Health

Corona Virus Updates

"feeding young minds"
crisis supper time Meal service for at risk children under 18 years of age 

The YMCA along with community partners will be providing a supper time meal service for children under the age of 18 during this uncertain time of crisis. Our goal is to continue to offer this meal until the school year resumes or until we need to revaluate when summer begins. Pick-ups will be on Mondays and Thursdays at the YMCA in Willmar (1000 Lakeland Drive SE) from 3:15-5:15 p.m. for the first 200 children. Contact Troy for more information.  
 

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updates from the ceo

March 27, 2020

It has been a challenging time since the Governor’s announcement on March 16, requiring us to contribute to keeping people safe by closing our doors to our members, neighbors and friends. We have greatly missed seeing you and hope you are well and safe. Thank you to those of you who have stayed in touch through calls, emails and Facebook. We will continue to post information on the YMCA website, Facebook and Twitter to keep you informed about what is happening at the Y and in the community. We have posted links for at-home workouts, fitness challenges from Y staff, ways to stay healthy with kids at home and fun recipes for parents and kids to make together. The Y will continue to post more each day. Next week, look for fun preschool and grade school activity challenges from Nicholas.
 

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March 23, 2020

For over 175 years, the YMCA has served as an organization that steps up to community challenges. In the coming days, your YMCA will need to continue to be an entity that fills critical needs in our community. While we are missing the regular everyday routines, just like you are, and seeing you every day, your YMCA still needs you. There are several things you can do to help your YMCA if you are able.
 

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March 16, 2020

In light of the uncertainty created by the increased impact of coronavirus, closure of schools and the increased need to provide essential services for the most vulnerable in our community, we are confronted with a moment of truth. How best can our YMCA serve the community and support efforts to keep our community healthy and safe?  For over 175 years, the YMCA has always been an organization that walked in the direction of a challenge. Today we must focus our resources on those who need us most during this unprecedented time.
 

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View WCT Article: YMCA Announces Closing 

View Lakeland Broadcast Story: Y to Close but Daycare Remain Open

Group Exercise OPTions AT home

To support your health and well-being goals we are offering Y360, an exciting new YMCA on-demand fitness program for adults and kids to do at home. You and your family can exercise together and have some fitness fun! You can access it today at Y360 On-Demand. Another resource is MOSSA Move, a virtual workout platform, that is free for you for 60 days.  You can access this resource at MOSSA Moves. Please also check the Y Facebook and Y Group Exercise page for daily fitness challenges and workouts hosted by our Kandiyohi County YMCA staff.  We havent' forgotten about our Silver population either.  Please go to SilverSneakers Go to download the mobile app or SilverSneakers On-Demand to find videos and other ways to stay physically active and engaged during this time.  Also, for your wellbeing and mental health, we encourage you to get out into nature and to check out these 10 mindfulness tips.

Contact Zach for more information fitness challenges and workouts.
 

Join the Y Group Exercise Page

Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA YouTube Classes & Challenges

Y360 On Demand

MOSSA Moves

10 Mindfulness Tips

Download the SilverSneakers Go app

Get Started with SilverSneakers On-Demand videos

Silver & Fit Facebook Live Group Ex Classes

Social Distance Run & Walk Club

Personal Fitness During the shutdown

Personal Training

During the shutdown no new clients will be taken but current clients are encouraged to remain in contact with their trainer. Trainers will work remotely with clients to ensure they are meeting their fitness goals. Session time will not be charged to the client. Contact Zach to have your questions answered.

View this PDF for more information on our personal training program.

Get to Know the Trainers!

Greg, Jess, Janel

healthy family home 

Positive Family Interactions are extremely important right now.  With “play dates” with friends being discouraged and the need to limit travels even in around town, it can be challenging to spend time together at home.  Today and over the next 4 days, your Y is sharing Healthy Family Home Tips.  Give them a try and enjoy family time! 

TIP #1: Strong relationships are one of the cornerstones of health and well-being. Few relationships are as important as those between adults and children when it comes to helping kids learn, grow and thrive.
 

View PDF QUICK START KIT: GET TOGETHER 

TIP #2: Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. Put more play into your family’s day, and you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
 

View PDF QUICK START KIKT: PLAY EVERY DAY

TIP #3: At the Y, we believe that small steps lead to big changes. With a balanced approach, even the busiest of families can discover ways to eat healthier and feel better.
 

View PDF QUICK START KIT: EAT HEALTHY

TIP #4: Good things happen when we unplug and go outside to play together. Kids and adults benefit from contact with nature as well as unstructured play and exploration.
 

View PDF QUICK START: GO OUTSIDE. GROW OUTSIDE

TIP #5: One of the best ways to raise healthy kids is to make sure they—and you—get enough sleep.  A healthy family depends on it.
 

View PDF QUICK START: SLEEP WELL

food, fun & family

We know being stuck at home can sometimes be pretty boring. The YMCA wants to help you spice up your food life a little during these unusual days.  Try the links below for help with healthier habits at home and family fun recipe packet.  
 

Food, Family, Fun Handbook

Food, Family, Fun Recipe Packet

talking to your kids about covid-19

The World Health Organization officially declared coronavirus a pandemic. Health experts predict that the virus and its impact on our communities are just beginning.You play an important role in helping children and teens better understand what's happening and help them manage their own related worries or anxiety.

Here are some tips that can help:
 

EARLY CHILDHOOD

PRESCHOOL

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

 
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