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 its Seventh Grade Initiative, providing free memberships and specialized programming to community seventh-graders.
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 Seventh Grade Initiative program recently underwent a facelift at the Fairless Hills and Newtown branches.
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.
In addition to the expansion of its community impact programs, YMCA of Bucks County is continuing to make an investment into the fitness equipment at each of its branches.
Most significantly, the Newtown branch was recently infused with more than 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. Group exercise classes were also added.
Cardio equipment is also being replaced and updated in the fitness centers of the Quakertown, Doylestown and Fairless Hills branches.
In October 2018, YMCA of Bucks County announced its “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.
In 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.
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.
The 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.