Afterschool at the Y
Camp Occaneechi at the Lexington Family YMCA offers an afterschool program that is far from ordinary! Emphasizing our Christian mission, the Y engages students in a variety of ways – see why we are so different!
Afterschool at the Y engages kids in physically active, learning and imaginative activities that encourage exploration of who they are and what they can achieve. In addition to supplementing what they have learned in school, they participate in interactive learning models that help build healthy habits, active lifestyles and continued learning. Students get assistance with their homework from trained Y staff, form long-lasting friendships that enhance their development and growth and learn skills that can build self-confidence.
SETTING THE EXAMPLE
We would like to share with you some exciting changes that have been taking place in our afterschool and summer camp programs. As part of our ongoing partnership with the Department of Exercise Science at The University of South Carolina to enhance the quality of our programming, we have begun making changes that will lead to increases in the amount of physical activity children accumulate and improve the nutritional quality of the foods served in our afterschool and summer camp programs. Over the next 2 years (2011-2013) we will be evaluating these changes by collecting children’s physical activity using small motion sensors called accelerometers and pedometers, and observe the types of foods children eat during our programs. This information will be invaluable and serve to inform us on where our programs need improvement, as well as provide data on these improvements as we make them. We are thrilled to with some of the improvements that have been documented over the last year, and look forward to continued improvements throughout this partnership.
What does this mean? Over the past year, the YMCA has INCREASED the amount of Moderate to Vigorous Activity during the Afterschool hours for Girls by 9.2% and 15.9% for Boys. Translation= your child is moving more at Afterschool @ the Y!
Percentage of time children spend doing Moderate to Vigorous Activity at our Afterschool Programs:
|Fall 2011||Spring 2012||Increase||Fall 2011||Spring 2012||Increase|
Transportation is provided from:
» Red Bank Elementary
» Carolina Springs Elementary
» Saxe Gotha Elementary
» White Knoll Elementary
» Lake Murray Elementary
» Oak Grove Elementary
» White Knoll Middle
» Carolina Springs Middle
**Healthy snacks are provided to each student, every day!