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NORTH VALLEY FAMILY YMCA 11336 Corbin Ave, Northridge, CA 91326

November 2013

A newsletter for members and volunteers of the Y


With nearly 26 million children and adults in America living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country. Yet, most Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious matter. They feel it is someone else’s responsibility; someone else’s problem. Recent numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a desperate situation of where we are at, and where we are headed: • Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. • Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. • Recent estimates project that as many as • 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to

Stop Diabetes.


ENJOYING THANKSGIVING WITH DIABETES Thanksgiving can be challenging for people with diabetes who are trying to manage blood glucose levels and weight. Many traditional Thanksgiving foods are high in fat as well as carbohydrates, but with careful planning, you can make healthy choices that fit into your diabetes meal plan and enjoy this wonderful celebration with friends and family, says Tracey Lucier, R.D., Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center. The Right Thanksgiving Food Choices • Start the day off with a good breakfast so you won’t be tempted to overeat. • Nibble on raw vegetables with low-fat dips before dinner rather than salted nuts or cheese and crackers. • Choose white rather than dark turkey meat, without the skin. READ MORE on P 4

OUR VOICE | A newsletter for members and volunteers of the Y


By John Sinnema , Chair of North Valley Family YMCA’s Board of Managers


we have Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards for Early Childhood and Afterschool Programs In response to a call by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), the Y has committed to adopting new standards for nutrition and physical activity for the more than 700,000 kids in our early childhood and afterschool programs. How we do it:

Fall is finally in the air, and the Y is ready! Don’t miss out on all of the great educational and physical opportunities to tune up your healthy lifestyle this season. Why not start with a new challenge this Thanksgiving? Join us for the annual Turkey Tri. It’s tailored so that everyone can participate, and is the perfect way to start the day. A special thanks again to Maithili Patil and her team for their efforts to gather and hand out food baskets to families throughout the Valley. Every year, she and other dedicated members of the Y ensure that THOUSANDS of families can celebrate this special holiday with a feast. Diabetes is a disease affecting too many members of our community. Join us as we learn about the importance of prevention and control with events all month long in this NOVEMBER to REMEMBER. Finally, our 26th annual YMCA Booster Club Dinner will be hosted by Los Angeles

City Council President Pro Tempore Mitchell Englander on 11/7. There are some fabulous prizes to win and a silent auction full of exciting items and all proceeds benefit the Y’s efforts for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. We have so very much to be thankful for at the Y and we couldn’t do it without our amazing members, volunteers and staff. Thank you all.

Establish a minimum of expected physical activity for children of different ages enrolled in our programs: Provide opportunities for moderate and vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day while children are in care for a full-day program and 30 minutes for half-day day program (morning and afternoon programs are each considered half-day programs). • For infants: Provide daily opportunities for infants to move freely under adult supervision to explore their indoor and outdoor environments; Engage with infants on the ground each day to optimize adult-infant interactions; Provide daily “tummy time” (time in the prone position) for infants less than six months of age. • Define food and beverages offerings, including designating water as the primary beverage during snack times and offering fruits and vegetables as snack options; • Limit the amount of screen time (watching TV, playing video games, using computers); • Commit Ys to conducting parent education to encourage healthy behaviors at home. Encourage breastfeeding of infants in our care • Y staff will ROLE MODELING HEALTHY CHOICES through healthy eating and active living. This includes consuming the same foods and beverages as children during meal and snack times (if possible), avoiding consumption of foods or beverages during program time that are inconsistent with the HEPA standards, and participating in physical activities and active play. The standards are based in part on years of research supported by collaborations with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), University of Massachusetts at Boston, the Healthy Out of School Time Coalition (HOST) and the National Institute for Out of School Time (NIOST). Through these collaborations, as well as the experience of Ys across the nation, the Y has learned the most effective ways to create healthy environments in out-of-school time settings. Additionally, the Institute of Medicine’s Early Childhood Obesity Prevention policies, the National Afterschool Association’s “Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Out of School Time Programs” and the Let’s Move Child Care Standards played a significant role the guidelines. We’re happy to be taking important steps to ensuring our childrens’ healthy futures. phone, video games, computer or oth

OUR MISSION | The North Valley Family YMCA puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit,

NOVEMBER CALENDAR • NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER: November is Diabetes Awareness Month See all event activities on P.4. • 26th YMCA Booster Club Dinner: November 7th Read more to the right! • Summit Seekers Hikes for November All the hikes are free and open to the community and geared for beginner/intermediate hikers. Children are welcome to attend as long as an adult accompanies them. As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks. See you on the trail! Contact Jody Guerrero for details: November 9th, at 9am Family Hike November 23rd at 9am Solstice Canyon in Malibu Corriganville Park in Simi Valley Distance: 3.5 miles (loop) Distance: 1.5 miles Hike Level: Moderate Hike Level: Easy • Member Appreciation Day: November 13th You make us special! Join us between 9am & 11am or 3pm & 5pm for healthy foods from Ed DeSouza and let us thank you for being a part of our Y family. • Parents’ Night Out: November 15th, 6:00 - 9:30pm Parents do you need a break? Why not take a Parent’s Night Out! Kids, enjoy a FUN night at the Y while your parents enjoy a FUN evening out. Ages: 3 to 10 years | Cost $17 per child or $20 for the whole family. Contact: Jody Guerrero

Booster Club Dinner


Thursday, November 7th, Knollwood Country Club Chair: Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Mitchell Englander Thanks to contributions from this unique event, the North Valley Family YMCA provides nearly 13,000 children with programs that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, so that kids of every age grow into compassionate, healthy and successful adults. Sponsor packages and tickets still available. Contact Debi Mayer at 818-368-3231 x2335 or

• Winter Sports Registration open November18th Join us for a new season fun, skills and teamwork. Basketball, soccer, volleyball, and adult basketball Seasons starts1/25/14 • Thanksgiving Baskets: November 18th & 19th Baskets given to families in need. Donations welcome. To donate or recommend a family in need, please call Julie Wawrzynski at the Y or online at And don’t forget to “like” the Northridge Fashion Center on Facebook to help us get more baskets. See right for details. • Teen Night at the YMCA: Friday November 22nd, 9:00 pm – 1 am Wondering what to do on a Friday night with your friends? Come out for a teen night at the YMCA, hang out with friends, eat food, and enjoy great activities at the YMCA. November 15 will be full of excitement with a Video Game Tournament and the new Superman movie “Man of Steel!” All teen nights are open to members and non-members, so feel free to bring a friend. Ages: 12 to 17 years | Cost $5 entry fee | Contact: Amanda Hendrick • Turkey Tri: November 28th: 8am Come to the Y on Thanksgiving Day to burn off those pre-turkey calories! The distance for adults is a 5 lap swim (250 yards), 5 mile bike, 1 mile run/walk outside. All ages can participate. For kids, 9 years or younger, enter the Tiny-Tri: 2 lap swim (100 yards), 3 mile bike, 1 mile run/walk outside. All participants receive a Turkey Tri t-shirt! Sign up at the front desk by November 15. Only $15 per participant. • Come with the YMCA to Disneyland: Saturday December 7 (leave at 8 am from the YMCA, returning after the fireworks show) See the magic and wonder of Disneyland during the holiday season with the YMCA. Reserve your families tickets by November 7 and pay just $87 per person. After November 7 the cost goes up to $100 per person. Fee includes a Disney 1 Day 1 Park ticket, bus ride to and from Disney, & parking. Contact: Amanda Hendrick

“LIKE” FOR LOVE THERE’S STILL TIME! With each new “Like” on their Facebook page during Sept. 23 – Nov 13, Northridge Fashion Center will donate $1 (up to $1,500) to YMCA for our Thanksgiving baskets! We want to give away 2,800 basket this year, so let’s get “liking!”


OUR VOICE | A newsletter for members and volunteers of the Y

ENJOY THANKSGIVING WITH DIABETES (cont.) • Make mashed potatoes with low-fat milk and margarine instead of butter, and take it easy with the gravy. Skim the fat off the top of the gravy before serving. • Steam vegetables like peas and green beans rather serving them in a casserole with creamed sauces. • Bake stuffing in a casserole dish rather than inside a turkey so you can make it with less fat. Bake with low-fat broth and margarine. • Make cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries. Canned cranberry sauce is high in sugar. • If you’re going to drink a glass or two of wine, do it with dinner, rather than starting earlier. Consider diluting white wine with seltzer water to make a wine spritzer. • Have dessert with everyone else, but choose pumpkin pie over pecan pie, or bring a dessert you’ve made with an artificial sweetener. Top it with low-fat whipped cream. • Don’t take home leftovers.

NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER: Diabetes Awarenes Month Diabetes Awareness Month is right around the corner, and we have some exciting things coming up in November.

Chelsea will be hosting her Annual Diabetes Blast

(member incentive game),

• •

Annual Turkey Tri event on Thanksgiving morning. UCLA Health here on November 9th, from 9am-12pm

to provide FREE health screenings, “Ask the Doctor” opportunities, and information to support the community on their way to staying healthy.

Dr. Nicholas Houston (Chiropractor from Purple Cow

Chiropractic), will be here on November 19th, from 4-6pm, providing information on how Posture is related to Diabetes.

Ed DeSouza, from HealthFULL Foods, will be here on

Family Support It is unquestionably hard to stick to your diabetes meal plan on Thanksgiving when you see all of the food and everyone else is overindulging. It’s also difficult if you have “food police” in your family who try to tell you what you can or can’t eat, or have someone who wants to load more food on your plate, saying “it’s only once a year.” Let your family members know they can support you by walking around the block with you after dinner, Lucier says. “Make your day about togetherness and family fun, and not just about the food.” Read more:


Thanksgiving Baskets for local families

We believe that every family deserves to have a delicious turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. That’s why we are asking for your help to provide 2,800 Thanksgiving baskets to those families who might otherwise go without. Donations needed for a complete dinner: • 1 large can of chicken broth • 1 large box of stuffing • 1 can of cranberry sauce • powdered gravy • 2 cans of vegetables • 1 small bottle of cooking oil • 1 box/bag of cookies or similar pre packaged dessert • $15.00 gift card to a grocery store (for a turkey)

Nov. 13th to give out healthy diabetic food samples and talk about “Eating healthy to prevent Diabetes”.

Or...Let us do the shopping! $35.00 provides a Thanksgiving Dinner for a family of 4. *Checks can be made out to the North Valley Family YMCA Attn: Debi Mayer 3

NORTH VALLEY FAMILY YMCA November Newsletter