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Virtual Y Is Now Available Online

Digital content is now available for you on our Virtual Y so you and your family can keep pace with your fitness goals and stay active and engaged during this short period. Content will be updated regularly to include things like cooking instruction, activities for kids while they are on break, and exercise for the soul with our Christian Emphasis content. As a member, these resources are made available to you, especially during this time.

Click below to see all the possibilities under MEMBER RESOURCES.

VIRTUAL Y

 

We want to keep you engaged. Many of you have reached out and offered to volunteer your time, that you understand the steps we’ve taken, and are happy to be a part of a front-line organization that is still serving community needs during this time.

Thanks for your support! This is a time when we need you as a member the most.

Even with limited access, your presence as a part of our organization is powerful. It allows us to serve in times like these:

  • Ensuring that children in underserved communities receive nourishing meals
  • Checking on our seniors that are now isolated
  • Providing child care services for our medical responders

While waiting for this to pass, our team is out serving on your behalf. Membership has its highest value in times like these and we thank you for that.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

– Romans 8:28

COVID-19 Update: Our YMCAs Will Be Temporarily Closed

As your YMCA, we are aware we fill many roles in many lives. We are a place where people improve their physical well-being, but we also know that, for many people, we are an essential source of community, family support, spiritual growth and more.
In light of growing concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire to protect our staff, members, program participants, and community from the risks of potential exposure, our Board of Directors and leadership team have made the decision to close all of our facilities and programming for members effective 5PM March 17th through April 5th. This includes all programs and services provided at the Ascension St Vincent YMCA, Dunigan Family YMCA, YMCA Camp Carson, and Caldwell Community Center. We will re-open on April 6th.
Although no member or staff have tested positive at our facilities for COVID-19, we believe that continuing to operate and run programming during this time would be counterproductive to protective social distancing measures.
We don’t take lightly any decisions to suspend or cancel programs or services. We carefully consider how those decisions affect our members’ lives—including their families, their ability to work and their sense of community.
The mission of the Y is bigger than a building. As we have served the Evansville community since 1857, we’ve learned that our longevity comes from our responsibility to our mission. At every turn, we’ve learned more about what it means to step up and lead in challenging times and be there for those who need us most.
We’re already pivoting our work and resources to respond to community needs. Recently, we re-allocated Childcare staff to care for the children of essential personnel of Ascension St Vincent and Deaconess Health System. That important work will continue offsite during our facility closure. We are also distributing food bags to children and families in need around our Caldwell Community Center to combat food insecurity and ensure children have access to healthy meals.
We are actively developing even more ways to serve our community at a time when we are needed the most but want to do so in a safe manner for everyone. Maintaining your membership dues and donating help the Y tremendously, as we take on additional work to meet the growing and evolving needs of our fellow community members who are economically or medically vulnerable.
We understand that this news may be disappointing, but we did not believe the risk to staff or members justified perceived benefits. While we are closed, we are committed to sharing opportunities with you so you can stay connected, active and healthy, and safe. Look for additional upcoming communication with new online digital resources.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for our YMCA community, as well as our community at large as we all navigate through this together.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
– Romans 8:28

COVID-19 Update: Group Exercise Classes Suspended

At the YMCA, the health and well-being of our staff, members, and community is our utmost priority. To encourage recent recommendations of social distancing, starting 3/17/20, ALL land and/or water fitness group exercise classes will be suspended until further notice.

COVID-19 Update: Spring Break Camps Cancelled

At the YMCA, the health and well-being of our staff, members, program participants, and community is our utmost priority. As we navigate the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation together, we wanted to share an important update with you.

Like many other organizations in our community right now, we find ourselves continually evaluating our available resources. For the Y, our most valuable resource is our staff. With a varying workforce trained in educational protocols, child safety, and lifesaving skills, we are in a unique position to help during this time when school is out of session, but we recognize that demand for childcare services and activities far exceeds what we can provide to everyone. As an organization that responds to community needs, we feel our resources should be directed where our community needs it the most during this time, which are to essential community personnel like healthcare workers and emergency responders.

We have partnered with Ascension St Vincent and Deaconess Health System to be able to provide childcare services during this time to their essential personnel, and with the cooperation of the EVSC, we will be using a few specific school sites to do so.

Given the need to re-allocate some of our human resources for the greater good of our community, we will be cancelling the following Spring Break programming.

Over March 23rd-27th, we will be cancelling Spring Break Camps including Full Day camps through our Childcare Services branch, 2-Day Spring Break Sports Camps for basketball, volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics and our $10 Open House Clinics for basketball, volleyball, and soccer.

Further disruption and changes to our programming and member services may occur without much notice. To stay informed, we encourage you to regularly check this website for potential changes to program and activity schedules along with the CDC (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) and Indiana Department of Health (www.in.gov/isdh) websites for important updates and safety information. The YMCA will also send notifications through email, mobile app, and our Facebook page.

We ask for your grace and patience as we all navigate through these unprecedented circumstances. Let’s all work together to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update at the YMCA

We want to inform and update you of the steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, program participants, and the community.
 
Currently, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus in our YMCAs or any confirmed cases in our immediate area. However, based on recently announced Indiana state directives, the following changes will occur:
 
“Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people.”
  • Easter Eggstravaganza on April 5th is cancelled.
  • 5K on the Runway on April 11th is cancelled.
“Individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease should limit their public exposure.”
 
Starting March 16th,
  • All water fitness classes except Hydroriders and Stand-up Paddleboard classes are suspended until further notice.
  • All Active Older Adult classes and activities including SilverSneakers are suspended until further notice.
  • Health initiatives including LiveSTRONG at the YMCA, Thrivers, RockSteady Boxing, and Pedaling for Parkinson’s are suspended until further notice.
ChildWatch and Youth Activity Centers at the Dunigan Family YMCA and the Ascension St. Vincent YMCA will operate on normal hours but have extended hours March 16th-27th including M-F 8:00AM – 1:30PM. Parents must remain in the building while their child uses these areas. Age guidelines and maximum time allowed per child will be limited to:
  • 6 wks – 6 mon >> 1 hour
  • 7 mon – 1 yr >> 1.5 hours
  • 1 yr – 6 yr >> 2 hours
Employees will be checking temperatures of children upon check-in in these areas and will refuse any child that show signs of fever. Please do not bring children who have experienced a fever, rash, vomiting, or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
 
We continue to evaluate the local threat level of this pandemic, how it affects our available staffing resources, and our ability to provide the safest, most enjoyable experience to the people we serve.
 
We ask that any employee, member, or participant experiencing a persistent cough, fever of 99.8 or higher, or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing stay home until symptom free for 72 hours.
 
Further disruption and changes to our programming and member services may occur without much notice. To stay informed, we encourage you to regularly check this website for potential changes to program and activity schedules along with the CDC (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) and Indiana Department of Health (www.in.gov/isdh) websites for important updates and safety information. The YMCA will also send notifications through email, mobile app, and our Facebook page.
 
We ask for your grace and patience as we all navigate through these unprecedented circumstances. Let’s all work together to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Low Carb Casseroles That Are Perfect Right Now

Casseroles are satisfying any time of year, but especially when it’s cold outside. Not only is there something comforting about coming home to a hot, one-dish meal, but the convenience of being able to prep a casserole ahead of time and then just stick it in the oven is huge.

A lot of traditional casseroles tend to be high in unhealthy carbs and fat while lacking in nutrients, but making a few simple ingredient changes can create a healthy one-dish dinner. Check out these three tricks below — along with three of my favorite recipes — that not only cut the bad carbs but also boost vegetable intake, increase fiber and other nutrients, and minimize saturated fat and sodium.

Trick #1:  Think Vegetables First

One of the easiest ways to lower carbs and boost nutrients is swap a starch like white pasta or rice for a vegetable. Using cooked spaghetti squash strands or spiralizing or shaving thin strips of vegetables like zucchini, sweet potato or beets offers a shape similar to spaghetti and a sturdy base for sauce, protein or cheese. In place of white rice, consider using cauliflower “rice” or crumbles in the casserole itself or to serve the casserole over.

Not sure how veggie noodles will go over at your house? Check out this recipe:

Zucchini Pizza Bake Casserole Recipe

Using fresh zucchini spirals and jarred marinara sauce make this pizza-like casserole a breeze to prepare. Choose a marinara sauce that contains 6 grams of sugar or less per serving or contains “no added sugars.” Spiralized zucchini is available in the produce sections of most groceries, but you can also purchase whole zucchini to spiralize or shave at home. Serves 6.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4½   cups zucchini spirals (about 1 lb. zucchini)
  • ⅛    tsp. salt
  • 1       garlic clove, minced
  • ½      lb. lean ground beef (10% fat) or Italian turkey sausage
  • 1½   cups tomato-basil marinara sauce
  • 1       (14.5 oz.) can no-salt-added petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • ¼      tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2       tsp. olive oil
  • 1       small onion, sliced
  • 1       green bell pepper, cored and sliced
  • 2       cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1½   ounces uncured turkey pepperoni, halved
  • 1½   cups shredded part-skim mozzarella or Italian cheese blend
  • ¼      cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh basil (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Spread zucchini spirals over a clean kitchen towel. Sprinkle with salt; let sit 30 minutes. Squeeze towel to remove excess moisture from zucchini.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and ground beef; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain; return to skillet. Add marinara sauce, drained tomatoes, zucchini spirals, and pepper. Simmer 3 minutes or until warm throughout. Spoon mixture into a 13-by-9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  4. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper; saute 4 minutes or until beginning to turn tender. Add mushrooms, stirring to combine, and cook 2 minutes. Drain any excess liquid from skillet. Using slotted spoon, top zucchini mixture with sauteed vegetables and pepperoni.   Sprinkle with cheeses.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown on edges. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.

NUTRITION FACTS

Calories 261; total fat 13g (saturated fat 6g); cholesterol 51mg; sodium 583mg; total carbs 17g (dietary fiber 4g, total sugars 10g, added sugars 1g); protein 21g

*Zucchini spirals can be purchased at most groceries in packages ranging from 14 to 15 oz. These typically have 4 to 5 cups of spirals. To make your own spirals, purchase 1 to 1 ¼ lb.  whole zucchini. Trim and then spiralize or use a vegetable peeler to create thin strips.

Zucchini has such a mild flavor and texture so similar to cooked spaghetti. The casserole also allows for customization based on your favorite pizza toppings.

Trick #2: Be Smart About Carbs

Carbohydrates aren’t bad; the body needs some each day to function. But there are two keys for healthy eating. One is not overdoing unhealthy carbs — something that’s hard to do, thanks to the abundance of snack foods and added sugars around us each day. The second key is opting for good-quality carb foods that are composed of fiber and complex carbs, such as beans, vegetables, and whole grains. Lower-quality carbohydrate foods like regular pasta and white bread often lack fiber and nutrients and provide only refined carbs like starch and added sugars due to milling and processing. These carbs tend to trigger spikes in blood glucose, as well as unhealthy insulin responses by the body, which can lead to cravings and hunger later in the day.

Have a Taco night with this popular casserole recipe:

Cheesy Taco Casserole Recipe

A lot of recipes for Southwestern-inspired casseroles are heavy in unhealthy carbs like tortilla chips and white rice, as well as high-fat cheese and sour cream. But in this version, whole-grain corn tortillas take the place of chips or white flour tortillas. This swap provides more fiber, fewer calories and carbs, and less saturated fat and sodium. Serves 8.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 6  corn tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • ⅛   tsp. salt
  • 1¼  lbs. lean ground beef (90/10)
  • 1  large onion, chopped (about 1½ cups)
  • 2½   Tbsp. lower-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1  (14.5-oz.) can no-salt-added black beans, drained
  • 1   (14.5-oz.) can fire-roasted finely diced tomatoes
  • ½   cup fresh refrigerated salsa
  • 1   Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1½ cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • ¼  cup chopped green onions
  • 4   cups chopped romaine lettuce

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut tortillas into ½ to 1-inch squares.  Cover a sheet pan with foil; place cut tortillas on lined pan. Coat tortilla pieces with cooking spray; sprinkle with ⅛ tsp. salt, tossing to coat all pieces. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, stirring tortilla pieces every 3 to 4 minutes. (Tip: Watch pieces on edge to prevent excess browning.) Let cool.
  3. Heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion. Cook, stirring to crumble beef, 7 minutes or until beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess liquid; return meat mixture to skillet. Add taco seasoning, stirring well. Add beans, tomatoes, salsa and lime juice. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until warm throughout and slightly thickened.
  4. Sprinkle half of toasted tortilla pieces in the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with half of beef mixture, ¼ cup cheese, and remaining tortilla pieces. Add remaining beef mixture and sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until warm throughout and cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle with green onions. Let stand 5 minutes. Then cut into 8 pieces or spoon each serving over ½ cup chopped romaine lettuce.

NUTRITION FACTS

Calories 322; total fat 14g (saturated fat 6g); cholesterol 66mg; sodium 472 mg; total carbs 23g (dietary fiber 5g, total sugars 6g, added sugars 0g); protein 24g.

A lot of recipes for Southwestern-inspired casseroles are heavy in unhealthy carbs like tortilla chips and white rice, as well as high-fat cheese and sour cream. But in this version, whole-grain corn tortillas take the place of chips or white flour tortillas. This swap provides more fiber, fewer calories and carbs, and less saturated fat and sodium. Adding canned black beans and tomatoes to taco-seasoned meat creates a nutrient-dense filling. Top with a little cheese, and serve over a crisp bed of lettuce.

Trick #3: Reduce, Don’t Eliminate

Low-carb doesn’t mean no carbs. In fact, a favorite trick is to simply halve or slightly reduce the starchy component, whether that’s potatoes, pasta, grains, or beans. Add extra vegetables to make up for some of the missing carbs so that serving sizes are still ample. Many times, you won’t even notice the change.

Breakfast casseroles make a hearty meal any time of the day, but many rely on hash browns or bread cubes to bulk up the egg mixture. Check out this breakfast casserole recipe:

Roasted Sweet Potato & Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Breakfast casseroles make a hearty meal any time of the day, but many rely on hash browns or bread cubes to bulk up the egg mixture. In Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage Breakfast Casserole, white potatoes are swapped for more nutrient-dense sweet potatoes. Roasting caramelizes the natural sugars in the sweet potatoes and ensures that they’re tender. Adding a vegetable like spinach means fewer unhealthy carbs and gets in some leafy greens. Serves 8.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1       (1-lb.) sweet potato, peeled and cut into ¾-inch cubes (about 3 to 3½ cups)
  • 2       tsp. olive oil
  • ½      tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ¼      tsp. garlic powder
  • 8       oz. mild Italian turkey bulk sausage
  • 1       onion, diced
  • 4       cups coarsely torn baby spinach
  • 9       large eggs
  • ¼      cup 1% or low-fat milk
  • ½    cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ⅓    cup grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil; lightly coat foil with cooking spray.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, ¼ tsp. salt and garlic powder. Arrange over prepared baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring halfway during cooking. When potatoes are done, reduce oven to 375 degrees.
  3. While potatoes bake, place a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage, stirring to crumble, cooking 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove sausage from skillet to drain, reserving drippings in pan. Add onion to pan drippings. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until tender. Add spinach, cooking 1 minute or just until wilted.
  4. Combine eggs, milk, and remaining ¼ tsp. salt in a large bowl, whisking to combine. Add drained sausage, sweet potatoes, onions and spinach, and half of each cheese, stirring gently to combine. Lightly coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until set in middle.

NUTRITION FACTS

Calories 232; total fat 13g (saturated fat 5g); cholesterol 240mg; sodium 536mg; total carbs 12g (dietary fiber 2g, total sugars 3g, added sugars 0g); protein 16g.

In this recipe, white potatoes are swapped for more nutrient-dense sweet potatoes. Roasting caramelizes the natural sugars in the sweet potatoes and ensures that they’re tender. Adding a  vegetable like spinach means fewer unhealthy carbs and gets in some leafy greens.

Overall, these three simple tricks lower unhealthy carbs and fat and increase vegetables to make your favorite comfort-food casseroles healthier. Better still, your family and friends may not even notice the small changes — and if they do, it’s probably because they like the new version better!

Source: Carolyn Williams, Rally Health. January 15, 2019

Benefits of Personal Yoga Training

Although our YMCA offers 50+ yoga classes free to members, some individuals may find personal yoga training more appealing. Private lessons are a one on one experience that can improve one’s mental and physical health and achieve personal yoga goals. Other benefits of Personal Yoga Training include:

  • Gaining initial experience – Beginning yoga students can sometimes feel overwhelmed in typical class settings. Personal training  can help learning poses, timing and breathing, and jumpstart flexibility.
  • Focusing on personal goals – A private lesson allows an individual to set specific goals and plans, such as personal goals for flexibility, strength or meditation.
  • Creating a personalized schedule – Making the time to practice is a vital element of yoga. If it’s not possible to get to one of our many classes, then a private lesson can accommodate even the most hectic of schedules.
  • Overcoming health concerns – Health conditions like pregnancy, diabetes or heart disease may require special alterations to one’s yoga practice. Personal yoga training addresses health conditions to avoid further complications.
  • Working on advanced practice – Private instruction can allow individuals to take their yoga practice to the next level. Specific yoga classes might not always offer the level of challenge and planning for advanced practitioners.

Contact Christen Mitchell to schedule your private lessons today.

2020 February Scripture of the Month

This is how we know what love is; Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

– 1 JOHN 3:16