The needs of families and individuals in our community grow more complex every day. Youth obesity is increasing at a startling rate. New estimates reveal that one in three adults is at high risk for developing diabetes. Parents are working harder than ever to provide for their families, and their children need a safe place to learn and play after school. The list goes on… and on.
At the Y, we know that healthy communities begin with healthy people. That’s why we offer our members access to hundreds of group exercise classes, state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment, child care, youth sports to keep children active and healthy, swim lessons, day camp and much more along with a network of thousands of friends who are there for support every step of the way.
Together, we make sure every child has a chance at a brighter future, provide opportunities for the young and young at heart to achieve greater health and well-being, and give everyone a place to belong, regardless of any financial barrier that may exist.
After her husband passed away unexpectedly, Janice moved to Florida to be closer to her children. Even though she was surrounded by loved ones, she realized she missed the close friendships and connections she shared with individuals her own age. She no longer wanted to go out and do the things she once
Her daughter was a member of the Y and thought it may be just what her mom needed. With that advice, Janice joined and began attending the SilverSneakers class, a low-impact aerobics class designed exclusively for older adults. Not only did she gain muscle strength and renewed energy, she formed new relationships along the way and has a new group of friends to spend time with. “If you want every aspect of your life fulfilled, the Y is where you need to be,” Janice said. “It saved my life.”
This is just one of many examples of how the Y is improving the health and well-being of people in our community by providing support and encouragement through programs designed for all ages, stages and abilities. With your support, we make sure that every individual, just like Janice, has access to programs and resources for better health and well-being in spirit, mind and body.
See How Janice Survived
In addition to writing member stories, I also contributed to the filming, interviews and script writing for the above video. (Warning: This video may induce crying. Spoiler Alert: It has a happy ending.)