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Youth Tinker, Invent at 22nd Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention

Posted on 8/5/16 9:54 AM by Beth Roessner
Young inventor Akanksha is no stranger to frustration. While working with her two friends to create the perfect hat out of an old oatmeal canister, the bottom kept falling off. She and her teammates from a YMCA summer camp, looked at the situation a different way: Instead of seeing a work-ending road block, they saw an opportunity to make their creation truly unique.
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How Play Can Deepen the Child-Parent Connection

Posted on 2/22/16 7:30 AM by Beth Roessner
As a mental health therapist, Ana Lilia Solis understands there can be a stigma associated with mental health counseling. So often, parents are afraid to seek the help of a psychologist to discuss a wide range of family issues—from behavioral to relationships. This hesitation can affect how parents and children relate, she said. Ana Lilia, a therapist with YMCA Youth & Family Services (YFS)--an organization devoted to serving the families in Montgomery County that are poor or have faced/ are facing trauma--hopes her program Play Academy ends the stigma of therapy, and parents develop deeper relationships with their children.
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Are Those Beans in My Brownies?

Posted on 10/19/15 9:49 AM by Beth Roessner
Beans generally aren’t considered something you would enjoy as a part of one of your favorite desserts. But beans can actually be a fantastic substitution for flour in certain recipes. By using beans, you’ll be limiting your use of nutrient-lacking white flour, and adding extra protein and fiber. The best part is, your taste buds won’t even notice!
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Guilt-Free Comfort Food Recipes

Posted on 10/13/15 9:50 AM by Beth Roessner
Everyone has those few foods they know aren’t healthy but they just can’t resist! There is just something about diving into a bowl of alfredo or sipping on a thick milkshake. But with a few simple substitutions, you can enjoy your favorite recipes with little guilt. Three classic recipes--alfredo sauce, chicken noodle soup and a cookies-and-cream milkshake get makeovers with healthy ingredients like cauliflower, zucchini and cottage cheese. 
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Fun & Games - the South African Way

Posted on 4/29/15 1:28 PM by Jackie Dilworth
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Family Game Night - New Zealand Style!

Posted on 1/30/15 11:46 AM by Jackie Dilworth
When is the last time you had a game night? If your family is already gaming gurus, then we have a new one for you try! If you don't have a game night routine, then this windy and snowy weekend is enough of a reason to stay inside and play. If you need extra motivation, check out this article from Family Circle.
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Easy Crafts that Make for Great Holiday Memories

Posted on 12/9/14 8:12 AM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by YMCA Fairfax County Reston Coming up with things to do when the kids are out of school does not have to be stressful! Here are some quick crafts you can do with the kids that are easy, fun and make for great gifts.
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Sugar Free Halloween: Day 4

Posted on 10/30/14 9:44 AM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by Kristy McCarron After you have carved the pumpkins, here is a great way to make use of the seeds!
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A Sugar-Free Halloween: Day 2

Posted on 10/28/14 8:54 AM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by Kristy McCarron Let's just call this the friendliest spider you'll ever meet! Here is today's quick recipe for you and your kids to enjoy a healthy week of Halloween treats!
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Celebrating Lights On Afterschool

Posted on 10/27/14 2:59 PM by Shakarra McGuire
Last week, our Y branches rallied around Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide campaign that acknowledges the huge impact that afterschool programs have on students, their families and their communities. The Harvard Family Research Project findings show that students who participate in afterschool programs have positive growth academically, socially/mentally and in the areas of prevention, health and wellness. You can locate your nearest opportunity for a YMCA afterschool program here!    Students celebrated by participating in arts and crafts, mural painting and much more! Check out some actions shots from YMCA Arlington and YMCA Loudoun County below!         
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