Families Are Stronger Together – National Family Week is Nov. 21-27

By: Contributor Last Updated: November 17, 2010

The Valparaiso Family YMCA will join the Alliance for Children and Families in celebrating families during National Family Week, Nov. 21 to 27. As National Family Week approaches, the Y reminds families of the importance of spending time together. When families do things like preparing meals or playing a game, they learn from each other and their relationships become stronger. ymca-new-logo-blue

The Valparaiso Family YMCA is dedicated to helping children and families become more healthy, connected and secure,” said Lee Baker, Senior Director of Programs. “During National Family Week, we’re encouraging everyone to focus on their family relationships either at home or at the YMCA.

National Family Week focuses on the idea that children live better lives when their families are strong, and families are strong when they live in communities that connect them to economic opportunities, social networks and services. Every day, the Valparaiso Family YMCA works with the Valparaiso schools and community and business leaders to create lasting personal change in the lives of families and entire communities.

On Monday, November 22nd, all families in the community are invited to participate in two special activities. Family Boot Camp will be held at 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the gymnasium. Family Game Night will be in the Community Room at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Board games will be available for families to come and play together. No registration is necessary for either activity.

Throughout the year, the Valparaiso Family YMCA hosts a variety of events for families to learn, grow and spend time together, including Healthy Kids Day, Family Fall Fest, and Aquatics Easter Egg Hunt. The Y also offers weekly family time activities such as roller-skating, family swim, and open gym times.

Families are also encouraged to celebrate National Family Week at home with a special dinner, game night, family project or designating some uninterrupted time together. Other simple tips for family time are available through the YMCA’s Healthy Family Home, www.healthyfamilyhome.org.

For more information about National Family Week activities, please contact Lee Baker at 462-4185 x.260 or lbaker@valpoymca.org or visit www.valpoymca.org.