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2019 Annual Meeting Notice

The Marshalltown YWCA will hold its Annual Meeting directly following its regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 16th at 4:30 p.m.   The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA will hold its joint Annual Meeting directly following its regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 16th at 5:00 p.m.

The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Heritage Club will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, December 16th at 12:00 p.m.

Rec Pool Temperature

Update on Rec Pool water temperature (11/27/19):

Problem identified: three of the four heat pumps in the Rec Pool need new heating coils. These are specialty parts and will require about a month to be manufactured. They have been ordered.

The normal temperature in the Rec Pool is 86 degrees. Currently, the Rec Pool temperature is approximately 83 degrees. We are working diligently on a plan to provide supplemental heating to raise the temperature 3 degrees in the interim.

The Lap Pool temperature will remain at 83 degrees to provide an alternative if needed for classes and swimming. The normal temperature for the Lap Pool is 81 degrees.

Both pools will continue to follow their normal schedules. Classes and programs will continue to meet as scheduled.

We expect the repairs to be completed by the end of the year.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 

Justice See earns national title

Justice See has been awarded Senior National Title Winner for Dance Champs Dance Competition.   She is the student of Kimberlee Jo Kups-Benson at The Dance Konnection/Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA School of Dance.

Justice performed her awarding winning solo, “I Try” (a lyrical solo choreographed by Kimberlee Jo Kups-Benson) at the Des Moines regional competition and was awarded Regional Title Winner Des Moines Dancer of the Year.  Her overall score allowed her to compete for national champion, vying against 75 other regional title winners. 

In addition to her being a member of DKstarz Competition Team, Justice has also performed in the Iowa State Centers Nutcracker in several featured roles, served as a student teacher at The Dance Konnection, is Co-Capt. on the MHS Dance Team and a wonderful role model to area dancers. 

Justice is the daughter of April and Jeff McKibbin and Luke and Raelynn See, all from Marshalltown. She is a senior at Marshalltown High School and plans on attending college next fall majoring in dance.

     

Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program

The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA has been selected as a beneficiary for the month of November in Hy-Vee's reusable bag program that supports local non-profits.

The Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program, which launches in November 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities customers live and work.

The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA was selected as the November beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Marshalltown Hy-Vee located at 802 S. Center Street. The Y will receive a $1 donation every time a Reusable Bag is purchased at this location during November, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.

Donations received by the Y will be used to fund youth scholarships for programs such as swimming and sports. 

For more information on the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program, visit https://hy-vee.bags4mycause.com/.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Don’t Let a Fear of Falls Hold You Back

Each year on the first day of fall, the Y joins national organizations from the Falls Free Coalition and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. On Sunday, September 22, the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA is asking older adults, caregivers, family members and health care professionals in Central Iowa to join us in raise awareness to prevent falls among older adults.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult in the U.S. is treated in the ER for a fall-related injury every 14 seconds and dies from a fall-related injury every 29 minutes. Additionally, falls put an immense strain on the health care system, with the financial toll expected to reach $67.7 billion by 2020. The good news is falls are preventable, and the first step to prevention is understanding risk.

“Falling and fear of falling may can prevent older adults from staying active, which leads to reduced mobility, diminished quality of life and actually increases their risk of falling,” said Angie Paxson, Y Health & Wellness Director. “The good news is that falls are highly preventable and help is available for older adults and their families who want to get active but don’t know how.”

As a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health for all families, the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA encourages older adults to learn their risk for falls by taking an assessment at  http://www.ymca.net/health-wb-fitness/ or click this link to download the pdf.

The CDC suggests these basic lifestyle and safety changes to help reduce risk or prevent falls:

  • Begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength & balance.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines.
  • Get annual eye check-ups & update your eyeglasses.
  • Make your home safer by:
    • Removing clutter & tripping hazards.
    • Putting railings on all stairs & adding grab bars in the bathroom.
    • Installing proper lighting, especially on stairs.

2019 Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA offers the following tips to encourage older adults in Central Iowa live healthier lives.  

Have fun with your food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients.       

Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt. As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.

Get Active. Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health benefits far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.  

Tweak your routine. To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can grab hold of something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods.

Get social. Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!

2019 Iowa YMCA Swimming All-Stars

Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Blue Wave Swim Team members Lesli Waltermire and Charlie Gilbertson were chosen to the 2019 All-Star Team.

All-Star Team members are committed to YOUTH DEVELOPMENT – positive role model, HEALTHY LIVING – taking an active role in a lifelong sport and SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – giving back and supporting others in their community.  They have shown dedication to YMCA Swimming and great sportsmanship to all those around them. 

  

February is American Heart Month

American Heart Month Tips

February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA offers the following tips to help families in Central Iowa be heart healthy.

1. Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals or a 10-minute walking break during the day. If your family enjoys active video games, select versions that require moving the body’s large muscle groups while playing.

2. Take a Snooze: Lack of sleep can be associated with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Adults need at least seven, but no more than nine hours of sleep at night to aid with the prevention of heart disease. Children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Develop bedtime routines for the whole family to assist with falling asleep faster and staying asleep.

3. Shape Up Those Recipes: Makeover your family’s favorite recipes by reducing the amount of salt and saturated fat and substituting a lower fat food without sacrificing tastes. For example, use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream and skip the seasoning packet and use pepper and olive oil instead. Read food labels to learn more about what is in the package, select foods that have less than 1,000 mg of sodium per serving.

4. Feeling the Pressure: Revised blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure. Lowering or maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Start self-monitoring your blood pressure and know the numbers. Discuss the results with you doctor if needed.

5. Play Together: Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress, which is important to heart health. Make homemade valentines for your children’s classmates or build a snow fort together in the yard or the park.

For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, contact the Y at 641-752-8658.

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Healthiest State Walk Oct. 3

We are excited to participate in this year’s Healthiest State Initiative’s Annual Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, in an effort to make Iowa healthier and to promote healthy lifestyles among our residents.
Grab your friends and coworkers and walk to the Y! Light refreshments served outside the Cultural Center at 12:30pm.
#GetYourWalkOn2018 #WalkMoreConnectMore
Register at this link:  http://www.iowahealthieststate.com/events/walk-details/2069/