At the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA, we remain committed to nurturing the potential of every child, teen, and adult in the Siouxland area regardless if our facility is open or not. We aim to improve your health and well-being by giving back and providing support to our neighbors during this time of uncertainty.
That’s why we are providing you with virtual access to the best online group fitness classes, resources for your family, and activities for kids to learn, grow, and thrive even when school is not in session.
Just because we aren’t in the same room doesn’t mean we can’t be here for each other, together, as a community.
Check back daily for updated resources!
Online Group Exercise
We want to continue to support your health and well being, wherever you are. Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness.
While we would love to see you at the Y, we honor and respect each individual’s choice with regard to your health. If you are unable to join us at one of our facilities, we have a variety of at-home exercise options for members to use called YMCA 360.
You can take group exercise classes for all ages right in your own home at no charge for a limited time! There are also sports classes and more for our young people. We are working hard to provide options and additional benefits for our members and trust that you will find a class that you love!
All In April Challenge
All in April is a 4-week challenge where you can earn points and win prizes for participating in our virtual exercise classes, and by posting what you did to stay healthy and meet your exercise goals!
Here’s how All In April works:
Once you are registered, request to join the private “Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA All In April” Facebook Group.
Earn 1 point for each of the following:
1 for completing a YMCA360 class or posted workout (Max=5 a week)
1 for drinking 8 cups of water a day
1 for healthy meal or snack
1 for positive comments on another participant’s post
Weekly education & prize drawings:
We will post weekly healthy living educational content and draw for weekly prizes based off of your participation points.
We want to keep our members active and moving.. from home! With the generosity from our partner MOSSA, we are able to offer you some of your favorite group exercise classes for FREE for 60 days.
MOSSA gives you the highest quality workouts anytime, anywhere.
The MOSSA Team designs each workout with options and modifications so you can choose the intensity and challenge that are just right for you. Try every workout you want and select your favorites to create your own personalized fitness playlist. Combine cardio and strength programs to maximize results!
Work out from the comfort of your own home – on your TV, on your computer, or download the app and take your workouts wherever you may go.
Class offerings include:
The link below will allow members to access some MOSSA MOVE workouts for FREE!
Class offerings include:
– Ride 30
We believe the best option to access the workouts is through the MOSSA MOVE app since your members will have the ability to use the entire library of workouts, stream on all platforms (computer, mobile app, Amazon, and Roku), watch offline with no internet, access technical support, and receive on-boarding emails, education, updates, and announcements. Check it out!
Check out our YouTube channel for workout videos, at home swim lessons, STEM projects, and more! Together we can cultivate better futures, work towards better health, focus on better well being and build a better Siouxland.
Resources for Kids
Check out some of these Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math projects you can do from home! Keep those kids brains working while having fun.
Project: Build a balance scale out of items around the house.
Materials: Plastic hanger, two paper or plastic cups, string/yarn, hole punch, and a pencil.
Directions: At the top of each cup punch two holes on opposite sides and string yarn through. Then, hang the cups on the hanger and place different items in the cup to see which one is heavier.
Project: Sink or Float?
In this activity, children will explore what sinks and what floats by testing different objects.
Materials:- 1 bucket of water- Activity chart with two columns labeled “sink” or “float” crayons- Suggested items that sink: rock, metal spoon, rubber band, baseball- Suggested items that will float: pencil, leaf, popsicle stick, paper, straw- 2 Large containers, one labeled “SINK” and one labeled “FLOAT”.
Directions: Before object is placed in the water, have children make a hypothesis about whether they think the object will sink or float based on their observations. Have children test the objects by putting them in the water one at a time. After an item is tested, have child put the object into the “SINK” or “FLOAT” container. After all the materials are tested, count how many objects sink and how many float. Then, have children record the information with pictures onto the chart. Guide the children to discuss the shape and material of each object.
Project: Make a Hurricane in a Jar
Materials:- 1 glass jar or water bottle with lid- dish soap- food coloring (optional)- water
Directions:- Fill the jar up to approximately 1/4 to 1/3 full of soap, then add water to fill up the rest of the space.- When the water gets to the top, keep it running until all the bubbles overflow and are gone.- If you want to add color, drop maybe 1 or 2 drops of food coloring into your jar. Screw the cap on tightly and SHAKE!- The liquid inside looks like a hurricane if you get it spinning! – Different colors could create different kinds of jars. Red could be lava, Green could be a stormy sea, Pink or orange could be a cloudy swirly sunset.
Note: Ms. Jalisa, our Youth Development Coordinator, has a video of this project on our YouTube Channel for you to follow along with!
Scholastic Learning: Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys.
Funbrain: Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
NASA Kids Club: Find games of various skill levels for children Pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
With so much information and so little time to plan and prepare, it can seem that eating healthy is a nearly impossible task in today’s world.
Fear not. There are simple steps that even the busiest families can take in order to increase the number of healthy food and drink habits they build into each day.
Here are some simple habits and steps you can take to improve your family’s daily approach to healthy eating.
Aim for Five Everyday
The crunch of fruits and veggies can be part of every meal and snack your family enjoys throughout the day and is important for your whole family’s health. Stay healthy by reaching for five servings every day.
The American Heart Association’s website provides a large library of yummy recipes to try! Their goal is to help you incorporate delicious, simple and affordable meals that are great for heart.