The group presented the project to the Town of Spruce Pine in September 2020 and given unanimous positive confirmation to proceed with the temporary trail project at Riverside Park and continue ongoing planning, preparations, and fundraising for permanent story trail structures.
For the past two years the YMCA has been working with the local Mitchell Wellness Initiative group with the goal of bringing a YMCA and healthy living programs to Mitchell County. In late 2018 the YMCA surveyed the people of Mitchell County to identify the facility and program needs. More then 1,300 people responded with interest in bringing a YMCA to Mitchell County.
Y staff have also worked with Mitchell County Schools to submit a 21st Century Community Learning Center after school and summer program to Mitchell County. Although the proposal wasn’t funded, we are committed to keep trying to meet the needs of school-age children in Mitchell County and their parents.
Wellness Center Staff
Healthy Living Programs
Delay the Disease – Parkinson’s Program
We are thrilled that we are able to offer this program, with limited numbers, inside. Research suggests that intense exercise results in neuroprotection & thereby slows, stops, or reverses the progression of Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Coordination of movement, flexibility, strength, cardiorespiratory fitness and balance is the focus.
Where: Mitchell County Healthy Living Center
When: Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-1:00PM
Who: Free for anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
Know of someone with Parkinson’s Disease who could benefit from exercising with others just like them? Contact Erin Spear at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk With Ease
Arthritis Foundation Evidence-Based Program for anyone with any form of Arthritis, who wants to be more active and can stand for 10 minutes or longer. Lead by trained instructor(s) who are certified by the Arthritis Foundation. Class dates to be determined.
For more information contact Erin Spear, Director of Healthy Living.
YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million adults have high blood pressure in this country. Less than half have it under control. The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program encourages participants to track their blood pressure at least once a week while making manageable lifestyle changes to lower their blood pressure. Participants meet with a Heart Healthy Ambassador to monitor their progress, ask questions, and learn about healthy changes they can make to their diet.
This 16-week program includes support from trained Heart Healthy Ambassadors, Nutrition Seminars, and other materials to make tracking your blood pressure easier.
Due to COVID-19 all Nutrition Seminars will be offered virtually, contact your Heart Healthy Ambassador for more information.
Where: Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
When: Tuesday Mornings; 10:00 – 11:00 am
Who: Adults who have been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure and have not had a recent cardiac event in the past 6 months.
Cost: Offered at no cost upon registration. Blood Pressure Cuffs are available upon request for $25 per participant.
Riverside Story Trail
Piney the Squirrel was hand made and painted by Penland School Artists and the amazing Story Trail Group!
The project has been awarded 2 grants including locally supported by Run For Holland (featured image) as well as an LSTA grant in partnership with the library system. The project has been given multiple donations including our first audio station, donated by Quartz Corp in their support of the Story Trail.
The team has been able to proceed with Town-Assisted installation for the permanent book stations and first permanent station book: ‘Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon’ for September. They also have a surprise guest recording of the book on our audio station: Dolly Parton!
August - September 2021
In late November the last of the English/Spanish audio stations were installed completing the instillation of the Riverside Story Trail. New books will be rotated in and out throughout the year for continued encouragement of reading and movement!