YMCA's expansion focuses on promoting seniors' health
by ALEX KUSHEL firstname.lastname@example.org
October 6, 2010
The YMCA of Broward County has undergone changes to revamp and re-energize the center, with expansion and growth efforts focused on programs geared toward older adults and seniors. The YMCA has received funding to expand the YMCA Enhance Fitness program in Broward County.
The program expansion includes the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, which aims to promote the health of seniors throughout Broward County.
The Health Foundation of South Florida, a non-profit grant-making organization, has funding providers and supporting programs to promote health initiatives. The Health Foundation has put aside $7.5 million over five years to community partners for programs designed to improve the health of seniors.
"All Broward County seniors need access to enjoyable physical activity opportunities that are evidence-based and designed specifically to meet their physical needs," said Andi Crawford, director of program initiatives at the YMCA of Broward County.
"We are excited to continue to work with community partners to deliver this program and help seniors prevent the onset of chronic conditions or assist them in managing existing ones."
The Enhance Fitness program is a national, evidence-based exercise program for seniors and is endorsed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Enhance Fitness program has been implemented in churches, synagogues, senior living communities and community centers.
The program is designed to allow seniors to participate in classes three days a week for an hour-long session with a certified instructor. Classes focus on strength training, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning.
"We want to have seniors engage in regular physical activity in order to decrease the risk of developing high blood pressure, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes and depression," Crawford said.