October News: Y Reopens for Indoor Fitness

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Y reopens for indoor fitness while continuing to meet urgent community needs 

The YMCA of Western North Carolina is putting safety first as it welcomes you back for indoor workouts and wellness.

Safety precautions include frequent cleaning, health screenings, mask requirements and upgraded air filtration. With capacity limited to 30 percent, there's plenty of room for a socially distanced indoor workout.

The Y is excited to reopen, but it didn’t stop offering programs for spirit, mind, and body during its temporary closure.

“We refused to let the pandemic stop us from fulfilling our mission to serve all,” says President and CEO Paul Vest. “Instead, we saw it as an opportunity to step up and do even more for the most vulnerable in our community.”

Keep reading to learn more about the Y's community outreach. 


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Centers expand offerings in October 

All locations are expanding their programs and services this month. Look for pickleball, racquetball, family basketball, swim lessons, and indoor exercise classes by reservation. Outdoor classes will continue as weather allows.

Download our mobile app to see updated schedules and make reservations. 



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Take the STRONG Challenge this fall 

Get up and move! Take back your life and commit to movement for 20 minutes a day, five days a week for six weeks. The STRONG Challenge begins on Oct. 18 and runs for six weeks.

Along the way, we'll provide motivation, encouragement and support so you can meet your goals and boost your health as we enter the winter months. 

Registration begins Oct. 5. Download our mobile app today so you'll be ready to start STRONG when the challenge begins!


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Prevent diabetes with free virtual classes

The Y's Diabetes Prevention Program and Minority Diabetes Prevention Program encourage participants at risk of type 2 to eat healthier, increase physical activity, and lose a modest amount of weight in a supportive environment.

These year-long programs are led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals. These classes are currently virtual and free for participants. Sign up today.



Thank you for staying with us

The pandemic has been tough on everyone. Thanks to supporters like you, the Y has been able to sustain our operations while meeting urgent community needs for childcare, hunger relief, physical fitness and social connection. For example:

  • Our Youth Services team, already the largest provider of school-age childcare in the state, pivoted from afterschool to emergency care as the pandemic began. We looked after 183 children of essential workers this spring, then shifted again to give 994 children a safe, fun summer day camp experience. Now, with school back in session, our remote learning hubs are supporting over 400 students with virtual instruction and healthy activities.
  • Hunger relief has been a Y priority for many years, and the need has increased tremendously due to job losses. Since mid-March, we’ve distributed 211,519 pounds of healthy food and served 106,611 nutritious meals. As always, this access is free and no questions are asked.

As we celebrate our reopening, let’s not lose sight of the fact that many in our community are still suffering. Your ongoing support will help ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors are safe and healthy, and that the Y can continue to offer high-quality, life-changing programs for many years to come.

We welcome your continued support and generosity. To learn more about opportunities to give, visit ymcawnc.org/give or call 828-210-2261.


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Fit Tip: Practice play

Adults need recess, too! Practicing play as an adult can help solve problems, offer emotional stability and spark creativity. When practiced with others, it can help grow relationships.

You don’t need a playground to play. Just begin to think of activities that bring you joy. What activities nourish your soul? Is there an activity that you often lose track of time doing? Start by making a list of activities that you enjoy practicing. It could be going for a hike, gardening, taking a group fitness class, or creating art.

Set a weekly playful goal and make a promise to yourself to accomplish that. You are the most important person you can care for!


Now hiring community builders  

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than a job—you’ll enjoy a career with a future and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you.

We are now hiring for positions in childcare, aquatics, wellness, facility management, membership and more! View our job openings to find an opportunity that matches your career goals, interests, skills and experience.


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