Originally created 12/31/06

Y in North Augusta is expanding programs



On most days, Christa Adams can be found working out on a machine or taking a pilates class at the Clear Channel Family Y in North Augusta.

She's one of the regulars, said Brianna Lamb, the center's executive director.

"We have about 600 members," Ms. Lamb said.

Situated on Georgia Avenue, the Clear Channel Family Y opened in October 2005.

"We are still getting the word out that we are here," she said.

Although it's a small site, the North Augusta Family Y offers many of the programs people expect a regular Y to have.

There are fitness classes such as pilates and yoga. For children, there is an aerobics class called Kardio Kidz. Also, there are specialized workouts for senior citizens through the national Silver Sneakers program.

There is an array of exercise machines available.

Ms. Lamb said the Family Y will be offering an adult literacy program at Mossy Creek Elementary School near the end of January. She said a number of parents in the North Augusta area have been identified as needing literacy training.

"In order for this to be a success, they have to want to do it," Ms. Lamb said.

Unfortunately, embarrassment might keep some people who need the classes from attending, she said.

The literacy classes also will feature computer skills and rsum-writing.

Prices for Family Y memberships vary according to age level and whether it is an individual or family membership.

In January, there will be discounts available for new members, Ms. Lamb said.

For more information, call (803) 278-0882.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.