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YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Named Duval County Health Hero

First Coast YMCA honored for efforts to prevent childhood obesity The Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (HJCOPC) honored the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast with the 2015 “Heart of the Community” Organizational Leadership Award. The First Coast YMCA joined 14 other local organizations recognized as Duval County Health Heroes at the “Celebrating Healthy Kids and Active Communities Awards Breakfast” hosted by the HJCOPC Friday, Sept. 11. The annual gathering commemorates National Childhood Obesity Prevention Awareness Month and provides a forum to honor 15 local organizations and individuals for their commitment to helping children grow up healthy throughout Duval County. “Obesity puts our children at risk for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions that they shouldn’t have to worry about.” said Eric Mann, President and CEO of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. “In an effort to strengthen our community and help all children achieve and lead healthy lives, the Y is committed to…

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YMCA, Jacksonville Armada Launch Junior Armada FC

New Youth Soccer Partnership Kicks Off This August JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – July 23, 2015 – In an effort to promote health and fitness for Jacksonville’s youth, the Armada FC and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast are joining forces to launch a new youth soccer initiative. First Coast kids will now have the unique opportunity to don the jersey of their favorite local soccer club by becoming a member of the YMCA Junior Armada FC. Youth Soccer at the Y is for children ages 2-17 living in Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties. The eight-week program begins next month and registration is currently underway. The YMCA Junior Armada FC youth soccer program will offer participants the opportunity to interact with Armada FC players through clinics and practice visits throughout the season. “We are thrilled to partner with such a great organization in the YMCA to promote athletics and health for Jacksonville kids,” said…

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First Coast YMCA Invites Older Adults to Get Active, Drop their Drawers and Go to Camp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – May 15, 2015 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast invites community members, 55 years of age and better, to kick off their summer with the Y. All year long, the Y offers professional, certified staff and state-of-the-art fitness programs designed specifically for active older adults. This month there are a several of opportunities including Senior Health and Fitness Day, Drop Your Drawers underwear drive and AOA Goes to Camp. National Senior Health and Fitness Day: Wednesday, May 27 Each local YMCA will host an open house Wednesday, May 27 to celebrate an active older lifestyle. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend and participate in upbeat programs, presentations, exercise classes, health assessments, vendors and more. Drop Your Drawers Underwear Drive: Wednesday, May 27 First Coast YMCA has partnered with Dignity U Wear to collect undergarments for those in need Wednesday, May 27. As a part of Senior Health and Fitness Day,…

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Public Notice: YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Applies for 21st Century Community Learning Center Funding

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – May 11, 2015 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast intends to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) ESEA Flexibility Waiver Expanded Learning Time (ELT) funding for the Tiger Academy for the 2015-16 school year.  The funding will be used to provide an expanded school day, school year, after school and summer program summer for Tiger Academy. The program application may be viewed by clicking here. Tiger Academy is a free public Charter school operated by the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast serving children in Pre-K through 5th Grade. We believe school should be more than a place to learn reading, writing and arithmetic. We approach the education of each child with a commitment to helping him or her grow in spirit, mind and body. Tiger Academy focuses on rigorous academic standards, character development, personal and social responsibility and strong family involvement, while providing each child with a structured and nurturing learning…

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First Coast Games Heats Up

Companies challenge one another; focus on employee health in First Coast Games JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – April 14, 2015 – YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is hosting its 2015 First Coast Games, an annual corporate health and wellness challenge beginning April 25 and ending August 1. Presented by VyStar Credit Union and Supporting Sponsor, JP Morgan Chase Bank, the challenge introduces healthy activities into the workplace while promoting company pride, morale and camaraderie among co-workers outside of the office. Hundreds of employees from more than 20 businesses are prepared to participate in the games. The First Coast Games opening ceremony will be on April 25, featuring several family-friendly activities such as spirit contests and field day activities including hula-hoop relays, water balloon toss and tug-of-war. The team events will follow with challenges that are “to win” and “to play.” The 2015 events are as follows: Opening Ceremony April 25 | 8:30 a.m. DuPont YMCA Campus Basketball…

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Healthy Kids Day® Presented by Gator Bowl Charities Kicks Off New Initiative Encouraging Kids to Stay Active

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – March 31, 2015 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast will celebrate Healthy Kids Day® presented by Gator Bowl Charities on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at EverBank Field. The free community event, coinciding with the 7th Annual First Coast Kids Triathlon, will inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active and gives them activities and resources to achieve their potential all year long. “We all want our kids to be happy and healthy. This great event encourages our kids to be active, while instilling important lessons about the value of healthy lifestyles to reach their full potential,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “I look forward to working with the YMCA, First Coast Kids Triathlon and Gator Bowl Charities on this unique youth initiative.” The Mayor’s Office also issued a proclamation declaring May 2, 2015 as YMCA Healthy Kids Day in Jacksonville. Healthy Kids Day is part of…

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YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Recognizes Gwen Roberts as Employee of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 25, 2015 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce Gwen Roberts as the 2015 recipient of Carl & Rita Cannon Employee of the Year Award. Roberts received the award at the 5th Annual Y-Bash held at the Florida Theatre. This award acknowledges Roberts’ commitment to the Y’s mission and service to the community. Roberts will celebrate her 10th anniversary with the Y in May. During this time, she has served the community through various roles. Her commitment to fulfilling the Y’s mission in youth development earned her both recognition from the Y and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission. For her work with TEAM UP, a free afterschool program that provides a safe environment where students are encouraged and motivated in succeed in both their academic and enrichment activities, she received the highest rating in the city from program funding partner, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission. “We are fortunate to…

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YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Recognizes Stephen M. Buente as Volunteer of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 25, 2015 – YMCA of Florida’s First Coast honored long-time volunteer Stephen M. Buente for his dedication and service to the Y by naming him Volunteer of the Year. Buente received the award at the 5th Annual Y-Bash held at the Florida Theatre on Tuesday, February 24. In 2009, Buente joined the board of the St. Augustine YMCA and was selected to serve on the First Coast YMCA’s board of trustees in 2010. He brought his “hand-on” leadership approach to the Camp Immokalee Task Force this year. As Task Force chair, he led a group of volunteers who collectively gave more than 900 hours in the creation of detailed report and action plan to energize programs and facilities at Camp Immokalee. “Buente is a long-time volunteer who is not afraid to get his hands dirty,” said YMCA of Florida’s First Coast President and CEO Eric Mann. “His commitment and exceptional work…

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YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Recognizes Baptist Health Community Partner of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 25, 2015 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce Baptist Health as the 2015 recipient of the E. William Nash, Jr. Legend Award for the Y’s Community Partner of the Year. Baptist Health received the award at the 5th Annual Y-Bash held at the Florida Theatre on Tuesday, February 24. The award acknowledges Baptist Health for its corporate wellness partnership with the Y, Healthy Living Centers inside the Y and its role as a total wellness resource for our community. The partnership between Baptist Health and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast has led to the creation and launch of two innovative programs in the past year, both of which are designed to help build a healthier future for Northeast Florida: Healthy Living Centers Within the Ys in Mandarin and Ponte Vedra, Baptist Health has created two Healthy Living Centers which are open five days a week,…

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Treadmill Tuesday

MORE THAN 1,750 FIRST COAST RESIDENTS COMPLETE NEARLY 4,000 MILES IN WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT #TreadmillTuesday brings community members together to make history and take steps toward building a healthier First Coast JACKSONVILLE, FL- January 20, 2015 – Today, nearly 2,000 community members participated in #TreadmillTuesday, a Guinness World Record attempt to achieve the greatest distance on a treadmill by a mixed team in 12 hours. Together, 1,756 participants walked, jogged or ran at least 3,784.94 miles. The event is one of several world record challenges that are a part of #My30, a First Coast YMCA campaign to inspire people to become more physically active and encourage adults to achieve 30 minutes of exercise, five times a week. Participants were able to join via social media or by visiting one of 13 Y facilities across the First Coast. Online participants joined by posting a picture of their dashboard summary, tagging @FirstCoastYMCA and using #My30 and #TreadmillTuesday. The…

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