October 4, 2022
Hello {First Name},

Your Y cares about your health!

We are here to help you prevent common ailments and diseases that can affect your ability to live a full life.

Right NOW is the time to register for our Diabetes Prevention Program or our Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program.

“People are often shocked or frightened by a diagnosis of prediabetes. I tell them to stop and take a deep breath. Prediabetes is recognized as a reversible condition.” –Kate Kevern, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator.

Since 2011 the Eugene Family YMCA has helped hundreds of people in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. On October 11, we will begin our 36th group in this year-long program, this time with a fresh new curriculum called Prevent T2. It is based on the same research that proves that making modest changes reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, and by 71 percent in those 60 and over.

  • Greater focus on physical activity.
  • Food tracking is optional.
  • Action plans are completed in each class.
  • Optional interactive activities are available.

“This program helped me to follow the guidelines. I got used to tracking my meals and now I don’t need to use the tracker—I have changed my habits based on what I learned.” —Susan Spehar, who lost 30 pounds and reversed her risk of getting diabetes in the Y’s class.

Note: This is the only in-person class in Lane County!
Improve Heart Health: Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

Did you know 1 in 3 American Adults have high blood pressure? The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program is designed to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure by following an evidence-based program that combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education seminars and personalized support. To get started, email bpsm@eugeneymca.org
REGISTER NOW: Tri with your Y

Don’t delay: NOW is the time to swim, bike and run your way to the finish line for an on-your-own triathlon this fall!

Choose a distance:
  • Ironman: 2.5 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26 mile run
  • Olympic: 1 mile swim / 25 mile bike / 6.2 mile run
  • Youth Sprint: .5 mile swim / 12 mile bike / 3.1 mile run

Track your progress from NOW until Dec. 31, watch your fellow teammates progress online, and earn a t-shirt for your success!

Substitutions of other fitness activities are welcome—this is YOUR race! Aqua-jogging, cardio machine workouts and walking counts! Every little bit gets you closer to the finish line: biking to work or school, walking the dog or going to rec swim with your friend!

Cost: $10 Y members/ $20 community members.
Special thanks to our sponsors for helping make this event possible!
With your help, we can create Opportunities for ALL!

When you make a donation to the Eugene Family YMCA, you create opportunities for individuals and families to improve their lives.

Last year, with help from donors like you, the Y provided $451,599 in financial assistance to more than 2,000 individuals and families throughout Lane County.

Please consider the Eugene Family YMCA as one of your top charitable giving priorities during the end-of-year giving season. Together, we can continue providing opportunities that help individuals maintain or improve health, families pay for child care, and seniors prevent disease.
Lunch & Learn: Natural Hacks to Support a Healthy Mood

Join us on Friday, October 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Y to learn from Nutritional Health Coach Yaakov Levine. Gain a new understanding of the many complexities that play a role in supporting a healthy mood or hindering it. Nutritional, supplemental, environmental, lifestyle and other key factors will be discussed. Can't make the talk live? This talk will be recorded and available for viewing on our Virtual Y Hub!
Group Fitness: Try something new this fall!

Turbo Kick—Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Move and groove your way into a healthy you. Come prepared to kick, punch, sweat and shake it to high energy, Top-40 inspired music. It’s a blast—you’ll be hooked!

WARRIOR Strength—Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Come release your inner warrior in this modifiable strength and cardio class—HIIT, strength and sculpting with weights, and tons of fun. WARRIOR Strength is for everyone and every level whether they want to sweat, feel their muscles burn, or both!
SAVE THE DATE: Yoga for Compassion Fatigue

Join Y yoga instructor Anders on Saturday, November 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Beck Center to learn a simple model of compassion fatigue and gain the ability to intentionally regulate the nervous system in stressful environments. Stay tuned for more information!
You're Invited: Spooky Spectacular Halloween Party!

Your Y is inviting the community to a fun, safe Halloween Party at the Y on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is free and EVERYONE is welcome!

Our parking lot will host trunk-or-treating: Little ghosts and ghouls can go from trunk to trunk to pick out treats, stickers or candy from Halloween-decorated vehicles.

Our Tennis Center will host an inflatable (perhaps haunted?!) bounce house and other inflatable party games. Kids can make ghoulish crafts, pose for their Halloween portrait and dance to the Monster Mash!

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our google form by clicking the volunteer button. Questions: Email holly@eugeneymca.org
Save the Date: Registration for Winter Youth Sports Opens Monday, Oct. 31

Winter is BASKETBALL season and we can’t wait to work on dribbling, passing, shooting and teamwork with youth!

Sign up for:
  • Winter Basketball League for K-5th graders.
  • Itty Bitty Basketball for 2 ½- to 5-year-olds.
  • Winter clinics for K-1st graders.

Note: Due to increased demand for our programs, we are offering Basketball Clinics to K-5th graders in November. Check our Website in the coming weeks for registration.
Día de los Muertos

Join us in celebrating Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos), a Mexican tradition to remember and honor the dead. Traditionally, families build and decorate altars in their homes for loved ones who have died. Y members who would like to decorate a paper skull in memory of a loved one can stop by the tables in the lobby between October 10 to 13. Skulls will be hung up around the Y for all to admire.
Spread the word: $10 Joining Fee in October!

For the entire month of October, the joining fee for starting up a new membership is only $10 (typically $60-$80). Maybe this is your chance to get your best friend to join and work out with you?

“Everyone that works here is so friendly and helpful. This is the first gym that I've ever joined. Thank you for being so welcoming!” –New Y Member
Connections made at Welcoming Festival

Thank you for celebrating our diverse community with us at the Y’s first-ever Welcoming Festival, which aimed to promote cross-cultural understanding and community cohesion by bringing together immigrants and U.S. born residents in a spirit of unity! Together, we enjoyed lively dance performances, live music and delicious food from local food trucks. Over 15 organizations shared information and resources, two local radio stations broadcasted the event, and families enjoyed a wide variety of games and activities. To view photos of the event, click the photo gallery button below!
Car Talk: Parking Reminder!

All Y members must have a blue Y sticker on their back bumper or back window to park in the Y parking lot and in the YMCA parking spots at South Eugene High School. If you need a sticker, please ask the Y's Welcome Center staff. Thank you!
So much to CELEBRATE!

The generosity and support of so many has helped us meet the $1 million Tykeson Family Foundation challenge match! This marks the completion of the $5 million Community Phase of the campaign for a new Y, just 10 months after it launched! THANK YOU for all of your support.
New Y Construction Update

You may have noticed the exterior walls of the new Y are beginning to be constructed, beginning around the Y's future pool. Most of the plumbing and utilities have been laid underground in preparation for pouring the concrete slab, which will be the floor of the new Y. Pouring the slab will commence with the gym floor in the northwest corner of the lot during the week of October 17. 
COMING SOON: Cosmic Tennis Night for kids!

Your Y is planning a glow-in-the-dark tennis event for kids this fall! With music, specialty lights and glow-in-the-dark tennis balls and lines on the court, kids are sure to be talking about this new sport for weeks afterward!

Details coming soon.
Find New Opportunities. Find Your Purpose.

Do you know anyone who would be a great fit for the Y? In order to continue offering Y programs and services, we need to hire more amazing staff who want to build their skills and serve our community. We are seeking staff in Aquatics, Youth Development, Youth Sports, Health & Wellness and Tennis. Help us spread the word! We are offering incentives to community members for referring applicants. Click the button below to see open positions and learn about the incentives. THANK YOU!
Check Your Insurance for Membership Benefit!

As you consider your insurance carrier for the next year, find out if your insurance would pay for your Y membership. If your insurance covers Y members, remember that you need to update your details every January, and workout at the Y regularly/monthly. 
As a reminder, the insurance providers contracted for 2022 and 20223 membership benefits are:

If you have questions, email us at membership@eugeneymca.org or call 541-686-9622.

Schedules are changing in Aquatics so be sure to check the Website or the Y App for the most up-to-date information.

Thanks, KVAL, for celebrating diversity with us at the Welcoming Festival. "We just want to bring our community together, both U.S. born and immigrant families to just celebrate what makes us diverse," said Maritza Ruiz, Chair of the Y's Diversity, Inclusion and Global Engagement Committee. "Celebrate the different cultures and ethnicities."
Thank you, Register Guard, for celebrating the new Y project's fundraising progress with us! We are humbled and inspired by our community's generosity and support.
Thank you, KMTR, for sharing the exciting news about the new y fundraising progress! Hundreds of generous community members joined the campaign for a new Y and raised of $5M for the new Y project in just 10 months!