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The Y — October programs highlight community initiatives


As an organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA is constantly looking for opportunities to educate, collaborate and give back to our great community. This month the YMCA is helping highlight two critical issues facing children and families today. One involves the obesity epidemic in America the other regarding internet safety.

At 6PM on Tues., Oct. 9, the Naperville YMCAs together with the FORWARD Initiative are hosting a screening of HBOs “The Weight of the Nation” at the Naperville Municipal Center. “The Weight of the Nation” examines the facts and myths of our national obesity epidemic. Three years in the making, this series shows how obesity affects the health of the nation and the health care system. For this screening the series has been edited to one hour concentrating on how obesity is affecting today’s children and families. Following the screening a panel of experts from the Naperville community will help to provide insight through a question and answer period.

Then at 6:30PM on Wed., Oct. 17, the YMCA will host at our Kroehler location, the program “Internet Safety for Parents!” presented by Mary Browning and Marcia Schild, Community Education/Crime Prevention Specialists for the Naperville Police Department. Participants will learn how to be “tough targets” so they are less likely to fall prey to internet predators. Discussion will focus on safe screen names, keeping personal information private, game sites, social sites and chat rooms. This program is appropriate for parents and their children in grades 4-8.

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“Internet Safety for Parents” is one of nine programs offered in October by the Collaborative Youth Team of Kids Matter promoting internet safety and the importance of creating responsible digital citizens.

Both of these programs are free and open to the public.

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R.J. Bartels
R.J. Bartelshttp://www.ymcachicago.org/kroehler/
R. J. Bartels is Executive Director at Kroehler Family YMCA. Contact him at rbartels@ymcachicago.org.


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