February 2018

2018 Iowa YMCA Swimming All-Stars

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. 



State YMCA Championship Swim Meet 2018

State Meet Information:
Linda Bloom Natatorium at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA
Boys meet Saturday, March 3rd, 10:00 a.m.
Girls meet Sunday, March 4th, 10:00 a.m.
Admission is FREE - come by to cheer on the swimmers!

 Lane assignment schedules can be found on the State Swim Meet website www.iowaymcaswimming.org.
To livestream the event, click this link:  http://ustre.am/by3k

Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Building Closure Information

  • Gym will close at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd and will remain closed all weekend
  • Lap Pool and Rec Pool closed all day, March 3rd & 4th

American Heart Month Tips: Sodium Reduction

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 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help families in Central Iowa reduce the amount of sodium in their diet.   

  1. Think fresh: Most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods. Eat highly processed foods less often and in smaller portions—especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli/luncheon meats; as well as ready-to-eat foods, like canned chili, ravioli and soups. Fresh foods are generally lower in sodium.
  2. Enjoy home-prepared foods: Cook more often at home—where you are in control of what’s in your food. Preparing your own foods allows you to limit the amount of salt in them.
  3. Fill up on veggies and fruits—they are naturally low in sodium: Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits—fresh or frozen. Eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal.
  4. Adjust your taste buds:  Cut back on salt little by little—and pay attention to the natural tastes of various foods. Your taste for salt may lessen over time. Additionally, keep salt off the kitchen counter and the dinner table and substitute spices, herbs, garlic, vinegar or lemon juice to season foods.
  5. Boost your potassium intake: Choose foods with potassium, which may help to lower your blood pressure. Potassium is found in vegetables and fruits, such as potatoes, beet greens, tomato juice and sauce, sweet potatoes, beans (white, lima, kidney), and bananas. Other sources of potassium include yogurt, clams, halibut, orange juice and milk.