New Year, New Things Happening at the Y in 2023

Hello, 2023!

We’re thrilled to share some exciting updates throughout our Y.

With more classes, upgraded equipment, new community initiatives, and a greener facility, 2023 is shaping up to be the best year ever to belong to the Y…and stay tuned, because we’re just getting started!

DANTE’S CAFÉ REOPENS

Dante’s Café is back in action and operated by our new partner, EB222 Catering, LLC.

Stop by to enjoy a variety of delicious sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, smoothies, snacks, and much more, including weekly lunch specials and weekend breakfast specials.

Dante’s Café Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Sunday: Seasonal

MY PLAYROOM TO REOPEN THIS SPRING

Exciting news! Our My Playroom on-site babysitting service will reopen this spring, which will be available to children ages 6 months and older while their parents and guardians use the Y’s facility. Stay tuned for additional reopening details including hours and more.

UPGRADED EQUIPMENT
Wellness Center:
• Precor Elliptical Fitness cross-trainers (EFX) and Precor adaptive motion trainers (AMT) were updated to the newest models in December.
• The upright Expresso interactive bikes will be upgraded to the newest models later this month. We will also be adding two new Expresso recumbent bikes.

The Zone:
• The 5-75 lb. dumbbells in the main Zone area will be replaced this month.

NEW GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES

Nia on Fridays at 11:00 AM
Instructor: Irene
Nia is sensory-based movement practice that combines dance choreography, martial arts, and mindfulness techniques, resulting in a revolutionary approach to fitness.

Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga on Fridays at 5:00 PM
Instructor: Luna
The Vinyasa moving meditation practice includes basic asanas/poses, foundations of more advanced poses, and helps students find proper alignment. The Ujjayi breath, specific to traditional Indian Vinyasa, is introduced into the class to create a breath-to-movement rhythm and flow.

Group Centergy on Saturdays at 7:45 AM
Instructor: Mimi
Group Centergy is an invigorating mind-body workout that incorporates yoga and pilates fundamentals with athletic training for strength, balance, mobility, and flexibility.

Group Groove on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM
Instructor: Kristin
Group Groove is a sizzling cardio experience that will make you sweat with a smile throughout an energizing hour of dance fitness.

Click here to view group exercise schedules.

COMMIT TO FIT 2023

Make it your resolution to commit to fitness this new year with support from the Y! Our popular challenge is back again this year to help you find your routine and the chance to win a $250 New Canaan YMCA online credit.

THE PROGRAM
Complete 39 workouts or more between January 1-April 10. Track your workouts on our New Canaan YMCA mobile app manually or through a connected device.

Any 30-minute workout counts: at the Y, outside, at home, YMCA360 on-demand and livestream classes, and more… The opportunities are endless!

THE REWARD
Make a commitment to wellness while feeling great, getting in shape, and building a routine to keep you motivated all year long.

THE BONUS
Complete 39 workouts and you will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a $250 New Canaan YMCA online credit!

Click here to learn more about Commit to Fit 2023.

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM LAUNCH

We are excited to announce that we will be offering the YMCA’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) beginning Wednesday, January 25.

This evidence-based program supports overweight adults at risk for type-2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight.

The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a group setting with a trained lifestyle coach to reduce body weight by 5-7% and increase moderate physical activity (the equivalent of brisk walking) to 150 minutes per week. The DPP program is open to the community. Spots are still available! 

Click here to learn more about the Y’s DPP program. For additional information and any questions, contact Eva Saint, Wellness Director, at 203-920-1623 or by email.

A GREENER Y

We recently completed the first phase of the Y’s sustainability initiatives by converting all interior and exterior lamps throughout the facility to LED fixtures totaling 570 upgraded lamps!

This conversion is projected to save the Y over 120,000 in kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by approximately 15 homes, and will reduce our carbon footprint by eliminating approximately 98,000 tons of CO2 generation emissions per year.

ANOTHER YEAR AHEAD OF SUPPORTING ALL THOSE WHO COUNT ON THE Y

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Y last year! Together, we raised $400,000 in 2022! This support makes it possible for our Y to have another meaningful year ahead of serving our community and all those who count on the Y through financial assistance; programs for those with special needs, cancer survivors, and chronic disease; free community events for all ages; and so much more! 

HERE’S TO A HEALTHY & HAPPY 2023 TOGETHER!