Youth and Teen Wellness
YMCAs give youth a safe place to exercise with family members and give teens a caring, nurturing place to begin their wellness journey.
Youth 12 and under
Child Watch: 6 weeks – 12 years old
This program is FREE to children on an Adult+Children or 2 Adults+Children membership while parent is in the building. Space is limited so reservations are advised.
10-12 year olds are permitted to use the pool, without direct parental supervision, providing they pass a swim test and a parent remains in the Y.
12-14 year olds may participate in appropriate exercise classes with a parent. Children not participating in the class should not to be in the classroom during a scheduled class time.
- 13-14 year old teens at The Family Y Hattiesburg may use the upstairs Fitness Center and the Healthy Living Center without parent supervision after attending the Teen Safety Seminar. See member service for details.
- 13-14 year old teens at the Petal Family Y may use the fitness Center when accompanied by a parent. Youth ages 10-12 may use the Alpha Center when accompanied by a parent.
- Teens age 15 or older are welcome to use the Fitness Centers at both locations without parent supervision.
Health and Wellness
YMCAs have led community-based health and wellness programs for more than a century. The Family Y is committed to helping you achieve your optimal level of wellness involving spirit, mind, and body. Whether you enjoy working with a YTrainer one-on-one, or participating in one of our 120 plus Group Exercise classes per week, we are here for you! Click on “schedules” to find a group class that suits your needs and time of day. One of our Health and Wellness coaches will assist you in finding the perfect wellness regime for your lifestyle through our Get Started program. See Member Service for details.
For over 150 years, YMCAs nationwide have been teaching individuals how to swim and safely enjoy pools and other recreational waters. Ys have been teaching how swimming and aquatic exercise can improve health, and also how lives can be saved. Learning to swim means learning skills that you can enjoy throughout life, long after other sports and activities may have to be given up.
Whether it’s swimming for fitness or competition, whether you’re old or young, whether playing in the water or learning to save lives – our YMCAs have something for you.
We know that active adults are seeking more than physical benefits when they come to the Y. They also want a sense of community and have a desire to strengthen social ties. In response to this need, the YMCA has developed several activities to encourage and motivate active adults to take action and get involved.
YMCA programs for active adults strengthen the whole person. Socializing and volunteering have been shown to have positive effects on the health of older adults, and exercise has proven to promote mental agility, in addition to longevity and good health.
With that in mind, we have programs for active adults designed to enrich and renew spirit, mind and body. Try water exercise or yoga and stretching classes. Make new friends at informative health seminars and round table discussions, play board games, or enjoy arts and crafts. There are also luncheons and coffee groups to add socialization time. Spirit and mind are not healthy if the body is not fit and the body is not healthy without mental and spiritual fitness. The Y is here to assist in it all.