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YMCA of Central Florida Joins Technogym’s Global Fitness Challenge to Combat Obesity


The campaign, called ‘Let’s Move For A Better World’, will award resources to be donated to communities in need

ORLANDO, FLA. (Mar. 13, 2017) – The YMCA of Central Florida is rallying members of the community to exercise for a good cause. From March 13 to 31, the nonprofit will open up the doors of several YMCA Family Center locations to members and non-members alike for as many free workouts as they want. The catch? They’ll have to log all of their activity using Technogym’s state-of-the-art equipment. It’s all in an effort to help the YMCA take home the winning prize for the wellness company’s global fitness challenge, “Let’s Move For a Better World.”

Hundreds of thousands of people get involved each year in the campaign at participating wellness centers across the globe. The objective is to get the most MOVEs, which Technogym’s equipment collects as a perceived measure of exertion. The top facilities in each participating country that reach their MOVEs goal are then able to donate a prize to a local school or a local nonprofit body to fight obesity.

In 2016, the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center collected nearly 4 million MOVEs during the challenge, achieving more MOVEs than any other facility in the nation, and received a full collection of Technogym’s Cloud-based equipment to share with its Blanchard Park Family Center. This year, the Y must collect 10 million MOVEs at its Downtown Orlando location to win the challenge. If the YMCA of Central Florida is able to reach that goal, the Technogym prize would go towards its South Orlando YMCA Family Center on Oak Ridge Road.

“The mission for ‘Let’s Move for a Better World’ aligns perfectly with our mission at the Y,” said Dan Wilcox, President and CEO of the YMCA of Central Florida. “Our members are not just gym-goers, they’re part of our commitment to making a difference in our community. This year, we’re inviting everyone from Central Florida to come on board with us and join the movement so we can donate more resources to a community in need.”

The YMCA of Central Florida needs all of Central Florida to come together and log their MOVEs. As a result, the nonprofit is inviting companies and individuals to visit its Downtown Orlando YMCA Family Center to record their exercise activities on its Technogym equipment, whether it’s hopping on the treadmill for half an hour or joining in on one of the Y’s public “Glow Cycle” classes. Local businesses can offer their employees a private, one-hour cycling class at the Orlando Y or even specially reserve a piece of cardio equipment for them to use throughout the day. Individuals can come in and enjoy their regular workout on Technogym’s equipment for free or join one of the special events listed below:

Special Public Events:

  • Friday, March 17, 24, and 31 (Final Day!)
    • Glow Cycle Concert Series – 8:30pm and 9:30pm
    • Cardio Party – 9-11pm
  • Saturday, March 18 and 25
    • Glow Cycle- 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm
    • Cardio Party- 8-10pm

Other participating locations available to individuals include the Dr. Phillips, Oviedo, Roper, and Frank Deluca Family Centers. For more information about how to get involved, please visit www.facebook.com/YMCACentralFlorida or call the Downtown Orlando YMCA Family Center at (407) 896-9220.

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About the YMCA of Central Florida

The YMCA of Central Florida is one of the area’s largest nonprofits, serving more than 415,000 Central Floridians per year through a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. With a Christian-based mission to improve lives and communities, it operates 27 YMCA Family Centers across Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Marion counties. And this mission is expanded beyond the four walls of the Y through community-based programs to combat chronic disease, boost children’s after-school safety and learning, and strengthen fragile families. In 2015, this YMCA Association of over 1,800 employees engaged 23,000 donors, volunteers and advocates, who joined together for the common good. To ensure that the Y remains available and accessible to all, it also provided $5.4 million in program and membership assistance to more than 50,000 children, families and seniors.

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