Friday, February 8, 2013
The funds help families in the community to pay for YMCA programs, such as after-school care.
Members and friends of the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA turned out last Saturday to participate in the 15th annual Rock ‘N Roll-A-Thon event and raised over $36,000. Participants this year had the opportunity to cycle, swim, dance and shop to help support our community. "We are so grateful that our members, community partners, volunteers, staff and guests who believe in the work that the Y is doing to make our neighborhoods a better place for everyone," said Kushuna Exford, Membership and Marketing Director. "One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will go directly toward funding financial assistance for children and families in our community who otherwise could not afford the cost to participate in the programs and services offered by …
Friday, February 1, 2013
"Pickleball is the most, fun, addictive game you can play," says one new Pickleball player. Similar to tennis, it's quickly becoming a favorite at Fowler YMCA.
The fast-growing sport of Pickleball is gaining momentum in popularity at Fowler YMCA in Peachtree Corners by players of all ages. Similar to tennis, Pickleball is played on a hard floor court with a three-foot net between the players. However, instead of a tennis ball and racket, Pickleball is played with wiffle balls and wooden paddles. The Pickleball scene at the Y is both lively and social. The players take their fair turns on the court and enjoy cheering one another on whhile waiting to play. Here’s what a few Pickleball enthusiasts said about the game: According to the USA Pickleball Association, the game was invented in 1965 by a congressman and his friends wanting a game their families could play on an old badminton court. …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Enjoy upcoming family night at the Fowler YMCA when the gym is transformed into a roller rink for skate night.
Families are important at Robert Fowler Family YMCA. So in addition to the broad array of programs, sports and fitness classes offered, Fowler Y offers an ever-growing selection of family-oriented programs. Last Saturday was Family Game Night at the Y. Families enjoyed an afternoon playing Jinga, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Candy Land, Cards, Twister, and many other family favorite games. And this was all in addition to the gym and swim times that welcome entire families to play together and workout together. On February 16, Fowler Y is planning to transform the Y gymnasium into a roller rink of fun for Family Skate Night. To see all that Fowler Y has to offer your family, stop by the Y for a free one week guest pass.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Fowler YMCA invites the community to its annual fundraiser Feb. 2.
For 15 years, residents of Peachtree Corners and the surrounding communities have come together for a day filled with fellowship and fitness at Robert Fowler YMCA’s annual Rock ‘N Roll-A-Thon. The spirit and tradition continues on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m.-.4.p.m. as neighbors cycle, swim, dance and shop – all for a GREAT Cause! With a variety of activities to choose from - cycling in the gym, swimming in our pool, dancing to Latin tunes, or shopping the Silent Auction, there is something for everyone! You don’t need to be an athlete to participate; you just need the desire to make a difference! One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will go to the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign which opens the doors for children, adults and …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Your neighborhood YMCA might be just the solution.
Friday, January 11
By Kushuna Exford The word resolution can be such a firm and unforgiving word, yet many people begin their New Year with a list of these “plans.” For many by the first week in March these “plans” are forgotten and tossed to the side for other things that take priority. The folks at the Y realize that a healthy lifestyle is important to people and they want to help you get to your desired wellness through collaboration and goal setting, not making “plans.” The staff at the Y understand that the journey to health and wellness looks different for every individual; they take the time to set goals and stay connected with you as you reach them. At the Y the focus is for you to recognize your own path to wellness. As you begin this New Year go …
Friday, January 4, 2013
A Peachtree Corners mother of two tells her story about a promise she made a year ago to lose weight and become more physically fit. With the help of the YMCA, she followed through on her resolution.
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Friday, January 4
Editor's note: Following is a personal account from a YMCA member on her journey back to a healthy lifestyle. By Stacie Sikes I was a collegiate athlete who entered the workforce in 1998. In early 2005 my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I was married in September of that year and over the next two years I devoted most of my time to caring for my mother, father and my husband. Mom passed away in November 2007. The following April I became pregnant with my first son, Dylan, and in September 2010 I was pregnant with my second son, Nathan. By December of 2011, I weighed 185 pounds and made the following resolution: December 2011: I am going to try and give myself the gift of health (and along with it a better self image). So, I went to the …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Peachtree Corners Y is debuting new TRX Studio - sign up for classes today.
What better way to end the old year than to try something new! Over the last couple of months there has been an exciting renovation going on at Fowler YMCA, the addition of a TRX Studio! TRX Suspension Training system is unique training equipment that uses one’s own bodyweight and gravity to develop strength, balance, flexibility and joint stability simultaneously. The design of the TRX allows participants to transition quickly and smoothly from exercise to exercise and work their entire body incorporating both strength and cardio. "From the elite level athlete, to the person new to exercise, and everyone in between, our certified trainers will lead you to safely perform exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, and …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Four simple tips on maintaining healthy eating habits during the holidays from your Peachtree Corners YMCA.
For many of us, the battle of the bulge starts with the leftover Halloween candy. And...what’s another slice of pie when it's Thanksgiving? By December, all that baking, shopping and snacking can really add up. "At the Y, we believe that small steps lead to big changes and with a balanced approach, even during the busy holiday season families can discover ways to live healthier" said Gina Lembo, wellness director for the Robert Fowler Family YMCA. The YMCA offers four simple tips to keep you from tipping the scale. 1. Maintain your exercise routine. You’re not just burning calories, you're also making time for yourself. 2. Aim for Five Every Day. The delicious crunch of fruits and veggies can be part of every meal and snack your family …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Louise Hager was recognized for her numerous volunteer efforts including her role in setting up the Fowler YMCA's senior center library and helping with the children's garden.
In this season of thanksgiving, Fowler YMCA is grateful to the many volunteers who work hard to make our community a better place. Each year, the Metro Atlanta YMCA bestows the title of “Volunteer of the Year” to acknowledge volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the mission of the Y. On November 12, these outstanding individuals were celebrated at the Y's 2012 Volunteer Recognition Dinner. Louise Hager of Peachtree Corners was honored as Volunteer of the Year for her enthusiasm and commitment to Robert Fowler Family YMCA. “Louise loves books and wants everyone to have access to them,” says Mark Thornell, executive director of the Fowler Y in Peachtree Corners. “She played an integral role in opening a library in our …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Peachtree Corners facility is providing 11 local families with food each weekend. Can you help the Y fight hunger in our community?
Across the country, Monday morning comes and many teachers are forced to compete against hunger for their student's attention. How can a child focus on learning to read when he or she is trying to ignore hunger pangs? In 2011-12, Gwinnett County Schools reported that just over 90 percent of children attending Meadowcreek, Nesbit, Norcross and Stripling Elementary Schools, qualified for free or reduced price meals - getting the fuel that they need to get them through the week. But what happens to these children when they go home over the weekend? What do they eat? With more and more families finding it hard to keep nutritious food on their table, Fowler Y is making a difference. In an effort to help children get the food they need for…