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March-April 2010 | Volume 5 Issue 2

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March | April 2010 Volume 5 | Number 2

Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA Officers

J. Stephen Smith, Chairman Phyllis Hall, Vice Chairman Michael Temple, Treasurer Joseph Mays, Jr., Secretary BOARD MEMBERS Tracey Morant Adams Charles Ball Tim Blair Cecil Bostany Milton Bresler Libby Carpenter Denise Dauphin Harold Goings Ann Haas Roderick Hawkins Robert L. Holman Robert Holmes, Jr. Wayne Houston Mallie Ireland Anthony A. Joseph Robert E. Kelly Scott Kenny Tom L. Larkin John Lauriello Alan Lott Harrison Manning Yvonne McBeth Ann D. McMillan Judge John Ott Leigh Davis Perry Henry Ray, Jr. Allen Rice Joey Ritchey Lloyd Shelton Reeves Sims, Jr. Walker Sorrell Judge Andra Sparks Cedric Sparks Michael Suco Jami Wadkins David Woodruff Phyllis Wyne BOARD OF TRUSTEES Allen D. Rushton, Chairman Joseph S. Bluestein William N. Clark Ann Huckstep Frank S. James, III James W. Shepherd Judge Scott Vowell President and CEO James N. Lombard YLife birmingham is published five times a year by the Metropolitan Birmingham YMCA. Copyright 2006 by the Metropolitan Birmingham YMCA. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA. YLife birmingham welcomes letters and story ideas. Please send them to: YLife Birmingham 2101 4th Avenue North Birmingham, Alabama 35203 or to YLife birmingham Staff David G. Hill, Vice President, Marketing and Communications Loyd McIntosh, Marketing Manager

Mission: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Vision: We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America.





Checking In


Up To Date

My Mission

New Pathways to health

One of the most critical and powerful steps in new member Pathway can be meeting with a Pathway Guide. Active listening is a key to a great goal setting meeting. Here is a glimpse of what we hear when you speak. “…..Through talking about some of those issues, I feel that we were able to make some goals that are deeply personal to you.” “…These are things that are affecting your quality of life. As we spoke, you seemed surprised at how quickly we reached the heart of these issues.” “Since those individual meetings I was recently told that they've mapped out the game plan to health which is totally about them working together to accomplish what they failed to do by themselves.” “….These are things you assured me would not be cost prohibitive or otherwise difficult to accomplish. You seemed very excited about each of these goals. I share your enthusiasm.” “….To help you achieve your goal of reaching your ideal weight, we chose attending a TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), chapter meeting which is held every Tuesday night at 6:00pm. This will help you learn how food can help or sabotage your weight loss efforts.” “I really enjoyed working with you today. I know we are going to have a really good time together on this journey. “It makes me laugh remembering what you said in the office...that you are the kind of person who eats cupcakes while watching the Biggest Loser. You told me several times, with passion, that you really HATE exercise, that it makes you cringe when you even hear the word 'exercise'. I thought you were hilarious with your stories and enjoyed laughing with you, but behind the jokes I heard real frustration.” “Even with Type II diabetes and depression working against you, you convinced me you are more serious than ever.” Like you, we are more serious than ever about leading our community to become the healthiest in American. Read how our vision takes form on page 12. — By Lisa Jones, Senior Vice President/Chief Strategic Officer

Life Notes

‘I know we are going to have a really good time together on this journey.’

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Checking In News from around the Birmingham YMCA

‘Thanks’ from the bottom of Birmingham’s heart 2009 YMCA Toys for Tots effort serves more children than ever Who should the 7200+ children from more than 3000 families thank for the toys they received in December through Toys for Tots? Some 260 volunteers, representing these companies, corporations, schools, and civic groups: CVS/Caremark, Springville High School Key Club and FCCLA, Regions Bank, Brownlee-Morrow, Air Engineers, Greater Birmingham Ministry, Morrow Repair Service, Vestavia High School National Honor Society, Hands on Birmingham, Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Phi Delta Theta, Magic City Youth Organization, U.S. Distribution Group, Inc., SBA Network Services, Inc., Troy University, Southern Nuclear, Magic City Youth Organization, and the 5th Grade Cahaba Valley Lions Basketball Team … that’s who. For the sixth year, the Birmingham YMCA led the sign-up, collection, and distribution for the Marine Corps program. Sixty percent of the total number of children served through the program was signed up at YMCA branches, and then had their toys picked up at our downtown Youth Center. Additional thanks to Sysco Food Services of Central Alabama for donating healthy breakfast snacks and fresh fruit for the volunteers, as well as to Dreamland, Steak Out, California Pizza Kitchen, and Little Caesar’s for donating volunteer lunches. Hear what some volunteers had to say about the project at user/BirminghamYMCA and click Toys for Tots 2009.

GREYSTONE | Two in a row!

Jessica Jacobs wins 2010 Mercedes Marathon

Greystone Family Branch group exercise instructor and Triathlon coach Jessica Jacobs won the women’s overall championship at the 2010 Mercedes Marathon in February, her second consecutive title. Jessica, a professional triathlete who competes in Ironman competitions throughout the nation, completed the race with a time of 2:52:56, two minutes faster than her winning time in 2009. In addition, Jessica was featured in the February issue of B-Metro magazine in the run-up to the Mercedes Marathon. Read the story at Jessica will also be on hand at Healthy Kids Day on April 18 at the Youth Center (more on page 6). Jessica Jacobs Congratulations Jessica!

2009 Birmingham YMCA Financial Assistance

Assistance provided Neighbors served Membership (For those who have lost jobs/are financially challenged) 3,094 A testimony to what your YMCA Strong Kids & $266,617 Community Campaign contribution does. Dept. of Human Resources & Child Care Resources referred youth 1,305 “This is to advise you that as of January 2010, I $314,803 no longer require financial assistance pertaining to Aquatics (Swimming Lessons, Lifeguard Training) 151 my YMCA membership and now wish to renew my $11,584 membership under a regular Afterschool Care (Safe,!) 620 status. $208,595 I would like to take this Youth Sports (Where "everybody plays, everybody wins") 176 opportunity to thank the YMCA $7,307 in Birmingham for its help Summer & Holiday Day Camp (Making "down" time productive time) 1,189 during a difficult period in my $272,776 life. Having access to the YMCA Preschool (Quality care for our tiniest neighbors) 19 facilities was an important $2,485 component in staying YMCA Camp Cosby (Summer Camp, Outdoor Environmental Education) 593 physically and emotionally balanced during a stressful $107,386 time. You offer an important service to the community. YMCA Hargis Retreat (Group retreats and team-building activities) 695 Thank you and God bless you.” $7,265 Another example of why your YMCA makes – and keeps Healthy Snacks (“Good for you” snacks for Afterschool kids) 758 – its promise to never turn anyone away due to inability $16,996 to pay. In 2009, the Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA YOne Nutrition & Exercise Programs (for teen and adult healthier lives) 33 provided $1,200,000 in financial assistance to 8,600 $14,746 neighbors who otherwise couldn’t afford our programs. TOTAL 2009 Birmingham YMCA Financial Assistance 8,633 If you haven’t made your 2010 tax-deductible donation $1,230,560 to the YMCA, please do; visit and click 4


Life Skills

Become a quicker & more agile youth athlete: 4 key steps

They are the greatest! Golden Gloves Returns to Shades Valley Branch

1. 'Cause I'm TNT

Gaining speed and agility in athletics starts with explosiveness. One of the best ways to increase explosiveness is by making your muscles more nimble and quick. Do this at home: Jump from the floor onto a box or concrete block or to a pair of markers spaced 20 yards apart.

2. Resistance Isn't Futile

Resistance training helps develop speed. Set two markers 40 yards apart, and sprint from one markers to the other while a parent or partner pulls on one end a resistance band with the other tied around your waist.

3. Go Hard Core

Strengthening the core - improves agility. First, to strengthen the front of the core, get in a plank position - sort of like the beginning of a push-up - and holding it for 30 seconds. For the back, lay on you stomach, head down and lift up at your waist and back down and repeat for 30 seconds to one minute.

3. Go To The Source

For more advanced training, register for All Sports training of Fit Kids Club at the Greystone Branch, the show off your skills on a YMCA youth sports team.

Romeo Penn is a personal trainer at the Greystone Family Branch, a sports performance specialist, ordained minister, and a former collegiate and professional basketball player.

Birmingham boxing fans, if you’re interested in seeing some of the state’s best fighters competing right in front of your eyes, then you’re in luck. The Shades Valley Family Branch will, once again, host the Alabama Golden Gloves Boxing Championship on March 26-27. Sponsored by Volkert, Inc. Full Service Engineering and Berry Chiropractic in Vestavia, The Golden Gloves Championships will feature amateur boxers from around the state who will compete for the chance to advance to the Southern Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Columbia, SC. This is a rare opportunity to see some of the region’s best young boxers compete for top honors in a sanctioned tournament in Birmingham. “We held the state Golden Gloves at the Shades Valley Branch in 2001 and 2009 and we look forward to the opportunity to returning later this month,” said Dave Godber of Round One Boxing, the tournament’s organizer. “It‘s a great venue, and we’re excited about coming back. We always receive a great amount of support from the membership base and community as a whole.” The Alabama Golden Gloves Boxing Championship is for amateur boxers ages 1735 with at least ten bouts under their belts. Junior Olympic boxers ages 8-16 and seniors over the age of 35 will compete as well. Alabama Golden Gloves Championship March 26-27 | 7 p.m. | SHADES VALLEY Cost $10 Adults | $5 Kids 6-12 Free to kids 5 and under

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Cover Story

Put Play In Your Day On Saturday, April 17, Birmingham’s kids can play their way to health at the Birmingham YMCA Youth Center! Go to Facebook and Twitter

for up-to-the minute updates on Healthy Kids Day 2010


• Sports and activity clinics (rock climbing, soccer, jump roping, boxing, basketball, football) • Health screenings (Diabetes, vision, hearing, Body Mass Index, asthma and allergies) • Fitness classes and challenges (Who knew kids could love Pilates & Yoga?) • Cooking classes and demonstrations • Music, arts, reading and other programs that enhance spirit, mind and body. Healthy Kids Day is an initiative promoting healthy and active lifestyles to Birmingham’s children and families. With obesity among Alabama’s children reaching epidemic proportion, the goal of Healthy Kids Day is to celebrate wellness and to draw attention to local healthy eating and active living resources available to them.

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Saturday, April 17 Sports Activities & Fitness Participate in Sports Clinics

Boxing with Dave Godber of Round 1 Boxing Fencing with the Birmingham Fencing Club Walk-Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament Hype Rhythm Nation with Stephanie Theus Soccer Clinic with The University of Montevallo Soccer Team Child & Youth Fitness with Steve Alexander Weight management with Children’s Health System Climb the 30 Foot Climbing Tower with Camp Cosby Juggling with the Paine Primary School Juggling Team Jump Rope with the Leeds High School Jump Rope Team YMCA Youth Soccer, Football and Girls Basketball Tournaments

Health Screenings & Services Vision, Hearing, Diabetes, Asthma Sign up for All Kids Health Insurance WIC Registration and Farmer’s Market Booth

Nutrition & Food Learn about healthy eating with: Jones Valley Urban Farm Moe’s Southwest Grill Healthier Weigh Child Nutrition Program

Arts & Dance

Martial Arts Yoga and Pilates Ballet Arts and Crafts Projects

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Mind Youth


hy just read about it when you can experience it? That question sums up the experience of several teenagers from the Northeast Familiy Branch who are learning about the democratic process through the innovative education program, Youth In Government. A YMCA experiential education course for high school students in Alabama, Youth In Government prepares young people for political and moral leadership through a mock government in which participants sponsor bills, hold debates, pass bills into law, and campaign and run for office. The program not only allows students the chance to see how government and democracy works, but helps develop their teamwork and public speaking skills, develop their self-esteem, and allows them to have active voice in the community, said Ebony Moore, a 17 year-old from Huffman High School. “I believe our democracy as a whole is in peril,” said Ebony. “I feel like it is up to young people to participate in the democratic process and help save it for future generations.” Ebony, along with over a dozen other teenagers from Huffman High, meets regularly at the Northeast Branch with their advisor, Micah Kemp. During the program, each participant sponsors a bill, works with other ‘delegates’ from around the state to gain support for their bill, and eventually gives a speech in front of the entire delegation in Montgomery. For participant and Huffman High senior Judge Tate, the pro- Ebony Moore, 17, and Judge Tate, 19, are Northeast's gram is providing him the oppor- delegates to the Youth-In-Government education program tunity to build essential skills he’ll need for the workforce that he simply can’t get sitting at a desk in class. “I want to be a medical researcher and in that job you gain by working with each other and listening to other ideas,” says Judge. “I feel like someone looking at me for a job will see that I’ve been through this program and will know that I can look at different points of view.” The bill drafting process also pushes participants to think about a problem in society and develop a possible law to address that issue. Both Ebony and Judge have developed bills to address vocational education in the state and help people quickly enter the workforce. “My bill would establish a vocational high school in every county in Alabama,” said Judge. “This way kids can have a better start at a trade that they’re interested in and be able to get work right after high school.” Ebony’s bill addresses the inmate population and would require inmates to continue their education, primarily vocational education, before returning to the community. “Often times inmates go back into society without the skills to find work,” Ebony said. “This could remove the excuse many of them have to become repeat offenders.” Ebony, who is considering a career as a lawyer, has also decided to run for governor of the Youth In Government Senate and, as of the time of this writing, is campaigning for the office. If successful, the Birmingham YMCA will be proud to have her serving as our governor today, and perhaps in the future as well. 8

All in favor ...


‘I believe our democracy as a whole is in peril. I feel like it is up to young people to participate in the democratic process and help save it for future generations.’ — Ebony Moore


What Is Youth In Government?

Formed at the Selma YMCA, the first Alabama YMCA Youth Legislature convened in 1949 in the State Capitol’s Hall of the House of Representatives in Montgomery. Over the past 50 years, tens of thousands of Alabama students have participated in the evolving, innovative program, constantly pursuing the complete experience of Sessions of the Alabama Legislature. Like most aspects of life, the Alabama YMCA Youth Legislature students the chance to learn about themselves, how to respect other opinions and how to lead, as well as serve. Keep up with the current session of Youth in Government at

Spirit Community

A summer picnic in January Birmingham YMCA Youth Center Hosts Annual Meeting


anuary’s annual meeting at the Youth Center wrapped the fun of summer camp activities and a family picnic environment around volunteer recognition. YMCA kids kicked soccer goals, “swam” in the waterless pool, made arts and crafts, and climbed the Youth Center’s signature climbing tower, before feasting on a summer picnic prepared by the YMCA Camp Cosby kitchen, under the director of Chef Michael Morriss. In addition to recognizing branch volunteers of the year - they were featured in the last issue of YLife Birmingham - three volunteers were presented association awards for their leadership.


Order of the Red Triangle Inductee The Red Triangle is the highest honor a YMCA volunteer can receive. It recognizes individuals who have given at least 10 years of exemplary volunteer service to the YMCA, demonstrating devotion, significant participation and accomplishment. Presented by Cindy Kirk, Shades Valley Family Branch board member: “Janet has given nearly 30 years of service to the Y. She was one of the first members of the Shades Valley Y and has served on that board three different times. She has been a board chair, headed a record-breaking Strong Kids campaign, and continues to be an active, engaged member, spreading the message of the YMCA both within the association and out in the community. “Her positive influence in our community goes well beyond the work she does with the Y. She is actively involved in several ministries, and daily exemplifies her Christian faith. Her good work doesn’t stop with collecting coats and food for the homeless, or wielding a hammer with Habitat for Humanity. “Rather, Janet has nearly single-handedly brought the arts to the children of this community. She has accomplished this by volunteering to teach and lead projects at local schools, providing most, if not all the materials herself so that the children can experience art. Janet leads art projects at churches and community organizations. She has painted a number of murals to bring beauty to local spaces. “You will know if you ever see Janet driving her big yellow van out in the community. Don’t you just know that the kids get so excited when they see that colorful, fun van, and the kind, beautiful lady inside, pull up to the school?” The twelfth inductee to the YMCA Order of the Red Triangle for the Birmingham YMCA; Janet shared a favorite prayer, by Samuel Pugh >>

Janet Holloway, right, receives a hug from presenter and friend, Cindy Kirk, upon her induction into the Order of the Red Triangle.

"O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; When I have work, help me to remember the jobless; When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all; When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency, bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help; By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. March•April 2010 | Y Life 13


Adult Volunteer of the Year

Presented by Harlan Prater Downtown Branch Board Member. “The YMCA is a great institution. The YMCA is so much more than simply a place to work out; the YMCA helps people who need help. The YMCA touches and changes lives, and the YMCA does those things because of people like this year’s Adult Volunteer of the Year, Charles DeBardeleben. For over 20 years, he has tirelessly and enthusiastically devoted himself to the YMCA and its mission. Charles has been a YMCA member since 1982. He currently is a member of the Metropolitan YMCA’s Board of Directors. Doubling up, he has served on the Downtown Branch Board for going on 10 years now. Tripling up, Charles served on the Youth Center’s task force and steering committee during its capital campaign. “And over all this time, and in all of these positions of leadership, I have never heard him say ‘No.’ I have never heard him say, ‘I just don’t have enough time right now.’ I have never heard him say, ‘It can’t be done.’ “He is always the first to volunteer and lead everyone. He asks, ‘How can we make this happen,’ and then does.” “When the YMCA truly needs a leader - when the Strong Kids Campaign needs that final push to meet its goal, when the Race to the Courthouse needs help directing traffic, when the golf tournament needs sponsors and players to fill its field, when the Youth Center needs landscaping - Charles is there, leading with his spirit, his mind, and his body.”


Youth Volunteer of the Year

Presented by Edd Wilson, Western Area Family Branch youth mentor. I give Joshua a hard time because I expect a lot from him. Among his good deeds at the branch is his work with the senior programs. I tell him to always be honest and have a humble spirit. Always be honest with yourself and others. When you are humble you know that what you have -- the gifts in your life -- God gave them to you. I remember telling him what my parents and grandparents used to tell me: "If you want good to follow you, you gotta do good."

Adult Volunteer of the Year, Charles DeBardeleben, poses with Y Guy during the 2010 Annual Meeting at the Birmingham YMCA Youth Center.

“And over all this time, and in all of these positions of leadership, I have never heard him say ‘No.’ I have never heard him say, ‘I just don’t have enough time right now.’ I have never heard him say, ‘It can’t be done.’” — Harlan Prater


Body Wellness


here is a four-letter word in the world of health and wellness these days that, frankly, most experts would rather you never use. That word is “diet.” The term “lifestyle change” is more like it, according to Sandra Koulourides, a nutritionist and personal trainer at the Mountain Brook Branch and the leader of Fuel + Fitness seminars and nutritional counseling services throughout the Birmingham YMCA. From Greystone to Northeast, Mountain Brook to Shelby County, Sandra has led discussions and met with many people looking for answers to their healthy lifestyle questions. Sandra says she’s learned that most people tend to make the same mistakes. Primarily people don’t eat enough breakfast, don’t get enough protein, and don’t consume enough calories throughout the day, she said. Sandra recommends adding 300-400 calories of healthy snacks per day. Why? They can help end late afternoon pig-outs, added pounds, and a sense of hopelessness. “People don’t eat enough throughout the day until late in the afternoon and they’re starving and can’t quit eating,” she says. “Think about it. If you added 400 calories of snacks to your day, you would take off so many more calories at night.” For instance adding a midmorning snack of an apple and some peanut butter, a decent lunch including healthy carbohydrates, fats and protein, and a 200 calorie bar in the afternoon all help keep you from walking in the door starving after a long day of work and diving into a Sandra Koulourides, a personal trainer and nutritionist, box of cheese crackers or potato suggests adding 300-400 calories of snack to your diet daily. chips before dinner. This is the kind of practical, real-life advice Sandra teaches in her Fuel+Fitness seminars and one-on-one counseling. She offers common sense solutions to every day problems regarding food. “I teach why we need carbohydrates, why we need protein, what it does in the body, what fat does in the body and why every meal has to have fat in it,” She said. “People are scared of fat, like peanut butter, which has 15 grams of healthy fat. But, when you start adding that stuff at meals, it actually helps you eat less throughout the day because you’re not hungry all the time.” “My philosophy is this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change,” Sandra added. “When you do it day-in and day-out and you have patience and are consistent, good changes will happen.” For more information on Fuel+Fitness contact Caroline Bundy at 801.7212.

Fill’er Up!


‘My philosophy is this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. When you do it day-in and day-out and you have patience and are consistent, good changes will happen.’ — Sandra Koulorides


Eating Well

More nutrition programs are available at: Greystone Nutritional Counseling with Suzanne Pirkle CONTACT Suzanne Pirkle at 317.4111 SHADES VALLEY Nutrition Counseling with Kim Darnell CONTACT Dawn Pilleteri at 870.0144

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Spirit Activity

State of our Vision That statement is as audacious today as when it was adopted by the board in 2007. Is that really what we do? Should that concept really direct our work for the long term? The need is undeniable – we are faced with epidemic obesity; driven largely by poor lifestyle health. Chronic disease stemming from this issue threatens to bankrupt us. Perhaps our questions should be “If not us – who? And if not now – when?”

“We will lead our community to be the healthiest in America.”

Look at the YMCA and you likely see the tip of the iceberg; branches busy with kids in childcare, members in the pool or exercise class, campers learning a new skill. The most important thing to know about the iceberg is the bulk of the ice is below the water. Much of the progress toward the vision in the last couple of may have taken place “below the waterline”; progress in new programs and initiatives, progress in new partnerships and progress in expanded understanding of population level approaches to affect change. Above or below the waterline the Birmingham YMCA is busy with the work of the vision. The key goals set out in the strategic plan – expanding PARTICIPATION, building COLLABORATION, practicing INCLUSION, focusing on EDUCATION and practicing strong FACILITIES stewardship support the vision and are in many ways the inevitable outcome of the work. Leading individuals to healthier lives – A New Pathway Two-thirds of the people who join the Y report that they struggle to live a healthier lifestyle; or this is their first attempt. By listening to people and designing a Pathway with them in mind better support than ever will be available to help people be well. Y-ONE (Opportunities for Nutrition and Exercise) Working to fight childhood obesity; every YMCA after school program now features healthy snacks thanks to efforts by the Y-ONE initiatives. CATCH Kids Club Kids need physical activity to grow and develop. Studies show that fitter kids make better grades and have fewer discipline issues. Every YMCA after school program features a CDC approved curriculum for after school physical activity that’s high energy fun. 12

More group support opportunities

Research tells us that supportive relationships help people successfully adopt new behaviors. Watch for programs like TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Got Sugar?, Press Play, walking groups and other ways to connect with people and share the journey. Activate America capacity building To better help support people struggling to live a healthier life local YMCAs are training staff differently; taking a new approach to program design and using data to better understand how to meet people where they are. African American Learning Collaborative The challenge of supporting healthier lifestyles must be relevant to the participants. Staff members participated in a national effort to better understand the impact of health disparities and how YMCAs can program more effectively in communities of color. Partnership programs Working with fantastic local partners like UAB Eat Right and Children’s Hospital Center for Weight Management the Y has worked to broaden the availability of scientifically supported weight loss programs. Human Centered Program Design National design firm IDEO is training YMCAs how to approach program planning by engaging the targeted participants in programs design from the beginning. Children’s Weight Management Camp Pilot

Kids in treatment for serious weight issues at Children’s Hospital often are not able to participate in classic summer activities like camp that would abate this issue. This summer Children’s will partner with the Y to test a residence camp experience for kids in the treatment program. Programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body YMCAs were already critical links in the chain through our classic programming. Helping people get active, helping kids gain developmental assets and making sure that everyone could participate; regardless of their ability to pay has remained our cornerstone.

Leading the communities to healthier lives

Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) Programs change individuals. When you are trying to address healthy eating and active living policies, systems and the built environment can change populations. YMCA Pioneering Healthier Communities brought resources and training to the effort and it deepened relationships with terrific partners like the Jefferson County Department of Health, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the United Way of Central Alabama, the Lakeshore Foundation, the UAB School of Public Health, Congregations for Public Health, the Children’s Policy Cooperative and companies like Vulcan Materials and the Birmingham Water Works. Healthy Kids Healthy Communities PHC proved to be a catalyst in the successful collaborative application for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s childhood obesity grant on behalf of the community. Charged with affecting policy, environment and systems change; this grant will extend the work begun by PHC.

Community Healthy Living Index (CHLI) This free tool helps worksites, schools, neighborhoods and after school care programs assess their local situation for supportive policies and structures that support healthier eating and active living and even better it helps establish a work plan to improve. Events and Awareness Support for Healthy Kids Day, now in partnership with other community agencies working on childhood obesity and America on the Move week help raise awareness for the need to live healthier lifestyles.

Health Action Partnership Active participation in the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership through goal groups like the Childhood Obesity Task Force has made our YMCA more visible and accessible to community partners with common goals. Y 5210 Social Marketing Message We teach a simple message to kids that supports healthy lifestyles. If you see one of the white awareness bracelets remember it means each day you need 5 fruits or vegetables, 2 hours or less of “screen” time, 1 hour of physical activity and 0 or almost no sugary drinks. Eastern Area Health Action Grants The Y now leads a healthy lifestyle intervention for African American diabetics called “Got Sugar” and is working to establish and encourage Neighborhood Walking Groups throughout eastern Birmingham. Empower Me 4 Life and Teen Health Forum Working with local partners and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation local teens spoke out about their challenges to live healthier (fast food) and now we will train YMCA and other community leaders on the Empower Me 4 Life healthy living curriculum. March•April 2010 | Y Life 13


No more time outs!

Connecting you to the Birmingham YMCA branch by branch.

Spring Youth Sports and Fitness Programs

The YMCA Youth Sports guarantee: All participants play equal time and all participants have a chance to live their dreams. GREYSTONE

Basketball Conditioning Clinics

Join personal trainer and professional basketball player, Romeo Penn for a choice of two programs designed specifically for young athletes wishing to advance in the sport of basketball. Fundamental Basketball Conditioning Clinic is a small group (4 week-12 hour) training program that focuses on mental and physical control of the game and body conditioning best suited for technique enhanced competitive play. The One-on-one session is six hours spread over three weeks of total basketball emersion where the participant prepares for the next level of competitive play. Both sessions are offered early evening weekdays with an option to work within your schedule. Cost for small groups $55 YMCA members | $65 Non-members $150 One-on-One CONTACT Romeo Penn at 981-0144.

Baseball and T-Ball Registration

Alabaster Registration April 5-May 1 | Ages 3-12 Cost $75 YMCA members | $115 Non-members CONTACT Emily at 663-6504 GREYSTONE & SHELBY COUNTY Registration April 5 - May 1. Ages 3 (for T-ball) - 14. Practice and games are all mid week. Practices: May 10 - July 12 First game: May 24 for nine weeks Locations: Practice and Games at Indian Springs for 7+ year olds and Inverness Elementary School for 3 - 6 year-olds. Coaches are parent volunteers June 4 / Mid season party at Regions Park, fireworks night Cost $75 YMCA members | $115 Non-members CONTACT Greystone George Becker at 566.-6025. Shelby County Tamara Ladewig at 685-6505 Western Area Registration continues through April 1 | Ages 3-12 Cost $60 CONTACT Corey Smith 923-1195.

Track & Field

Alabaster *NEW* Track Program Cost per month $50 Registration Fee | $40 YMCA members | $60 Non-members CONTACT Lamar at 663-6504.

Youth and Adult Karate

SHELBY COUNTY Monday, Wednesday & Thursday | 3:45 p.m. This class is designed for ages 5 and up teaching self defense, self control, respect, and confidence. Cost per month $50: YMCA members | $70: Non-members Contact Tamara Ladewig at 685-6505.

Fit Kids Club


SHELBY COUNTY Second Monday of each month | 6 p.m. This YMCA members-only class is designed for teens interested in weight training education. Classes are 90 minutes and teach teens the appropriate way to work out. Cost $25 Contact Tamara Ladewig at 685-6505.

Circuit March 1 | MOUNTAIN BROOK Fit Kids Kids 11-13 years old, can begin correct fitness activities by learning how to properly use free weights, cardiovascular equipment, weighted machines, nutrition, and flexibility. Program is offered in a group setting of 6-8 kids. Each graduate will receive an armband and T-shirt. CONTACT Mickal Thomas at 445-2823. March 1 | Northeast So You Think You Can Walk? Join the Spring Fitness Challenge. Prizes will be given to members who walk the most miles! Get your MP3 players, water bottles, and sneakers; and get moving! Contact Jerry Hazlem at 833-7616. March 2-25 | DOWNTOWN Speed and Agility Training It’s all about taking young people (11-18 year olds) to the next level. Coach Brooks Barron will lead drills to improve combine results, such as 40 yard dash, plyometric training, circuit training and agility training. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Contact Jayme Creamer at 801-7238. March 14 | Western Area Adult Mens Basketball League  March 22 - April 14 SHELBY COUNTY

Homeschool PE

Mondays and Wednesdays 1 - 2:30 p.m. Classes designed to teach not only physical fitness and sports, but also teamwork and confidence. Staff will structure each class toward the level and age of the participants. Classes are 8-sessions long beginning September 2. Limited space available. Cost $20 YMCA members $35 Non-members Contact Rhonda Elmore at 685-6510.

Up To Date | March 1-22

Registration Now Open Cost $25 Individuals | $250 Teams CONTACT Corey Smith at 923-1195. March 17 | Western Area Dinner and a Play “Tyler Perry’s Madeas Big Happy Family” Cost $78 per person (includes meal) CONTACT Keesha Nelson at 923-1195. March 20 and April 17 | GREYSTONE Parents Night Out 5:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening out while the children swim, have dinner and play a variety of theme related activities. March 20 “March Madness” – Wear your favorite jersey and prepare for a night of all sorts of fun competitions and events. April 17 “Be a Hero”– Dress up like your favorite superhero, play some games and activities to find out tons of ways to truly be a hero. Cost $20 for the first child $10 for each additional child Reservations are required. CONTaCT Child Watch at 981-0144. March 22 | Alabaster Holiday Camp A day of fun filled activities that include field trips; games and crafts. 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Cost $23 YMCA members | $35 Non-members CONTACT Emily at 663-6504.

Directory Directory

Alabaster Community Branch 11th Avenue and 7th SW Alabaster, AL 35007 205.663.6504 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: Noon - 6 p.m. September - April 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. May - August Executive Director Gwen Hatcher

YMCA Camp Cosby

2290 Paul Bear Bryant Road Alpine, AL 35014 256.268.2007 Director of Camping Services Kevin Casey

Downtown Branch

2101 4th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 205.324.4563 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday: Closed Executive Director Andrew Freeman Membership Director Shelly Mitchell

Greystone Family Branch

5414 Highway 280 Birmingham, AL 35242 205.981.0144 Branch Hours Monday - Thursday: 5 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday: 2 - 6 p.m. Executive Director Pat Tate Membership Director Kristin Harris

Hargis Retreat

928 Hargis Drive Chelsea, AL 35043 205.678.6512 Branch Hours Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Director of Camping Services Kevin Casey

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Warm weather cometh! We promiseth. Be prepared. Sign up for swim lessons now!

In 2010, over 8,000 people will learn how to swim at the Birmingham YMCA. Swimming provides the best bilateral exercise of any sport, developing all muscles evenly. Skills will dwindle if swimmers only practice these skills in the summer! Kids need year-round swim lesson to progress. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons, and evenings after work and Saturdays for all age groups. Please contact your local YMCA for times and availability. ALL Branches Summer Swim Lesson Registration Begins April 1 Cost $54 YMCA members | $87: Non-members Group Swim Lessons *Session Dates: March 1-25 and April 5-29 Cost $54 YMCA members | $87 Non-members Private Swimming Lessons (3 yrs. and up) Thirty minute lessons are customized to meet the individual needs of every swimmer. Anyone wanting to further advance their or their child’s swimming will benefit from private lessons. Cost $90 YMCA members | $108 Non-members Semi Private lessons $70 YMCA members | $90 Non-members CONTACT the aquatics director at your neighborhood branch. DOWNTOWN Parent/Child Swim Lessons (6 months – 3 years) April 2, May 6 | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. Group Lessons (Pre-School ages 3-6 and Youth Lessons ages 6-13) March 2 | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. April 2, May 6 | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Cost $54 YMCA members | $87 Non-members CONTACT Adam West at 801-7235. Greystone Parent/Child class will be offered in March and April on Saturdays only. Parents are expected to be in the water with their child for all classes. Parent/Child (6 months to 36 months) 10 - 10:30 a.m. Cost $26 YMCA members | $44 Non-members CONTACT Susan Becker at 981-0144.


SHELBY COUNTY Saturday Swim Lessons March 6,13,20,27 | April 3,10,17,24 Parent/Child and Almost-3 class will be offered in March and April on Saturdays only. Parents are expected to be in the water with their child for all classes. The Almost-3 class will have parents in the water for the first two classes and then on the last two weeks, children will try and go it alone. Parent/Child (6 months to 36 months) 10 - 10:30 a.m. Almost-3 (2 year-olds only) 10:30 - 11 a.m. Cost $26 YMCA members | $44 Non-members CONTACT Jennifer Dick at 664-9622. VESTAVIA XPRESS Aqua Babies (Parent/Child) Saturdays 9:30 or 10:15 a.m. (Weekday morning classes also available) This class promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness activities for children ages 6 months to 3 years of age. Classes are led by a swim instructor and designed to allow the child to have fun in the water while the parent or guardian guides them. Contact Jeff Kepler at 823-0144. MULTIPLE BRANCHES Swim Birmingham YMCA (SBY) Swimmers can still join the year round team. This session runs through May 14. We offer training for beginners through national level competitors. SBY’s certified coaches will dramatically improve your child’s swimming ability while maintaining the YMCA’s focus on positive character values. SBY competes in both USA Swimming meets and YMCA Swimming meets. CONTACT Greystone: Susan Becker at 981-0144 Shelby County: Jennifer Dick at 685-6512 Shades Valley: Katie Watkins at 870-9622 Trussville: Carla Hollaway-Watson at 655-2224 Vestavia: Jeff Kepler at 823-0144

Up To Date | March 22 - April 23  March 22 & April 22 | SHELBY COUNTY Spring Fun Clubs Grades K-8 | 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Campers will swim, play games and sports, and enjoy songs, crafts, and field trips. Register early to ensure your child a space online or at the front desk. Cost $22 YMCA members $36 Non-members Contact Rhonda Elmore at 685-6510.  March 22-28 | GREYSTONE Large Group Exercise Room Floor Resurfacing No classes during the week while the floor is resurfaced. Go online for class options in the cycle and Pilates room. CONTACT Renae McCullough at 981-0144. March 26-27 | SHADES VALLEY Golden Gloves State Boxing Championships Sponsored by Volkert, Inc. and Berry Chiropractic Bouts begin at 7 p.m. Juniors, ages 8-16 | Seniors, ages 17-35 | Masters, Ages 35 and up Cost $10 Adults | $5 Kids 6-12 Free to kids 5 and under Contact Cham Norman at 870-9622. March 29 | VESTAVIA XPRESS Parents Night Out Pizza, prizes, games, and fun from 6 - 10 p.m. Cost $15 for first child | $10 each additional child CONTACT Vestavia Playroom at 823-0144 to sign up. Reservations required.


april 1 | Western Area Monday Night Adult Volleyball Games begin at 6:15 p.m. Free to YMCA members | $2 Non-members CONTACT Corey Smith at 923-1195. April 6 | MOUNTAIN BROOK Modern Options for Vein and Vascular Treatment Tuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Join Dr. James Isobe, Alabama Vein and Vascular Center, for this FREE information session on the treatment of spider veins, varicose veins, leg pain and swelling, and other vascular issues. Dr. Isobe is a General Surgeon and Board Certified in Phlebology. Contact Caroline Bundy at 801-7212. April 16 & 19 | Western Area Spring Holiday Camp Cost $20 YMCA members | $30 Non-members Field Trips will have additional cost. CONTACT Shayla Crawford at 923-1195. April 23 | Shades Valley Fun Club 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. “Fun Club” is a place for your kids to be during school holidays. Counselors will keep your children busy with activities throughout the day. They will have the opportunity to participate in games (indoor and out), arts & crafts, field-trips, and even swimming! Cost After School Participants: $20 YMCA members | $25 Non-members Non-After School Participants: $30 YMCA members | $35 Non-members CONTACT Mallory Smith at 870-9622.

April 5-May 1 Shelby County Adult Flag Football Registration Season begins May 10 with all games held on Friday evenings. Cost $50 YMCA members | $65 Non-members $250 team registration Contact Tamara Ladewig at 685-6505


Mountain Brook Branch

2401 20th Place South Birmingham, AL 35223 205.870.0144 Branch Hours Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Mon – Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday: 8:15 a.m.-Noon Sunday: 2-6 p.m.. Executive Director Michelle Oliver Membership Director Kristi Nix

Northeast Family Branch

628 Red Lane Road Birmingham, AL 35216 205.833.7616 Branch Hours Monday & Tuesday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. - Noon Executive Director Terri A. Nevett

Shades Valley Family Branch 3551 Montgomery Highway Birmingham, AL 35209 205.870.9622 Branch Hours Monday -Friday: 5 .a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 6 p.m. Executive Director Cham Norman Membership Director Dawn Pilliteri

Shelby County Branch

2610 Pelham Parkway Pelham, AL 35124 205.664.9622 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 6 p.m. Child Watch Hours (School Year) Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3:30-7:45 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. -12 p.m. (Summer) Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Executive Director Lane Vines Membership Director Beth Wilson-Finch

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School is cool at the pool! Aqua School at Shelby County

Fundamental of Instructor Training (FIT) Become an instructor for CPR/First-Aid or a swim lesson instructor. April 2, 4 - 9 p.m. | Cost $25 Lay Responder First-Aid and CPR/AED Instructor Participants must be 18 years of age, completed Fundamentals of Instructor Training, pass a precourse written exam with a score of 80% or better, successfully demonstrate competency in the skills, and co-teach classes. CPR/AED Instructor | April 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. First-Aid Instructor | April 23, 4 - 9 p.m. Cost $200 CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Instructor This is CPR is for lifeguards and for healthcare providers. Pre-requisites are the same as above. Co-Teach classes. April 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Cost $200 Babysitter’s Training Instructor Must be 18 years of age, completed Fundamentals of Instructor Training, have a current CPR/AED and FirstAid Instructor certification, pass a pre-course written exam with a score of 80% or better, successfully demonstrate competency in the skills, and coteach classes. April 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Babysitting Training For young people, ages 11 - 15: learn basic CPR and First-Aid skills for children and infants. Study care for infants and children; being a good role model; making good decisions, solving problems, and staying safe; handling emergencies; writing a resume; and interviewing for jobs. April 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Cost $55

Water Safety Instructor Learn to teach American Red Cross swim lessons? Must be at least 16 years of age, completed Fundamentals of Instructor Training, successfully demonstrate competency in the skills, and co-teach classes. April 12-16, 4 - 9 p.m. | Cost $250 Water Safety Today Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to emergencies in, on and around the water. April 3, 9 - 11 a.m. | Cost $25 Certified Pool Operator The Jefferson and Shelby County Health Departments highly recommend that at least one person who is taking care of your pool be a certified pool operator. The National Swimming Pool Foundation is offering this course online. How to register Go to, Click on ePro Academy on line training center, Click on Pool Operator Primer ™ USA Set up an account and log in and purchase your book. Once you have taken the course online you still have to take the test. The test will be given at the Shelby County Branch, April 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. Cost for the test is $150.

Lifeguard Training

Class Prerequisites • Must be 15 years of age or older on or before the last scheduled day of class. • Swim 300 yards of the pool continuously (using freestyle and breast stroke) • Retrieve 10 pound brick from the bottom of the pool and swim it back to the other side of the pool using only your legs in a 1 minute and 40 second The lifeguard certification includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid and the AED. Participants must attend all classes and pass a final written and water test and show a mature attitude. All participants must be 15 18

years old or older before the final exam and pass the prerequisites. Cost $70 Non-refundable registration fee + $150 due at class DOWNTOWN March 24 – 28, April 7-11 Wednesday-Friday, 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 6 p.m. CONTACT Adam West at 324-4563. GREYSTONE March 15 – 19, April 7-11, April 28-May 2 Wednesday-Friday, 5 - 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 6 p.m. CONTACT Susan Bekcer at 981-0144. SHADES VALLEY March 10-14, 24-28 Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. CONTACT Katie Watkins at 870-9622. SHELBY COUNTY March 3-7, 15-19, April 7-11, 21-25 March 15-19 will be 9 - 3 p.m., Monday - Friday The first March class and both April classes will be held Wednesday –Friday, 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. CONTACT Jennifer Dick at 664-9622. Recertification Classes To recertify your lifeguard training you must attend the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of any one of the already-scheduled lifeguarding courses. Cost $100 To recertify your CPR for the Professional Rescuer you can attend the Friday night of any of the already scheduled lifeguarding courses. Cost $50 CPR skills session are available at all location on a month basics. Please contact your location YMCA or go to for dates and time. CONTACT Jennifer Dick at 664-9622. VESTAVIA XPRESS Classes: Mar 10-14, Mar 14-18 Spring Break Lifeguard and Jr. Lifeguard Camp 9-5 Daily, Mar 24-28, April 14-18, April 28-May 1 Cost: $70 Non-refundable registration fee + $150 due at class. CONTACT Jeff Kepler at 823-0144. Trussville March 15-19 5-9pm and 9-5pm on Saturday March 24-28 | April 14-18 | April 28-May 1 The second March class and both April classes will be held Wednesday –Friday, 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. CONTACT Carla Holloway-Watson at 655-2224. MOUNTAIN BROOK March 15 – 19, March 24-28, April 7-11, April 28-May 2 Wednesday - Friday, 5 - 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 6 p.m. Contact Laysea Newsome 445-2825.

Up To Date | May 10 - 25



May 10 | DOWNTOWN Spring Golf Classic Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Oxmoor Valley 1:30 p.m. Shot-gun start Cost $125 Individual player Includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch and dinner, goody bag, and golf shirt. Sponsorships available: $150 Hole Sponsor | $250 Bronze Sponsor $500 Silver Sponsor | $1,000 Gold Sponsor Contact Jayme Creamer at 801-7238

May 24 | DOWNTOWN Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League Season begins May 24 Games on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Cost $250 a team $50 for individual YMCA members $60 for individual Non-members CONTACT Adam West at 801-7235. May 25 | DOWNTOWN Adult Men’s Basketball League Season begins May 25

Mandatory Coaches Meeting May 18, 6 p.m. Games Tuesdays at 6:45, 7:45, 8:45 and 9:45 p.m. Season includes eight regular season games plus playoffs. Awards will be given for League Season Champion, Playoff Champion and Runner Up as well as Scoring, Rebound & Steals Leader. (All Teams Must Have Matching Numbered Jerseys to Compete) Cost $350 a team (plus ref fees) $50 for individual YMCA members $60 for individual Non-members CONTACT Adam West at 801-7235.

Reach your goals one bite at a time Nutrition and weight loss programs for spring Y-ONE Sandra Koulourides’ nutritional seminars will teach how to "fuel your body" through healthy eating and regular exercise. Her topic, "Fuel + Fitness: Shaping Up is More Than Working Out," is geared toward adults battling weight issues, or to anyone who just wants to learn how to improve their diet, move a little more, and look and feel better. Cost Free to YMCA members. Contact Caroline Bundy at 801-7212. Schedule March 3: Shades Valley/Vestavia (at Shades), 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | March 10: Northeast, 6 – 8 p.m. TOPS Want to look and feel better this spring? Then TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is for you! TOPS chapters are currently meeting Monday evenings at 6 at the Mountain Brook Branch, and Tuesday evenings at 6 at the Greystone Family and Shelby County Branches.TOPS is powerful support for weight loss and lifelong health. TOPS is open to YMCA members and non-members alike, so bring a friend! Contact Caroline Bundy at 801-7212 GREYSTONE Nutritional counseling Suzanne Pirkle has joined the staff as a Nutritional Counselor. She is a registered and licensed dietitian, a Certified Food Manager and is CDR Certified for Adult Weight Management. Taking into consideration past weight and dieting history, family schedules and responsibilities, food preferences and allergies and medical and family history, Suzanne offers one, two, and three-hour counseling sessions that support and enhance the benefits of weight training and exercise. CONTACT Suzanne Pirkle at 317-4111.

Trussville Family Branch

5920 Valley Road Trussville, AL 35173 205.655.2224 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Executive Director Jerry Wang Membership Director Wendy Newland

Vestavia Xpress Branch

2086 Columbiana Road Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205.823.0144 Branch Hours Monday - Thursday: 5:15 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday: 5:15 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 7 p.m. Friday 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday 8-Noon Sunday – Closed Executive Director Shon Ewens Membership Director Cindy Reams

Western Area Family Branch

1195 Bessemer Road Birmingham, AL 35228 205.923.1195 Branch Hours Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Executive Director Terri A. Nevett

Birmingham YMCA Youth Center 2400 7th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 205.324.1643 Branch Hours 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Program Executive Chris Oldenburg

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Sooth the soul, then get to work! Spring Group Exercise & Fitness

DOWNTOWN Meditation Class Learn to quiet and calm the mind through simple breathing techniques. Often life gets so chaotic that we forget to take time to turn our attention inward. As a result, we lose focus, our sense of peace, and the ability to enjoy the journey of life itself. In this 30-minute class, we will explore different meditation techniques such as focus on the breath, loving-kindness, sound, walking, word and visualization. Beginning in March | Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Cost FREE to YMCA members Contact Stephanie Rubens at 801-7231. Adult Sports Conditioning Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5:15 - 6:45. Coach and Certified Personal Trainer Brooks Barron will challenge you to exceed your goals and push your body to the next level. This program is designed with intermediate level exercisers and athletes in mind. Cost $200 YMCA Members | $300 Non-Members Contact Jayme Creamer at 801-7238. GREYSTONE Triathlon Boot Camp Beginners welcome for this fun training group that caters to a wide range of abilities. Get a great training experience while you learn more about the sport of triathlon. Classes are held Mon/ Wed/Fri, 8:30 - 10 a.m. Session dates March 1-26 & April 5-30 Cost $100 YMCA members | $130 Non-members At least six people must register for the class to be formed. CONTACT Susan Becker at 981-0144. MOUNTAIN BROOK OFFICE EX:ercise How would you like to take a “YogaBreak” during the middle of the day at your place of business? Maybe you’d rather break a sweat and go “horizontal” without having to make a trip to your YMCA. If you would like to have a workout brought to you at your place of business, contact Mary Casciaro at 870-0144. Sit down Pilates Chair exercises as part of Pilates reformer training strengthen the core, and arms and legs, by using different movement. A Multiple 20

Versatility Exercise (MVE) chair will be offered in the early Spring as part of Pilates Reformer sessions. The chair uses spring resistance like the reformer, and can be adjusted according to each person’s skill and strength. Exercises are performed sitting, standing, or lying on the chair, as well as from the side of the chair. contact Mary Casciaro at 870-0144. Lay down, firm up Three goals: gain lean defined muscles - not bulky ones; improve balance and posture; and improve core strength to be fitter, faster and stronger at any sport you participate in. It’s Horizontal Conditioning, and you will get these results with just 20 minutes, three days a week! This is a muscle workout that uses mainly body weight for resistance (instead of free weights or machines). It tones the body from head to toe, from the inside out. Horizontal 101 Mountain Brook has added a new class to Sunday afternoons; Horizontal 101 at 3 p.m. This class is 30 minutes in duration and acclimates participants into working “horizontally” using body as resistance. This class will prepare you for a full hour of Horizontal Conditioning. CONTACT Mary Casciaro at 870-0144.  Kinesis There’s a fit list of Kinesis activities available now: Kid-Motion, Kinesis Core, Kinesis Duet, Kinesis Mommy-n-Me, Kinesis Corrective, Kinesis Reactive Strength, Kinesis 101, and Kinesis Lean. CONTACT Mickal Thomas at 445-2823. Vestavia Xpress This Spring, Vestavia Xpress is adding a 10 a.m. Saturday cycle class and a Crunk (hip hop dance style) fitness class. Pre and Post Natal Yoga | April 1 10-week session, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Family 500 Calorie Challenge | April 16 Need something inexpensive to do on a Friday night? Come participate in a fun family activity that is sure to burn some calories together. CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144.


Spring break camp: March 15-19 Alabaster A week of fun filled activities that include field trips; games and crafts. 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Cost $97 YMCA members | $145 Non-members CONTACT Emily at 663.6504  GREYSTONE Care is available from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Field trips to: I JUMP, Early Works Museum, Buds Best Cookies, and Trussville Play Station. Cost (per day) $27 YMCA members | $40 Non-members There may be an additional $5 fee for field trips. CONTACT Tanya Hiers at 981.0144 NORTHEAST Daily activities, field trips, making new friendships and reuniting with old friends! Financial assistance is available. CONTACT 833.7616. SHADES VALLEY Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Share in the fun at the YMCA this Spring with our annual Spring Break Camp. Campers will meet new friends and old during games, swimming, field trips, and more. Other activities include sports, games, and crafts. Everyone participates, everyone learns, and everyone has fun! Cost Traditional & Sports: Daily $27 (YMCA members and after school participants) $35 (Non-members) Weekly $97 (YMCA members and after school participants) $145 (Non-members) Splash Camp Daily $35 (YMCA members and after school participants) $45 (Non-members) Weekly $142 (YMCA members and after school participants) $213 (Non-members) CONTACT 870-9622 or Traditional Camp Mallory Smith at 803-1814. Splash Camp Katie Watkins at 803-1812. Sports Camp Jerry Wrenn at 803-1811.  SHELBY COUNTY Grades K-8 | 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Campers will spend this vacation week swimming, playing games and sports, and enjoying songs, crafts, and field trips. Register early to ensure your child a space. You can register online or at the front desk. Cost $97 YMCA members | $146 Non-members Contact Rhonda Elmore at 685-6510. VESTAVIA XPRESS Swimming, crafts, games, and a whole lot of fun! Reservations required and sign up packs are located at the information table at the Vestavia Branch. Cost per child $125 YMCA members | $145 Non-members Western Area Cost $85 YMCA members | $105 Non-members Field Trips will have additional cost CONTACT Shayla Crawford at 923-1195.

2010 Summer Day Camp Registration

Summer camp begins June 1. You can download all necessary materials at  GREYSTONE Cost (Per week for traditional camp) $113 YMCA Members | $164 Non-members (Per week for specialty and sports camps) $164 YMCA Members | $207 Non-members Contact Tanya Hiers at 981-0144. SHADES VALLEY Traditional Camps | Sports Camps | Specialty Camps | Splash Camps. Many camps, and dates fill up fast, so register your child early! Cost Registration fee is a one-time, per family fee; Camp fees are weekly fees. $40 Registration Fee Traditional Camp YMCA members $97 | Non-members: $145 Sports Camp YMCA members $99 | Non-members: $148 Splash Camp YMCA members $142 | Non-members: $213 Specialty Camps Prices vary per camp. CONTACT Traditional and Specialty Camps – Mallory Smith at 803-1814. Sports Camps – Jerry Wrenn at 803-1812. Splash Camps – Katie Watkins at 803-1811. SHELBY COUNTY Registration ongoing until spaces are full. Register early to ensure that your child has a space in our camp. Go online to County and download our camp brochure. Contact Rhonda Elmore at 685-6510. VESTAVIA XPRESS Campers will be "earning" badges this year...everything from camping to service, swimming to cultures and even learning some Braille and sign language so they can speak to ALL their friends! Cost per child, per week $125 YMCA members | $145 Non-members Registration is required and payments must be made one week ahead. CONTACT Beth Wyss at 823-0144. Western Area Cost $30 Registration fee per child $85 YMCA members (per week) | $125 Non-members (per week) CONTACT Shayla Crawford at 923-1195. March•April 2010 | Y Life 21


Tennis Programs

Is school in or out? The YMCA has you covered Additional child care programs

MOUNTAIN BROOK Drop & Go Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m, Friday 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-Noon, Sunday 2-6 p.m. Ages 10 weeks to 7 years. We offer a fun, safe, and loving environment for your kids to stay while you are on the go. Available to YMCA members only. Cost 1-2 hours $10 for first child $7 for each additional child 2-5 hours $15 for first child $12 for each additional child CONTACT Mt. Brook Playroom 445-2825 SHADES VALLEY  After School Care August-May; school dismissal – 6 p.m. The Shades Valley Family Branch after school program provides a safe, nurturing, and educational environment for your children during after school hours. Activities include homework assistance, arts

& crafts, Bible study, fitness activities, swimming, among others. We provide transportation from your child’s school to the YMCA as well as an afternoon snack. For a full listing of pick-up schools go online to / SHADES VALLEY Cost per month $40 Registration fee per family $151 YMCA members | $216 Non-members CONTACT Mallory Smith at 870-9622. Drop & Go Every Monday - Thursday; 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 6 weeks to 6 years. We offer a fun, safe, and loving environment for your kids to stay while you are on the go. Available to YMCA members only. Cost 1-2 hours $10 for first child $7 for each additional child 2-5 hours $15 for first child $12 for each additional child CONTACT Mallory Smith at 870-9622.

Massage, meet and volunteer

SHELBY COUNTY *New for 2010* Massage Therapy Cost 30 minute session $40 YMCA members $50 Non-members 60 minute session $55 YMCA members $75 Non-members Session packages available Contact Jennifer Dick at 685-6512.

VESTAVIA XPRESS Meeting Room Does your group need a place to meet, have a luncheon or conduct a seminar, workshop or training 22

session? The Vestavia YMCA has a large meeting room available with seating for up to 30-40 people for weekly, monthly or other regular events. Non-profit and for-profit groups are welcome. CONTACT Jeff Kepler at 823-0144. Volunteer Opportunities (High school students to adults) If you desire to be a volunteer or you are being required to fulfill a certain number of community service hours, we have opportunities for you! Whether it is reading to children, helping in the office or a special event, the Vestavia Xpress Branch offers a fun and safe working environment. Come ready to share your interests and talents so we can find a good fit for you. Sign up and schedule your community service hours CONTACT Jeff Kepler at 823-0144.

Mountain Brook Adult League Play 2010 Spring Women's softcourt Levels and playdays: 2.5 Fridays, 3.0 Mondays, 3.5 Tuesdays, 4.0 Thursdays, 4.5 Tuesdays, 5.0 Wednesdays, 5.3 Thursdays. All matches start at 9 a.m. 2010 Spring Women's USTA Morning, evening, and weekend teams available. Levels are 2.5-5.0. 2010 Mens Interclub Play levels are A (4.5 and up), B (4.0), and C (3.0-3.5). A and B teams play on Saturday mornings, C teams play on Thursday nights. Clinics Beginner/Advanced Beginner Ladies Drop-In Clinic Tuesdays 5:30 - 7 p.m. Cost $15 per person per clinic Through April Advanced Women's Drop-In Clinic Fridays 10:30 a.m. - Noon. Players must be 4.5 softcourt/3.5 USTA to attend. Cost $12 per person per clinic Men's Drop-In Clinic Tuesdays 7 - 8 p.m. Players must be 2.5 or higher. Cost $10 per person per clinic Junior League Play March - May 2010 Spring Jr. Team tennis Clinics March - April After school Jr. clinics Monday - Thursday afternoons. CONTACT the tennis desk at 870-3930.

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Chuck Bradley (back row middle) with his group of swimmers on the pool deck at the Trussville Family Branch.

. . . to relive my childhood Chuck Bradley TRUSSVILLE

ow many times have you thought you would like to relive your childhood and immerse yourself in something that you spent all your time doing when you were a kid? Moreover, what would you think about being to not only relive childhood, but having a positive impact in your community as well? Would you take an opportunity like this if it was presented to you? In the case of Trussville Family Branch member Chuck Bradley, the answer is “absolutely.” A volunteer coach with the Swim Birmingham YMCA swim team Trussville group and a lifelong resident of Trussville, swimming has always been an important aspect in his life. Chuck began swimming at the age of nine then graduated into working as a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor and swim coach as a teenager at the old Trussville City Pool. He even coached current Swim Birmingham Y Trussville Head Coach Melissa “Missy” Gooden as a pre-teen. “Who would have thought that 30 years later she would be coaching here at the Y, when she was on my swim team when she was little,” Chuck asked. Together, Chuck and Missy have helped revive the swim team program at Trussville gorwing it to more than 50 youngsters competing and practicing five days a week. Chuck works primarily with the more inexperienced swimmers in the evenings. While he would love to see his athletes win tons of medals and awards, he also has a much larger view of what he would like to accomplish. “Of course we’d like to be a winning swim team, but we’re also teaching a life skill. I don’t think there is any other sport out there that can possibly save your life,” Chuck said. “If we make one child a better swimmer and that saves their life in some situation and then that child grows up and discovers a cure for cancer, then we’ve saved millions,” he added.” Then, we can say we’ve touched the world.” Trussville’s 2010 Adult Volunteer of the Year for his coaching efforts, Chuck has also begun competing again, in the annual Alabama Sports Festival for example. For Chuck coaching and competing in the pool is a chance to experience his youth once again, albeit with a little adult realism thrown in for good measure. “I’m getting to relive my childhood to a degree,” Chuck laughed.” I just hope I don’t pull a muscle.”

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