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Tips on Dealing with Hoilday Stress

The YMCA believes in healthy spirit, mind, and body. Around the holidays a lot of emphasis is put on physical fitness. However, we often don't consider the importance of our mental state in living a healthy lifestyle. While the holidays are one of the most joyus times of the year they can also creates stress. A common source of stress is relationships with our family members. On Tuesday, December 21, Jeffrey Kerber, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., from Iowa Heath's Counseling Centers For Central Iowa, spoke to Waukee Family YMCA members about this topic. Watch part of what he has to say here.



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Santa Claus Spotted at the Waukee Family YMCA!

Santa Claus was at the YMCA on Saturday taking Christmas wishes from youth. He also found some time to play and get in shape for a long night of work coming up on Christmas Eve. Watch his basketball skills here!

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Paul and Marilyn Strengthen their Bodies, and Relationships at the YMCA!


Paul and Marilyn Herrick live in DeSoto. They are married and have 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson. Paul is 70 years old. In 2006 he was diagnosed with a heart condition called atrial flutter - the top part of his heart beats too fast. He was also troubled by painful knees and ankles. At that time his weight was up to 300 pounds.


At that point Paul finally made up his mind that in order to regain his physical health, he would have to take action and thought the Y could help. He talked to a Wellness Coach at the YMCA and was refered to a dietician. He learned about portion control and how to read food labels. His coach, Cathy Struecker, then helped him set up an exercise and muscle toning program. Following these routines and controlling his diet, Paul has lost 70 pounds and has sustained his new weight. He also no longer has knee and ankle pain.


Paul says, "The activities, equipment, and staff at the YMCA are invaluable for a better health." Marilyn also does weight training and cardio work at the Y. They feel the YMCA is "like a family. We encourage one another and share tips." Paul also feels spending time at the YMCA with Marilyn is good for his marriage. Paul's goal for this year is to drop under 200 pounds.


Wellness Coaches can help you have successful results, as well. To make a free appointment with a Wellness Coach, call the YMCA or visit the Wellness Desk on the 2nd floor in the Wellness Center.

Waukee Family YMCA Receives $5,000 Grant from JCPenney Afterschool to Engage More Youth in Afterschool Programs


Thanks to a $5,000 grant from JCPenney Afterschool, the Waukee Family YMCA will have the opportunity to help more children participate in safe, life-enriching afterschool programs this school year.

This gift is one of 287 grants being awarded by JCPenney Afterschool to YMCAs around the country. It is designed to help Ys provide financial assistance to students (grades K-12) who otherwise could not afford to participate in afterschool programs.

“JCPenney is firmly committed to supporting youth-serving organizations, like the Y, that are dedicated to providing positive, meaningful programs during the crucial hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., when studies show that a quarter of America’s children are unsupervised after school,” said Jodi Gibson, community relations director for JCPenney and president of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund. “By collaborating with the Y, we can ensure that more children have access to afterschool programs that inspire them to be smart, strong and socially responsible.”

Today, with thousands of afterschool programs across the country, the nation’s YMCAs are a leading resource for parents seeking a safe, enriching place for their children to go after school. YMCA afterschool programs focus on the holistic development of youth, which include elements that promote health and well-being, social skill development, emotional development, creativity, character development, sports and service.

In Waukee, the YMCA serves participants at Waukee Elementary, Eason Elementary, and Brookview Elementary Schools. For more information on our program or to find out enrollment information, please visit the Child Care page on this website.

“The Waukee Family YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility,” said Eric Kress, Executive Director of the Waukee Family YMCA. “This generous support from JCPenney Afterschool strengthens our efforts by giving parents of our community peace of mind, and their children a place to learn, grow and thrive.”

JCPenney Afterschool has supported YMCA afterschool programming since 1999. In addition to awarding afterschool access grants, JCPenney Afterschool has implemented Round-Up fundraising events and a JCPcares social media campaign to raise awareness and resources in support of afterschool programs in every JCPenney community.