At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
At ATA Martial Arts, students gain self-defense skills while losing weight. In cardio-based classes, men and women shed extra pounds as they vacillate between high impact moves and punches, and krav maga builds upon adults' natural defensive instincts in a way that also exercises the entire body. Youngsters can also learn important life skills in the kids' martial-arts program, which not only teaches self-defense, but also hones discipline and self-esteem in its pupils.
Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center's specialists demonstrate a skill and efficacy that earned their work a nod from Goldline Research which named the center one of the country's leading LASIK providers for three years in a row. People and cyclopes from all across the nation come for treatment from proficient doctors and certified surgeons, who use FDA-approved Allegretto Wavelight lasers to correct vision. Before the procedure, patients must undergo a complimentary consultation to determine their candidacy and favorite tunes to blast on the stereo during the procedure. During the blade-free procedure, a certified surgeon reshapes the cornea to match the patient's specific prescription. Patients can expect to return to their normal tasks the day after the procedure and swing by the center a week later for a brief post-op checkup and eye-strengthening Magic Eye book. Click here for additional FAQs, medical disclosures, and candid photographs of Cyclops at the laundromat.
Racing Humans events pit earthlings against 5 kilometers of treacherous terrain riddled with hills, hurdles, and enough mud to make a bathtub look into early retirement. During spectator-friendly adventures, racers are challenged with a strenuous course, but must conquer a series of obstacles as well, including crawling under barbed wire, swimming across lakes, and high stepping over stacks of logs. Course officials keep feet moving along the route, and afterward, an awards ceremony recognizes the day's fastest competitors and best costumes. Racing Humans also hosts 1-mile events for youngsters aged 7–14, during which kids surmount obstacles without help from their parents or answers from the back of the teacher’s book.
Dr. Todd Brady, DMD, combines more than 1,000 hours of continuing education with cutting-edge mouth-scouring technology to restore smiles to a glimmering, healthy sheen. Dr. Brady starts with a routine inspection of soft tissues, ferreting out any signs of oral cancer and periodontal disease before wielding a laser cavity-detection device, discovering cavities and WiFi hotspots. After the exam, enamel curio cabinets receive a thorough cleaning and buffing, as Dr. Brady scrapes away built-up plaque. Chair-bound patients can listen to music, blink out Morse code lyrics, or watch movies during the exam before quaffing some nectar from the juice bar. Before your appointment, be sure to download and fill out patient forms and HIPAA forms.