This Year's Project: New Indoor Walking Track
About Our Organization
The mission of the Southeast Nebraska YMCA Foundation is to fulfill the charitable goals of our donors, to assist with current and future needs of the YMCA and to make a profound difference in the lives of the individuals, families, and communities we serve.
Current Project: New Indoor Walking Track
Walking is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy at any age and Indoor tracks with temperature-controlled environments are especially needed for year-round physical activity. We are happy to host an average 800-1,000 walkers on our track each month but our track is in dire need of repair. The benefits of an indoor track include increased safety and security, medical response if needed, and having close amenities such as drinking fountains and restrooms.
· Walking tracks are also shown to
· Maintain a healthy weight and lose body fat
· Prevent or manage heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer and type 2 diabetes
· Improve cardiovascular fitness
· Strengthen your bones and muscles
· Improve muscle endurance
· Increase energy levels
· Improve your mood, cognition, memory and sleep
· Improve your balance and coordination
· Strengthen your immune system
· Reduce stress and tension
We are thankful for your donation to repair our indoor track and continue to provide all of these benefits to our community!
Vision 2020 Capital Campaign
We are thrilled about the Y's renovation, but one of the areas we are most excited about is the Teaching Kitchen. This kitchen will be located right next door to our Learning Center/Before & After School Childcare room so it will provide meals for both of these programs as well as kids during Summer Camp. Did you know the Y provided roughly 100,000 meals to kids in our Childcare programs in 2019? Did you also know that one in four children in Nebraska is overweight or obese, with 30% of adults being obese or overweight? Renovating this space in particular at the YMCA will enable us to continue programs that have been established for disease prevention and support, and will allow us to offer additional programs for children and adults to address issues like obesity. For the past 5 years, our kid's summer camp program has grown a vegetable garden to teach the children how to plant/grow a garden as well as exposure to healthy eating. The addition of a classroom with a teaching kitchen will expand this by allowing the children to learn to prepare/cook the food that they have grown. In addition, the teaching kitchen will be used by our adult disease prevention/management programs like Living Healthy with Diabetes, LiveSTRONG at the Y for cancer survivors, Parkinson's, and obesity education and prevention classes.