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STANLY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA LOCKER ROOM POLICY - Please be aware of the Stanly County Family YMCA locker room policy. Read More 

EXCITING NEW OUTREACH PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR SUMMER - The Stanly County Family YMCA will be providing a NEW outreach program to the Amhurst Community this summer. Read, Feed, and Lead will be offered to children in the Amhurst Community free of charge this summer. The Y will be in the Amhurst Garden daily to provide reading opportunities to the kids, serve lunch, and lead a physical activity/game. Thank you to the Albemarle Rotary Club for sponsoring this program. Volunteer opportunities are available. Contact Kelley Bigger for more information.

NORWOOD SUMMER DAY CAMP ANNOUNCED ... The Y is partnering with the Town of Norwood to offer seven weeks of Half Day Summer Day Camp to be held in Norwood. Participants will be dropped off at the Norwood Elementary School Gym in the morning. On Thursdays, campers will be transported to the Y for swimming and other activities. Lunch and morning snack will be provided daily.  30 spaces available ... register soon at the Y. Information available at the Y and the Town of Norwood. 

FIND THE PERFECT SUMMER DAY CAMP FOR YOUR CHILDIt is time to make plans for your child to attend the BEST Summer Day Camp in the area! Registration is currently open for the Y Summer Day Camp as well as several Specialty Camps. Ranked the #1 Summer Day Camp in Stanly County for the past 7 years, we want to be your choice for your child. 

Still waiting for life to slow down so you can, too? Turn the tables and take the lead with a smart strategy for chilling out.

If you thrive on adrenaline and to-do lists, remembering to step back, breathe deeply and play (yes, play!) isn’t just a way to wind down. It’s also a means of finding some much-needed perspective. (Which happens to be good for productivity.)

And slowing down doesn’t have to mean stopping. If our ever-present pedometers and heart rate monitors have taught us anything, it’s that staying in motion provides a healthy way of maintaining mind-body balance.

So here’s your challenge: Try out an activity that’s less about the number of calories burned or reps performed, and more about relaxation, stretching or just plain fun. And above all else: Leave your phone somewhere else so you can reconnect with … you.

  • Splash around in the pool—Forget laps—just float. Catch up with a friend while you tread water. Watch your kid try out a new swimming skill. Laugh a lot. Repeat. 
  • Get back to basics—It’s never too late to reconnect with nature. And it’s not too early to start planning your next camping adventure in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Blue Ridge Assembly is a great place to retreat with small groups and unwind. Be sure to check it out for your next retreat destination.
  • Condition more than your muscles—Instead of only doing workouts that amp up your heart rate, try taking it down a notch once or twice a week in a class like yoga or Pilates. Need to work on your flexibility? Join our Flex and Stretch class..
  • Take a walk, plain and simple—So good for you it’s practically a no-brainer, walking is low-impact cardio that boosts energy and circulation, reduces stress, and brings more oxygen your body’s cells. Some studies show a brisk walk works as well as pharmaceutical antidepressants when it comes to keeping mild- to moderate depression in check.
  • Pick a partner in R&R—Invite a friend or two to walk, work out or stretch with you. Put these meet-ups on your calendar like any other appointment. Having someone hold you accountable to your “stop and smell the roses” goals will help you prioritize your health … and stay connected to the people in your life who matter.

Warning: Side effects of relaxation may include clear-headedness, unexplained positivity, reduced stress and anxiety, and extended bouts of happiness.

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our Open Door Scholarship Program for financial assistance.