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A Day in the Life of the Rainbow in My Tummy Kitchen

11 Sep

By Alex Mitchell

As many of the readers of this blog know, the YWCA provides healthy meals and snacks from our Rainbow in My Tummy Program for our children in our Child Care, After School, and Drop-In Child Care. Rainbow in My Tummy was created by the Verner Early Learning Center and is a way to help child care centers feed their children healthfully while still adhering to government guidelines. We stick to whole grains, mostly fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and low fat dairy. Almost all of the food that comes out of our kitchen is made from scratch by our stellar kitchen staff every day. So what does it take to feed almost 200 kids? Read on to find out!

Many days start with shopping and unloading deliveries of the week’s food. Our cook, Anna Rector, organizes everything to make sure the week goes smoothly, while Alex Mitchell, Child Care Nutrition Coordinator, picks up items from Ingles and Sam’s Club.

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Once everything is organized and put away, it’s breakfast time! Anna dishes out all kinds of breakfast goodies, from oatmeal to scratch-made muffins, to bagels with cream cheese. We always start our days out with some kind of fruit and ice cold milk!

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On this Friday, the day doesn’t slow down as Anna and our morning Kitchen Assistant, Famia Carson, are hard at work to get lunch ready. Famia makes sure all of the breakfast dishes are cleaned up, while Anna finishes up lunch prep.

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Once-a-week, Alex bring a new fruit or vegetable to the classrooms for Farmer’s Market Friday. This week the kids get to try yellow bell peppers. Farmer’s Market Friday is a great way for the kids to try and learn about different fruits and veggies.

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Once Farmer’s Market Friday is over, it’s time to serve lunch. Famia is delivering turkey meatballs, whole wheat rolls, spinach salad, and fruit salad Yum!

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After lunch is served and the children nap, the kitchen staff is still hard at work. Kitchen Assistants, Betty Eddings and Elaine “Pinky” Burton, help get snacks ready for Child Care and After School.


Snack time! Our children are enjoying berries and yogurt for their snacks. The kitchen staff stay busy by cleaning up and shutting down the kitchen so it’s ready for the morning.

It takes a lot of time and dedication to get healthy meals and snacks to our children. Every day, our Rainbow in My Tummy Kitchen staff works tirelessly to make sure everything runs smoothly and gets done!

Salsa, Sabor y Salud Wraps-up its Final Days with the Sweetness of Honey

14 Aug

By Leah Berger-Singer

This summer flew by quickly as our participants in Salsa, Sabor y Salud (our Latino Health Outreach Program) enjoyed learning simple steps to living a healthier, happier lifestyle. Throughout the program, we had volunteers and guest speakers come to the YWCA  to talk to our participants about various ways to make changes in their livSalsaes. On July 22nd, Dr. Lopez-Stratton, a medical practitioner from Mission Haywood Family Medicine, came to speak with us about bees, pollination and various ways we can eat and use honey. Dr. Lopez-Stratton brought in a live bee hive, along with some local honey, and provided tips and recipes on how to use honey for medicinal purposes. Our participants were able to enjoy a healthy snack of greek yogurt and fresh peaches with a drizzle of honey on top. ¡Que rico! (In English, this means “how delicious”).

The Salsa model includes the whole family in learning – running concurrent sessions for both children and adults. “[In Salsa], we learneSalsa2d how to eat more and more [healthy] every week and to try new things and to get outside more. Now we go to the park and when we are finished playing, we go on walks around the park”, stated Priscilla, age 12. Mariana, age 10, noticed the changes that her mother has made at the grocery store and in the kitchen. “My mom is not buying bread or sweets [anymore]. She also makes some vegetable juices that are good”. Salsa aims to help parents demonstrate healthy habits resulting in children learning healthy routines while maintaining family traditions, customs and meal recipes.

For more information about our Salsa, Sabor y Salud program, contact Leah Berger-Singer, Preventative Health Coordinator, by email at  leah.bs@ywcaofasheville.org or by calling 828-254-7206 x. 212. For more information about the Preventive Health program, visit www.ywcaofasheville.org/preventativehealth

Thank you to Mission Health for your support of the Salsa, Sabor y Salud program.

After-School Celebrates Black History Month

3 Mar

Last Friday, the YWCA After-School Program celebrated Black History Month with a dinner and informative, entertaining presentations by the children. Each After-School age group had chosen people, songs, food, dances to study for the month, and they shared what they learned to an enthusiastic audience.

kids-programGroup 1 (the youngest group) worked on basics, learning and studying the alphabet, singing a song and doing a portrayal of President Obama. Group 2 studied African Americans who were first in inventions, and they did a skit and song. Group 3 studied African Americans who had an impact on society and did individual monologues and a dance. Group 4 studied African American athletes who changed the sports world. They presented what they had learned in the form of a talk show. Group 5 covered the past, present, and future of Black History in the form of skits.

It was truly an inspiring event.



Urban Renewal Conversations

24 Feb


Member Appreciation Day

18 Feb

Yesterday the YWCA Board of Directors showed their appreciation for YWCA members with smiles and snacks in the lobby. They certainly made it clear that we “Heart” our members! It was a lovely event.




Lifeguard Training

16 Feb

dscn8520You can sign up now for the YWCA’s Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. The course will begin on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 pm and will meet on Wednesdays until until May 6, with one mandatory Saturday, March 21. Classes will be held at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Avenue. Participants will learn the skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies in a pool environment. The course includes lifeguarding skills, and First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

To be eligible for the Lifeguard Training course, the candidate must be 15 years of age on or before May 6 and be able to pass a pre-test.

The cost is $175, which includes all books and materials. Register in person at the YWCA or by calling 254-7206 x 110.

Heart Awareness Month

2 Feb

February is Heart Awareness Month.

YWCA Health Outreach Coordinator Josephine Hall, RN shares these tips on howheart to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Start today, with small,  simple choices like these:

Celebrate with a checkup. Let your birthday be a reminder of a yearly check up with your Doctor.

Get up off the couch. Step, march or jog in place for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.

Quit smoking. Cut the number of cigarettes you smoke each day in half; then cut that number in half; cut it in half again; finally, cut down to zero.

Drop a few pounds. You can lose one to two pounds a week by cutting 500- 1,000 calories per day and increase your physical activity.

Become a salt detective. Check out the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods to see how much sodium (salt) they contain. For average Americans, limit your salt intake to 2,300 mg ( 1 tsp.) a day.

Of course a great place to get moving is Club W: YWCA Health & Fitness Center. We’re extending our sign-up special (free enrollment and fantastic prizes) until Valentine’s Day.  A healthy heart needs a good workout and good works – at Club W you get both.


Playback Theatre February 8

2 Feb