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At the Franklin County Family YMCA, child safety is an utmost priority. As such, we’re proud to highlight and participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Five Days of Action (April 18-22), both of which are designed to raise awareness about child abuse prevention.

When we know how abuse can happen, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent it, we can foster a culture of child abuse prevention in our Y community.

Guided by the Five Days of Action’s three tenets—know, see, and respond—we encourage you to check out the 5 Days of Action website, which is full of resources on how to keep kids safe in public spaces and online.

Together, we can take an informed, proactive approach to child abuse prevention, doing our part to keep the Y a safe, supportive haven for our community’s kids.

 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (December 23, 2021) – The Franklin County Family YMCA organized a community We Care Campaign that included a Veterans day fundraiser, coat drive, canned food drive and Angel Tree during the months of November and December to help county residents this winter season.

The Y’s generous members were able to provide $96 toward our scholarship program for returning Veterans, 105 non-perishable food items, 36 coats, and gifts for 60 children to be distributed to families in need this holiday season.

Food items and coats will be delivered to the local soup kitchen and Franklin County Department of Social Services. The Angel Tree gifts, which included 50 boxes of toys from the National Guard in Rocky Mount, have been distributed to children in elementary schools across the county. Funds raised with the Y’s flag sales for Veteran’s Day will go to helping local veterans who need assistance with their Y membership.

“Our members and staff are so amazing and generous. The Y as an organization works every day to make Franklin County a stronger community. Giving everyone a chance to help their neighbor, not only enriches the lives of those in need but brings back the true meaning of the holidays,” says Connor Matherly the Rocky Mount YMCA’s Membership Services Lead/Manager.

The Y, in addition to its mission work in swim, youth development, childcare and senior programs, also hosts food drives, coat drives, blood donations and much more.

To learn more about this and other available programs visit www.franklincountyymca.org or call (540)489-9622.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (November 16, 2021) – November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Franklin County Family YMCA is encouraging Franklin County residents to understand their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps to take to prevent the disease.

Following a year of reduced activity due to COVID-19, statistics show prediabetes rates are on the rise. Currently, 88 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes but less than 16 percent know they have the condition. In addition to the high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people with prediabetes are also at risk of developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

During National Diabetes Awareness Month, we encourage all community members to take control of their health and learn their risk for type 2 diabetes by visiting your local Y and taking steps to prevent developing the disease.

“A new study from the University of Michigan revealed that over one third of Americans put off healthcare during the pandemic,” said Andrea Fansler, Branch Director, Smith Mountain Lake YMCA. “This makes it imperative for community members to be aware of the health risks of prediabetes. The Y is here to help.”

To learn more about the Y’s healthy living programs, please visit www.franklincountyymca.org or call (540)489-9622.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (September 20, 2021) — The Franklin County Family YMCA has named Karli Johnson as its new Youth, Family and Fitness Director. In her new role Karli will be responsible for taking the lead on increasing the Y’s programing that focuses on keeping families in our community active.

“During our search for a new youth, family and fitness director, we looked at candidates from throughout Franklin County but Karli stood out among the rest. Her energy and vision for the Franklin County Family YMCA is exactly what we were looking for. With Karli’s experience and passion towards community wellness, we are convinced that the Franklin County Family YMCA will continue to be the leader in youth, family and fitness programming,” said Kevin McAlexander, CEO of the Franklin County Family YMCA.  

Karli graduated from Radford University in 2020 as a first generation college student with honors - Cum Laude, and comes to the Y with a BS degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership. While there, Karli created programs on and off campus including afterschool programs, teambuilding, and interpretation.

“I am thrilled to join the YMCA family,” said Karli Johnson, Youth, Family and Fitness Director at the Rocky Mount YMCA. “I’m originally from Deweyville, Texas and traveled quite a bit until my family settled in Franklin County around 2010. I love living in an area that has so much to do outdoors. Whether it is hiking, kayaking or riding four-wheelers, but I also love that the Y offers programs that are accessible all year round, such as swim lessons, youth sports and camp. I’m excited to be able to give back to our community with innovative programming and am looking forward to opportunities to better serve our neighbors.”

For more information on programming visit www.franklincountyymca.org or call (540)489-9622.

 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (September 1, 2021) – The Franklin County Family YMCA is launching Y360 on September 1, 2021 alongside their pay the day joining special. The video on-demand and live streaming service brings the Y experience seamlessly to mobile devices, TVs, streaming devices and the web.

 

“A new virtual only membership option with Y360 allows people to pursue a healthier mind, body, and spirit at their own pace, on their schedule, and in any location. It will include two monthly visits to our facility and is perfect for anyone just starting their health journey or for people looking for an in-home option,” said Karli Johnson, Youth, Family and Fitness Director of the Rocky Mount YMCA.

 

Y360 matches any on-the-go lifestyle, delivering talent from instructors across the country in hundreds of            on-demand exercise, nutrition, youth, senior and family classes.  Whether it’s in your home or at the Y, finding the lifestyle choices that work for you is easier with new programs and live-streamed videos added weekly for users to explore.  

 

“With many affected by COVID-19, we saw a need for an innovative way to offer programs that could be accessed from anywhere,” said Kevin McAlexander, YMCA CEO. “Each community member deserves health improvement tools and we’re excited to expand our capacity to do that with Y360.”

 

In 2020 YMCA staff led the way in offering virtual programs from their living rooms, back yards, and garages where they created and shared videos on Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram in an effort to stay open when their physical locations were closed. When the YMCA’s doors reopened the desire to continue connecting with people in new innovative ways led the Franklin County Family YMCA to offer Y360 to the community and it goes beyond just offering workouts with an array of youth offerings from culinary arts to camp activities.

 

“The app is filled with workout options including boxing, yoga, bootcamp, strength, and core. My favorite so far has been the bootcamp classes with Rachel. There is something on this app for every fitness level,” said Alice Smith, Franklin County resident and long time YMCA member.

 

Join the YMCA in September and pay a joining fee in the amount of the date you join. The Y also has financial assistance for individuals and families who qualify for income based pricing. If you are interested in learning more about YMCA360 or membership options call (540)489-9622 or visit www.franklincountyymca.org.

 

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