YWCA Book Club Announces 2018 Line-Up

By Shaunna Cullen This year’s selection of books for YWCA New Britain’s Book Club offers a variety of genres from the coming-of-age story Wonder, by R.J. Palacio to a suspense novel, Room by Emma Donoghue. Starting back up in February, participants will gather every second Thursday of each month from

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YWCA Raises Money to Support Breast Cancer Education and Research

By Shaunna Cullen Participants in this year’s Pedal for Pink Spinathon spun the morning away to raise money to benefit the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CTBHI) and local breast cancer research and education. Teams of four switched off every hour, teams of two split the four-hour event between them, and

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Where Are Your Deadlifts Going Wrong?

By Emma Hogan The deadlift is a fundamental strength training move that’s hard to beat. But if you want to maximize the benefits you need to know where you could be going wrong – and it all comes down to your elbows. Why we love deadlifts The deadlift is undoubtedly

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YWCA Celebrates the Season with 5th Annual Fall Family Festival

By Shaunna Cullen The 5th annual Fall Family Festival recently gave YWCA New Britain families the opportunity to come together and celebrate the season with festive crafts, local fresh foods, and entertainment. There was something for everyone to enjoy at the event, from pumpkin painting and a heart-healthy puppet show,

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House of Teens Receive Grant from the Mayor’s Charitable Trophy Fund

By Shaunna Cullen New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart recently surprised YWCA New Britain’s House of Teens with a $5,000 grant to support their program. Mayor Stewart said she has historically donated this money to the House of Teens (H.O.T.) because she believes the program really makes a difference for young

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Creating a Positive Dance Environment

By Rebecca Swol Our fall dance classes have just begun and we are welcoming many new students at all levels. Creating a positive dance experience is a priority for our program. A truly successful dance studio aspires to create an environment to make any dancer that walks through the doors achieve

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YWCA Receives $10,000 Grant From the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded YWCA New Britain a $10,000 grant to support family literacy.  This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves. “We really appreciate the support

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The Person Who Notices: Where’s the Salsa?

By Heather Labbe Heather writes her response to Time's online publication of "The Invisible Workload That Drags Women Down." After reading the poem by Ellen Seidman about the role she plays in her household of not only wife and mother, but also of "the person who notices", I saw exactly how I

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New Year’s Resolutions for Mind, Body & Spirit

By Heather Labbe The "New Year" is a popular time for self reflection when many people pause to re-evaluate their priorities.  I've been asked to join many "clean eating" plans or "jump start" fitness regimes that are scheduled to begin on January 2nd.  Many of these are quite extreme: Two

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How Eating Pie Can Help You Keep Your Fitness Goals

By Valerie Rodino   For some, the holidays are a time of year when everything sparkles and shines a little brighter.  We find ourselves humming along to holiday music that seems to be playing everywhere we go.  The weather gets cooler, decorations are hung, and we excitedly prepare to visit

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