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Greater Wichita YMCA locations

The Wichita YMCA offers classes and opportunities for all fitness levels.

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Article: Simple tips to get kids excited about veggies

There’s a reason there are so many tips and suggestions, message boards and books to help parents encourage their kids to eat vegetables. It’s a challenge. But the good news is, it’s not impossible.

UW Health Pediatric Fitness Nutritionist Marcine Braun, MS, RD, shares why getting kids involved in gardening, and going to places like the Farmer’s Market or simple the grocery store, really can make a difference. And, she offers what could be the most important piece of advice for all of us – Have patience.

Some Simple Tips – A Recap

Getting kids involved with their food can make them more interesting in actually trying new foods. A few simple tips include:

Go to a farmer’s market or even a grocery store that allows sampling. It helps get “buy-in” before you bring something home.
Have the kids do the washing, cutting and arranging of veggies (as appropriate for their ages)
Start growing. It doesn’t have to be a big garden. Just a pot on a windowsill with easy-to-grow herbs can be a great introduction. Learn more.

Ageless living in Wichita

There’s no age limit on good health and it’s never too late to cultivate a healthier lifestyle. The Y is here to help you in your pursuit of ageless living. We have something for all ages and levels! Find classes that fit you.

Article: Local chefs suggest unconventional picnic fare

For mere mortals, a picnic often means white bread, bologna, American cheese, mustard, a bag of Doritos and a six-pack of Coke.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Local chefs, burdened with their culinary talents, don’t feel right tossing together a typical picnic.

Their picnics take planning, look pretty and taste fabulous. For these picnickers, the food is as important as the scenery. Learn more.

Article: Wichita playgrounds provide free outdoor fun

Playgrounds are not always what they seem. For children, slides become roller coasters, poles become cliffs and swings change into time machines. Suddenly, the playground in the prairie is now a castle in medieval England or a pirate ship on the ocean.

The Wichita area has dozens of playgrounds, including some hidden gems that make a trip to the playground a magical experience. Learn more.

Article: Summer gardening answers from Sedwick County Extension

No matter what the weather, every summer brings some perennial garden questions.

But they’re usually not about perennials.

Segdwick County extension agents Bob Neier and Rebecca McMahon report that these are among the most-often-asked-about problems in the Wichita area. The Sedgwick County Extension master gardeners answer a hotline for garden questions Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., at 316-660-0190. Learn more.

Air Capital Memorial Park

Explore this Wichita park developed for Singletrack Bicycling.

Video: Grow an organic vegetable garden

Get fit with Fido in Wichita

Wichita offers several off-leash dog parks for you and your furry friend. Fit is easier with a buddy, so grab your pooch and go play! Learn more.

Article: Wichita farmers markets offer entertainment, too

Farmers markets in Wichita are open on Saturdays and a couple of weekdays every week of summer, selling fresh produce, homemade food, crafts items and plants.

But they also offer entertainment and special events that are always free.

“We think every week is a special event,” said Pat Randleas of the Old Town Farmers Market, which does have fun fixtures every Saturday downtown at First and Mosley, including:

• Live musical performances from 10 a.m. to noon.

• The Kids Corner from 9 to 11 a.m., where children can take part in a supervised make-it-take-it craft and story time. Learn more.

Bicycling in Wichita

The City of Wichita is working to make getting around town on a bicycle easier, safer, and more convenient. You can utilize this page to find out the latest information about improvements, plans, maps, and much more. Learn more

Article: Kansas you-pick-it farms popular

Scott Beck can’t wait for the messiness to begin.

That’s what happens during the you-pick-it season at Beck’s Farm in Newton, when some of the crop never makes it out of the orchard.

“A little child can pick his own peach and bite into it and it’ll run down his chin and get sticky, and he gets a smile on his face that lasts all day,” Beck said.

Beck’s is one of several farms and orchards in the area that allow customers to pick their own peaches, berries and other fresh produce. Learn more.

Recipe: Homemade two-ingredient ice cream

Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter Ice Cream

4 bananas
2 spoonfuls reduced fat peanut butter

1. Slice your bananas into disks (you can’t process them whole, they will be like rocks) and freeze them on a cookie sheet spread out, about 2-3 hours.

2. Place bananas into food processor. Pulse until they look like little pebbles and then pause. Pulse again until you get whipped banana cream heaven.

3. Pulse in peanut butter and then serve. Guilt free.

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Get fit and give back in Wichita

Being fit can feel good – in lots of ways! Get your body moving and give back to the community.

Volunteer for a build at Habitat for Humanity. Help someone in need while helping yourself to fitness.

Pic: What’s in season now?

Pic: What's in season now?

Buying produce in-season costs less and tastes better. Use this chart to guide your grocery list.

Article: Fresh ideas for fruit

You’ve picked your fruit or berries, rinsed them off and gobbled down as many as your stomach can possibly hold at one or two sittings.

Now it’s time to get creative. Here are some ideas for doing that, along with information on how to handle them properly.

• Peaches – Of course they’re great for pies and cobblers. But how about incorporating them into salsa, making a batch of peach ice cream or grilling them alongside chicken? Tip: If your peaches aren’t quite ripe, place them in an open brown paper bag, but don’t touch them to prevent damage at the contact points.

Article: How biking saves

Great information on the massive benefits of biking.

Exercise in your kitchen

You don’t need a gym to get a great workout. Here’s one you can do with just a kitchen chair.

25 outdoor activities for the kids

Spending time outside is a great way for kids to be fit. Here are some ideas for outdoor entertainment.

Infographic: Cleaning house and getting fit

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Animals with abs

Jillian Michaels and Ryan Gosling — who? When it comes to great abs, it’s time we forget the celebrity mags and get our fitspiration from the wild. Mother Nature don’t mess around.

Check out these 21 animals with abs.

Infographic: How sitting is killing you

Why you should get off your rear as much as possible.

Infographic: Physical activity and older Americans

Video: How to make a healthy lunch (from the Sedgwick County Health Dept)

Slideshow: Wake up with yoga

This is a 10-15 minute morning sequence designed to wake up the body and target all of the places that might need a little extra space and life breathed into them after a night of sleep. Learn more.

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Video: How to choose and carve a watermelon

Make sure you’re picking a ripe melon, and learn how to cut it efficiently.

You can do it

Someone who is busier than you is running or biking right now.

Health isn’t a fad

Being healthy isn’t a fad or a trend. It’s a lifestyle.

Pic: Harry Potter workout

Get fit with your favorite wizard!

Video: Training montage montage

We all know fit doesn’t happen in real life as quickly as it does in the movies, but enjoy this montage of training montages and get some inspiration!

Article: Cool off with a backyard splash pad

While the weather is still HOT outside, it’s time to get creative with how we’d enjoy being outside without melting. Normally I’d turn on the sprinkler and let our son run around in it, but I wanted our girls to enjoy this too. Luckily we had a clean never used tarp in our garage. Learn more.