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Our YMCA is committed to the health and safety of our members, staff and community. On November 23, Governor Cooper announced stricter mask requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Wednesday, November 25, masks will be required at all times inside YMCA facilities, including while exercising. Wearing a mask not only keeps our friends and family safe, it is critical to keeping our YMCA open. We appreciate your support.

We are working hard to keep your Y clean and safe. See below to learn more about our efforts and what you should do to prepare for your visit. Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread. Most of all, thank you for being a part of the YMCA.



Everyone 5 and older must wear a face mask at all times when visiting the Exceptions include: when in the swimming pool.

Bring your own mat and workout towel each

Bring a filled water bottle; drinking fountains will not be available.



  • We practice the 3Ws (WAIT. WEAR). We wait 6 feet apart, we wash our hands (and provide hand sanitizer throughout the facility), and we wear face coverings over our nose and mouth at all times.

Areas will operate at 30% of the stated fire capacity.

Members and employees are asked to not come to the Y if they are displaying symptoms of being ill, have a fever of above 100 degrees, or have been exposed to anyone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Members are asked to wipe down equipment before and after each

Equipment has been spaced out, moved to other areas, or marked out of use to allow for proper distancing.

Group exercise classes will take place in the gymnasium to allow for more space between participants.

Enhanced cleaning procedures –

We have implemented the latest cleaning protocols from the CDC using our EPA-registered

Areas of our facilities will have brief closures throughout the day for

We have adjusted our air handling units to ensure an even higher turnover of fresh air into our

YMCA invites you to join free challenge to reenergize spirit, mind and body

HICKORY, NC (November 18, 2020) – Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired in these COVID-19 times? The YMCA of Catawba Valley invites all in the community to participate in a free six-week STRONG challenge designed to help transform spirit, mind and body. “Now, more than ever before we need to recharge and refocus,” said YMCA of Catawba Valley President and CEO Nat Auten. “The COVID-19 pandemic has worn us down. It has isolated us in so many ways. This challenge provides an opportunity to get active and healthier by yourself or as a Strong family.”

The program began on Monday, November 16th. Sign up NOW! It is not too late. You will be able to attend the Y STRONG Challenge classes twice each week in-person or virtually on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:00pm at Hickory Foundation YMCA or on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00p.m.–12:30p.m. at the Adrian L. Shuford, Jr., YMCA.

Everyone in the community is invited to workout wherever you are, taking free YMCA live online classes like Zumba, STRONG nation or Stretch break.  The complete weekly schedule of classes is available online. You can also participate the challenge by recording your own outdoor activities, like nature walks, bike rides, or hikes.  Registration information, the STRONG challenge timeline, and your STRONG challenge activity tracker are available at

“It’s the perfect time to take back our lives, reenergize, achieve goals, feel better and stronger,” added Nat Auten.

About the YMCA of Catawba Valley

The YMCA of Catawba Valley strives to strengthen communities. Through our focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, we embrace and nurture the promise that lives in all of us. The Y gives children, families, and individuals the support and resources needed to help them achieve goals, make friends and find a true sense of belonging.  For more information about the YMCA of Catawba Valley, visit the website

HICKORY — In collaboration with First Presbyterian Church, Trinity Fellowship Church, and Morningstar First Baptist Church, the Hickory Foundation YMCA will host its 2020 Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 a.m.The free event will be held at the YMCA at 701 First St. NW in Hickory with a to-go breakfast sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University and provided by Aramark.

Serving the Catawba Valley for more than 50 years, the YMCA has always worked to strengthen the community and bring people of diverse backgrounds together. In line with the YMCA mission, and with a theme of “Strength in Community,” this will be a time when the community can come together in prayer for guidance and protection on the Catawba Valley.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Space will be limited so reserve your spot by emailing Paxton Tallent at [email protected] by Sunday, Nov. 15.

Hickory, NC – November 18, 2020 – The YMCA of Catawba Valley has been awarded a grant for $155,000 to provide temporary remote learning support for working families in our community. The YMCA is proud to provide two remote learning sites, serving 157 children who need a safe place to participate in remote learning while schools are closed to in-person instruction during Plan B.

Governor Cooper signed HB 1105, Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, into law on Sept. 4; in part, this allocates $19.85 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding for qualifying community-based organizations (CBOs) across the North Carolina. Per the legislation, the NC Alliance of YMCAs is administering the grant program that enables CBOs such as YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, county and municipal parks and recreation departments, and other qualifying organizations in North Carolina to apply for funding to recoup expenses related to remote learning support. The YMCA of Catawba Valley is one of 116 organizations with 287 sites that have been approved for the grant; together these organizations will serve about 14,000 students across the state.

“We are thrilled to provide new enrichment programs for families across the Catawba Valley region, and grateful for the outpouring of support from our donors, partners and members for this critical program,” said Nat Auten, President & CEO of the YMCA. “The YMCA empowers thousands of kids and families every year through its child development centers, afterschool, summer camp programs, and more. We have continued these services during the pandemic and are proud to help our community recover by serving families in need.”

For additional information, contact:
Nat Auten, President/CEO, [email protected] (828)324-9622
Dianna Cloninger, HR Director, [email protected] (828)324-9622


The YMCA of Catawba Valley was established in 1969 to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Y engages over 21,000 men, women and children each year – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and to provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.


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Hickory, NC August 18, 2017 – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 84 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have increased risks to their long-term health, including developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes are not aware they have the condition. In North Carolina, an estimated 2.5 million (1 in 3) people have prediabetes.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), and CDC, along with the Ad Council, are releasing new PSAs to build on a successful campaign that helped hundreds of thousands of Americans learn their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The new, lighthearted PSAs offer viewers a “perfect way to spend a minute” where they can take the one-minute prediabetes risk test while also doing something everyone loves — watching adorable animal videos. The YMCA of Catawba Valley is proud to lend its support to the campaign, which raises the urgency of prediabetes and emphasizes the positive message that prediabetes can often be reversed through everyday lifestyle changes. The campaign encourages people to take a short online test at to learn their risk and speak with their doctor to confirm their diagnosis. The website features lifestyle tips and connects visitors to the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

“The key to preventing diabetes is moderate lifestyle changes through healthy eating habits and moderate physical activity. Awareness of calorie and fat intake versus activity is empowering. Every small change that we make can add up to make a big difference in preventing this disease. I emphasize to our participants that it’s not a diet – it’s a lifestyle” said Lala Kozischek, Diabetes Prevention Director, YMCA of Catawba Valley.

Prediabetes can often be reversed through weight loss, diet changes, and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is critical, as research shows that people are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes once they are aware of their condition. A rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes presents a significant threat to North Carolina potentially including consequences such as increasing healthcare costs, crowding doctors’ offices, and serious complications from the disease itself which can include heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and loss of limbs. In an effort to reverse this trend, the YMCA of Catawba Valley is supporting the national effort and working to make an impact in the community through its Diabetes Prevention Program.

Additional information on the campaign is available online at and information about the YMCA of Catawba Valley and it’s Diabetes Prevention Program is available at .

Come join the YMCA of Catawba Valley at our Exclusive Shop Event at Dick’s Sporting Goods on September 2nd to save up to 20% throughout the store on all the sporting gear you’ll need for Winter sports this year at the Y.

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