Misconceptions About Water Safety

Many people, including parents or even professional swimmers have a misconception or a false assumption when it comes to water safety.

Misconception: my child can swim to the edge of the pool therefore they can save themselves in an emergency.

False: Parents who say this typically have a child who can “doggy paddle,” to the edge of the pool but have no breath support or ability to roll to their back for safety. This type of swimming cannot be maintained for a great length of time and in moments of panic is nearly useless. Even children who can swim a Freestyle stroke cannot always support that stroke in an emergency and the stroke does not allow for adequate breathing in a state of panic.
floaty kids

The Swim Right™ curriculum places great emphasis on the back float and has a patented Kick-Float-Kick technique that allows a child adequate time to catch their breath and regain control in an emergency situation and can be repeated over a great distance.
LKSA child floating on back

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Remember Recess? How about P.E?

active kidsRecess and P.E look a lot different today as more and more schools are actually cutting the amount of time kids are active during the day. Kids are now more likely to come home from school and either work on homework (probably not) or (more than likely) bury their faces into screens from phones to iPads to televisions.

According to kidshealth.org, there are many benefits of regular exercise for kids. These benefits include:

  • strong muscles and bones
  • weight control
  • decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • better sleep
  • a better outlook on life

Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful. Additionally, physical competence builds self-esteem at every age.

What happens when school is out for the summer when the limited amount of time kids have for recess or P.E suddenly disappears? How do kids stay active both mentally and physically?

We are here to help with options to get kids away from their screens when the final school bell rings to the first day of summer camp!

A new option this year is Camp SPARK! Camp SPARK is a unique camp run by kids for kids. SPARK stands for Strong, Powerful, Athletic, Rockin’ Kids. The camp was founded in Dallas, Texas by brothers Ryan and Blake Lieberman. The camp is as much about sportsmanship as it is sports, where the kids learn important messages and social skills in a cool, fun way. The camp provides kids between the ages of five and thirteen with a great experience during the summer that they will cherish for a lifetime. There are options during both of the first two weeks of June! Visit the Camp SPARK website for more information and to register.

Need some fun program solutions before Summer Camp begins on June 15? We have plenty of J Summer Pre Camps that are filling up fast so sign up TODAY.

Kids need to be active and the summer is a time where they can do it while enjoying not being in school. Say no to screens and yes to an active lifestyle this summer!

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Join the Baby Boomer Fitness Revolution at the J

baby boomer fitnessBaby Boomers are the fittest and  healthiest older adults of all time and will continue to be vibrant and active for all of their lives. You are invited to attend our free lecture on, “Fearless Aging, Growing Older is Inevitable, but Falling Apart is Not”. Everyone can benefit from this program regardless of your current fitness level. If you are interested in meeting other adults over 50 who are committed a lifetime of health and fitness, please attend our free seminar on Tuesday, April 28th at 3:00 pm at the JCC located at 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas, Texas 75230-3392.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Every revolution starts as a thought in one man’s mind”. The Baby Boomer Fitness Revolution is a program that will inoculate you against aging. The key to staying fit and active all you life is to make the change to a healthy lifestyle. As we get older our blood pressure may rise, and our bodies do not process sugar as well as it used to. If we don’t make the change in our diet and exercise habits, we will gradually lose muscle and pack on unwanted belly fat. Making this important and life-saving change is the most important decision of your life.

Once we get over 50 we have to begin to eat better, and exercise more, increase our sleep, lift weights and continue with our cardiovascular exercise. In this motivational and educational program you will learn how to incorporate the 5 major components of fitness including how to build a healthy brain that functions at a high level for the rest of your life.  The 5 major components are:

  1. Learn how to eat a healthy diet for your whole life
  2. Embrace a lifetime of cardiovascular conditioning
  3. Develop a lifetime strength training program
  4. Emphasize core strength, balance and flexibility into your daily routine
  5. Find out how to keep your brain healthy and fully functional for all of your life.

Society usually calls the maturing process the “Golden Years”. We prefer to think of this second huge and timeless part of our life as the “Golden Awakening” of a new and improved  process of total health and vitality. Baby Boomers have been in the forefront of every major change during the past 50 years and we will be the leading edge of a societal shift toward total health. Do not be left out of this great life changing experience. Find out how you can become a fitness role model for your children and grandchildren. This free lecture series is brought to you by the Lieberman Family Wellness Center which is totally committed in your health and well-being.

This free lecture will be given by John Ranello, who has over 40 years of experience in the fitness industry. John is the founder of Baby Boomer Personal Training and is certified by the Cooper Institute. He is the creator of “Waist Management, “Fearless Aging” and “Flow Kids”. For more information on this and other programs, please contact John at johnranello@hotmail.com  or  (214) 587-9812.

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Fearless Aging


fit old person
There is nothing more important than your daily exercise. You can become lean, fit, happy, optimistic, motivated, and brimming with vim and vigor. This is the good life and it is waiting just for you. My objective is to motivate the 78 million Baby Boomers to embrace a program of total health and to create a bold new vision of the maturing process. Everyone over 50 years of age is invited to attend our free lecture on Fearless Aging on Tuesday, April 21st or Tuesday, April 28th at 3:00 pm held at the Jewish Community Center located at 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas, Texas 75230.

Victor Hugo said, “There is nothing more powerful in all the world, than an idea whose time has come”. Now is the time to begin the Baby Boomer Fitness Revolution that will allow us to become healthy role models for our children and grandchildren. We have a chance to redefine the entire aging process and live a fully functional life. As Baby Boomers, we have an unprecedented opportunity to be the leading edge in a societal shift toward total health that will likely lead to an unleashing of unlimited human potential.

sequoia treeThe average baby boomer in good health will most likely live another 40 to 50 years. You can stay vital, healthy, and active for all of your life. We need to open ourselves up to a second huge and timeless life and not get stuck in pessimism, fear, and retreat. Everyone can benefit from this motivational speech regardless of your present fitness level. You can become an active agent of change in your own health and fitness. You have the ability to rejuvenate your life and this could be the launching pad for your fitness success.

If you would like to meet new people and join a group of like minded people interested in fearless aging and a lifetime of total health, please join us for this free lecture which is part of the Lieberman Family Wellness Program. We will discuss the 5 major components of total health.

  1. Healthy Eating for the rest of your life
  2. Cardiovascular conditioning
  3. Strength training
  4. Core strength, balance, and flexibility
  5. Building a healthy brain and making the body-mind connection

Both lectures will be given by John Ranello. John is a personal trainer certified by the Cooper Institute. John has worked with both Jack LaLanne and Richard Simmons and has over 40 years of experience in the fitness industry. For more information please contact John at 214-587-9812 or johnranello@hotmail.com.

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The Flow State

flowIn the ultra-competitive world of education, the Asian nations have perfected the art of deliberate practice and usually do the best on school tests. As Americans, we need a more creative approach to learning and I feel the greatest gift we can give to our children is to teach them how to reach the “Flow State”.

Flow is the optimal state of consciousness, a peak state where we feel our best and perform our best. Flow drives performance and accelerates creativity. Flow is the experience that makes life worth living. We might say that the whole effort of humankind has been to capture these fleeting moments of fulfillment and to make them part of everyday existence.

Flow brings out the very best in us. If we are hunting the highest version of ourselves and our children we need to turn work into play. Deliberate practice is hard work and takes rigor, grit, and focus. We can teach children that getting into the flow state through vigorous exercise like sprinting is the reward that make them feel their best and helps them renew their enthusiasm for learning. We will teach them to make the body-mind connection.

John Ranello, Personal Trainer at the J

For more information please contact John Ranello at 214-587-9812 or by e-mail johnranello@hotmail.com

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OnSite Fitness Magazine Shoutout

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The Dallas JCC was mentioned in OnSite Fitness magazine!

terri-erands1JCC of Dallas and the Jerusalem International YMCA Join Together Pedal Stroke by Pedal Stroke to Form Community When the Dallas Federation of JCCs put together a trip to Israel for 150 from their community, Terri Arends, Group Fitness Director at the JCC of Dallas was ready to go, ready to work and ready to work-out! Prior to her trip she contacted the Heath and Wellness Director at the Jerusalem International YMCA, Rena Sered, and within a week the two had organized a joint venture in building an international cycling community. “We arranged for two classes,” says Arends, who is a Master Spinning Instructor through Mad Dogg. The first class was for their members and the second class was for area instructors who wanted to come and cycle together, share ideas, get to know new friends from new communities and have a great ride. “There were 30 people in their members-only class,” says Arends. “The bikes were full and it was just wonderful. We had every language, every walk of life – it was a real interfaith class! It was such an upbeat day and we just rode and clapped and cheered. It was wonderful!” The second class, a workshop for area instructors, was arranged via social media. “We talked about musicality, how you can use your music and how you can really be empowered through words and song. We all really ended up connecting and Rena Sered gave me a plaque that reads “Living Together” in English, Hebrew and Arabic. “It sends a message,” say Arends, “That we can all live and work together and have a real cohesiveness.” “The whole trip was amazing! I laughed, I cried and I made new friendships that I hope will last a lifetime,” she says. “Being able to be an attendee on the JCC Dallas Big One trip was remarkably rewarding professionally, and personally fulfilling – that’s a great feeling and I have memories I will treasure for a life time. ”

Click the magazine cover below to view the magazine.

OnSite Fitness cover

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A New Way to Value Summer Camp

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lauraAs a camp director for close to 40 years, I never question the value of summer camp. Yet at the same time, it has been challenging for us as camp believers to articulate the value.  Fortunately, we have a new culture of research in the camp world. Here is part of an article by Andy Pritikin who is the Owner/Director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Mansfield Township, NJ and the President of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. Parents take note – these are the skills that will serve our children well in life and they can be gained at camp!!

Click here (or on the group photo above) to see the full article on acacamps.org.

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