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YMCA Of Austin Launches Virtual Fitness Programs

AUSTIN, TX — Just because the coronavirus has halted some activities doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit. With that in mind, the YMCA of Austin is launching an online platform for members offering a fitness experience for them to remain active and healthy, officials said.

Launching this month, the Virtual Y includes access to more than 20 hours of YMCA Live exercise classes each week plus an on-demand library of hundreds of instructional fitness classes. Classes range from yoga, barre and tai chi to cardio fitness and HIIT (High-Impact Interval Training). Classes are suitable for people of all ages and abilities, including a full complement of senior programs such as balance exercises and low-impact workouts for people with reduced mobility.

“On-demand fitness platforms are everywhere these days, but what sets the Virtual Y apart is the local, personal connection we can provide with our instructors, other participants and the community as a whole,” James Finck, YMCA of Austin President & CEO, said in a prepared statement.

The Virtual Y is just the latest in the Y’s long history of innovation, which spans from the invention of basketball and volleyball to the creation of group swim lessons and summer camps. After the citywide shutdown in March, the Austin Y began piloting virtual programming that drew a nationwide audience. Since then, thousands of people have enjoyed a wide variety of programs that have included coffee clubs, kids’ yoga, virtual storytimes, senior fitness, Zumba and even bible study.

“Our Y has worked quickly in response to this public health crisis to meet community needs, whether by distributing thousands of pounds of food, providing child care to essential workers or performing outreach to isolated seniors,” Finck said. “The Virtual Y is yet another way that we are innovating to help people maintain their health while following safety guidelines.”

The Virtual YMCA is a benefit available to all full-facility YMCA of Austin members for no extra cost. An exclusive stand-alone Virtual YMCA membership is also available for $25 per month. More details are available at the YMCA of Austin homepage.

In the coming weeks. The Y will launch virtual Personal Training exclusively for members as well as Youth & Family programming. The Y is also currently offering fee-based virtual youth programs such as dance, martial arts, boxing, art and educational enrichment. More details are available at the Virtual Program Options portal of the YMCA of Austin website.

About the YMCA of Austin

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization that has served the Austin community since 1953, providing health and wellness, aquatics, youth sports, day camp, childcare, youth leadership and family enrichment opportunities for more than 100,000 members and 30,000 program participants annually. More information on the YMCA of Austin is available at the YMCA of Austin homepage.

This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch

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Gateway Family YMCA to join National Senior Health & Fitness Day celebration

The Gateway Family YMCA and Shaping Eastern Union County will join an estimated 1,000 local groups nationwide to celebrate the 27th Anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The YMCA is offering free virtual programs with registration available at www.tgfymca.org/events.

According to Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA, “National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the perfect opportunity for seniors to make, renew, and revitalize their commitment to lead healthier lives through wellness, nutrition and programs designed specifically to meet their needs. This is even more important today while we are practicing social distancing and may not be as active as usual.”

During National Senior Health and Fitness Day, participants will join with an estimated 100,000 older adults across the country participating in local virtual activities to help promote active, healthy lifestyles through physical activity, good nutrition and preventative care.

Throughout the day, the community is invited to visit The Gateway Family YMCA’s Facebook page for helpful resources, information and updates and discussions at www.facebook.com/GatewayFamilyY.

For more information on National Senior Health and Fitness Day at The Gateway Family YMCA visit www.tgfymca.org or email [email protected]

Shaping Eastern Union County works to improve the health and well-being of county residents and creating strategies to support improved health, nutrition and physical activity for all. Shaping Elizabeth, Shaping Rahway and Shaping Union are also sponsoring the event.

In addition to National Senior Health and Fitness Day events, The Gateway Family YMCA has been providing virtual chronic disease self-management programs free to the local community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested participants can also register for the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program (BPSM) and the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) at www.tgfymca.org.

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UF Health Jacksonville, YMCA join forces for rehabilitation, fitness facility in Nassau

UF Health Jacksonville and the First Coast YMCA have opened a combination rehabilitation facility and fitness center at Wildlight in Nassau County, a new master-planned community near Yulee.



a man doing a trick on a skateboard: Leon L. Haley Jr., CEO of UF Health Jacksonville (right) and Eric Mann, president/CEO, First Coast YMCA, cut a ribbon to open their agencies' combination rehabilitation and fitness center in the Wildlight community near Yulee. Behind them is Jeanne Bradshaw, rehabilitative services, UF Health Jacksonville.


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Leon L. Haley Jr., CEO of UF Health Jacksonville (right) and Eric Mann, president/CEO, First Coast YMCA, cut a ribbon to open their agencies’ combination rehabilitation and fitness center in the Wildlight community near Yulee. Behind them is Jeanne Bradshaw, rehabilitative services, UF Health Jacksonville.

UF Health Rehabilitation-Wildlight has 36,000 square feet of space, including a 25,000-square-foot YMCA; physical and occupational therapy and speech-language pathology; and a healthy-living center. A 15,000 square-foot expansion is planned for specialty rehabilitation services.

The center will “bring the latest innovations in healthy living to a rapidly growing part of Northeast Florida,” according to UF Health.

“This is a great day for Wildlight and Nassau County because the people who live here can now get the best possible rehabilitation services along with an amazing, state-of-the-art fitness facility, all right here in their community,” said Jeanne Bradshaw, director of rehabilitative services for UF Health Jacksonville. 

Plans for Wildlight, off Florida A1A east of Interstate 95, include a mix of homes, townhomes and rental apartments; shops and restaurants; an elementary school; and a system of trails and pathways.

UF Health Jacksonville has already established a presence in Wildlght. In December the hospital system opened a medical complex there that provides comprehensive health services, including family medicine, pediatrics, women’s services, dentistry and an urgent care center, and advanced medical technology.

Construction on the rehabilitation-YMCA project began in April 2019.



an empty road in front of a house: This is a rendering of the newly opened UF Health Jacksonville and First Coast YMCA rehabilitation and fitness center in Wildlight, a new master-planned community in Nassau County.


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This is a rendering of the newly opened UF Health Jacksonville and First Coast YMCA rehabilitation and fitness center in Wildlight, a new master-planned community in Nassau County.

“Residents of Wildlight and the communities around it now have access to the most advanced health care and rehabilitative services possible, all alongside a fantastic YMCA that offers the most complete and innovative fitness resources possible,” said Leon Haley Jr., CEO of UF Health Jacksonville and dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville. “When we kicked off this Wildlight collaboration … this was our vision and it’s rewarding for all of us to see it come to fruition.”

The new YMCA includes a fitness center, group exercise studios, indoor running track, dedicated children’s area and youth sports leagues and education programs.

“The First Coast YMCA is excited to offer a new location to the growing Nassau County community and surrounding areas including St. Marys [Ga.],” said Eric Mann, First Coast YMCA’s president and CEO. “More than a gym, the new Wildlight YMCA will serve as a total wellness destination for the community by combining the YMCA’s tools and resources focused on healthy living with the medical expertise of UF Health. We know this location will provide critical programming to connect families and neighbors together safely for generations to come.”

Chris Corr, president of Raydient Places + Properties, developer of Wildlight,