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Stress Management

Tense shoulders, lingering headaches, exhaustion, food cravings – everyone has feelings of stress occasionally. For many, these are some of the most common symptoms. But as bad as these may be, the effect that long-term stress can have on our health goes far deeper. In fact, according to recent study by researchers at Harvard Business School and Stanford University, workplace stress, in particular, is as bad for your health as secondhand smoke.

When we’re stressed, our muscles tend to tense up, which is why we often feel it first in our shoulders and neck. It’s also why tension-related headaches and migraines are common.  Our brain also signals the nervous system to start producing epinephrine and cortisol. When these hormones are released, the liver produces more glucose – a blood sugar that provides the energy needed to react in a true emergency. But when stress is long-term our bodies don’t use all that extra energy, so the glucose gets stored in the liver and skeletal muscles as glycogen. When our glycogen stores are at capacity, all the leftover glucose ends up stored as fat in the body. This is part of the reason why it’s common to gain weight when we’re stressed for long periods of time. Well, that and whole carton of ice cream you just ate.

As if that weren’t enough, long-term stress can also mean long-term damage to your heart. Momentary stress triggers an increased heart rate as part of the body’s “flight or fight” response – a crucial function when our reaction is needed for survival. But when your body is stressed continuously for a long period, as faster heart rate and elevated levels of stress hormones can increase risk for hypertension, heart attack, or stroke.

We all experience varying levels of potential stressors. Your ability to tolerate each one without long-term stress depends on many factors. Some of those factors include:
  • Your support network - A strong network of supportive friends and family can be an enormous buffer. On the flip side, the more lonely and isolated you are, the greater your vulnerability to stress.
  • Your sense of control- It may be easier to take stress in stride if you have confidence in your ability to influence events and persevere through challenges. If you feel like things are out of your control, you’re likely to have less tolerance for stress.
  • Your attitude and outlook – Optimistic people are often more stress-hardy. They tend to embrace challenges, have a strong sense of humor, and accept that change is a part of life.
  • Your ability to deal with emotions – You’re extremely vulnerable to stress if you don’t know how to soothe yourself when you’re feeling sad, angry, or overwhelmed by a situation. The ability to bring emotions into balance helps you bounce back from adversity.
  • Your knowledge and preparation – The more you know about a stressful situation, including how long it will last and what to expect, the easier it is to cope.
Unfortunately, some of the common ways people deal with stress can only compound the long-term damage. Healthy stress management involves either changing the stressful situation when you can, or changing your reaction when you can’t.  Healthy ways to manage your stress include: exercise, social engagement, relaxation time at home, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of sleep.

Take the following stress quiz to see how well you handle stress in your life:
  1. I have people I confide in when I’m feeling under pressure who make me feel better.
  2. I feel comfortable expressing how I feel when something is bothering me.
  3. In general, I feel in control of my life and confident in my ability to handle what comes my way.
  4. I find reasons to laugh and feel grateful, even when going through difficulties.
  5. No matter how busy I am, I make it a priority to sleep, exercise and eat right.
  6. I’m able to calm myself down when I start to feel overwhelmed.
Each “yes” you answer represents an important stress coping skill. Each “no” you answer represents an area to work on to become more resilient.

Learn how to control your stress and take better care of yourself to minimize the effects long-term stress can have on your health.
 

Summer Skin Protection

Skin protection is an important part of everyday health and wellness, especially in the summer when the sun’s rays are most intense. Keep your skin safe with adequate skin protection and by learning the risks and signs of skin cancer.

Approximately two million people in this country are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer each year. Non-melanoma skin cancers include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Both types are common and are almost always cured when found early and properly treated. Up to 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays. People who've had skin cancer once are at risk for getting it again.

There are also 76,000 new cases of melanoma each year, resulting in approximately 10,000 annual deaths. Melanoma skin cancers are more aggressive and not as easily treated as non-melanoma skin cancers.

If you have a parent or a sibling diagnosed with melanoma, you have a 50 percent greater chance of developing the disease, compared to someone without a family history of this disease.
People having fair skin, light eyes and light hair are at higher risk of developing skin cancer. An estimated 40 to 50 percent of fair-skinned people who live to be 65 will develop at least one skin cancer.

Other risk factors for skin cancer include:

• An abundance of large and irregularly shaped moles.
• A history of excessive sun exposure or blistering sunburns.
• Living at high altitudes or with year-round sunshine.
• Previous radiation treatments.
 
You may be surprised, however, to learn that people of all ethnic groups and skin types are at risk. Although infrequent, skin cancer is most deadly for African-American, Latino and Asian groups, because of a low early-detection rate.

Everyone should use sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher. Limit your exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest. Wear a hat and sunglasses and cover up with clothing to protect your skin.

All types of skin cancer (melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma) often start as changes to your skin. They could be new growths or precancerous lesions. These skin changes may not be cancerous now, but could become cancer over time.
 
Know the “ABCDE” rule to evaluate any skin changes that might indicate skin cancer, especially melanoma. Check to see if any mole or freckle has:

• An Asymmetrical appearance. For example, one half of a mole does not seem to match the other half.
• Irregular Borders or ragged or blurred edges.
• A Color that is not consistent. A mole that doesn’t have the same color throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red is suspicious.
• Increased in Diameter. A mole is suspicious if the diameter is larger than the eraser tip of a pencil.
Evolved in character or is spreading. Melanoma lesions often grow in size or rapidly change in height. 

A dermatologist should check any mole or freckle that looks different from others or shows any characteristics of the ABCDE rule.

The dermatologist may want to remove a tissue sample from a suspicious mole and biopsy it. If found to be cancerous, the entire mole and a rim of normal skin around it needs be removed. Additional treatment may be required. Remember, if you notice any changes to your skin such as a new growth, a mole changing appearance, or a sore that won't heal, get it checked out promptly.


 

Summer Screen Time: How Much is Too Much?

Summertime means more free time for youth. Without the school day to occupy them, many children and teens find themselves entertained by TV, websites and digital devices.  While these devices can be comforting on a rainy day or a necessary means of decompressing, many parents may wonder: How is screen time affecting the health and development of the youth in our lives?

The answer is in the research:

  • By the time children turn 10 years old, every additional hour of television they watched as toddlers is associated with lower math and school achievement, reduced physical activity and victimization by classmates in middle childhood (JAMA Pediatrics).
  • For every hour of television children watch, they are 8 percent less likely to eat fruit every day, 18 percent more likely to eat candy and 16 percent more likely to eat fast food (Time).

Meeting the needs of human connection and holistic support are key to the healthy development of all youth—and there’s a real concern by many youth development specialists that screen time may be replacing those critical moments in a child’s life.  

So, how much summer screen time is too much?

According to the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards, you should eliminate screen time for children under two years of age. For children over two, screen time should be limited to less than 30 minutes per day and less than one hour per day for ages six and up.

We realize that limiting time on electronics, or eliminating them all together, might be difficult. If you decide to allow your children to use electronics - try having them earn it! Check out this list of summer rules children can do to earn the recommended screentime each day. (By Thirty Handmade Days

These rules will teach children responsibility and encourage them to keep their minds and bodies active this summer! Get a printable version HERE.

Obesity: Fight the Odds!

Obesity is defined as a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that is imposes negative effects on a person’s health.  Obesity can lead to reduced life expectancy, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, certain types of cancer and osteoarthritis.  People are considered obese when their body mass index (BMI) is 30 kg/m² or higher.  BMI is determined by dividing a person’s weight by the square of the person’s height.  In 2013, the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease and it has become the leading preventable cause of death worldwide.  Over 66 million adults in the United States are obese and 74 million are overweight.  Fifteen to 25 percent of American children and adolescents are currently obese and studies show if they are more likely to be obese adults and develop obesity-related health problems.  Recent research indicates that 25.5 percent of Wisconsin adults are obese, 62.4 percent are overweight, and 13.5 percent of Wisconsin children and adolescents are obese. 

There are many factors that contribute to the obesity epidemic.  However, in most cases, it is believed that a combination of excess food intake and physical inactivity are the main contributors.  CBS News reports around one third of children aged four to 19 eat fast food every day in the United States.  Also, in a 2010 report by the Rudd Center for Food Policy it was noted that less than one percent of children’s meals met nutritional standards.  Sedentary lifestyles also play a big role in people who are overweight and obese. A sedentary lifestyle is one with no regular physical activity.  It is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes or more of moderate physical activity per week and children should get at least one hour of physical activity per day.  Sedentary activities such as sitting, watching television, playing video games, and computer use for the majority of the day have negative health consequences for both children and adults.  According to the book Obesity: Prevention and Treatment, more than 60 percent of American adults do not exercise as recommended and approximately 25 percent of American adults are not active at all.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states obesity as a contributing factor to approximately 100,000 – 400,000 deaths per year in the United States. There is some research that shows Americans are addressing the obesity concern and anti-obesity efforts are being put in place around the country.  The USA Today reports in 2013 there was a decrease in obesity rates, however there was a significant increase in Americans who fell into the “extremely obese” category.  Extreme obese depicts people who are approximately 100 pounds or more over their recommended weight. 

The World Health Organization is predicting that obesity will replace traditional health concerns such as undernutrition and infectious diseases as the major cause of poor health.  If current trends continue, healthcare costs associated with obesity could total $861 to $957 billion by 2030, which is 16-18 percent of the total United States health expenditures. 

Now is the time to take control of your and your family’s health. Learn more about healthy eating and exercise and make it a priority every day. If you are one of those who feel like you’ve tried everything and can’t reach or maintain a healthy weight, consider speaking with your doctor, a weight loss professional or a bariatric surgeon to discuss your options.


 
 

Men's Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month. Men’s Health Month heightens the awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and disease treatment among men and boys. This month is an opportunity for health care providers and individuals to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The Centers for Disease Control reports in 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, men die almost five years earlier than women.

According to the CDC women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men.  Men also die at a higher rate than women from the top 10 causes of death and are victims of over 92% of workplace deaths.  The top causes for death among men in the United States are heart disease, cancer, injuries, stroke and suicide.  The CDC states depression and suicide is very high among boys and men, as it typically goes undiagnosed, but men are four times more likely to commit suicide.  Boys ages 15 to 19 are three times more likely to commit suicide than girls that same age, and older men, ages 65 and older, are thirty times more likely to commit suicide than older women. 

In 2003, the New York Times published these interesting statistics on the difference between men and women:
 
  • 115 males are conceived for every 100 females.
  • Men suffer hearing loss at twice the rate of women.
  • Testosterone is linked to elevations of LDL, the bad cholesterol, and declines in HDL, the good cholesterol.
  • Men have fewer infection-fighting T-cells and are thought to have weaker immune systems than women.
What can men do to be healthier?  Eat healthy. Take small steps each day like saying no to super-sizing and yes to a healthy breakfast. Eat a variety of foods to get vitamins and minerals and add at least one fruit and vegetable to every meal. Be active.  Play with your kids or grandkids, take the stairs instead of the elevator, do yard work, play a sport. Choose activities you enjoy to stay motivated. Make prevention a priority. Many health conditions can be detected early with regular checkups from your healthcare provider. Be sure to get regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose and yearly check-ups for prostate health, vision health, and more.

Dr. Eric Duwell, Aurora Health Care Oshkosh states, “It’s no surprise that healthier men live happier, longer lives. There is growing evidence that suggests that men (and their female counterparts) who maintain a strong, ongoing relationship with a primary care provider report greater satisfac­tion with their medical care and also enjoy better overall health. This is because of improved continuity of care — an important factor in ensuring that you and your loved ones receive optimal health care.”
 

Summer Grill Safety Tips

Summer is everyone’s favorite time to be outdoors and cook outdoors.  Grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food in the summer months. June and July are peak months for grill fires, roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas grills are involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires. Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were responsible for an annual average of 1,400 home fires.  A grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. Grills can be very hot, causing severe burn injuries.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends the following safety tips when grilling:
  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
Safety tips for Charcoal grills include:
  • There are several ways to get charcoal ready for use, chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electrical charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Safety tips for Propane grills include:
  • Always check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
  • Apply light soap and water solution to the hose, a propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If it doesn’t stop, call your local fire department.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

Summer is a great time to enjoy grilling outdoors with friends and family. Be sure to review safety procedures and make sure your grill is working properly.
 

The Y’s History of Building a Better Us

On June 6 the YMCA marks more than 170 years as more than a place, it is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services designed to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Here are five past notable events and achievements that demonstrate the Y’s commitment to the communities it serves:
 
1. American Institutions: Celebrations such as Father’s Day, and organizations like the Peace Corps, all have their roots at the YMCA.
 
2. Summer Camp: The oldest known summer camp, Camp Dudley, first opened in 1855 and countless numbers of boys and girls have since learned the skills and wonders of camping through the Y, developing critical skills and making memories along the way.
 
3. Innovating & Inventing: From James Naismith's invention of basketball to instructors creating racquetball and what would eventually become volleyball, the Y has a rich tradition in activities that are played by millions of people around the globe. One Y staffer, Robert J. Roberts, is credited with inventing the term “body building.”
 
4. A Nobel Peace Prizewinner: YMCA leader John R. Mott was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for the Y's groundbreaking role in raising global awareness and support and for the organization’s humanitarian efforts.
 
5. Furthering Education: The Y is credited with spearheading the first public libraries, night school for adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
 
How the Y is relevant in 2018
Today, the Y serves more than 22 million people annually and offers resources at over 2,700 locations across all 50 states. Here are three ways “community” continues as the Y’s number one cause:
 
1. Nurturing the Potential of Our Kids: When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Nationwide, the Y helps over nine million youth to close gaps in hunger, health, learning, water safety and safe spaces while providing a place to stay healthy, build friendships, and achieve more – all while having fun! Each program demonstrates the Y’s unwavering commitment to ensuring children are on track for a successful education, especially those in underserved communities.
 
2. Improving the Nation’s Health: More than a place to work out, the Y offers programs that help individuals and families improve their health and enact changes that strengthen their community and society. From working with people who are trying to find ways to improve health, but don’t know how, to preventing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and helping people recover from serious illnesses like cancer, the Y is one of the few organizations in the country with the size and influence that can effectively reach millions of people. Ys are also active in the community, creating communal gardens, increasing access to farmers markets and ensuring children have a safe route to school.
 
3. Support for All Our Neighbors: As one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, the Y's social services and volunteer programs help more than 10,000 communities nationwide. From helping newcomers and immigrants adjust to new communities to member-led community service projects through the Togetherhood program, every effort helps to make a difference.
 
For more information on the Oshkosh Community YMCA,  the programs we offer and the impact we have in our community, please visit our website at www.oshkoshymca.org.

A Good Night's Sleep

Sleep is more than just closing your eyes. So what constitutes “a good night’s sleep?” According to the National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep you need to be your best is as individual as the amount of food you need. It isn’t simply how many hours of sleep you get that matters, but how good you feel and how well you’re able to perform each day.
 
Sleep is a dynamic process with a complex “architecture” that alternates between several stages throughout the night, each serving a different purpose in your sleep cycle. The first three stages are categorized as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and the last stage as rapid eye movement (REM).

In a normal sleep pattern, you begin your nightly journey by descending into the first stage, a light sleep. During this stage you’re in and out of sleep, and your body and muscle activity slows down. It’s not uncommon to feel your body “twitch” at this time. In the second stage, you begin to fall asleep and feel disconnected from your surroundings. Your brain activity decreases, and your body temperature drops.

Next is the third stage, also called “slow wave sleep.” This is the deepest and most restorative stage of sleep. Your brain produces slow waves, blood pressure drops, breathing slows down, and muscles fully relax. If you’re awakened during this stage, you feel disoriented momentarily.
 
After about 90 minutes of being asleep, you enter into the last stage, REM sleep. During this stage, your eyes move back and forth, brain activity increases, dreams begin, and your body becomes immobile (you can’t move). Once you finish a cycle, you start over again. As your sleep progresses, the time you spend in the third stage decreases and the time you spend in REM increases. If any stage gets interrupted, or the full cycle isn’t repeated enough times, you miss out on the full restorative powers of sleep. In other words, you don’t wake up the next morning feeling as refreshed.
 
Sleep. It’s a basic necessity of life – as fundamental to our health and well-being like air, food, and water. When we sleep well, we wake up refreshed, alert, and ready to start the day. When we don’t, every aspect of our lives can suffer.
 
It’s a myth that we need less sleep as we age, but it’s a fact that most of us sleep less at one stretch than we did when we were younger. Changes in sleep patterns can be dramatic, and sleep problems are more common among the elderly. Because sleep is so crucial to our overall health, it’s important to know what you can do to improve it. Below are some helpful tips that are good for people of any age.

• Follow a regular schedule of going to bed and waking up in the morning. Do not alter this schedule by more than one half hour on weekends.
• Avoid beverages containing caffeine such as coffee, tea, or soft drinks after 2 p.m., and always consume them in moderation.
• Do not drink alcohol to help you sleep. It can make you feel sleepy initially, but then it disrupts the normal pattern of sleep.
• Make sure your sleeping environment is relaxing and conducive to sleep. The room should be very dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature.
• Get some exercise every day, but not within two hours of bedtime.
• Avoid napping during the day, if possible. If daytime sleepiness becomes overwhelming, it may be a sign of sleep dysfunction. Limit naptime to less than one hour, occurring no later than 3 p.m.
• Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. This might include taking a hot bath or shower, having a warm glass of milk, or reading a book. Once you find what works for you, make it your regular routine.
• Use your bed only for sleeping. Do not watch TV in bed, eat, etc. Learn to associate your bed with sleeping.
• Do not be a “clock watcher” in bed. Turn the face of the clock away from you, since the only time you need to know is when the alarm goes off.
• Leave your bedroom if you’re unable to sleep or stay asleep and engage in a quiet activity elsewhere. Return to bed when you’re sleepy.
 
If you experience significant sleep problems for a month or more, or if you find that sleepiness during the day interferes with your normal tasks, make an appointment to talk with your doctor.
 

5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Healthy-Living Routine

Getting into a routine can be hard but is a vital key to staying on track with your health and fitness goals. As summer approaches, here are a few tips on how to jump-start your healthy-living routine!
 
  1. Have fun with your food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients.
               
  1. Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt. As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.
 
  1. Get Active. Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.  
 
  1. Tweak your routine. To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can grab hold of something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods.
 
  1. Get social. Socialization is an important part of your health. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!
 
For more information on how you and your family can live a healthy, active life, visit www.oshkoshymca.org today!
 

Engage at Every Age

You are never too old to eat healthy, get active and be social!
 
May is Older Americans Month and the Oshkosh YMCA is emphasizing the importance of being active and involved, no matter where you are in life. Oshkosh residents are encouraged to “Engage at Every Age,” developing behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction—especially those adults over 50.
 
Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better.
 
You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. If you need help, support or just a place to get started, community-based organizations like the Y provide the needed guidance to help older adults age well.
 
The Oshkosh Y offers many ways for older adults to live healthier, including Water Exercise classes. Both the 20th Avenue and Downtown YMCA locations offer older adult swim classes, such as Senior Water Fitness and Arthritis Aquatics, that help increase physical activity and improve health. These programs provide opportunities for individuals to begin or continue an exercise routine in an environment that provides resistance, as well as buoyancy, which helps reduce stress on joints when compared to other physical activities like running.  
 
While the CDC recommends that older adults get a minimum 30 minutes of moderate exercise or strength training per day, less than one out of three of Americans 65 and older meet these guidelines. Swimming and aquatic programs may reduce the risk of muscle loss and osteoporosis as one ages, as well as improve cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and mental well-being.
 
Both Oshkosh YMCA locations also offer a wide range of Land Exercise classes that feature aerobic, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises that are safe, effective and modifiable for a variety of fitness levels. In addition to physical benefits, the classes provide a fun, social atmosphere that foster relationships between participants. Over 20 classes take place each week that are especially created for seniors and are led by a certified YMCA instructor.
 
A special free day for anyone ages 55+ will be offered on Wednesday, May 30 at the Oshkosh YMCA from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come check out everything the Oshkosh Y has to offer, including pools, fitness classes, pickleball & more! Already a Y member but know someone who isn’t? Bring them for a chance to win a $25 gift card and half-hour Certified Personal Training session.
 
For a complete list of activities and special events offered on May 30, please visit our website at www.oshhkoshymca.org or contact Siri Smits at (920)230-8916.
 
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