Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Celebrates Iowa YMCA Appreciation Month
[Marshalltown, September 2018]— Governor Kim Reynolds is signing a proclamation this month designating September 2018 as YMCA Appreciation Month, in recognition of more than 150 years of helping build a healthy Iowa. As a result, the Iowa YMCAs initiated a statewide effort to engage community leaders with their local Ys to share the organization’s three focus areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
“The Marshalltown YMCA has been serving Central Iowa since 1876,” said Carol Hibbs, YMCA-YWCA CEO. “As an organization we welcome all into our programs, and we support efforts to strengthen our community.”
The Y has been posting social media messages in September to highlight this month. For more information about the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, visit www.ymca-ywca.org or call 641-752-8658.
Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA 2018 Heritage Club Awards
Presented to Kevin & Kim Swartz and David & Valerie Clark
[September, 2018] – The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Heritage Club held its annual recognition event, “Sip. Savor. Support.” recently at Elmwood Country Club. Awards were presented to individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Y.
The 2018 Martha-Ellen Tye Friend Award was presented to Kevin & Kim Swartz. The Swartz family has been members and supporters of the Y for over 25 years. Kim has been active in many of the Y’s programs and served as a volunteer for the annual campaign. Kevin has provided leadership with the Y Board and the Heritage Club Board. Presenter Joel Greer stated, “They have been generous with their expertise, time, as well as their financial support.”
The 2018 Ryden Service Award was given to David & Valerie Clark. Among other things, they have been heavily involved with the Y’s swim program over the years, serving as volunteers and supporting as donors. Since 2004, Dave has been the ‘voice of state girls swimming & diving’, serving as the announcer. Val has been Clerk of Course each year, ensuring meets are well-organized and running smoothly. In addition, Dave has served as annual campaign chair and on the Heritage Club Board of Directors.
The YMCA-YWCA Heritage Club was established in 1982 is to assure a stable, long-term financial base for the Marshalltown Y so that the missions of both the YMCA and the YWCA can be secured. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to make a legacy gift to the organization.
Mike Bloom, Valerie & David Clark
Joel Greer, Kim & Kevin Swartz
Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14, with children from communities of color at greatest risk. With National Water Safety Month in May and summer around the corner, now is a great time for parents to remember the importance equipping children with essential water safety skills. The Y offers swim programs that help reduce the risk of childhood drowning, develop a lifelong love swimming and provide children from underserved communities greater access to water safety programs.
Before letting your children hit the water this summer, remember these few tips to ensure it’s an enjoyable and safe experience.
1. Never swim alone. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty.
2. Supervise your children whenever they’re in water. Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach at all times.
3. Don’t engage in breath holding activities. Children shouldn’t hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects.
4. Wear a Life Jacket: Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
5. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water. If a child finds their friend in deep water unexpectedly, their natural reaction may be to jump in the water to try to save them. Even if a child is a great swimmer, a panicked person will overpower them, pulling them underwater with them. The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches the “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for them and pull them to safety. By using this technique children can help their friend without compromising their own safety.
6. Enroll your children in water safety or swim lessons. Just like teaching your children to look both ways before they cross the street, participating in formal water safety lessons teaches them an important life skill. The Y’s swim lessons teach children fundamental water safety skills and what to do if they find themselves in water unexpectedly.
Learning how to swim also has multiple benefits beyond the ability to enjoy water safely. It helps children strive for physical achievement, promotes healthy living and builds their confidence.
Healthy Aging Tips for 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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!
For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA.
Research shows that getting more active and changing our sedentary habits is one of the most effective ways to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. That’s why the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA is joining the American Diabetes Association’s third annual National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on May 2nd.
This day is all about recognizing the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day as an important part of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the ADA recommends that everyone get up and move at least every 30 minutes.
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Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Blue Wave Swim Team members Averie Wittkop and Stephen Blom were chosen to the 2018 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.
Whether you want to improve athletic performance, compete in powerlifting, or just get strong, there may be a reason for you to begin powerlifting. To learn more about the Y's powerlifting programs, click here.
10 reasons to start today!
#1 – Powerlifting is the safest style of weight lifting
While all weight lifting (and exercise for that matter) has an element of danger, powerlifting is relatively safe. Why? Because it rewards proper form. If you are powerlifting with the goal to set a personal best, your form absolutely must be spot-on. In bodybuilding, with the goal to fatigue muscles so they grow bigger (rather than focusing on the weight itself,) proper form isn’t essential and is sometimes thrown out the window.
With that ideal form, you are less likely to get injured.
#2 – Increase bone density
All resistance training will increase your bone density. Stronger bones help you avoid osteoporosis when you’re older.
Powerlifting, with its focus on heavier weights, should theoretically be the best training to improve your bone health.
#3 – Develop Full-Body Strength
When you do powerlifting exercises properly, each one is a full-body exercise. Each exercise requires you to drive power from your lower body through your upper body. Learning this technique is very useful for lifting heavy objects in real life (that you’d never be able to lift using your muscles in isolation.)
It’s no secret that most endurance sports do not develop full-body strength.
#4 – Improve Athletic Performance
Unlike in bodybuilding, the strength and power gains from powerlifting will actually help you in sports. For starters, you’ll end up running faster and jumping higher. With some on-bike work, you’ll be pushing those big gears easier than ever.
Play football? You’ll be able to tackle bigger players and/or run through anyone in your way. Play basketball? You’ll jump high enough for any rebound.
#5 – It’s simple
There are three lifts. You learn those lifts, then you do them. That’s it. While there are plenty of finer details for each lift, it’s easy to get the basics down quickly.
This is essential for anyone who already participates in skill-intensive sports (mountain biking, for instance) that takes up a lot of time and energy.
#6 – It’s rewarding
It feels great to see your weight totals go up every single week! It’s actually common to see steady gains if you’re on a good program.
With every little gain, you’re motivated to keep training. You don’t have to wait months or years to see progress – it’s almost instant gratification!
#7 – Build muscle
Though you aren’t doing a wide variety of exercises designed to enhance specific body parts, you’re still going to build some muscles and look good.
#8 – Build self-confidence
Confidence in yourself is essential for so many things in life. Being more confident will bring you more success in life.
As a powerlifter, there’s something empowering about grabbing hold of a heavy, loaded barbell and ripping it off the ground or heaving it into the air!
#9 – Practically everyone can do it
If you have a gym membership, you can do it. No fancy machines are necessary! You don’t have to be able to run a marathon or anything like that.
#10 – It’s fun to be strong
Being strong is just plain fun. You can do all sorts of neat stuff that you normally wouldn’t be able to do if your only training was for endurance sports.
Pictured above is Tifany Mach with the items she donated to the YMCA-YWCA Fit Kids afterschool program
Tifany Mach is a 9-year-old participant in the Y’s Fit Kids afterschool program. After her first week in the program, she was already making plans to give back. “I thought the Fit Kids program needed some books, so I made a video at home asking people to donate and my mom posted it on Facebook.”
Several family friends responded with generous donations of books and stuffed animals. Tifany’s family pitched in as well, purchasing a new book case and other items for the program.
Tifany said she previously donated socks and undergarments to her school. “It felt really good to give, so I wanted to do it again.” Reading is one of Tifany’s favorite activities at the Y’s Fit Kids program along with playing games and free time.
Program Director Deb Grove said, “Tifany is an outstanding young person, with a very generous heart. Her gift to the afterschool program shows how it can positively impact the children who participate, giving them ownership of the program and allowing them thrive!”
Robby Tobias, who is the Fit Kids Coordinator at the Y, added, "Tifany embodies every core value of the Y. Her donation brings a great value and sense of respect to both the Fit Kid and Summer Day Camp programs. It amazes me that she understands some of our items are getting dated and that she would consider donating new ones.”