Advocacy - YMCA of Southwestern Indiana


Healthy Family Home

At the Y, we understand that health begins at home and we support families in their efforts to build the five pillars that support a healthy family home: EAT HEALTHY, PLAY EVERY DAY, GET TOGETHER, GO OUTSIDE and SLEEP WELL.


Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC)

HKHC was launched at the Caldwell Outreach Center and  utilizes research-based curricula that focus on physical exercise, community projects to promote health and wellness, daily food and exercise logs, and Body Mass Index(BMI) tracking. All youth who visit the Center participate in physical activities daily, and healthy snacks are given. The overall program includes:

    • Daily ‘Homework Help’ and Bringing Up Grades (BUG) awards
    • Volunteerism within the community, at the Caldwell Center, and during YMCA special events
    • Tri-State Food Bank’s weekend backpack program
    • Service-learning Projects
    • Family Nights
    • Annual Health Fair
    • Financial education workshops

Pioneering Healthier Communities

Within the walls of the YMCA, families are strengthened. Energy is renewed. Friends are welcomed. But we don’t stop there. The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana is deeply committed to serving all members of our community… whether they ever set foot in a YMCA or not.

Through innovative initiatives the YMCA’s Pioneering Healthier Communities team is working on a community food access study, healthy vending guidelines, and community awareness regarding access to healthy foods.

Our Pioneering Healthier Communities team is composed of representatives from: The Welborn Baptist Foundation move·ment, Deaconess Health System, St. Mary’s Foundation, WNIN Channel 9, Evansville Department of Parks and Recreation, Children’s Museum of Evansville, Evansville City Council, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville Courier & Press, YMCA of Southwestern Indiana.

Together, we can have a greater impact than we could on our own. Together, we can make Evansville a healthier place to live and grow.

Activate America
Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) is a part of Activate America, the YMCA’s response to the nation’s growing health crisis. Through Activate America, YMCAs are redefining themselves and engaging communities across the country to provide better opportunities for Americans of all ages who are struggling to achieve and maintain well-being of spirit, mind and body. PHC was developed with expert advice and assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.