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Fall Harvest 2019

 

Activities include decorating pumpkins, face painting, trick or trunk, carnival style games, concessions, and much more! Children participating are encouraged to wear their family friendly Halloween costumes (nothing too scary).

This is a members only event and preregistration is required due to capacity.

Register online, stop by the front desk at the Dunigan Family YMCA or the Ascension St. Vincent YMCA, or call 812.401.9622.

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Family Wellness Chiropractic

2019 UE Coaches Luncheon

 

27th Annual UE Coaches Luncheon
October 22nd from 11:30 – 1:00PM
Old Downtown YMCA Gym

Join us for the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana’s U of E Coaches Luncheon at the old Downtown YMCA gym. 100% of the proceeds from this event benefit our YMCA Community Outreach Branch programs that focus on character development, life and social skills, academics, and civic engagement.

Coach Walter McCarty and Matt Ruffing will talk about their respective teams, as they prepare to kick off the 2019-2020 basketball season.

Come celebrate Aces Basketball and positive youth development.

Tickets: $35 – Individual or $250 for Table of 8

Visit the front desk at the Dunigan Family YMCA or the Ascension St. Vincent YMCA or contact Sean Kuykendall at 812.492.6716 or kuykendall@ymcaswin.org for tickets.

Dunigan Wellness Center Will Be Closed for A Day for Maintenance

The Dunigan Wellness Center will close at 8AM on Oct 24, 2019 and re-open at 5AM on Oct 25, 2019 in order to spruce up, clean, and redesign the Wellness Center.

All other facility hours, programming, group exercise classes, etc will operate as normal. The Dunigan Wellness team appreciates your patience while we work to create a more inviting and user friendly Wellness Center. We look forward to showing you our redesigned space on Friday, October 25th at 5am.

Evansville Half Marathon

The Evansville Half Marathon brings together thousands of people, local and all over the midwest, for a premier race experience.

7 Quick Ways to Boost Your Energy

Americans are tired — seriously. Three out of four of us reported feeling tired many days of the week, according to a survey of more than 1,000 people. And while healthy habits — like staying active, eating well, and getting enough sleep — are the most meaningful ways to boost your energy, it is possible to feel perky and refreshed in a matter of minutes. And, no, we don’t mean by reaching for the nearest energy drink.

Giggle at Cats

Seriously. Nodding off at your desk? Take a few minutes to indulge in whatever goofy of-the-moment online meme or video trend you’re currently obsessed with. Cat videos? Go for it. Watermelon dresses? Enjoy.  A 2015 study published in the Journal of Business and Psychology found that the exposure to humor doesn’t just make you feel better, it actually has replenishing and energizing effects. In fact, the study goes so far as to recommend that organizations embrace a work culture of playful moments to keep employee persistence high.

Down a Glass of Water

In addition to benefiting your muscles, joints, and heart health, water is imperative to keep you alert and energized during the day, says Lori Zanini, RD, a nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. “Your fluid intake can benefit your body immediately,” in part because it may help protect against high blood sugar, she says.

And even mild dehydration can leave you dragging. A 2011 study by the University of Connecticut and the University of Arkansas found that dehydration can quickly lead to a decline in mood, an increase in fatigue, and in increase in the perceived difficulty of cognitive tasks. Meaning, not only will you probably check off your list of to-do things at a slower rate, but the task will feel more daunting than it really is. Feeling a little parched when your energy slumps? Drink up!

Smell Peppermint

Here’s a weird one: The aroma of mint, researchers found, may enhance memory, and increase alertness. And other studies have linked peppermint oil to greater physical performance, as well. Put a few drops of essential peppermint oil on a diffuser, then let the energizing aroma do its thing!

Take the Stairs

Feeling sluggish? Start climbing. A study by researchers at the University of Georgia’s College of Education found that office workers who walked up and down stairs at a comfortable, low-intensity pace finished the task feeling energized. In fact, stair climbers felt more recharged than participants who downed 50 milligrams of caffeine, which is about the amount in a standard cup of coffee or soda. So next time you’re feeling sluggish, put your feet to work.

Go Ahead and Sip a Cup of Joe

Speaking of coffee: For most people, there’s no need to feel guilty about getting a quick pick-me-up from a cup of joe. Two separate 2017 studies found that drinkers of coffee — which is full of good stuff like antioxidants — may actually have longer lives than non-drinkers. Just be mindful of the clock when you’re drinking caffeine, says Rania Batayneh, MPH, nutritionist and author of The One One One Diet. “Having coffee in the late afternoon or evening can interfere with your sleep later on.” So this is an energy boost best used in the morning.

Upgrade Your Snack

If you’ve been munching chips all afternoon or are feeling ravenous, your energy slump might be crashing blood sugar, says Zanini. For an energy boost that won’t leave you bottomed up in an hour, reach for a snack that includes fiber and protein, she says. Both digest slowly, which means your blood sugar won’t spike (and then plummet), and they’ll leave you feeling sated for longer.

Hummus and whole-wheat crackers or carrots is Batayneh’s energizing snack of choice, or a piece of fruit and a handful of almonds. If you can sneak in some extra water, more energy to you. “Cucumbers and watermelon are mostly water,” says Zanini, “so they deliver an extra hydration boost as well.”

Embrace Nature

Researchers have found that simply being outside and in nature can boost vitality. The sights and sounds of nature, it seems, have a calming impact on our bodies and minds. (Not to mention, an extra small dose of Vitamin D may be a welcome bonus.)

The benefits of nature can even help your energy levels if you’re stuck in the house or at your desk all day. In 2015, researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that playing natural sounds — a flowing stream, for example — in an inside environment can lead to increased productivity.

Source: Rally Health, Kate Rockwood, July 3, 2018

Kids Half Marathon

Kids will run or walk 12 miles (1 mile per day or so) leading up to the event and complete their thirteenth mile at this fun and festive kids event.

Kids will track their mileage in a running log for the days and weeks leading up the Half Marathon. On race day, kids will gather at Garvin Park to run the final mile to the finish. All participants will receive a running log, a t-shirt and a kid’s half marathon medal.

BROCHURE & REGISTRATION FORM

Evansville Bar Association Supports YMCA Youth and Government Program

The Evansville Bar Association recently donated $2500 to the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana for its Youth and Government program.

The YMCA Youth and Government program instills a sense of civic duty among today’s youth.  The program allows kids to see the inner workings of our legislative process and participate in their own mock trials and bill drafting. More than 50 students represent Evansville at the Indiana Statehouse each year, participating with other student delegates across the state.  Our student delegation has been the largest in the state…even larger than Indianapolis.

YMCA 15K

The YMCA 15K is the second race in our annual race series that leads up to the Evansville Half Marathon in October.