Making a Splash Against National Lifeguard Shortage

Where have all the lifeguards gone? It used to be a sweet gig as a teenager to land a summer job as a lifeguard. Now, there is a shortage of lifeguards nationwide. Reports from NPR, Boston Globe and our own Indy Star tell of the problem, but no one has a solution. Yet. We are fortunate to have a number …

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JCC Tennis Shows Sportsmanship at Sectionals

Photo by Pamela Jackson

One of the great things about working at the JCC is I get to meet some incredible kids who are not only gifted athletes, but super people as well. I was really excited this summer because two of our Junior Tennis teams—our 12 & Under and 10 & Under—qualified for sectionals. And they played spectacularly. The first day, we had …

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Meet Frank Miroff

Since joining the JCC staff as Director of Advancement last October, I’ve discovered that one of the most rewarding things about working at the JCC is getting to know lots of interesting and inspiring people. One individual who’s right up there at the top of my list is Frank Miroff. Now retired, Frank was a leading Indianapolis litigation attorney for …

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Help Celebrate Earth Day

April 22 marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement 45 years ago. On this day in 1970, Earth Day organizers capitalized on an emerging consciousness in this country to put environmental concerns front and center. At the JCC, after three very successful previous Earth Day celebrations, almost one year of planning and hard …

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3 Tips for Children Who Have Never Played Sports

And Another 3 for the Parents Who Coach Them As Director of Athletics, parents often ask me if it’s okay for their children to play sports if they’ve never played the sport before. Yes! Here are three tips for getting started: Look for an Introductory Program. The JCC’s youth sports programs are designed to teach the basics to those who are playing …

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7 Tips for Making a Resolution That Sticks

So you’ve made yourself a promise. You told your friends and family, this is the year! You’re going to cut back on sweets, eat more vegetables and work out every day! That mini marathon you just signed up for is just a warm-up for the Tough Mudder, Spartan series race and the USAT Ironman championships in Hawaii you plan to …

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9 Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking, and Eating!

Fact: The greatest number of heart attacks occurs on the same three days each year. According to a study published in the journal Circulation, you are most likely to die from a heart attack during the winter holidays. Overindulgence is one key factor: over the holidays, we tend to overeat in general, consuming too much unhealthy fats and sodium. How …

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New JCC Fitness Specialist Is A Real Ironman

by Lisa DeHayes “Swimming for me is like trying not to drown for an hour,” says JCC newcomer and Fitness Specialist, Chad VanDerwall. Still, Chad has been hitting the waves a lot lately, training for his first full Ironman competition in Louisville later this month. The event includes 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and a full marathon, …

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In the Kitchen with Katherine

JCC Director of Health and Wellness, Katherine Matutes, Ph.D., CPT, RYT 200, is fantastic in the kitchen. Her recipes are simple, easy, delicious and best of all, healthy! Katherine’s specialty is getting kids excited about good food. Try the following recipe on grilled chicken, fish or hamburgers or turn it into an amazing salad by mixing it half and half with …

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