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Inspire | August 2017

inspireIt’s a Boy!

Normally, we post a photo of an athlete or location meant to induce inspiration. This time, however, we’re using this space to announce the birth of The Final Say columnist Zach McCrite’s second child, Monroe, though, of course, all props should be given to mama Brit McCrite, who is an inspiration herself.

Monroe Patrick McCrite was born July 5 at 4:26 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Hospital. Expect to see updates and videos of his progress in the coming weeks, months and years. Oh, and if you’re not already following Zach, you should. His Twitter handle is @BigEZ.

What or who inspires you when it comes to fitness, sports and health? Send your favorite photo and an explanation of why you think it would inspire others or what about the image inspires you, and we could publish it in an upcoming issue of Extol Sports. Email us at extol@extolmag.com

Photo by Ashley Bowen Photography 

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Splish Splash

Home of the Innocent’s public diaper dip makes a splash with kids, parents 

Story by Mandy Wolf Detwiler | Photos by David Harrison

Baby swim classes have changed quite a bit since I was featured on a section cover of the daily newspaper in my birthday suit some 40 years ago jumping into a YMCA pool and swimming to the side at just six months old.

There are a number of public and private swim classes for babies through adults in Kentuckiana, but Home of the Innocents’ Baby Splash classes may come as a surprise offering to some parents. In fact, the Home offers a number of public service events and classes, making the center much more than a facility for at-risk and convalescent children.

The Baby Splash classes began in 2013 as a way to help maintain the Home of the Innocents’ indoor swimming pool. Benjamin Snyder, who serves as the director of the Kay and Jim Morrissey Advanced Therapy Center, initially found himself heading up the swim classes, working days and weekends. He eventually talked his mother, B.J. Snyder, who has 40 years in aquatics, into diving in and helping teach the classes. Today, it serves nearly 100 students, with kids enrolled through the end of the year.

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“This program is very particular,” Snyder said, watching a group of tiny tots cling to the side of the indoor swimming pool, each flanked by a parent. “It’s a mixture of ISR, which is a survival swimming program, but we also teach them how to swim. Those are incorporated. With ISR, there are typically no parents in the pool, just the little one and the instructor, and they work on life or death skills. It can be kind of jarring at times. We really focus on happy, healthy kind of learning. There’s a little bit of play mixed in, but we do focus on the skills, primarily.”

The first level is split into two groups by age, and there are just “12 students per class because it allows our instructor to move around more freely,” said Snyder. Classes start for children as early as five months old.

“Level two is less age-dependent and more skill-dependent,” Snyder explained. “As they really start to grasp the skills from level one and two and so on and so forth, they’ll move up to the next level.”

By the time the children advance to level four, their parents are no longer needed. With just four children in the pool, they have more one-on-one time with the instructor. “They’ll work on things like stroke development, stamina and it’s almost like junior swim-team prep. They start to develop their ability to swim the length of the pool.”

The last five minutes of the Baby Splash class is devoted to playtime because “the littlest ones, they usually only remember the last five minutes,” Snyder said. “If you make it playtime, they’re going to want to come back.”

B.J. Snyder says drown-proofing skills are among the most critical for babies and children. According to the CDC, accidental drowning accounts for one in five deaths in children ages 14 and younger. “The younger they are when they start, the easier it is to teach them,” she said. “I’ve been teaching for 42 years, and I’m a big proponent of starting as young as you can. We are teaching the babies that when they fall into the water, to turn around and go back.”

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Also important is teaching the children how to jump into a body of water and swim to the side without the aid of the parents. It’s as much teaching the parents how to deal with such situations as it is conditioning the babies to float and return to the side of the pool unaided.

“Usually within two sessions, they’ve picked up the drowning skills,” B.J. Snyder said. By their second sign-up, the children are working on “doggy paddling.”

After the age of five, children have the opportunity to sign up for private swim lessons.

“The most common calls I get are ‘We live next to X body of water. Either a pool or a pond or there’s a lake nearby and they’re starting to run. We want to be able to know that they have at least some skill,” Benjamin Snyder explained.

The younger children start in the water being held by their parents and participating in circle time. “They go under water for the first time, and we give them a nice, loud verbal ‘One, two, three!’ We blow in the center of the face, and they have an instinct to then hold their breath. It’s really pretty adorable,” he said. “Then you dip them down and bring them right back up. You’re not letting go, they’re not going all the way down to the bottom – it’s just a quick dip and it gets them used to the feeling.

“Since it’s a 92-degree saltwater therapy pool, it’s an easier transition for them. They’re used to a sink or a tub for their baths, but the open water can be very intimidating for them. When it’s open (and) when you’re there with a parent, all those things bring a certain level of comfort.”

The Kay and Jim Morrissey Advanced Therapy Center was added to the Home of the Innocents in 2010 to aid medically fragile children and those at the pediatric convalescence center. Those children had been visiting another pool in the area, but transportation and the difficulty of dressing made a local pool a luxury addition.

“The concept was deemed for this facility and it was built within a relatively short amount of time, and it’s beautiful,” Snyder said. The water temperature is kept at 92 degrees, “and it’s all catered to children with special consideration,” Snyder added. “We have a wheelchair ramp that goes all the way down into the water. We have aquatic wheelchairs here that you can transfer into. (A chair lift) was actually custom built for us … and we have one floating ventilator here, and it’s one of the only ones that we know of. We have swim time at least once a week for kids on trachs and vents. During that time, we clear out the facility from everyone else. We can’t really have them splashing or the turbulence. It’s really fulfilling to see kids who would normally never be near water with a little floating ventilator near them moving around.”

The public Baby Splash swim classes help pay for the upkeep of the pool and the instructors, but they also give kids the confidence to eventually swim on their own. The majority of Baby Splash class participants learn about the program through word of mouth, like Cara Mutka and her daughter, four-year-old Eleanor, who joined the class with fellow swimmers Allison and Maura Bryant, who had already taken one session at Home of the Innocents. The two friends hopped around on the tiled sidelines waiting for their turn with B.J. Snyder, and the allure of the water proved just a little too great as the two girls dipped their toes in and giggled.

“I like kicking!” exclaimed Eleanor (Maura was dancing at the time). Mutka says the lessons have helped give her daughter confidence on family vacations to the beach.swim3

“I think this one just likes wearing her bathing suit,” Bryant laughed, keeping a close eye on Maura nearby. “I think (it’s important) for just basic survival skills. I think we both do quite a bit of swimming either at the beach or at the pools during summertime. The teacher is phenomenal. She’s patient.”

“I think the most exposure they have to water the better off they are and will be down the line so they’re not scared,” Mutka added.

Maura, having already taken a full session of classes, was more confident last summer around water. “Even going under the water, which I was a little nervous about at first,” Bryant said. “She has them blow on their face and dunk them under, and she’s fine with it.”

Baby Splash classes are held year-round and have been filled consistently beginning early in the program.

“People know about the Home of the Innocents, but they don’t know about all the services we offer,” Benjamin Snyder said. “And they certainly don’t know that we have a pool that’s open to the public.

“We are completely non-profit. The proceeds for this program go to the instructor and generally to keep the equipment, to keep providing programming for our residents here – not only our medically fragile residents but we have residents from abandoned, abused and neglected homes. There are kids that might not have any mental or physical considerations but they are here, so we provide this space to them, we have a gymnasium – anything that comes to us gets rolled right back into other programming.”

Baby Splash Classes

For more information about the Home of the Innocents’ Baby Splash classes, visit www.homeoftheinnocents.org or call 502. 596.1143. Cost is $55 for 5 classes and begins at 5 months of age.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 6: Sex (or not) After Pregnancy

It doesn’t matter where you do it, if it’s after pregnancy, it’s an entirely different story. Host Angie Fenton and friends dish the taboo topic.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s October/November print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 5: Casting Call

Have kids interested in modeling and acting? Well, professionally, that is… if so, you’ve come to the right podcast. In this episode, Angie speaks with special guest, Heyman Talent agency director and talent agent Kathy Campbell, about all the ins-and-outs of modeling at an early age, and how to best handle this interesting field as a parent.

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Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s October/November print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 4: Weighty Matters

Three weeks after our host gave birth, she received her first of many unsolicited offers from strangers who wanted to help her lose weight and get back to her “pre-baby body.” In this episode, she not only addresses those individuals but also talks candidly about her weight and shares the number on the scale.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s June/July print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 3: Expect the Unexpected

In this Episode, which is sponsored by Sapphire on Spring, host Angie Fenton talks with business owner Angela Gore and veteran mama Jennifer Zimmerman about how to handle the unexpected.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s June/July print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 2: WHAS11 Anchor Rachel Platt

For years, WHAS11 viewers have watched Rachel Platt deliver the news and highlight individuals and organizations from all over the Kentuckiana community. For our Mother’s Day 2016 edition, Rachel took the time to share what motherhood means to her, offer a bit of insight and even give a few words of wisdom.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s April/May print edition, which just hit stands in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 1: A Beginning

In this inaugural podcast, host Angie Fenton and her husband Jason Applegate begin to find out that sleep is precious and parenthood is a collaboration. Together, they introduce Bumps & Beauty — and their new daughter, Olive.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s April/May print edition, which just hit stands in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Angie's maternity photo shoot required a little extra help from Extol's art director Adam Kleinert

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Editor Angie Fenton and her husband Jason Applegate will welcome Baby Applegate in January 2016. (And yes, Jason had just finished shedding a few happy tears when this photo was taken.)

Editor Angie Fenton and her husband Jason Applegate will welcome Baby Applegate in January 2016. (And yes, Jason had just finished shedding a few happy tears when this photo was taken.)

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