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At the Y with Jan Matthews

Published on June 16, 2017

At the Y with Jan Matthews

These days, it can seem that there’s a self-help prescription for everything.  

Bestseller lists often include at least one version of advice literature that promises life-changing benefits for anyone willing to change attitude, diet, habits or lifestyle. One hundred years ago, Douglas Fairbanks advised whoever would listen to lighten up and laugh. For more than sixty years, Dale Carnegie has counselled how to win friends and influence people, while Norman Vincent People extolled the benefits of positive thinking.
Any expectant or new mother might attest to how a baby bump or carriage can prompt a well-meaning flood of parenting advice. It seems to come with the territory.
Perhaps some of the most enduring trends that have grown and flourished in recent years are the benefits of staying active, and also of sharing time and activity with others – especially with family. There’s a calendar on the front desk of the YMCA that offers entertaining suggestions for multi-generational activities. From sharing meals to playing hopscotch, each day provides another idea to help strengthen ourselves and the connections that are important to us.
As we anticipate the possibilities of summer days, the Cumberland Y and Y Service Club are offering not just advice but multi-generational opportunities to get out and be active together. While local and regional runners are preparing for this year’s Cross Border Challenge, Dickey Park will once again offer striders-in-training a fun run of their own on June 17. And the weekend of June 23 to 25 will include not just the interprovincial race day but also activities to keep all ages entertained and well fed.
Perhaps a good prescription for this summer would be to come out, get involved, and have fun – together!

Jan Matthews writes her column for the Cumberland YMCA.