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WAY TO WELLNESS A quarterly publication of the Henderson Family YMCA and The Daily Dispatch Sunday, October 10, 2010 • 4th Quarter ‘Halloween at the Y’ promises to be bigger and better Forget everything you ever knew or thought you knew about the Y and its annual celebration of All Hallows Eve! For the 10th consecutive year, the Henderson Family YMCA staff is lying in wait to thrust one and all into a psychic frenzy behind its closed doors, come Oct. 26. Think you know what lurks among the shadows and the dark? Are those voices you hear coming from within or without? Is your mind really intact or is it leading you down the “Hall of Terror” by a thread that cannot be traced? Or, could it be that you have taken a wrong turn and stumbled headlong into the smoky abyss of the “Haunted River?” Don’t let the grip of fear prevent you from experiencing all that the Y is providing this year at its annual “Halloween at the Y” celebration. From 6-8:30 p.m., come enjoy not only the scary stuff but also carnival games, trick-or-treating, an inflatable slide, a fortune teller, the cupcake walk and corn hole games. As always, delicious concessions will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. For only $5 per child (children under two years can participate free), come and let us treat you to an evening of fun and entertainment that includes participation in all games and one admission each to the Hall of Terror and the Haunted River. For adults and each additional child, the admission is $1 for the Hall of Terror and $1 for the Haunted River. As if that were not enough, special Halloween T-shirts will also be on sale for just $5 each. So, if you’re in the mood for good food and good times, mark Oct. 26 on your calendar for “Halloween at the Y!” You won’t be sorry you did, but you might be sorry if you don’t! WoW! Coalition working on wellness in Vance and Granville counties What, or who, exactly is the WoW! Coalition? WoW stands for Working on Wellness, and is a partnership of various organizations from both counties that work to create opportunities for residents to “eat smart and move more,” and lead a healthier life. Led by the Granville-Vance District Health Department, WoW partners include the Henderson Family YMCA, the Vance and Granville counties’ cooperation extension and senior centers, the Henderson-Vance and Oxford parks and recreation departments, Maria Parham Medical Center, the American Red Cross, Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church, the chambers of commerce, the Vance County United Way, and residents at large. In addition to providing mini-grants the last two years for organizations that support healthy behaviors, WoW is committed to promoting “Eat Smart Move More NC” and its activities and health messages. With that in mind, WoW asks you to prepare for the holidays by getting ready for the fifth annual Eat Smart, Move More … Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge! Sign-ups will begin soon at www.MyEatS- This year’s challenge will run from Nov. 22 through Dec. 31. The six-week challenge provides participants with tools, tips and ideas to help them maintain their weight throughout the holiday season. Each week, participants will receive free weekly e-mailed newsletters containing tips to manage holiday stress, ideas for fitting in physical activity during the busy season, and resources for cooking quick and easy meals when time is in short supply. A calorie counter, food log and activity log are also available for download to help people track their progress. In the past, over 5,400 people from all 100 North Carolina counties and 47 other states have taken part in the challenge. At the end of the program, 79 percent reported maintaining their weight. If you have questions about the challenge or the WoW! Coalition, please contact Jackie Sergent at the Granville-Vance District Health Department at (919) 693-2141 or 492-7915, or; or Julia Langston with the Henderson Family YMCA at 438-2144 or

Y Way to Wellness, The Daily Dispatch, Oct. 10, 2010

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