Montgomery County Y News
Physical activity is one of the most important things all Iowans can do to improve their health – and walking is a great way to get moving.
The Healthiest State Annual Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, in partnership with Montgomery County Memorial Hospital and the Montgomery County Family YMCA are asking Iowans in Montgomery County to walk for 30 minutes with their friends, co-workers, family and neighbors. We encourage you to take this first step in building a healthier lifestyle.
Join us on Wednesday, October 2, as we participate in the Healthiest State Annual Walk in support of the Healthiest State Initiative.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA JOINS THE HEALTHIEST STATE ANNUAL WALK!
Red Oak: 6:00am-9:00am .......... "Wake Up With A Walk" ................ Montgomery County Family YMCA
Details: Join us at the Montgomery County Family YMCA from 6am-9am and walk for free on the indoor walking track.
Follow the Healthiest State Initiative on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about why walking is important.
We look forward to seeing you there! Be sure to share pictures of your walk on social media using #GetYourWalkOn2019. With your support, we can achieve the Healthiest State’s goal of Iowa becoming the healthiest state in the nation!
Don’t Let a Fear of Falls Hold You Back
Each year on the first day of fall, the Y joins national organizations from the Falls Free Coalition and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. On Monday, September 23, the Montgomery County Family YMCA is asking older adults, caregivers, family members and health care professionals in Montgomery County to join us in raising awareness to prevent falls among older adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult in the U.S. is treated in the ER for a fall-related injury every 14 seconds and dies from a fall-related injury every 29 minutes. Additionally, falls put an immense strain on the health care system, with the financial toll expected to reach $67.7 billion by 2020. The good news is falls are preventable, and the first step to prevention is understanding risk.
“Falling and fear of falling may prevent older adults from staying active, which leads to reduced mobility, diminished quality of life and actually increases their risk of falling,” said John Blomstedt, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Family YMCA. “The good news is that falls are highly preventable and help is available for older adults and their families who want to get active.”
As a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health for all families, the Montgomery County Family YMCA encourages older adults to learn their risk for falls by taking an assessment at http://www.ymca.net/health-wb-fitness/ .
Once risk is assessed, the Montgomery County Family YMCA is helping older adults feel strong, steady and safe by reducing falls risk through programs like Chair Yoga, Beginner Strength, and Aquacise.
The CDC suggests these basic lifestyle and safety changes to help reduce risk or prevent falls:
• Begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength & balance.
• Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines.
• Get annual eye check-ups & update your eyeglasses.
• Make your home safer by:
o Removing clutter & tripping hazards.
o Putting railings on all stairs & adding grab bars in the bathroom.
o Installing proper lighting, especially on stairs.
To learn more about any of our programs please contact us at 712-623-2161.
Members & Guests of the YMCA,
Welcome back to the Y! We had a successful Clean Week and are anxious to see everyone.
A change that you may have or will notice is that we renovated the showers in each locker room. New fixtures were also added to the shower areas. However, due to the construction material of the showers, there will no longer be soap dispensers in the individual showers. We apologize for not informing you sooner about this taking place.
AlsO, due to an oversight on my part, we forgot to have hooks installed in the women’s locker room showers. We are working to get those installed as quickly as possible.
Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
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