November 2021 News: Get a Head Start on Health

YMCA of WNC November 2021 Newsletter

Get a Head Start on Health

Life is more stressful than ever, and it can be tough to find time for yourself. Coaching can help you set priorities and goals to reduce stress and boost your health. The Y offers several coaching options:

  • Membership includes Coaching Connection, which introduces you to fitness classes and equipment, helps you meet other members, and encourages you to set wellness goals. Make your appointment today.
  • Health Coaching at the Y provides extra support to help you reach your goals through lifestyle changes. Email Laura Richardson or call 828-575-2922 to learn more about sessions that start in January.
  • Jump Start package is a terrific introduction to personal training on the wellness floor or in the pool. Stop by the front desk at any location to learn more.
  • SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound, and the Y’s certified health coaches can help you set them. We’re offering free, 45-minute SMART Goal Workshops in person and online in November and December. Email Laura Richardson or call 828-575-2922 to learn more.

Help us help families get childcare

The labor shortage isn’t just affecting employers – it’s hurting families who depend on the Y for safe, affordable childcare. 

Right now, more than 200 kids are waiting for a spot in the Y’s afterschool programs because we don’t have enough staff. Many of their parents have had to leave the workforce to take care of them. And some are likely going home hungry, to an empty home. 

The Y’s childcare team supports student wellness, social and emotional learning, and academic achievement for elementary and middle school students. Part-time positions are available in Buncombe and McDowell counties, with pay ranging from $15 to $17/hr.

Know someone who wants to gain valuable leadership skills and make a difference in a child’s life? Through Dec. 15, we're offering $25 off members' monthly draft each time we hire someone you refer (one per month). See all Y jobs here.

We're playing basketball

Playing basketball is a great way for kids to learn basic coordination, build skills, and make friends on and off the court. And what better place to learn how to play than the birthplace of the sport?

The Y loves basketball, and we can’t wait to help your child learn how to play. We’re offering winter clinics for kids ages 3-12 at several locations. Sign up today to encourage your child to exercise and build a foundation for an active life. 

Y members get preferred pricing on basketball clinics and other programs. Financial assistance is available.

Teens and adults can get into the hoops action too! Our gyms are open for pick-up games, and the Asheville Y has dedicated court time for Legends (age 35+) and All Stars (age 50+). See our schedules for hours and availability.

Y works to relieve community hunger

One of the most impactful services the Y offers is providing fresh, healthy produce to the community at no charge. Each year we feed thousands of people and teach them how to prepare nutritious meals. Now we’re making improvements to offer even more services.

Our team now includes several bilingual community health workers who can refer mobile market participants to other resources. And in addition to local churches, apartment complexes, and doctors’ offices, our markets now take place at several public libraries. See the full schedule here.

As we approach Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30, please remember that the Y is a nonprofit community benefit organization. Your gift supports our efforts to relieve hunger and provide other vital services. Please donate today.

Prevent diabetes with support from the Y

Prediabetes is a serious health condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. According to the CDC, one-third of U.S. adults have prediabetes and don’t know it. Test your risk.

The good news is that by making small healthy lifestyle changes, it is possible to prevent type 2 diabetes and even reverse your prediabetes.

The Y offers several virtual diabetes prevention programs that will teach participants how to eat healthier, increase physical activity, and lose a modest amount of weight in a supportive, small group environment.

Two new classes begin in November and run for the next 12 months.  These programs are offered at no charge with grant support from the WNC Bridge Foundation. Sign up today to take control of your health.

Holiday Crunch is back!

Ready, set, crunch! After a pandemic hiatus, the Holiday Crunch is returning to help you stay in shape during the winter months.

Starting Nov. 22, work out at least 21 times by Dec. 31 to earn your Holiday Crunch T-shirt. Sign up now online or at the front desk for this member challenge and get ready to crunch your way through the holidays!

Updated holiday hours

We're adjusting our November hours to give our staff team more time to relax with their families and friends. Please note these changes:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 24 -- Closing at 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 25 -- Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Friday, Nov. 26 -- Closed for Staff Appreciation Day

Keeping you safe and healthy

All YMCA locations are open and following safety protocols that meet and exceed public health guidelines to keep you safe. Please review our Member Safety Guide to learn more. 

If you haven't seen our new outdoor studios, we invite you to check out our all-weather class options. Check all class schedules here.

Y members can also take online classes from any location, on any device, at your convenience. Sign in to Virtual Y here