Take on 2021 with ambition and drive!
It's your year to take control!

Your Y launches a 6-week Health Reset Challenge on Monday, Jan. 18. It's an on-your-own Reset with group support, accountability and motivation. Your Y will offer weekly e-mails, a private Facebook group, workout cards and other inspiration to move, be mindful of what you eat, hydrate, sleep, relieve stress, connect and set goals you can attain for the rest of the year!

Y staff are participating as part of their annual Staff Wellness Challenge! 

Leave 2020 behind as you reset your health and your habits for 2021!

What: 6-week Health Reset Challenge
Where: On-your-own challenge with virtual fitness classes, Facebook posts, weekly e-mails
When: Monday, Jan. 18 to Sunday, Feb. 28
Register: Click HERE
Cost: $20 members / $30 community members
Y Fitness Aims to Keep You 
Healthy, Strong and Creative

Ringing in the New Year may give you the opportunity to try new virtual fitness classes on the Virtual Y Hub. The Hub offers you an opportunity to try classes that maybe never fit in your schedule before, or ones that you didn't feel confident stepping into. With both live-virtual and on-demand recorded options, let the classes come to you. Your little ones can get in on the action too, whether they need to get their mid-day wiggles out, wind down with a story, or try a new craft: we have videos on the Hub for that as well.

If you want a workout in the fresh air, register for a class in our Outdoor Studio! Boot Camp, Zumba, Cardio Strength and R.I.P.P.E.D. are options!

Y Walking Groups on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. will get you moving and exploring paths and neighborhoods around the Y. Meet at the Y's front doors.
Thank you, end-of-year donors!

Many thanks to the 236 donors who gave $90,952 during the holidays. Your incredible support means that we have the resources needed to provide financial assistance to the families in need during the 20-21 school year.
"I know I am going to be OK because of the Y," says Sara McDonald, who received financial assistance so that her first grader could attend a full-day Y program this year. "I know every day that he went to his Zoom meeting and he turned in his homework. I can focus on family time because I am confident that he had a successful day."

Because of YOU, our generous donors, we're able to provide programs and services to all who need them. Because of YOU, we don't turn anyone away due to financial barriers. Thank you for partnering with your Y to support your local community!

Texas 4000 Funds

Texas 4000 granted your Y's LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program $10,000 to offer virtual programming for cancer survivors since COVID-19 makes in-person classes unsafe.

Traditionally a 12-week exercise program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps survivors improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships and improve their quality of life. Before COVID-19, participants worked with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem.

The grant will help your Y produce quality videos focused specifically on the needs of cancer survivors. Instructors will create 6 videos highlighting appropriate strength, stretching and yoga techniques, for example. Other videos will inform survivors about cancer-specific conditions, such as lymphedema.

Your Y is thrilled that Texas 4000, the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, recognized the impact in the community of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

Texas 4000 riders in 2019 spent the night with us during their 70-day, 4,687-mile trek from Austin to Anchorage. It was a weekend of unforgettable inspiration as riders shared stories of biking for loved ones with cancer.

COVID-19 canceled their charity ride in 2020. Riders, students from the University of Texas at Austin, still connected with your Y because of the lasting bonds created the year before. Your Y hosted the students virtually on June 17, 2020, to share about the Y's LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program and to hear stories about the loved ones that inspired these amazing students to ride and raise funds for cancer survivors.

We can't wait to (hopefully) welcome them with open arms next summer as they travel through Eugene on their way to Alaska! 

In the meantime, we will create useful, impactful videos for our community members who are struggling with the aftereffects of cancer treatment.
Two YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
Classes Begin in January
Take control of your health, starting in 2021 (and put 2020 behind you!)
Two YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program classes will start in January to help people with prediabetes reduce their risk factors in order to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

Research shows that programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 Diabetes by 58 percent overall and 71 percent in people over 60.
"The goals are for each participant to reduce their body weight by 7 percent and become physically active for 150 minutes each week," says Coordinator Kate Kevern. "Participants form strong bonds in their small groups through encouragement and positive reinforcement, creating a supportive environment for continued success."
This lifestyle-change program meets weekly for the first four months, then every other week, then once a month during the last six months.
The classes are virtual, so you can see and talk with your coach and classmates on your laptop, tablet or phone. This eliminates typical obstacles, such as distance to the Y, finding child care, and simply leaving the house (and finding parking at the Y)!
The new classes begin in mid-January, and participants need to complete an interview process with Coordinator Kate before orientation.
What: Virtual YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program: participants interact and receive support live, online in a group setting with a trained Lifestyle Coach.
Dates: First classes start in January. Classes run for a year.
Time: You can choose an afternoon or evening class.
Cost: $35.75 per month for 12 months. (Financial assistance available but insurance is not accepted).
Register by Jan. 15: prevention@eugeneymca.org or 541.686.9622  

MOM Magazine Honors Your Y 

Your Y is humbled to be honored by MOM Magazine for its Community Impact Award.

The annual award is given to a local nonprofit serving mothers and children in the community.

The recipient receives a story and advertising in MOM Magazine, a free resource for families in Lane County since 2005.

Part of the reason your Y was chosen was efforts to serve children in the community despite coronavirus closing our doors in March. The Y swiftly changed course and offered free child care to first responders, medical professionals and essential workers for 13 weeks.

"Our Community Impact Award winners are organizations that are deeply rooted in the success of families in our local area," says Audrey Meier DeKam, Editor-in-Chief of MOM Magazine. "The Y was a natural choice given its history of support to the health and well-being of the community, as well as its ability to swiftly pivot to help people in times of crisis. Their actions do more than aid others: they show the very best of humanity trying to make a positive difference in difficult times. We are honored to award them for their many efforts."

Look for stories and advertising in MOM Magazine, located in a box just outside your Y's front doors, or online HERE!
Y Child Care a Constant 
Through Changing School Schedules

Your Y's Youth Development programs continue to provide the essential service of caring for children while the adults responsible for them work. It was important when school shut down suddenly last March and it has been important throughout the fall when, for the first time ever, school was solely online.
This winter and spring will bring new changes to school for students--most likely hybrid models in which kids alternately attend school in-person and virtually.

"We know our programs will look different when school districts move forward with hybrid plans," says Holly Kriz-Anderson, Youth Development Director. "We are confident that what we learned about creating safe, fun learning environments for kiddos since March will inform our plans for the spring. And we are looking forward to successfully finishing up this school year with our Y families."

Visit Youth Development on our website for more information about our programs with distance learning support.
Campaign for a New Y Celebrates
Significant Milestones

Your Y is thrilled to announce that the $42 million Capital Campaign for a new Y recently achieved significant milestones: 100 percent completion of its design and the hiring of deChase Miksis as Owner's Representative for the project!

Designed by PIVOT Architecture, the facility includes seismic upgrades that ensure the YMCA's ability to support, shelter, serve and aid the community in response to any challenge that it may face over the next 100 years, including a significant earthquake. The final design of the new Y also includes a splash pad in the Aquatics Center to serve families with younger children; a circular track above the gym to provide a safe and stable indoor walking or jogging environment; a dedicated cycle studio; a teaching kitchen; and an intergenerational high-tech maker space with S.T.E.M. equipment.

Owner's Representative deChase Miksis, a local company with robust experience managing large commercial construction projects, will provide expertise, counsel and guidance for the YMCA during this milestone era of construction.

"Completion of the design has been a long-awaited dream as it signifies our ability to officially submit for our building permit as soon as final fundraising components are worked out," says Y CEO Brian Steffen. "The finalized design and updated Capital Campaign goal reflect the vital role the Y plays in responding to crisis, providing resources to help support a broad spectrum of members, and the need to deliver essential tools to address the social determinants of health--- such as educational and nutrition resources."

A groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting date will be announced as soon as the timing of critical funding, including the state's $15 million award from the 2019 legislative session, is finalized.

Don't Let Your Insurance for Membership Lapse!
If your insurance pays for your Y membership, remember that you need to update your details by Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Your Y expanded the health plan programs accepted for membership.
Programs we accept at this time include:
  1. Silver & Fit  
  2. Renew Active through UnitedHealth Care  
  3. Peerfit
  4. Active & Fit Experience
All information regarding third party billing must be provided to the Y by you, the member. Your insurance company will not discuss details of your coverage with the Y.
Please fill out the questionnaire HERE as part of the verification process. You will receive a confirmation email from us if eligibility is verified. The Y will follow up with you if we are not able to verify eligibility. 
For more information regarding insurance benefits,
Little Free Pantry sees use increase

Your Y continues to see people use the Little Free Pantry installed outside of its (temporarily closed) doors, but as might be expected, donations have decreased. 

We know that our members will quickly get into the habit of bringing a can or pantry item every time they come for a class or a lap swim, but in the meantime, take an extra walk to the Y and deliver some hunger relief!
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!
Visit with Y Staff Curt on Zoom

It's not at the Welcome Center as you walk in for your daily workout, but you can still smile and connect with Curt, longtime Y staff member who misses you as much as you miss seeing him every morning!

You are invited to join Curt for relaxing conversation, laughter and smiles, and a huge dose of rejuvenation as we ring in 2021.

We can't imagine a better way to stay connected while our doors are temporarily closed.
What: Zoom Social with Curt
When: Thursday, Jan. 14
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Cost: None, but you must be an active member to join.
How: Find Curt's Zoom social HERE.
Note: There is no need to register.


Your Y's Santas received quite a bit of media attention last month. (Yes, there are two Santas. They are cousins who split the gift delivery between the southern and northern hemispheres of the earth. It's simply too much work for one Santa in one night!)

Chris Pietsch of The Register-Guard also created a tear-jerker video to go with his Christmas story. KLCC also got into the Christmas spirit and heard Santa say, "It's pretty awesome. To be able to spread some Christmas magic out there has been truly a blessing."

Kim Miller explains in the January issue of NW50Plus how to start your day right by stretching before you ever even get out of bed!

"It's not a magic pill--- not to imply it replaces your morning coffee!--- but spending 10 minutes stretching before your feet touch the ground can be just what you need to start the day on the right foot."

KEZI 9 News spread the word about your Y's upcoming virtual live classes that help individuals reverse their risk of diabetes.

"We've been so lucky to be able to convert this incredible program into an online experience for participants," said Kim Miller, director of Health and Wellness. "Access to our resources and knowledgeable lifestyle coaches is available from the comfort of home, which means that the typical obstacles to attending class, such as distance to the Y, are eliminated."

The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce shared a story (on page 37) of your Y's reinvented programs and services during COVID-19.

"It's only by linking arms and spreading the burden among all of us that we lift each other up," says CEO Brian Steffen. "We are beyond grateful for the support given to us so that we, in turn, can continue to support others."

Your Y remains closed in accordance with the Governor's orders, Oregon Health Authority guidance and COVID case counts. We will update our website as soon as we know when our doors can reopen.

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ENEWS 1/12/2021