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YMCA offers events for children, cancer survivors, disabled swimmers


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SEFFNER – The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, 125 years old this year, offers many activities that can lead to healthy living for men, women and children in Hillsborough and Pasco counties:

* Livestrong at the YMCA is an ongoing, free, 12-week program for cancer survivors, people newly diagnosed and their families. Physical and social activities focus on strengthening body, mind and soul; increasing muscle mass, strength, flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. Participants need not be YMCA members.

To support Livestrong at the YMCA in the greater Brandon area, the North Brandon Family YMCA’s Community Campaign Challenge aspires to raise $35,000 in 60 days. A grand finale celebration will take place Tuesday, May 27, at the North Brandon Family YMCA at 3097 S. Kingsway Road. Interim celebrations will take place Tuesday, April 22, 29, May 6, 13 and 20. A lobby booth staffed by volunteers will feature survivor stories. Donors’ participation will be acknowledged on a recognition wall.

For information contact Diana Niles, development coordinator, at diana.niles@tampaymca.org or (813) 685-5402.

* Tampa YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is a free event for all area children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Bounce houses, a mascot dance challenge, fitness demonstrations, arts and crafts, healthy snacks, water safety information and sports giveaways will educate and entertain.

“One in three U.S. children is obese,” said Lalita Llerena, YMCA communications director. “Once summer hits, children will be more idle. … It’s important to help families develop healthy habits now. As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

For additional details, ask Llerena at lalita.llerena@tampaymca.org or (813) 224-9622, ext. 1240.

* Swimmers with physical, visual or intellectual impairment are invited to compete Sunday, May 4, in the adaptive Cinco de Mayo Swim Meet at New Tampa Family YMCA’s Olympic-sized pool, 16221 Compton Drive, Tampa. The meet begins at 10 a.m., with warm-ups at 8:30 a.m.

Swimmers are limited to four individual and two relay events. A $20 entry fee per swimmer includes a T-shirt. Register by 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, by contacting Kass Pilczuk, (813) 866-9622 or kpilczuk@tampaymca.org.

Send news of community interest to freelance writer Barbara Routen at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.

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