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YMCA offers free challenge to re-energize spirit, mind and body

October 5, 2020

Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired in these COVID-19 times? The YMCA of East Tennessee invites 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,” YMCA of East Tennessee President and CEO Jim Dickson said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has worn us down. It’s isolated us in so many ways. Let’s stop letting life go by and get back to living the life we’ve been given.”

Opt in to the free challenge by texting STRONG to 855-717-9622. Follow the prompts to sign up, and you will receive three texts a week filled with motivation, challenges, workouts and more. The program runs Oct. 19-Nov. 28.

Everyone in the community is invited to work out wherever you are, taking free YMCA online classes like Boot Camp, Yoga and Barre. The challenge also encourages you to take advantage of local outdoor amenities, like the greenway system and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. But the Y’s STRONG challenge focuses on more than just physical activity, encouraging you to play, rest, connect with your support system, and serve your community. Visit the website to learn more about the STRONG challenge.

“It’s the perfect time to take back our lives, reenergize, achieve goals, feel better and get stronger together, as individuals and as a community,” Dickson added.

About the YMCA of East Tennessee

The YMCA East Tennessee 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 East Tennessee, visit