PORTAGE | The Y invites everyone in the Portage area to try the Y any time between April 12-19. This week-long open house is open to everybody, including those who have never been to the Y or if it has been a while. Just like Y members, individuals and families may go to the Y whenever and as often as they’d like. Participants may take group exercise classes, play an open sport in the evenings, walk or run on the Indoor Track, and more. Adults are encouraged to get their training started in the Cardio and Strength Training Centers, which are open during all business hours. In addition to taking advantage of the normal activities, themed programs each day target different people’s needs.
Families and individuals who join the Y from April 12-30 will receive discount coupons to help them try even more of the Y’s programs. With a combined value of more than $200, coupons include youth and adult sports, swim lessons, personal training, aquacise, summer camp, personal massages and more.
The Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day kicks off the open house from 10 a.m. to noon April 12. Highlights include a bounce house, family walleyball and cornhole, hula hoop contests and more.
To learn more about fitness and exercise, YMCA 101 will be offered 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 14 and 17. Wellness Coaches will be available for tours and consultation. Health screenings will also be available. Come learn more about the Y’s Welcome to Wellness program, which includes a free orientation to the exercise machines, a body fat assessment and a next step consultation. Information about personal training, group exercise, and more will be available.
Seniors are encouraged to come to the Senior Health Fair on April 15, presented by St. Mary Medical Center. Community nurse Danny Gonzalez will share information about pertinent topics. Free blood pressure screenings will be available.
Those who wish to lose weight and learn more about nutrition will want to attend one of two lectures on April 16. “10 Myths about Weight Loss and Nutrition” followed by a Q & A session, will be presented twice. A cooking demonstration by Chef Ryan of St. Mary Medical Center will round out the day’s activities.
The family fun continues on April 18, with opportunities to swim in the Y’s Family Float Night at the Portage High School West pool. Gym activities for all ages will be provided in the Y gym.
“Try the Y Week” ends with Fitness Sampler Day from 10 a.m. to noon April 19. Fifteen minute rotations of several classes will enable participants to sample classes offered at the Y.
A schedule of all open house activities, including facility hours, as well as information about joining the Y can be found at www.ymcaofportage.org. The Portage Township YMCA is located at 3100 Willowcreek Road.