January 2022 News: It's Time for Healthy Resolutions

child learning how to swim during a swim lesson at the YMCA of Western North Carolina

Feeling stuck? Looking to change up your routine? The Y offers the perfect opportunity for growth and change. January is a great time to work with a coach to set your wellness goals, try a new group exercise class, or find your groove as a volunteer.
Whether you’re a new member, a Y lifer, or somewhere in between, there’s always something new to discover at the Y. Join in January and save $22 a month for your first three months of membership, with no join fees. And when current members refer a friend who joins, both of you will get $22 off your next three payments. Resolve to build a healthier spirit, mind, and body today! 

Offering more hours, classes, and childcare


We’re pleased to announce that many of our locations plan to increase their hours of operation in February. Please check our website and download our mobile app to stay up-to-date.

Group exercise classes motivate you to get fit with the support of certified instructors and other health seekers. From athletic conditioning to gentle yoga to hydro burn, the Y has a class to meet your needs. Check our schedules to see all the offerings.

Ready to take your workout to the next level? We offer personal training for individuals and small groups, plus the area’s most inclusive CrossFit box at the Ferguson Family Y.

Parents, need a break from taking care of the kids? Several of our locations offer childcare options in the morning, afternoon, and evening for members and non-members alike. Kids ages 1-12 are welcome. Click here for availability and pricing.

Extra for Holiday Crunch participants: Shirts should be ready for pickup by Jan. 18!

See your gifts at work for the community

From Safety Around Water for the littles to diabetes prevention for adults and Mobile Food Markets for the whole family, the Y has helped people gain and maintain their health throughout the pandemic. We’ve done it thanks to extraordinary donor support. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for helping us serve our community. We invite you to see the impact of your donations at work in this video.

Community health is a group effort

The Y is more than a place to swim or play pickleball. We offer many community health programs to help people get their lives on track. Here’s a sample:

  • Diabetes Prevention Program: More than weight loss, this interactive program is led by certified lifestyle coaches who help empower participants to make small, measurable changes that will help lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. Two virtual programs are starting this month and next. Click here to learn more or contact Jordan Owenby.  
  • Health Coaching: Need strategies to overcome barriers and support to reach your goals? The Y’s certified health coaches will work with you one-on-one to change behaviors for good. Please click here for more information.
  • Mobile Food Markets: Getting healthy food is not as easy as it sounds, and the Y has a mission to fix that. We deliver free, fresh produce at doctors’ offices, libraries, churches, and other community hangouts in five counties. Click here to see when a market will be near you.

Plan now to make summer memories

After a long school year, kids need time outdoors to unplug from devices, explore nature, and learn new skills. The Y’s summer day camps and overnight YMCA Camp Watia offer all that and more.
We offer a variety of experiences for children and youth, from campers to counselors in training. Your child will forge friendships and gain self-confidence at our camps, which are bursting with fun activities and new experiences. 
Learn more about summer day camp here, and sign up now for YMCA Camp Watia.

Y Afterschool puts kids first

All children need care and attention to succeed. The Y’s Afterschool programs are staffed by trained professionals who nurture the potential in every child. In addition to homework help, physical activity, and healthy snacks, our programs teach social-emotional skills that help kids thrive. 
Registration for the 2022-23 school year opens Feb. 1. Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up early! Learn more about the Y’s Afterschool programs here.

Love what you do - work with us!

It’s only work if you’d rather be somewhere else, right? The Y is a community that will support you and cheer you on through life. Every day on the job is different, with new experiences to bring a smile to your face. We offer competitive pay, a free Y membership, and career advancement opportunities. Check out our job openings and join our team today!

Taking care of each other

As the Y tries to recover from the impact of the pandemic, we’re taking every measure to ensure we remain open to serve you. Please see our Safety Guide to learn more about our precautions. 
We continue to offer a variety of outdoor and online classes to serve you. Membership includes exclusive access to our Virtual Y, with live and on-demand classes taught by your favorite Y instructors. 
Physical activity and social connection help boost immunity and improve mental health. Another shutdown could be devastating, so please do your part to keep yourself and others safe. Remember we are all in this together. Please be kind to our staff and to each other. If you have a concern, please ask to see a member of management.