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Family

Our Family is a Y Family!

Our family is a Y family. Just about every day you will find one or all of us at the Y, working, working-out,...
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Youth Development

How to Unplug This Summer: Summer Camps in St. Louis

Summer camp conjures up different images for different people. For some, it is the classic idea of roasting marshmallows...
Summer Camp
Youth Development
Youth

15 Benefits of Summer Camp for Your Kids

If you are considering summer camp for your child, you may be wondering if it is the right fit for your child's...
Exercise
Healthy Living
Health

Best Exercises for Women Over 50

Age really is just a number. You might be 55, but look 40 and feel 35. Or, you might be 50, but look and feel 65. It all...
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Food
Nutrition

How To Kick The Sugar Habit

Got a sweet tooth that is hard to control?  Does your morning pastry give you a pick me up just to have you craving...
Swim Lessons
Swimming
Safety
Youth Development
Confidence

Water Safety Tips

Swimming is great exercise, as well as a fun way to spend time together as a family. There's nothing like spending an...
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Fitness
Exercise

Gym Etiquette 101

As we find ourselves returning to an exercise regime, or even beginning a routine for the first time, we may...
Literacy
Reading
Learning
Community
Community Development

For the Love of Books!

It is a little-known fact that the Gateway Region YMCA is in the midst of a love affair...with books!  Our annual...
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Life Skills
Healthy Living

Making Time: 9 Ways To Love Yourself

We have all heard that it is important to take care of ourselves.  Too often it takes an event to bring that lesson...
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Health
Healthy Living

Sore Muscles? Roll Them Out!

Raise your hand if you'd like a FREE massage at home! Foam rolling is like having a personal massage therapist --...
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Yoga
Healthy Living
Health
Workout
Exercise

The Importance of Rest Days

Fun fact about me: I used to resent the idea of exercise.   ...
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Exercise
Healthy Living

Is the Scale the Best Judge of Success?

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.  Getting up at 5 am to work out, refusing to eat cake at your best...
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Swim Lessons
Swimming
Safety
Confidence
Pools

Holly's Story

A military change of station brought us to Scott Air Force Base and O’Fallon, IL in June of 2012.  We visited the...
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Healthy Living
Health
Exercise

How Often Should I Work Out?

Am I working out too much?  Too little?  What should I being doing more/less of to get the results I...
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Healthy Living
Health
Exercise

5 Tips for Beginning an Exercise Routine

You went through all the reasons you need to exercise (more energy, lose a few pounds, keep up with the kids, etc.)...
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Family

5 Military Family Month Tips

November is Military Family Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through youth...
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Family

Fall Family Fun!

Fall is finally upon us and there is no better way to spend this beautiful season than with your family in the great...
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Youth Development
Youth
Community Development

Makerspace & DIY ... Oh My!

What’s it all about? Creating, Collaborating, and Innovating are a few words that are widely used to describe the...
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Volunteers
Volunteering
Social Responsibility

5 Benefits of Volunteering

You’ve heard it before, volunteering is good for you! But do you know some of the benefits volunteering has besides...
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Planting A Fall Garden

Summer is peak season for vegetable gardens, but don’t dismiss Fall! YMCA community gardeners love fall gardens and...
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Youth Development

Kid Friendly Healthy Lunches

The formula for a successful healthy packed lunch is to include a lean protein, a whole grain, a fruit or vegetable and...
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Children
Youth Development

Bus Stop Safety

The school year is a large part of life for many of the younger members of our Y family. Many of them will take a school...