WESTFIELD - YWCA Westfield has several programs committed to keeping participants fit in the new year. Additionally, the YWCA will be offering childcare for the school break, has a spa day in the works and recently welcomed a new employee.
'New Year, New You'
Instructor Jill Lindstrom led a six-week exercise group designed to provide a high intensity workout and lay the foundation for a continued fitness routine. Each participant in the "New Year, New You" program began with a weigh-in and blood pressure check, and at the end of the six weeks they were weighed again and had their blood pressure taken.
“Graduates” of the “New Year, New You” program recently concluded at the YWCA are, kneeling, from left: class instructor Jill Lindstrom; and participant John Emmons. Back row, from left to right, are: Roxanne Baideme; Maria Resnick; Molly Anderson; and Sarah Button.
"Everyone lost weight and their blood pressure readings remained stable and in some case lower," Lindstrom said. "I'm pleased to report many of the participants are continuing on their own."
"There has been a great response to my class and people have asked for more," Zumba instructor at the YWCA Holly Spoon said. "I've added a Saturday morning session. We'll begin at 8 a.m., each Saturday. The format will remain the same - walk-ins welcome, $5 payable at the door."
The Wednesday night class will continue meeting at 6:30 p.m., each week. Walk-ins welcome, fee payable at the door.
Self defense classes
The YWCA has announced a free organizational class focused on self defense for women and young ladies. According to YWCA Board Member Dana Corwin, this is the first step in bringing this instructor, his expertise and classes to the Westfield area.
"I have been taking my daughters to his classes," Corwin said. "I have participated in them and find Albert (Ramiriz ) to be a great teacher and the lessons learned well worth it."
This free introductory class is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the YWCA.
"Once we determine a level of interest and participation, the YWCA will contract with Mr. Ramiriz for a full schedule of classes," Corwin said.
There is no fee for the class on Feb. 28, but reservations are requested. Call the YWCA at 326-2011 to reserve a spot. Details regarding costs, class days and times will be announced at the Feb. 28 class.
The YWCA will be offering childcare services and drop in gym privileges during school break Monday, Feb. 18 to Friday, Feb. 22. Childcare services must be arranged in advance. Parents are encouraged to contact the YWCA child services office at 326-4012 for the details. Drop-in gym privileges vary from day to day, so individuals interested in using the gym during spring break are encouraged to call ahead or check the schedule posted at the YWCA. The Youth Center will not meet on Thursday, Feb. 21. The fitness center remains open and available each day from 5 a.m. through midnight. Access to the fitness center is by PIN code only.
The Spa Day set for Saturday, Feb. 9 has been canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, May 1. Anyone interested in providing spa services for the event is encouraged to contact the YWCA at 326-2011 and learn more.
The YWCA Westfield introduces Cynthia Ferguson to the YWCA Youth Center Team. Ferguson is currently working on her elementary physical education degree and has a passion for sports. Ferguson played basketball, volleyball and tennis for Brocton Central School and received numerous awards for her athletic skills. Ferguson has also worked for the Brocton-Portland Summer Recreation Program for the last three years and is a member of the Friends of the Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Miss Ferguson in the past and am thrilled to have her in our Youth Center," youth center program director Julie Devlin said. "I feel that she will be a great addition to our team."
Youth Center is held each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., at the YWCA. The center is open to all middle and high school students.
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For more than 150 years, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. More than two million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Locally the YWCA Westfield is an affiliate of the YWCA USA, a member of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and a partner with the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County.