YMCA to celebrate National Nurses Day

The Washington County Family YMCA will be honoring the amazing Nurses in our community on National Nurses Day by offering FREE facility guest passes to all nursing staff.

National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6th to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale, the famous nursing pioneer who brought respect innovation to the field, was born in Florence Italy on May 12th, 1820. Expected to marry into a wealthy family by her parents, Florence contrarily felt called by God serve as a nurse to the sick. Her parents were horrified by this, because at that time nursing was not a respectable job and conditions in hospitals were dreadful.

Driven to better others rather than herself, Florence went to Germany to train as a nurse. She was given her first post reorganizing a small London hospital, where she did an excellent job of bettering the facility.

As a result of her work, the Secretary of War invited her to go on a mission to help wounded soldiers. Florence found a great number of soldiers were dying in military hospitals because they were dirty and diseased. She worked very long hours to bring order and cleanliness to the hospitals, and became a heroine to the British public.

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Healthy Kids Day - May 2nd

On Saturday, May 2nd, the Washington County Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, and other fun activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

YMCA Healthy Kid's Day - May 2ndYMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles – or gaps – that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play, and health. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.

“The Y is so much more than just a gym, a place to play sports, or hang out. We support families in their efforts to instill healthy habits at home,” said Rob Gilchrist, CEO of the Washington County Family YMCA. “We know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge. So at Healthy Kids Day, we’ll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips and activities they can easily replicate at home. It’s free and open to the community.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • Try, try, repeat – There are many great tasting fruits and vegetables that many kids have never heard of, let alone tried. Grab a new fruit or vegetable and encourage everyone in the family to try at least a bite.
  • Play around town – Challenge the family to play on a different playground every week. Identify playgrounds at a variety of parks; expand definitions of playgrounds to include nature trails, a nearby stream, and a bike path.
  • Families at play for an hour a day – From walking to gardening, or swimming to shooting hoops, make playful movement a part of your family’s day. To get 60 minutes of moderate activity throughout your day just add 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there.
  • Foster a passion for reading – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning, and other vital functions.

“We want to make sure that our youth know about all of the fun and constructive things to do here this summer,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Y. “From our awesome YMCA Summer Camp and 4-H, to the Piper Flight Museum and Salem Speedway, we will showcase many of the local activities and attractions for the community all while setting the stage for a safe and productive summer.”

The Washington County Family’s Healthy Kids Day takes place on the Y Campus (1709 N. Shelby Street, Salem, IN from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as a Hoola Hoop Contest, building a Healthy Plate with W.O.W., learning about healthy eating from Garden Table Market, testing out the AT&T Texting & Driving Simulator, and learning about summer safety from the Police and Fire Department. Attendees will also have the chance to check out the Piper Flight Museum’s Airplane Simulator, a Race Car from the Salem Speedway, and so much more!

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by Fox Purlee—Investment professional from Cetera Advisor Networks, W.O.W. Working On Wellness, Regions Bank, and Knapp Miller Brown Insurance. It is also supported nationally by Humana.

For more information, contact Ashley Hubbard at 812-883-YMCA (9622).


British Soccer Camp

Challenger’s British Soccer Camps have helped hundreds of thousands of young boys and girls fall in love with the sport of soccer for the past 25 years! The Washington County Family YMCA will be hosting the British Soccer Camp from June 8th - 12th at the Washington County Family YMCA Soccer Fields.    


  • First Kicks 3-4 yrs 9am-10am $80
  • Mini Soccer 4-6 yrs 10:30am-12pm $94
  • Half Day 6-9 yrs 9am-12pm $125
  • Half Day 10-16 yrs 9am-12pm $125

To register online go to www.challengersports.com. If you register by April 24th you will receive a free replica soccer jersey. Registrations after June 5th will have a $10 late fee added.  For more information contact the YMCA at Ph# 812-883-9622 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Applications and Checks made payable to Challenger Sports can also be mailed to: Martin Harris – 1665 Quincy Avenue, Unit 111, Naperville, Il 60540 Telephone#855-837-4461 ext 8 (Chicago Office) Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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