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Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA Thanks Veterans and Military Families

The Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA thanks veterans, active duty military personnel, reservists and their families for their dedication, sacrifice and service.
From November 11th through November 30, 2019 local veterans, active duty military personnel, reservists and their families who are not currently Y members will have complimentary access to the Meriden and New Britain YMCAs to work out and spend family time together.

From November 11th through November 30, 2019 local veterans, active duty military and reservists and their families (who are not currently members) will have complimentary access to the Meriden and New Britain YMCAs to work out and spend family time together.

On the Menu: Paleo Cooking Classes at the Meriden YMCA

On a recent Thursday evening, seven women convened at the downtown YMCA to cook and eat a paleo-friendly dinner.

As they cooked and ate bacon-wrapped dates, shepherd’s pie, and pumpkin coffeecake muffins, they were able to learn about paleo cooking.

The Y offers a paleo cooking class about once a month. It also organizes other cooking classes, some geared to families, couples, or children. Some focus on cooking for diabetes or other types of diets.

Mountain Mist Outdoor Center in Meriden offers diabetes day camp

It’s been a world of changes for Aniyah Slater, 11, who learned in October she has diabetes. There is the new concern over her blood sugar levels and her diet, while she’s playing, making arts and crafts and new friends at summer camp.

”It’s nice and fun here,” Aniyah said. “I wish it was a little bit longer.”

Aniyah is one of 29 children attending a pilot diabetes day camp at the YMCA’s Mountain Mist Outdoor Center. The camp is run in conjunction with the Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, the Y, and funded through the Lion’s Club.

Dr. Cem Demirci, the medical director of the Children’s Medical Center diabetes program, and five medical staff members volunteered their vacation time and are spending the week at the outdoor center.

The Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA Donates Swim Lessons to Kiwanis StoryWalk® Program to Teach Water Safety

The Kiwanis Club of Meriden is presenting StoryWalk® at Hubbard Park, featuring Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim by Kim and Stew Leonard, Jr., with De. Lawrence E. Shapiro. StoryWalk® is an innovative way for families to enjoy reading and the outdoors by featuring enlarged pages of a children’s story along an outdoor path. This year’s story is featured in partnership with the Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation and will be part of the Meriden Daffodil Festival this weekend. The Y is the nation’s leading teacher of water safety and swimming skills. The Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA donated gift certificates for swim lessons to the Kiwanis Club of Meriden to use in a drawing for families who participate in the StoryWalk®.

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