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    November 04, 2021
    YMCA of Northwest Florida
    November 2021
    From the Director's Desk:
    A Time to Give Thanks
    On one holiday hand, your pumpkin is probably still sitting on your porch. On the other holiday hand, Christmas stuff is filling retail and craft stores, while some area radio stations are eager to launch a 24/7 holiday music schedule. Here at the Y, we want to be sure that somewhere between the jack-o-lanterns and mistletoe, we make time to celebrate the season of thanks.
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    For Healthy Living
    Spotlight On:
    Mike Makarowski
    Mike Makarowski doesn’t expect life to be fair. It goes back to an experience he doesn’t even remember – one that happened with he was a toddler. But that experience – as with other setbacks in life – has never held him back.
    For Healthy Living
    Exercising Together:
    Yogalates at the Pullum Y
    Fall into fitness with us at the Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA by trying out a new class. We are now offering Yogalates on Mondays at 4 pm. Yogalates is inspired by yoga and Pilates, just like the name suggests. This class focuses on harnessing the physical and mental benefits of both practices.
    For Youth Development
    Program Corner:
    Swim Lessons & Lifeguard Certification
    For Healthy Living
    Health Corner:
    5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season
    As the year winds down, we are still running programs. At the Bear Levin Studer Branch, we have just started our last round of swim lessons. Due to upcoming renovations, we will start our next round of swim lessons in January. We're also offering Lifeguard Certifications before year end.
    Be a smart cookie by following these simple steps to stay healthy during the holiday season.
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    Staff Spotlight:
    Get to know Staci McCall
    For Social Responsibility
    Mission Moment:
    The Last Mile
    Join this Nov. 21 downtown sunset 5K, celebrating the life of Brien Pursell. Proceeds benefit the YMCA and other local nonprofits. REGISTER TODAY!
    We continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions in our community and adjust our response accordingly. Beginning this month, our staff will be encouraged, but not required, to wear masks. We continue to encourage everyone to make choices that are best for you as an individual and that protect your health and the health of those around you.
    Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA l The Vickrey Center l Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA
    The Y. For a better us.
    Strengthening the community since 1880.
    Sarrah Davis, Director of Operations
    sdavis@ymcanwfl.org, (850) 936-0049