“We learned how to go swimming with lessons, how to play new sports and eat healthy,” Valeria Quezada excitedly recalled.
The St. Michael’s 3rd grader got to experience these activities during the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA’s afterschool program, ¡Si Claro!
Specifically designed for 1st – 4th grade Hispanic students from Dakota County, ¡Si Claro! aims to help youth and their families lead healthier and more active lifestyles.
Funded by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, ¡Si Claro! includes eight weeks of afterschool activities, field trips, sports and swim lessons for the students as well as six months of free Family Membership at the Y. Additionally, parents and families meet weekly to focus on nutrition and healthy habits they can carry on at home.
¡Si Claro! kids were introduced to sports at the Y such as floor hockey, volleyball, tennis and basketball. Many also enjoyed new healthy snacks like fruit smoothies, trail mix and yogurt parfaits while learning about the five food groups and proper diet.
Hiking, bowling and ice skating field trips were also big hits. “I really didn’t know how to ice skate until they showed me and it’s really fun,” said Harney 3rd grader Angel Luna Andrade.
A majority of the students improved their eating habits, level of activity and swimming ability over the course of 8 weeks.
Many parents are also enjoying the benefits of a membership at the Y. Fernando and Margarita Galvan, of South Sioux City, workout up to four times a week, utilizing Y Wellness Center fitness equipment and receiving exercise tips as part of the Y Weight training program. Their son, Abraham Galvan, a student at St. Michael’s, participated through ¡Si Claro! learned, “[It’s important] to be healthy so we can have a healthy life and live long.”
The next ¡Si Claro! session starts on Monday, March 11 with family orientations the week before at the Y. Participants must currently be in 1st – 4th grade, residing in Dakota County and commit to all eight weeks.
For more information or to register, stop at the Y (601 Riverview Drive, South Sioux City) or read more here.