YMCA of Bucks County reinforces county-wide commitment to health and wellness
Closely following the merger of all YMCAs in Bucks County, the new organization, YMCA of Bucks County, is now reinforcing their commitment to improving the health and wellness of families and individuals in Bucks County. The Y recently announced the expansion of their free community impact programs, investments into new fitness equipment county-wide, the renovation of their Newtown branch and their continuing partnership with NovaCare Rehabilitation.
Free Community Impact Program Expansion
All five branches of YMCA of Bucks County will begin offering expanded community impact programs, provided free to community participants thanks to generous donor support.
In the Upper Bucks region, the Quakertown branch will begin offering the Y’s Veterans Wellness program in late 2019. The program will provide small group personal training and weekly classes to community veterans and their spouses with the goal to increase activity levels, encourage a healthier lifestyle and increase camaraderie among those who have served in the United States Military. Additionally, the Y will continue to offer their 7th Grade Initiative, providing free memberships and specialized programming to community 7th graders during a crucial, newly autonomous time in their lives.
In the Lower Bucks region, the organization will continue to offer their Veterans program and Healthy Lifestyles, a diabetes prevention and weight loss program for adults. The 7th grade initiative program recently underwent a facelift at the Fairless Hills and Newtown branches, providing more programs and services for youth at that age level. Additionally, Empower U, a fitness and empowerment program for teenage girls, and THRIVE, a specialized fitness program for cancer survivors, will launch in late 2019 at the Fairless Hills branch.
In the Central Bucks Region, the Warminster branch recently launched Back to You, a substance abuse recovery program offered free to community members who qualify through a partnership with several countywide organizations including Bucks County EMS, Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Council of SE Pennsylvania, local hospitals and recovery specialists. The branch will continue to offer the Veterans Wellness program. The Doylestown branch offers Living Active for older adults, Healthy Lifestyles, Empower U, THRIVE, and Veterans Wellness. The newest impact program, Healthy Weight and Your Child, launched in April and is designed to combat childhood obesity.
Fitness Equipment Investment and Newtown Renovation
In addition to the expansion of their community impact programs, county-wide, YMCA of Bucks County is continuing to make an investment into the fitness equipment at each of their branches.
Most significantly, their Newtown branch was recently infused with over 30 new pieces of state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment as well as the replacement and upgrade of wall mounted televisions and a revitalization of the fitness center and weight room area. Additional group exercise classes were also added to the Newtown schedule. Upgrades to climate control and ventilation were recently completed as well.
YMCA Commitment to County-wide Health and WellnessIn addition to the renovation of the Newtown branch, cardio equipment is being replaced and updated in the fitness centers of the Quakertown, Doylestown, and Fairless Hills branches. The equipment upgrades signify the Y’s commitment to consistently assess and increase the value of membership at each of their branches and create opportunities for wellness and disease prevention across Bucks County.
In October 2018, YMCA of Bucks County announced their “For a Better Us” campaign, a $20 million initiative to raise community support and funds for critical facility expansion/renovation projects at the Fairless Hills and Doylestown branches, enabling the Y to better serve the Lower and Central Bucks communities.
n Doylestown, the branch will be expanded to include additional exercise studios, an expanded weight room area and larger fitness center. At the center of changes in Doylestown is the expansion of the current family locker room space to include 23 individual changing rooms for families and individuals with special situations.
In Fairless Hills, the renovation will be more drastic, providing an expanded fitness center, new universal locker room, new program space, a community gathering area, and additional parking. Plus, the interior and exterior of the facility will be given a new, updated look.
Although the final schedule of both projects will rely on community and member support of the campaign, the Y’s leadership is optimistic that the Doylestown project will break ground in late 2019. In Fairless Hills, construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.
NovaCare Rehabilitation Partnership
In March, the Y’s partnership with NovaCare Rehabilitation expanded into the Quakertown and Fairless Hills branches. NovaCare physical therapists are now onsite to evaluate members experiencing pain, answer questions and make recommendations for remediation. These screenings are offered free to YMCA members but require an appointment by contacting a local NovaCare office. NovaCare clinicians will treat patients on site, providing physical therapy to those who qualify.
“As a charitable organization, the Y’s mission is to strengthen community,” said Zane Moore, President/CEO of YMCA of Bucks County. “We are so proud to announce these continued steps in our commitment to countywide health and wellness.”