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A Community Foundation for Fitness and Fun at the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

More than a fitness facility, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth works to strengthen the entire community. Its 13 fitness facilities located throughout the greater Fort Worth area, along with a sports complex, offer health and wellness programs for every age- preschool to seniors. The YMCA offers group exercise classes or one-on-one personal training, aquatics, sports and many other programs to get and keep the whole family healthy and fit.

Hope Caldwell, Director of Marketing & Communications, tells us, "With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive." Essentials include keeping costs low and providing financial assistance to those unable to pay the cost of attending the YMCA. Fundraising, volunteering and community health outreach teaches social responsibility and helps fund facility use for those not able to pay for services.

The focus here is always on the youth, no matter the season. Caldwell describes the many youth programs, including "pre-school and school-age childcare, youth sports, swimming programs and camping". "In fact, Caldwell continues, "the YMCA offers school-age child care in 47 locations through seven local school districts, and offers 11 locations for day camps during the summer. The Y also operates three local pre-school centers, and offers youth sports and aquatics programs at 12 different locations." They've got a lot going on in their support and nurturing of kids.

Other ages benefit from their programs too. Targeted programs, such as Diabetes Prevention or Cancer Support, provide much-needed services and healthy living guidance. The Diabetes Prevention Program has a trained lifestyle coach to discuss how eating healthfully, being active and changing behavior can prevent or slow diabetes- all done comfortably within a small group. Special exercise classes for seniors help with balance, agility, strength and flexibility with a more advanced level available. Aside from land and water workouts, adults can also connect with their community through potluck meals, planned outings for seniors and volunteer work at the Y.

"Our core values are: honesty, caring, respect and responsibility," Caldwell describes. "These are essential, guiding principles that direct our interactions with members and program participants, and provide a foundation for our programs." Anyone is invited to join and be a part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth and its 15 locations in Tarrant, Johnson and Hood counties.

For more information about the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, visit www.ymcafw.org.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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