Food & Health

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Grief expert to speak Sept. 22 on “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion”

Grief and Loss Support Group to meet weekly; plus, drop-in group begins

Individuals experiencing grief and loss have two options for support this fall: a support group that meets weekly, and a less formal drop-in group, both offered by Northfield Hospice.

As a prelude to the support group meetings, clinical counselor Naomi Mandsager Bartley will present “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion” on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level). This event, and support group meetings, are free and open to the public.

YMCA Fun on the Run Program

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YMCA Fun on the Run - Do you want to run but don't think you have time to fit it into your schedule?  Join the Fun on the Run class, and we'll help you reach your running goals.  What's the best part?  You don't need to be at every class to get a great workout:  we will email you the weekly updates.  Whether you've never run before or love running, this support class is for you.  We can help you achieve a goal of running a 5k, 10k or a half marathon. 

Information Session:  Sept 20th, 9:30-10:30 am (at the informational session you will learn about proper footwear, breathing techniques, hydration and nutrition and goal setting. 

Classes are weekly (if you can attend) on Tuesdays, Sept 27th - Oct 25th, 9:30 - 10:30 am 

$20 for Y members and $30 for community members. 

Thinking about joining the Y? Interested in a Tour first? Tour the Y with Deb

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Fall is often the time of year people begin to think about making healthy lifestyle changes.  At the Y, we're just everyday people, your neighbors, people that shop at the same stores you do.  Come take a tour and consider the Y to be one of your healthy resources. 

Deb Olien, the Y's Member Coordinator is providing personalized tours to give you a chance to check-out the Y and see what we have to offer.  Maybe we fit what you are looking for. 

Stop in for a tour anytime - OR - stop in for a tour during one of the times below with Deb: 

Weeks of Aug 22nd and Aug 29th: 

Mondays at 1:00 pm 

Tuesdays at 10:30 am or 6:00 pm 

Thursdays at noon or 6:00 pm

The YMCA Fall Program Brochure is out - Reserve your spot today.

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The nation's 2,700 YMCAs serve 22 million people in 10,000 communities and are spread across 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.   We work hard to serve our communities and the new Fall Brochure is now available.  Take a moment to view programs and services for people of all ages.  The Y is committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  We believe strong communities are possible only when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. 

Join the Y - as a member or community participant - we have an abundance of things to do. 

Community Needs Assessment: We Want to Hear From You

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We Want to Hear from You. 

Y Community Needs Assessment

Survey closes August 30, 2016

In an effort to provide strong, effective programs, the Northfield Area Family YMCA is conducting a community needs assessment. We want to hear from you.

Based on this community needs assessment, the Y, in partnership with other organizations, will design and deliver new programs and services that address critical issues in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The focus is to identify needs that are not currently addressed in our community.

Carnival Fun at Northfield Hospital

It’s Carnival time! The Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital & Clinics held its first-ever carnival for residents, staff, families and friends on July 26. Highlights included a petting zoo, pie-baking contest, carnival games and treats (mmm, cotton candy) and a dunk tank.

Director Gretchen Murr was the first to brave the dunk tank that sunny Tuesday. Residents and staff together dressed up at the photo booth, and played with baby animals. The ringleader who organized the Carnival is Tasha Patrick, Life Enrichment Assistant at the Long Term Care Center.  

Y Togetherhood Block Party, Aug 2nd - Night to Unite (everyone welcome)

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YMCA’s Togetherhood Block Party
August 2nd, 4-7p
Northfield Area Family YMCA
Get to know others in the community as we celebrate summer and strengthen our commitment for a safe community. There will be food, games and prizes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stay awhile.

WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2016 grant recipients at a celebration last Thursday at the St. Olaf Sun Ballroom.

Over 100 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $70,400 in grants from WINGS. The group also presented a $10,000 Dare to Dream award to Growing Up Healthy, which will be used to create a Latino Childcare Providers Network that builds the capacity of Latino childcare providers and offers monthly trainings in Spanish. WINGS 2016 grant recipients can be viewed at

Parkinson’s Support Group meets June 22


The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group meet on Wednesday, June 22 at Northfield Hospital. Guest speaker will be Maria Bohl, a physical therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation in Northfield. She will discuss the benefits of exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s. Individuals will have a chance to participate in Music n' Motion and be trained in a simple home exercise program.


Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group

Wednesday, June 22

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Northfield Hospital, Conference Center (lower level)

2000 North Avenue


YMCA Men's Drop in Basketball



Each week pick-up teams will be formed from those who are in attendance and games are played.

Locker room facilities are available to Community Members.

Wednesdays; 7:15-8:45p Saturdays; 7:15-8:45a »

Northfield Y Gym Y Members: Free • Community Members: $3/week

For more information please visit our website or contact us at the Y 507-645-0088

At the Northfield Area Family YMCA, we’ve made it our mission

to build strong kids, strong families, and a strong community.

YMCA Co-Ed Drop in Volleyball



Each week teams will be formed from those who are in attendance and games are played.

Locker room facilities are available to Community Members.

Wednesdays, 5:30-7p » Northfield Y Gym Y Members: Free • Community Members: $3/week

For more information click here or contact the Y at 507-645-0088

At the Northfield Area Family YMCA, we’ve made it our mission
to build strong kids, strong families, and a strong community.

YMCA Self-Guided Biathlon



Stay connected to the Y this summer! You can complete the biathlon indoor, outdoor, or a combination of both!

Run and swim wherever you prefer! Once you finish, stop in to Member Services and receive a prize! »

Inside or outside or at the Y; Jun 20- Aug 1 Y Members: Free


At the Northfield Area Family YMCA, we’ve made it our mission

YMCA Personal Training Fitness and Nutrition



Want to get more fit but not sure how to go about it?

Personal training offers you one on one experience working with a Certified Personal Trainer.

You will receive workouts based on you and your goals. The schedule is completely based on what works for you and your trainer.

We are here to motivate and help you succeed! Available all year (packages available)

Y Members: $25 per ½ hour, $40 per 1 hour • Community Members: $30 per ½ hour, $45 per 1 hour


Eating well has its rewards.

Fueling your body properly helps you feel better, improve performance and productivity, resist chronic disease, boost energy, b u i l d immunity, age well and control your weight.

Meet one-on-one with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

YMCA SWIM Endurance Course



Need some help building up your endurance?

Join us for a course that focuses directly on building your endurance in the pool.

Tues & Thurs Jun 14-30; 7-7:45p

» Northfield Y pool Y Member: Free • Community Member: $35

Still plenty of time to register click here

At the Northfield Area Family YMCA, we’ve made it our mission
to build strong kids, strong families, and a strong community.

YMCA Teen Health & Fitness Camp (ages 11-14) - A few spots still available (June 27 - July 1)


Our new Specialty Camps are packed with adventures and opportunities.  Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush, wanting to learn a new skill or just be a part of something bigger than yourself, we've got a camp for you.  Grab some friends for these half-day, hands-on camps. 

Y Teen Health & Fitness Camp (ages 11-14).  The Y has a couple more openings yet for you to complete your own fitness assessment, learn about healthy snacks, swim in our pool and get to work with a Y certified personal trainer. Develop skills and form using stability balls, resistance bands, Bosu balls and more!  Click to register.

2016 YMCA Teen Camps are Monday-Thursday, 1-5pm:

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