Michiana Family YMCA

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GET THE GAME FOR A HEALTHY LIFE

Introduce your preschoolers to a sport appropriate for their age and interests, suggests Mike Pott, Director of Youth Sports for the Michiana Family YMCA.

“The interests of the child, the attitude of family members, and the demands of the sport all interact to affect the child’s experience,” says Pott.  “When grownups establish realistic goals for a child, we know kids work harder because success feels possible.”

Above all, according to Potts, emphasizing that sports are fun to play will help your child stay active and benefit from all that playing sports can offer. It appears at least two local physicians agree, according to Sunday's South Bend Tribune.

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HIGHWAY TO HEALTH

Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "Gone are the days of just signing up for health insurance and hoping you don’t have to use it.”

In a story published Monday, April 2, Appleby writes that more and more employers are using the carrot and stick approach to cutting health care costs. Blood tests and exercise areas are becoming more and more common. The results of the tests become the basis for the employee’s health insurance premium.

The trend is expected to continue, as the incentives and penalties allowed by law are scheduled to increase in 2014, from 20% to 30% of the cost of the insurance plan.

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TAKE A LEAP TOWARD HEALTHY LIVING

Load up the kids and head over to the Y for a Spring Break Staycation! We've got a great line up of activities April 2-6. Developing new physical skills encourages kids’ self-awareness and self-confidence. Our Lessons also boost learning and enhance strength and endurance; in turn improving wellness and helping your children build social skills. Oh, and they'll have fun too. Choose from our SPLASH, FLIP, KICKS and Spring Adventure Day Camp and don't forget about our Friday Family Fun Day in the pool!

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The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
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