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Rocky Mount, Va. (December 23, 2021) – The Franklin County Family YMCA organized a community We Care Campaign that included a Veterans day fundraiser, coat drive, canned food drive and Angel Tree during the months of November and December to help county residents this winter season.

The Y’s generous members were able to provide $96 toward our scholarship program for returning Veterans, 105 non-perishable food items, 36 coats, and gifts for 60 children to be distributed to families in need this holiday season.

Food items and coats will be delivered to the local soup kitchen and Franklin County Department of Social Services. The Angel Tree gifts, which included 50 boxes of toys from the National Guard in Rocky Mount, have been distributed to children in elementary schools across the county. Funds raised with the Y’s flag sales for Veteran’s Day will go to helping local veterans who need assistance with their Y membership.

“Our members and staff are so amazing and generous. The Y as an organization works every day to make Franklin County a stronger community. Giving everyone a chance to help their neighbor, not only enriches the lives of those in need but brings back the true meaning of the holidays,” says Connor Matherly the Rocky Mount YMCA’s Membership Services Lead/Manager.

The Y, in addition to its mission work in swim, youth development, childcare and senior programs, also hosts food drives, coat drives, blood donations and much more.

To learn more about this and other available programs visit www.franklincountyymca.org or call (540)489-9622.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (November 16, 2021) – November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Franklin County Family YMCA is encouraging Franklin County residents to understand their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps to take to prevent the disease.

Following a year of reduced activity due to COVID-19, statistics show prediabetes rates are on the rise. Currently, 88 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes but less than 16 percent know they have the condition. In addition to the high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people with prediabetes are also at risk of developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

During National Diabetes Awareness Month, we encourage all community members to take control of their health and learn their risk for type 2 diabetes by visiting your local Y and taking steps to prevent developing the disease.

“A new study from the University of Michigan revealed that over one third of Americans put off healthcare during the pandemic,” said Andrea Fansler, Branch Director, Smith Mountain Lake YMCA. “This makes it imperative for community members to be aware of the health risks of prediabetes. The Y is here to help.”

To learn more about the Y’s healthy living programs, please visit www.franklincountyymca.org or call (540)489-9622.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (September 20, 2021) — The Franklin County Family YMCA has named Karli Johnson as its new Youth, Family and Fitness Director. In her new role Karli will be responsible for taking the lead on increasing the Y’s programing that focuses on keeping families in our community active.

“During our search for a new youth, family and fitness director, we looked at candidates from throughout Franklin County but Karli stood out among the rest. Her energy and vision for the Franklin County Family YMCA is exactly what we were looking for. With Karli’s experience and passion towards community wellness, we are convinced that the Franklin County Family YMCA will continue to be the leader in youth, family and fitness programming,” said Kevin McAlexander, CEO of the Franklin County Family YMCA.  

Karli graduated from Radford University in 2020 as a first generation college student with honors - Cum Laude, and comes to the Y with a BS degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership. While there, Karli created programs on and off campus including afterschool programs, teambuilding, and interpretation.

“I am thrilled to join the YMCA family,” said Karli Johnson, Youth, Family and Fitness Director at the Rocky Mount YMCA. “I’m originally from Deweyville, Texas and traveled quite a bit until my family settled in Franklin County around 2010. I love living in an area that has so much to do outdoors. Whether it is hiking, kayaking or riding four-wheelers, but I also love that the Y offers programs that are accessible all year round, such as swim lessons, youth sports and camp. I’m excited to be able to give back to our community with innovative programming and am looking forward to opportunities to better serve our neighbors.”

For more information on programming visit www.franklincountyymca.org or call (540)489-9622.

 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (September 1, 2021) – The Franklin County Family YMCA is launching Y360 on September 1, 2021 alongside their pay the day joining special. The video on-demand and live streaming service brings the Y experience seamlessly to mobile devices, TVs, streaming devices and the web.

 

“A new virtual only membership option with Y360 allows people to pursue a healthier mind, body, and spirit at their own pace, on their schedule, and in any location. It will include two monthly visits to our facility and is perfect for anyone just starting their health journey or for people looking for an in-home option,” said Karli Johnson, Youth, Family and Fitness Director of the Rocky Mount YMCA.

 

Y360 matches any on-the-go lifestyle, delivering talent from instructors across the country in hundreds of            on-demand exercise, nutrition, youth, senior and family classes.  Whether it’s in your home or at the Y, finding the lifestyle choices that work for you is easier with new programs and live-streamed videos added weekly for users to explore.  

 

“With many affected by COVID-19, we saw a need for an innovative way to offer programs that could be accessed from anywhere,” said Kevin McAlexander, YMCA CEO. “Each community member deserves health improvement tools and we’re excited to expand our capacity to do that with Y360.”

 

In 2020 YMCA staff led the way in offering virtual programs from their living rooms, back yards, and garages where they created and shared videos on Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram in an effort to stay open when their physical locations were closed. When the YMCA’s doors reopened the desire to continue connecting with people in new innovative ways led the Franklin County Family YMCA to offer Y360 to the community and it goes beyond just offering workouts with an array of youth offerings from culinary arts to camp activities.

 

“The app is filled with workout options including boxing, yoga, bootcamp, strength, and core. My favorite so far has been the bootcamp classes with Rachel. There is something on this app for every fitness level,” said Alice Smith, Franklin County resident and long time YMCA member.

 

Join the YMCA in September and pay a joining fee in the amount of the date you join. The Y also has financial assistance for individuals and families who qualify for income based pricing. If you are interested in learning more about YMCA360 or membership options call (540)489-9622 or visit www.franklincountyymca.org.

 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (July 28, 2021) – Franklin County Family YMCA wants to ensure that water safety doesn’t get lost in Franklin County’s eagerness to reopen this summer. As temperatures rise, kids want to cool off, whether that is in home pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, or oceans. This means the risk of drowning is as prevalent as ever. On August 16th the Y will be providing swim lessons to the children who missed out on school term swim sessions last year due to COVID-19.

“With the help of donations from local businesses and community members, we’re preparing to teach approximately nine hundred second and third graders invaluable water safety and swimming skills this year. Last year, we were unable to run our typical second grade swim program and want to make sure that all students have the opportunity to learn water safety,” said Kameron Kitts, Aquatics Director at the Rocky Mount YMCA.

The local businesses providing support include Carilion, CAPPs, American National Bank, Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia and Cooper Classics. The Y is encouraging other businesses and organizations in the area to support the cost of the program through tax deductible donations.

"With watersports and other activities in and near the water becoming more and more popular, now is the time to teach our kids how to be safe in and around the water.  Drowning is one of the top five causes of accidental deaths for kids ages 1-14. With the swim program and the support of our community we are able to reach a large number of these high risk kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to participate in our regularly offered lessons," said Kitts.   

During this year long program, each elementary school in the county will spend two weeks learning essential life saving swim skills in a fun and safe environment at the YMCA’s aquatic center. The Y is also encouraging parents to play an active role in promoting water safety and providing five tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable swimming experience for all.

  1. Never swim alone or without a water watcher. When children are swimming, make sure they are actively supervised at all times. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty, or where a responsible adult agrees to watch the children in the water without distractions.
  2. Supervise your children whenever they’re in or near water. Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach at all times.
  3. Don’t engage in breath holding activities. Children should not hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects.
  4. Wear a life jacket: Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  5. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water. If a child finds their friend in deep water unexpectedly, their natural reaction may be to jump in the water to try to save them. Even if a child is a great swimmer, a panicked person will overpower them, pulling the rescuer underwater. The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches the “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for them and pull them to safety. By using this technique children can help their friend without compromising their own safety.

If you or your business is interested in supporting the swim program or learning more about it, please contact Kameron Kitts at (540)489-9622 or kkitts@franklincountyymca.org.

 

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About the Franklin County Family YMCA: The Franklin County YMCA, a registered non-profit organization, plays an important part in Franklin County by offering an array of family and community oriented services at its  facilities in Rocky Mount and  Smith Mountain Lake, including childcare, fitness, group exercise, summer camp, swimming, tennis, pickleball, racquetball, and a variety of other activities and events. These services are related to its mission of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

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ROCKY MOUNT
540-489-9622
Fax: 540-489-1780
235 Technology Drive
Rocky Mount VA 24151

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE
540-721-9622
Fax: 540-721-0236
293 First Watch Drive
Moneta VA 24121

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