages 3 to adult in ballet, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and jazz. Classes run alongside the school year with performances throughout the year and ending with a recital at High Point Theatre in June. 

Fall classes begin August 19th with August tuition at half price.  We accept new students year round, but to perform in our June recital you must be a student by January 1st.  We have a viewing window in the lobby where parents can watch their children take class.  There are also multiple performances throughout the year for parents to see their children’s progress.  We perform annually at the Warren Reeves 5K Charity Run and at the High Point University basketball games.  Read More

Soccer- Building Memories, Friendships, & Learning Life Lessons

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

By Guest Blogger Kenny Richardson

Our family has been involved with Greensboro United Soccer Association (GUSA) for seven great years. Our three children, Emily, Scott, and Allison have participated in the Recreation, Junior Academy, and Challenge as well as the winter and summer programs. Soccer through GUSA has meant so much to our family. Our children play a variety of sports and the GUSA experience has by far been the best. Our entire family has gained vivid memories, developed new and lasting friendships and learned a lot of life lessons both for our children and for us as parents.

As a parent and volunteer coach, I have many good memories with GUSA soccer. It has been great to see the look of joy on a kid's face when they score their first goal. Equally gratifying is seeing the proud parent on the sideline after their child has scored a goal or made a great play. At the end of most games in GUSA, it has been nice to see the parents make a tunnel for each team and see the kids run through the tunnel with smiles and plenty of fun screams! The sportsmanship and inclusiveness of this gesture has always epitomized what GUSA is all about- do your best, try hard and have fun!  Read More

Why It’s Cool to be a Soccer Mom

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. ~ Mia Hamm

There are few sports that can let you be a superstar on the playing field like soccer. It doesn’t matter what size you are, how tall you are, how confident or shy you are, how much you love or hate to run, or how athletic or clumsy you are – chances are good there is a position that will let you shine. That’s because the greatest lesson learned - in just one season of the game - is teamwork. A soccer player is only as good as its team, and vice versa.

Growing up, I played soccer every season for over six years and it’s made for many of my fondest childhood friends and memories. Today as a parent, I would be honored to call myself a “soccer mom” because of all the experiences and that my child could gain. If you feel the same way, enrolling in a program with Greensboro United Soccer Association (GUSA) is a great start, and now is the perfect time. Read More

Play, Sleep, Repeat: YMCA Summer Day Camp

Thursday, June 06, 2013

By Guest Blogger Chelsea Joslyn, Communications Director of YMCA of Northwest NC

5 Reasons to Go to Summer Camp

School is almost out and did you know that more than 10 million kids around the world are headed to summer camps? Summer is meant to be filled with learning enrichment, new experiences and making new friendships and memories that can last a lifetime.

At the Y, we focus on programs that allow children to explore and get involved in activities that help them grow both mentally and physically. Summer camp gives children and teens the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about nature, discover new interests, be more physically active, and develop confidence, independence, leadership and social skills. Every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp. Here are the top five reasons why children should attend:  Read More

Why I Love Swim Team

Friday, May 10, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

Summer swim team season begins for most swim clubs in the next few weeks. I know it seems a little cold and I am sure many kids will have purple toes when they climb out of the water, but they will eventually have a wonderful time! If your child is participating in swim team this year – BRAVO! If you are still contemplating, I say do it! Here’s why…

When my family moved to Charlotte over thirty years ago, our neighborhood did not have a pool, so we spent our first two summers running through the sprinkler and playing “Nestea Plunge” by pouring buckets of water on ourselves in the driveway. Ahhh, the memories! By the time I turned eight, our neighborhood pool opened, and my mom was one of the women who got an official swim team up and running. (Kind of ironic as I look back now, considering she never knew how to swim until I taught her a few years ago!) We only had about 60 kids on our team at good old Sardis Forest, and we looked pretty pitiful because we had no swim caps or goggles. Our diving blocks were hand-made by my dad, and no one had any clue what they were doing, but we were pumped up! We lost every single swim meet that year and I think the next year as well, but none of that mattered.  Read More

Does Summer Camp Really Matter?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

By Guest Blogger Amber Ford, Family Services Director, Spears Family YMCA 

Over the years many parents have asked, “what is the point of summer camp anyway?” Summer camps are designed for youth to explore, create, discover, and grow. Camps are fun for a summer and provide lessons that last a lifetime.

Building independence, self-esteem, and lasting relationships.
From birth children begin to learn about their inner selves and start becoming their own person. Having youth learn to solve their own problems, turn to peers and counselors for support, and be responsible for their belongings and activity area are key parts of the summer camp experience. They're picking and choosing which activities they want to do that day, hiding and seeking, being messy, and doing the spooky things children do (while being supervised). It is that feeling of success and freedom that translates into self esteem.  Read More

TMoM Summer Camp Pick: Salem Sports Camp for Kids

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

When it comes to summer camps, my kids can be pretty picky. Even though they're only 8 and 6, they have a clear vision of what they want on their summer agenda each year. Plus each summer we like to try new things to create new memories and adventures. However this is the first time that BOTH of my kids asked to enroll in the same summer camp they both attended last year. And that summer camp is Salem Sports Camp for Kids.

Not only is it a camp loved by my kids, but Rachel and Allison (both of TMoM) along with many of our friends - and their kids - can all say the same thing. Adds Allison,  It is the one camp that I drop my children off and know that they are going to have a blast, meet new friends, learn new sports and skills, and most importantly, be safe. The staff is incredible – it says so much about a camp when the same camp counselors come back year after year." Read More

Changing the World - One Child, One Forward Roll at a Time

Sunday, March 10, 2013

By Richard Moore, managing partner, The Little Gym

“Welcome to The Little Gym!”  With that simple statement The Little Gym of Greensboro opened over 13 years ago in the Westridge Square Shopping Center off Battleground Avenue.  It was the best of times. Our simple goal? To change the world, one child, one forward roll at a time. We officially were promoting the healthy and successful physical and mental development of the children of the world. But we didn’t want to just promote healthy living and development....we wanted to start positively impacting the stories we heard every night on the 11 pm news and read every day in the newspaper.

As a society, we have the option of more video games and television shows available for our children, but if a child’s activity level remains low at a younger age, they are more likely to remain inactive as they get older.*  Read More

YMCA Announces Kickoff to “Friends of Youth” Campaign

Monday, March 04, 2013

By Guest Blogger David Ozmore, CEO of YMCA of Greater High Point

Every day, the YMCA of High Point serves as a gathering place for the community.

Kids flock to the Y after school to play and do homework. Seniors connect with one another through exercise classes and group activities. Teens learn valuable lessons in Leadership as they grow. Thousands of kids develop a lifetime of memories through Summer Camp programs. To ensure that the Y can continue to provide High Point, Archdale, Trinity and the surrounding community residents with life changing experiences, the YMCA of Greater High Point has launched its annual “Friends of Youth” community support campaign. Read More

5 Ways to Help Your Child Deal with Weight Issues

Sunday, March 03, 2013

By Dara Garner-Edwards, MSW, LCSW, Family Counselor, Brenner Children’s Hospital

Despite how perfect your child is to you, she might develop concerns about weight at some point—particularly in her tween and teen years. And while you can't control the messages your child receives from peers and pop culture, there are things you as a parent can do to help her develop a healthy attitude toward her appearance:

1. Listen to your child's concerns. Allow your child to bring up appearance-related worries when she's ready. If, for example, your child is overweight, it's something she's probably already very sensitive about. Pointing it out can end up doing more damage to her self-esteem. So, while it's important to be aware of what's going on in your child's life, it's helpful to let her address her body concerns in her own time.  Read More

Laying the Foundation for a Lifetime of Healthy Living

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

By Beth Morphis, Co-owner of Salem Gymnastics Sports Center

From a very early age, children understand the importance of movement.  Far before academic success comes into play, children begin sorting out their social status on the playground using ladders, monkey bars, balls and races as the benchmark where they see themselves as either “can do” kids or not.  Sadly, long before kindergarten starts, many children already view themselves as awkward or clumsy, and therefore shut down, becoming non-movers for life.  

Fortunately, Salem Gymnastics knows how to lay the foundation that gives each child the confidence to succeed not only the playground, but wherever their passions lead them. Read More

Summer Olympics Excitement: How to Get Involved in Swimming at the Y

Monday, August 06, 2012

By Guest Blogger Chelsea Cullen, Communications Director, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

The excitement of the Summer Olympics has kids across the country wanting to be the next Missy Franklin or Michael Phelps. Here are a ways to get your child more involved in swimming:

Dip your toe in. The YMCA offers a swim lesson program that provides a critical life skill and love for all things aquatic. Lessons begin for children as young as six months, and then vary by age and ability. Introduce your little one to the water through games, songs, and activities that enhance physical, cognitive and social development.  Read More

Built by Play

Saturday, July 07, 2012

By Guest Blogger, Dr. William Satterwhite 

One of my deepest sorrows has been the gradual erosion of true “play” for children in the 21st century. People who grew up in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s spent large chunks of their childhoods playing make-believe games with their friends. Whether it was playing ‘house’ or pick-up baseball in the yard, the children set the rules, made the teams, and worked out their disagreements. By law in North Carolina, children didn’t have to start school until first grade, and many did not. For those who went, five year old kindergarten was a half-day, and its primary purpose was play. Reading and writing and sitting still were (and still are) six to seven year old skills. It was widely and accurately recognized that children learned by and through play.

By the mid-1990s and 2000s, things had dramatically shifted. Our society decided that unstructured play for children was a waste of time and that real learning only occurred in structured settings. Rote memorization of facts became more highly valued than learning through play and guided activities. Adding to the intensity of structured learning was the myth that parents are largely responsible for “sculpting” their children’s brains. Thus if you want to be a really good parent, you will engage your children in multiple structured activities in order to teach them as much as possible as early as possible. Read More

Spring Sports at the Y: Where Values are Always in Play

Saturday, February 25, 2012

By Guest Blogger Chelsea Cullen, communications director, YMCA of Northwest NC

Sports aren’t always about whether you win or lose, but what you learn in the process. At the Y, sports programs are a great way for kids to meet new friends, build athletic skills, develop life-long passions, and achieve goals in a supportive environment with caring adults.

This spring, the Y offers a variety of sports options across our various branches. Here are just a few:  Read More

Survive the Holidays and Stay Healthy

Friday, December 09, 2011

Wellness Tips from the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

The holiday season is in full swing. Between shorter days, long shopping lists, and a bustling social calendar, it’s easy for moms to forget to take time for themselves and put wellness goals on the back burner. The result is that you end up starting the New Year feeling more stressed than ever.

The holidays are hectic, but we have a few tips to help you enjoy the festivities to the fullest and feel like your best self.  Read More

Getting the “Heads Up” on Protecting Your Child’s Brain

Thursday, November 03, 2011

By Alexander Powers, M.D., Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Wake Forest Baptist Health –
Brenner Children’s Hospital

Every year, we hear numerous reports of young athletes who suffer life-threatening head injuries while playing sports. The most recent was just a few weeks ago in upstate New York, when a 16-year-old died from blunt force trauma after a seemingly typical play during a high school football game.

Because of these stories as well as recent attention on concussions spotlighted by the NFL, many researchers are focusing their efforts on head injury prevention. I am proud to say that Brenner Children’s Hospital, a part of Wake Forest Baptist Health, is at the forefront of this research. With our dedicated Concussion Clinic, we are able to provide the best care possible to children with head injuries, while conducting unprecedented research that will be used to save young lives. Read More

Greensboro Ballet: Teaching Lessons in Art and Life

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sponsored by Greensboro Ballet; written by Jennifer Gentry, marketing director and mother to Reece, 9, and James, 8

Wouldn’t be great if there was ONE after-school activity for your child that combined learning an art form, musicality, some form of physical fitness and something that increased your child’s intelligence and life-skills all at once? Good news! There is and it’s called DANCE!

Your child can take one class, on one day/time, in one location, for one price and get all of those activities combined . . .all at the Greensboro Ballet!  Read More

Make Back to School Special

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sponsored by the YMCA of Northwest NC

It is hot, hot, hot and hard to believe that back to school is just around the corner. Before you know it the lazy days of summer will be replaced with the hustle and bustle of new teachers, open houses, back to school shopping and more!

Many kids in our community don’t get to experience the thrill of back to school shopping. The Y is partnering with other local nonprofits to help supply much-needed backpacks and other school supplies to children. You can help make back to school special by visiting your local Y with a new backpack to donate.

For new members who make a donation now through August 18, the Y will offer $49 off your joining fee. Joining fees vary by branch, age and whether the membership includes other family members. Membership at the Y provides access to a wide range of activities that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, as well as the opportunity to strengthen our community. Read More

Childhood Obesity: A Preventable and Treatable Illness

Saturday, July 02, 2011

By Timothy Dalton, M.D., North Point Medical Associates and Forsyth Medical Center

There was a time when most of us thought of obesity as just a grownup’s problem. But these days, a growing number of children in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. In fact, at least one in three kids is carrying around more than just a few extra pounds—and that’s not all they’re carrying. These children are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as low self-esteem, depression and difficulties finding acceptance among their peers. It’s not overstating the problem to call it a national epidemic.

As a physician, this is a tough trend for me to witness. While it can result from pre-existing medical conditions, such as endocrine disorders, very often lifestyle issues are to blame when children become obese. It’s just a fact that we’re living in the digital age, when more and more children live their lives in front of televisions and computers. For many teens, texting and instant messaging account for much of their social activity. That means less time spent doing the things that kept us healthy as kids, like bike riding and shooting hoops. Read More

Summer Fun Means Lifelong Memories

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sponsored by the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

With June and the end of school less than a month away, most parents are still looking for the perfect summer camps for their children to learn, grow and thrive while also having a great time! Then look no further than summer camp at the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.

Whether your child is looking to make new friends, improve sports skills, learn to shoot a bow and arrow or just have a great time, the Y has the answer. Each and every camp centers on our five character development traits of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. We also combine fun and adventure with age-appropriate, camper-centered programs, which incorporate new skills and group activities, all in a safe environment. Read More

Make a Commitment to MOVE!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

By Kelly Melang, fitness enthusiast and blogger for Forsyth Family magazine

With the era of computer games, video games and the excuses they provide for a sedentary lifestyle, create the desire to exercise in your children by setting the example.  Challenge them to hit the floor with you and show them how to get a few crunches in, don’t sit in front of the television with computers on, get outside and have a real conversation!  Two benefits include great family time and keeping childhood obesity at bay!  Make a commitment to MOVE and reap the benefits!

There are many benefits to regular exercise, especially with children. These include: Read More