Rye YMCA Blog

Seniors Celebrate Health and Fitness

Dozens of seniors took steps towards better health at the Rye Y’s Senior Health and Fitness Day on Tuesday, May 30. The free event was open to the community and a culmination of the Rye Y’s month long celebration of Active Older Adults Month. The Rye Y hopes to encourage older adults to develop healthy behaviors including healthy eating, physical activity and social interaction.

Senator George Latimer kicked off the day with a lunch-time talk, which was followed by an afternoon of movement and fun. Seniors had a choice of several classes to sample, including Tai Chi, Zumba, Mindful Color, Enhance Fitness, Chair Yoga and more. The Rye Y’s Active Older Adult Advocate Penny Cozza remarked “We had a great turnout of enthusiastic seniors who were eager to try different fitness activities. I was gratified to hear several people say that the afternoon has inspired them to become more active, which is exactly what we hoped for.”


Senior Health and Fitness Day

As part of Active Older Adults Month, we’re celebrating Senior Health and Fitness Day on Tuesday, May 30 from 11am-3pm.
Join us for classes,  lunch and speaker (Senator George Latimer) and more. Free and open to the community.  Registration required.
Click here for the schedule

Safety Around Water

May is National Water Safety Month. Click here for safety tips from our Aquatics/Safety Director.  Registration has started for our FREE Safety Around Water Program in June.  View the video below to learn more.

Summer Programs: June 24 – August 19

Swim classes, kids’ soccer and music plus adult healthy living classes
Register now.  Classes start June 24.
Click here to view our summer program guide.

Nat’l Water Safety Month

by Vickie Tsakmakis, Senior Director of Aquatics/Safety

May is National Water Safety Month! We want to highlight the importance of remaining vigilant and safe around the water in the summer months! Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water! The Y has been a leading provider of swim lessons for over 100 years in our community!

With the summer season right around the corner we would like to share some helpful tips to make sure that you and your families enjoy the summer and practice safe summer fun! No matter what age or swim ability, children need continuous supervision around the water. Young children especially can drown in less than two inches of water so it is very important that caregivers keep a close eye on them while they are swimming!The smallest distraction is all it takes for a child to become part of a horrible statistic, all too many times we hear stories beginning with, “I was only gone for a minute…”or, “I received a quick phone call and a few seconds later…”

Please take water safety seriously this summer and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or any additional support we may be able to provide you with, mailto:Vickie@ryeymca.orgor call (914)967-6363 ext. 108. Below are some tips that may help you and your families this summer.

-Sign your child up for swim lessons to have a structured lesson where they practice safety skills. Classes are taught here at the Y! (Summer session registration starts June 7) We also teach swimming in our Kinder and Discovery Camps.
-Let kids know that they should contact an adult or a lifeguard if there is an emergency. If you are traveling to a pool or beach, point out the lifeguard to your child before you begin swimming.
– Communication between adults supervising the pool area is key! If you are going to be walking away from the water for a quick second communicate that with other adults so that somebody is supervising the children in the water. Never assume somebody else is actively watching your child.
-Review pool rules with your children and make sure they know what to do in case of an emergency. Teach them to remain calm and YELL for HELP if they find themselves struggling in the water or in case they see somebody else struggling. Go over emergency procedures with the children (while in the car driving to the water, eating a snack, applying sunscreen, right before entering the water, etc.)
-Children should NEVER serve as the lifeguard. If they see somebody needs assistance their job should be to FIND help, not jump in and help the person themselves. Distressed swimmers and active drowning victims can become uncontrollable and violent in the water which can lead to drowning or injuring the person helping them.
-Never assume that a child is safe in the pool, even if they are a great swimmer. All kids should be supervised in the water by a designated caregiver as at any given time something can happen and they may need assistance. Even an experienced swimmer can suffer or worse, drown in the water.
-Practice makes perfect! Set aside 10 minutes every other day to do a mini lesson or just a couple of times during the week. Children like to PLAY in outdoor pools, not practice their freestyle, backstroke, etc. If you stay committed to the learning process throughout the summer they can improve a great deal.
-If at a pool with a diving board make sure to stress to the kids that they can’t jump until the person that jumped before them is at the wall and that there is nobody in their way.
-Practice swimming without goggles for a little bit each day so that they are comfortable swimming without them if there should be an incident when they fall in the water.
-Be at arm’s reach of your child in the water to provide a helping hand as soon as they may need one. Provide your child a life saving floatation device if they are a non swimmer.
-Teach children never to swim alone.
-Learn CPR in case of an emergency, CPR saves lives and the faster you respond to a situation using CPR if needed the more likely a chance of recovery. Only trained CPR professionals should practice this skill. Classes are taught here at the Y! (Click here to register)
-Learn rescue skills by participating in an American Red Cross Lifeguard class! Classes are taught here at the Y! (Click here to register)
-Enroll your child in swim lessons. The Y’s summer session will begin on June 22nd . Swim class is a great way to reinforce pool rules and have children practice their skills in a learning encouraging setting.

-Never allow your child to swim unsupervised.
-Have 911 posted by the phone so kids remember who to call in case of an emergency!
-Having a pool party? Make sure to assign parents to pool duty, have parents in the water with non swimmers, or hire a lifeguard to come and keep a close watch on the kids.
-Stay away from distracting tasks while supervising your child while they swim. Jump in with them and cool off, play games, or teach them some skills.
-Fence off your pool area and make sure that gates are self closing and self latching, out of children’s reach.
-Remove any toys or objects in the pool at the end of your swim activities as children can fall in by trying to grab them.
-Empty all water out of inflatable pools.
-If your child is having a play date make sure to find out whether they will be doing any water activities. If so, be sure to find out what kind of supervision there will be in the water no matter what swim ability your child or their friends may have.
-Be sure to swim test children visiting your pool before you allow them to swim. Swim tests should be done with an adult in the water at arm’s reach to provide assistance if needed.
-Make sure to separate the deeper end with a divider in the water so that all kids and adults no if there is a change in depth.

-Make sure to wear sunscreen. Wear hats, drink plenty of water, and don’t forget to reapply sunscreen regularly!
-Keep cool when you can.
-Practice the buddy system. Nobody is allowed by the water without their buddy.
-Point out the lifeguard so the child knows who to approach in case of an emergency.
-Do not allow children to swim in large waves.
-Teach kids that if they are caught in a rip current or undertow they should swim parallel to the shore or tread water and yell for HELP.
These are just a few tips to help create a safe environment for you and your families this summer. Again, we urge you to remain focused on water safety this summer. Keeping an eye on your children or making sure they are properly supervised is extremely important to providing a safe and fun environment for all.


Rye Y WaveRyeders Celebrate a Spectacular Season

Regional Champs 2017

[RYE, March 24, 2017]  The Wave Ryeders still have one more meet to go, but already have reason to celebrate. Since September, the team has won six out of seven dual meets.

In early March, the Wave Ryeders won the Westchester Fairfield League Championships for the twelfth year in a row.  “As the defending champs for the past eleven years, we were nervous about the meet, but were able to have loads of great swims and come out on top!” said Coach Kate Tiedmann.

On March 17, the team traveled to Ithaca College for the New York State YMCA Championships, the largest YMCA swim meet in the country. The Wave Ryeders had their best finish in over fifteen years, winning the girls division by 100 points and placing third overall out of forty teams. “We had a spectacular meet, loads of best times, many finalists and lots and lots of State Champions.” Tiedmann remarked.  “The swimmers did a wonderful job!”

Cheering at States

As an added bonus, six swimmers qualified for the Sunkissed Invitational Jr./Sr. Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Individual State Champions
Lente Geelen
Lieve Geelen
Zachary Pestikov
Nate Baumstark

Relay State Champions

8 girls Medley: Kendall Konigsberg, Grayson Findley, Lieve Geelen, Lila Rupp

10 Boys Medley: Tripp Redd, Bas Van Berlo, Ethan Zhou, Zachary Pestrikov

8 girls Free:  Kendall Konigsberg, Lila Rupp, Grayson Findley, Lieve Geelen

8 Boys Free: Tyler Wels, Wilson Redd, Aidan Grant, Nate Baumstark

10 Boys Free: Tripp Redd, Bas Van Berlo, Ethan Zhou, Zachary Pestrikov

State Finalists
Jackson Haffner
Talya Appelbaum
Julie Tiedemann
Lara Geelen
Riley Haffner
Grayson Findlay
Audrey Li
Aidan Grant
Piper Tenney
Sophia Lord
Maeve Bruton
Ethan Zhou
Kendall Konigsberg
Ava Parento
Wilson Redd
Megan Tiedemann
Abigail Posner
Lila Rupp
Claire Hovers
Tyler Wels
Ellen Chen
Julie Hovers
Maddie Medico
Tripp Redd
Tate Robinson
Ellie Mackle
Isabel Hurley
Kamilia Roman
Mary Xu
Lilly Appelbaum
Adele Harshbarger
Julia Appelbaum
Lucy Liu
Giulianna Buglione
Billy Baumstark
Caroline Clark
Kayla Lombardo
Cate Lockton
Jade Van Berlo
Thomas Chen
Connelly Boyle
Bas Van Berlo

The goal of the Wave Ryeders program is to promote fun, camaraderie, new friendships, new skills, physical fitness and positive values that extend beyond the swimming environment. The Rye YMCA offers both a Spring and Fall swim team. The Spring swim team tryouts are April 4 and 6 from 5:15-6:15 pm with practice running from April 17 to June 16.  Pre-team is also available for swimmers not yet ready for competition.

Please visit www.ryeymca.org and view the program guidefor details. Please contact Vickie Tsakmakis, Senior Director of Aquatics & Safety at 914-967-6363, extension 107, for information on the swim team or any other aquatics program.



You Can’t Afford to Ignore Prediabetes

Fernanda Carillo, Program Participant

The Rye YMCA encourages Sound Shore residents to learn the factors for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes on American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

[Rye, NY. March 15, 2017] – March 28 is American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day and with millions of Americans at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, the Rye YMCA urges everyone to take action to prevent the disease. Diabetes affects nearly 29 million people nation-wide. An estimated 86 million additional Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it.

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose (sugar) levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 59,000 Westchester County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes. In addition to the health impact, diabetes puts an incredible strain on our health care system, costing billions of dollars a year to treat and manage.

Understanding your risk is the first step in preventing diabetes. Several factors, including family history, age, weight and physical activity level, can contribute to developing type 2 diabetes. Learn your risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the diabetes risk test at ymca.net/diabetes.

“Studies show that people with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity,” noted Tanya Stack, the Rye Y’s Director of Membership, Health, and Wellness. “The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can provide the support needed to make those changes.”

Facilitated by a trained Lifestyle Coach, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based, year-long program where participants work together in a small group to learn about behavior changes that can improve overall health. The goal is to help adults at risk for diabetes reduce their body weight by 5 to 7 percent and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week. Studies have shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes in adults by 58 percent and by as much as 71 percent in those over age 60.

Since July 2011, 170 adults have enrolled in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program through the Rye YMCA.  Working in partnership with Open Door Family Medical Centers and Hudson River Healthcare, the Rye Y is able to offer classes in Spanish and English at locations in Rye, Port Chester, Ossining, Peekskill, and Yonkers.

Fernanda Carillo, 58, is currently participating in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and shares her story:

“I went to my routine doctor appointment, and unfortunately, I found out that I have prediabetes. As soon I listened to the word prediabetes, I thought of my two brothers that died of diabetes, and my cousin that is on dialysis because of diabetes. My doctor recommended the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program. I knew that the program was going to be the opportunity to change my lifestyle if I don’t want to have the same the issues that my family went through. I thought I could do it; I can make a difference in my life. As my coach always reminded us, we are not on a diet; we are making life long changes for our health. I have lost over 20 pounds. Seeing my results keeps me motivated, and I’m eager to continue losing weight…  the most important thing that I learned in the program is portion control and don’t skip meals. What makes me happier is to see my family and friends incorporating my lifestyle changes into their lives. I am so thankful for the program. It has changed my life. Now I am an active, healthy person. I hope that more people get the same opportunity and give the program a try.”

To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program or enroll in an upcoming class at the Rye Y, contact Tanya Stack at tanya@ryeymca.org or 967-6363, ext. 107.

The Rye YMCA is a family-oriented community service organization which welcomes all people and promotes positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body.

Rye Y Members and Friends Make Cards for Hospitalized Kids

More than 45 children, teens, adults and seniors created 175 cards for the organization Cards for Hospitalized Kids at a Rye YMCA Togetherhood project held on Sunday March 19.

Togetherhood engages Y members and community residents in community service projects that have benefited a range of organizations, including Don Bosco Community Center, Bread of Life, The Sharing Shelf and Rye Nature Center. Togetherhood staff advisor Denise Woodin had heard about Cards for Hospitalized Kids through another YMCA and brought it to the attention of her committee. The organization works with a network of hospitals nation-wide to bring cheerful homemade cards to children who are facing serious illness.

Danielle Russo, a teacher at Osborn School, liked the project so much that she shared it with a colleague. Their first-grade classes created an additional 46 cards, which Russo dropped off at the Y on the day of the event.

Rye resident Kelly Bourassa chairs the Togetherhood Committee and also coordinated the “Cards” project. She remarked “This project provided a great opportunity for community members of all ages to come together for a wonderful cause. While making the cards, children and adults were able express their creativity while enjoying quality time with each other. This project was a perfect fit for Togetherhood, as we’re always looking for ways to engage volunteers in fun, meaningful community service.”

For more information about Togetherhood, contact Denise Woodin at denise@ryeymca.org or 914-967-6363, ext. 101.

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