YMCA of WNC and UNC Asheville Celebrate Henderson County Partnership

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Hendersonville, N.C., Nov. 6, 2018 - Once a private residence surrounded by nature and art, the UNC Asheville Kellogg Center is now lifting the community’s spirit, mind, and body through a partnership between the university and the YMCA of Western North Carolina.

The Y began offering afterschool child care, group exercise classes, and chronic care management services at the site on Broyles Road in Hendersonville earlier this fall.

“We’re excited to offer programming to enrich the lives of people of all ages,” said Tim Blenco, COO of the YMCA of WNC. “Our afterschool curriculum helps children excel after the bell by focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. It also includes healthy snacks, physical activity, and homework help. Next door we have wellness classes such as yoga and Pilates, plus space where our nurse practitioner assists people with chronic medical conditions to reclaim their health.”

As the programs expand, they will draw on the resources and expertise of the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville.

“Innovative partnerships enrich the educational and cultural experiences of UNC Asheville faculty, students, and Asheville community partners,” said Nancy J. Cable, Chancellor, UNC Asheville. “Our gold standard partnership with the YMCA in particular, extends our engagement in the community and improves the health, vitality, and well-being for people in Western North Carolina.

UNC Asheville and the Y will celebrate the opening of the YMCA Youth Services Center and YMCA Health and Wellness Center at a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. at 1181 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville.

The event includes speakers from both organizations, including Darin Waters, Executive Director for Community Engagement, UNC Asheville.

“Throughout history, the YMCA has played a central role in supporting ongoing civic engagement, much like institutions of higher learning such as UNC Asheville,” said Waters. “This partnership is a strong example of the ways in which a community benefits when we come together with a shared vision and goal to foster health and well-being in the region.”

The public is invited to the ribbon cutting and open house for live music, snacks, exercise demonstrations, giveaways, and the opportunity to win prizes such as personal training packages from the Y.