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Rocky Mount, Va. (March 5, 2018) – The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team competed in the Piedmont YMCA Swimming Association Championship swim meet this past weekend held at the Bedford YMCA. There were 11 YMCA swim teams there and over 300 swimmers in attendance. The Riptide swim team placed 5th overall in combined team scores. Riptide swimmers earned 3 out of 12 possible high point awards. High point awards are given to the swimmer who scores the most points in their respective age groups. Riptide swimmers that were awarded high point were Benjamin Furrow for 6 and under boys, Grayson Altice for 7-8 year boys and Allison Teer for 13-14 girls. The Riptide swim team made major time improvements in individual swims over the course of the championship swim meet and several meet records broken.

“The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swimmers have been working hard all season and it really showed this weekend. I am honored to be part of such a great program. The Riptide swim team is more than just a sport team we are a family. I was so proud of the swimmers who not only swam great but showed great character and team spirit this weekend. I look forward to the coming years as the Riptide swim team grows and gets better year after year.” Said head coach JT Boyd.

“Congrats to all the swimmers this weekend! Everyone did an awesome job. Also a huge thank you to all of you parents and families for all you do. This was a great way to close out the season!,” said Aquatic Director Kameron Kitts.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (February 28, 2018) – The Fresh coalition hosted a middle school dance at the Franklin County Family YMCA that had over 150 kids participating. The event had a DJ, dancing, an inflatable obstacle course, photo booth and other interactive activities provided by the Rocky Mount Police Department, the Family Resource, Piedmont Community Services, Henry Fork Center and other area agencies. Entry was free to all area middle school students and ran from 8pm to 10pm.

The intent of the evening was to discourage substance abuse by offering fun alternatives and education about the perils of drug use. A group of high school students, as a part of an organization called “CHILL” setup an interactive presentation that emphasized how important it is to be careful when accepting drinks from strangers and acquaintances in social settings.

“The event was a lot of fun for the kids but they really learned a lot about the dangers that are associated with substance abuse,” says Tony Wright a representative from FRESH and leader of CHILL.

The Fresh coalition and the Y plan on offering several more events throughout the rest of the school year including an After Prom event for Juniors and Seniors on April 28th.

“It’s really important for kids at this age to learn that they can have a great time without drugs and alcohol and to begin to develop lasting friendships,” says Jamie Stump Childcare Coordinator with the YMCA.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (December 29, 2017) – The Franklin County Family YMCA is combating hunger this holiday season through unique food drive programs.

This year at its 8 before and after school sites the Y held food drives for the “backpack” food program. The backpack program sends home food with students who may not have food security in their home during weekends and holidays.  Each of the Y’s sites competed against the other to see who could bring in the most food. The site which brought in the most food won an ice cream party for the students at that site. This is the second year the Y has held the competition between sites, overall the program brought in enough food to stuff around 250 bags. This year’s winner Dudley Elementary school brought in 1,400 individual food items for the drive.

“It’s a part of the Y’s mission work to do as much as we can for the community. It also gives our after school kids a chance to learn about helping others and giving back,” says Jamie Stump who is coordinating the effort at the YMCA.

The Y will also be raising food donations in the new year through a unique membership promotion. The Y will waive the joining fee on all memberships with the minimum of one canned good donation that goes to a local food pantry. The “can your joining fee” special is set to run through the end of January across all three YMCA locations in Rocky Mount, Ferrum and Smith Mountain. This will be the Franklin County Y’s first time offering the special and they hope to raise at least a 1,000 cans of food during the drive.

“Most wellness places offer some incentive to join this time of year but I think by directly helping others it shows how the Y is a little different. You can make a new year’s resolution anywhere but the Y’s mission is not only creating healthier members but a stronger community!” says Jessica Thomason Membership Director at the Y. 

 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (November 3, 2017) – The Smith Mountain Lake YMCA announced today that it now offers the Y’s ScriptFit, a doctor referred exercise program. ScriptFit is a comprehensive approach to wellness built on accurate health assessments, one-on-one sessions with a certified trainer along with motivation and support. It is now available at the Y’s SML location in the Lakewatch Plantation.

Previously the program had been available at the Y’s Rocky Mount location and saw exceptional results among its participants. The program works with doctors and their patients to build a personalized exercise program to improve the overall health of the participant and address specific concerns including chronic conditions, stability, balance, muscle density and weight loss. Members who have participated have seen weight and fat loss, including significant reductions in visceral fat. One participant saw a 20 point reduction in her blood pressure from 200/140 and is now 160/90. The Y has recruited Sallie Cappellari to be lead trainer for the program. Sallie is IFTA and ACE certified and has previously taught bootcamp classes, cardio kickboxing and Yoga Classes. She is a familiar face at the SML Y and longtime member.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of an innovative program like ScriptFit. This is just one example of how the YMCA positively impacts, not just its members, but the community as a whole. By partnering with our local doctors we are in a unique position to provide individualized care to meet the special needs of our participants,” says ScriptFit lead trainer Sallie Cappellari.

In the coming month the Y will also be bringing a Parkinson relief program to its Smith Mountain Lake location. The program is a part of ScriptFit and uses non-contact boxing drills and footwork to increase coordination and get Parkinson patient’s moving and elevating their heart rate.

“We know that our members are going to love being able to work with a trainer, at a reduced rate, to address specific needs they may have to improve their health. Sallie is a great trainer and can really motivate her clients,” says Lauren Acker the SML YMCA’s Branch Director.

The Y will also be demoing the InBody machine during the month of November and offering free body composition scans to the community. The Inbody is a high tech body scanner that measures body fat percentages, muscle density, an accurate body weight, hydration level and calculates metabolic rate all in about a minute.

“We have ScriptFit, the Inbody, Y Weight our health and wellness challenge, Indoor Pickleball and lots of classes every week. Stop in and see us. The Y has a lot going on to keep our members active and healthy and we’d love to see you there,” says Acker. 

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