September 25, 2013

At the Y, we’re doing more than just talking about health and wellness. We’re also investing millions of dollars to modernize and expand our facilities.

 

Our goal: Create beautiful, inviting Healthy Living Centers that anchor communities and improve lives.

 

With Phase 2 of our New Frontier Campaign derway, we’re raising $33 to $41 million to renovate or expand more than half of our 20 family centers. We’re starting off with major expansions to our Dr. P. Phillips and Frank DeLuca YMCAs, funded through the generosity, respectively, of Dr. Phillips Charities and Ocala business leader Frank DeLuca.

 

Reflecting the importance of diet and nutrition, both of these “flagship” Ys will include healthy cafés where busy families can enjoy quick, nutritious “grab-and-go” meals after a workout or basketball game. They’ll also feature state-of-the art teaching kitchens where nutritional experts show people how to plan menus, read food labels and prepare fresh, delicious natural foods at home.

 

And through deeper partnerships with Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, Munroe Regional Medical Center we will also be offering a full range of onsite health screenings, classes and other prevention-based services.

 

In all, 11 major projects are planned over the next few years – everything from building new easy-access pools at our Blanchard Park and Wayne Densch Ys to establishing a special needs school in Osceola County.  At the Y, we’re always innovating and investing to strengthen communities. It’s our mission and passion.