The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina serves Alexander, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, Yadkin & Wilkes Counties. We have a passion for serving people of all ages, races and religions. We also offer financial assistance to those who otherwise cannot afford programs, services or membership fees at any of our locations.
Our mission: “Helping people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.”
Areas of Focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility
What's Happening at the Y
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and more than 86 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. To address the sheer number of prediabetes cases, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, which helps adults lose 5-7 percent of body weight through healthier eating and increased physical activity that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The 31st Annual YMCA Mistletoe Run will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The race supports the Y’s efforts to fight childhood obesity in our community. Registration is going on now at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA and online at www.ymcamistletoe.org.
The YMCA Mistletoe Fun Run, 5K, and Half Marathon is a festive tradition in our community and a great way to be healthy as a family. Held the first Saturday in December, this will be our 31st annual race. At the Y, we believe in helping families develop new skills and interests, improve their health and well-being, and connect to the community. Creating a family-friendly event is a huge focus for all the volunteers and staff who make the Mistletoe Run possible. Here are the top five reasons you should consider participating!
YMCA Youth Sports programs promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition, the value of participation over winning and team building. We look forward to helping your child reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body that promotes the fun aspect in participating in sports. There’s basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, indoor lacrosse and more!
Dr. Don Graham knew exactly what a prediabetes diagnosis could mean for his future. “I was shocked – it was an eye opener,” says Don, age 53, a Pulmonologist at Surry Medical Specialists. Hearing that he was pre-diabetic triggered a major lifestyle change including joining the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained lifestyle coach introduces topics in a supportive, small-group environment and encourages participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health.
Y member Jane Bodenhamer enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She was searching for information on how to enter a story and poem in the Senior Games Literacy Category when another category caught her eye. She spotted the Cheerleading category and it immediately brought back her high school cheerleading memories. Jane believes, “Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader.” And that proved to be true.
Cynthia Smith had always worked hard doing yard work, but never joined a fitness center. When her friends would ask if she wanted to go she would always say, “No, I don’t think so.” As a smoker for 41 years, Cynthia didn’t have the energy she once had and was not feeling well. That would all change after a major medical event and how she approached the recovery that followed.
What Perry and Jean love most about the Stokes Family YMCA are the friendly staff and the many friends they share stories, jokes and songs with each time they visit. They both said, “There is something for everybody and it is a joy to get up and go to the Y!”