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08.23.2021

50th YMCA Joins Groundbreaking Partnership Extending “Y Wellness 24/7” Online and On-Demand Classes to Tens of Thousands throughout the Northeast

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50th YMCA Joins Groundbreaking Partnership Extending “Y Wellness 24/7” Online and On-Demand Classes to Tens of Thousands throughout the Northeast

Doylestown, PA - YMCA of Bucks County today announced that the 50th YMCA location has joined an online partnership with BurnAlong, a leading health, wellness, and social motivation platform, that will reach more than 17,500 YMCA members in eight states with live and on-demand content from local instructors. 

“This partnership is keeping people connected to the fitness instructors that motivate them to stay healthy,” said Trish Feinthel, chief operations officer of YMCA of Bucks County, who leads the collaboration with BurnAlong and the 50 Ys. “We’re getting tremendous testimonials from people who are using this platform to manage stress, fight chronic disease, and stay connected to loved ones.”

With more than 1.5 million minutes of programming viewed, to date, 150 live classes each week and more than 3,500 Y-specific, on-demand classes and 150+ local instructors, this partnership unites YMCA members, instructors, and locations to provide extended access to wellness content through the BurnAlong platform. For the first time, Y members can now connect with Y instructors and classes from across the nation, previously only available to local, in-person Y members. This fall, the Y is increasing the breadth of content offered on BurnAlong with more youth and family-friendly classes, plus personal trainer-led workouts. 

“While I miss my friends at the gym, the virtual program keeps me in touch,” said Rita A., a senior citizen in Bucks County using online Y classes for stress relief. “It keeps me motivated, starts my day off in a positive light. Helps me deal with everyday things.” 

The live and on-demand access to the Y classes on the BurnAlong platform, accessed via Y Wellness 24/7, have allowed caregivers to maintain connections built through the Y during the pandemic, working moms to continue their fitness routines from the safety of their homes, and those battling chronic disease to manage pain and build community. 

“Y Wellness 24/7 has been an absolute blessing this past year!” said Laura J., a young mother working from home in Bucks County. “My family is not yet ready to return to in-person (and definitely not indoor) workouts, so it's wonderful to have this high-quality alternative. I love that variety of classes and that the instructors really take into account what people may or may not have at home.”

The addition of the 50th Y location will connect communities, in eight states, to their local instructors and content, while expanding access to YMCA content from other locations previously inaccessible to them, and open up a library of more than 13,000 classes across 50 health and wellness categories including chronic condition support, mental health resources, financial literacy courses, and parenting classes.

“BurnAlong firmly believes in the power of social connection to keep people engaged in healthy activities and pursue their wellness goals,” said Daniel Freedman, co-CEO of BurnAlong. “Our growing partnership with the Y extends the reach and impact of local instructors and gyms to the full network of BurnAlong members. We are excited to invest in the existing, and forthcoming, relationships that will be built through BurnAlong.”

With this announcement, BurnAlong celebrates the progress of their goal to change lives by giving people the health and wellbeing programming, plus social support they need with robust options to bridge in-person and online experiences with social motivation. Through this partnership, Burnalong and the Y are able to provide wellness programming to communities that often lack access to quality wellness offerings through Y Wellness 24/7.

Learn more about BurnAlong, and the diverse range of classes available to all Y and BurnAlong members, by visiting www.burnalong.com.

Learn more about Y Wellness 24/7 at www.ywellness247.org


ABOUT BURNALONG

BurnAlong (www.BurnAlong.com) is an online health, wellness, and fitness platform that works with leading employers, insurers, municipalities, non-profits, and health systems who provide BurnAlong for their employees, members, and patients. BurnAlong helps people achieve their health and wellness goals by giving them unparalleled access to more than 1,000+ instructors, teaching live and on-demand wellness classes across more than 45 categories - from traditional fitness to nutrition, financial wellness, adaptive workouts, chronic conditions, and more - for the entire family. People can take classes alone or live with others where they can see and hear each other for added social motivation.

ABOUT THE Y
The YMCA is one of the largest nonprofit organizations focused on strengthening communities in the U.S. and around the world, serving more that 64 million people in 120 countries. The Y connects people to their potential, purpose and each other in 10,000 communities across the country through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body. Based on specific community need, individual Y associations offer varied programs and services ranging from health and wellness, child care and camp and sports and swim programs to food stability programs, shelters and more fundamental services.

Fifty YMCA associations currently participate in the Y Wellness 24/7 program with BurnAlong, with more joining each month. Find out more about our participating association at ywellness247.org/about-us

ABOUT YMCA of BUCKS COUNTY
YMCA of Bucks County
is a charitable, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. Annually, the Y serves nearly 60,600 members and participants at its five member branches, six youth education centers, and six camp locations across Bucks County. YMCA of Bucks County provides $5 million of community impact annually in the form of financial assistance to individuals and families in need and free programming for veterans, cancer survivors, older adults and more.

Participating YMCAs include:
Beaver County YMCA
Berwick Area YMCA
Berkshire Family YMCA
Blair Regional YMCA
Bloomsburg Area YMCA
Bradford YMCA
Carlisle Family YMCA
Caroline Family Branch
Chambersburg Memorial YMCA
Community YMCA
Dow Bay Area
Family YMCA
Greater Carbondale YMCA
Greater Johnstown Community YMCA
Greater Scranton YMCA
Greater Valley YMCA
Greater Waterbury YMCA
Harrisburg Area YMCA
Hunterdon County YMCA
King George Family YMCA Branch
Lancaster Family YMCA
Lawrence County YMCA
Lebanon Valley Family YMCA
Marion Family YMCA
Massad Family Branch
Meadville Family YMCA
Middlesex YMCA
Mon Valley YMCA
Muskegon YMCA
Northern Lights YMCA
Northwestern Connecticut YMCA
Olean YMCA
Pocono Family YMCA
Rappahannock Area YMCA
Regional Y of Western Connecticut
Richard G. Snyder YMCA
Ron Rosner Family Branch
Shiawassee Family YMCA
Titusville YMCA
Valley Points Family YMCA
Valley Shore Y
Wallingford Y
Wayne County YMCA
Wellsville YMCA
Wesport-Weston Family Y
YMCA of Bucks County
YMCA of Corry
YMCA of Franklin and Grove City
YMCA of Greater Flint
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
YMCA of Greater Hartford
YMCA of Indiana County
YMCA of Laurel Highlands
YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
YMCA of the North Shore
YMCA of Reading & Berks County
YMCA of the Twin Tiers
YMCA of York and York County