YMCA of Broward County receives Health Foundation of South Florida Grant to Implement EnhanceFitness


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Course Provides Seniors with a Safe, Effective Exercise Regime  


Ft. Lauderdale, FL (October 21, 2009) – The YMCA of Broward County is proud offer Enhance Fitness, a national, evidence-based exercise program for seniors endorsed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Funding to establish this community based program was provided by Health Foundation of South Florida through a $110,000 grant. 

Beginning in January, the YMCA of Broward County will offer Enhance Fitness in institutions such as churches, synagogues, senior living communities, and community centers where seniors congregate or live. The one-hour classes will be held three days a week, led by a certified instructor, and will include cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance and flexibility. The course is designed for all seniors at various fitness levels, “from fit to frail”. 

“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 Progam Initiatives at the YMCA of Broward County. “We are excited 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 number of seniors coping with chronic illness and disabilities is expected to rise in the coming years. It has been noted that regular physical activity in the older adult population can decrease the risk of developing high blood pressure, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes and depression. The YMCA of Broward County is doing its part to keep the senior population healthy and physically active.

               The Health Foundation of South Florida, a non-profit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By funding providers and supporting programs to promote health and prevent disease, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in the health of individuals and families. For its nationally recognized Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, the Foundation has allocated $7.5 million over five years to community partners for programs designed to improve the health of older adults. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $84 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the Web site www.hfsf.org.

For more information about classes or to inquire about becoming a community partner site, please visit www.YMCABroward.org or call our association office at 954.334.9622

About the YMCA of Broward County:The mission of the YMCA is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The goal of YMCA of Broward County is to enrich the lives of kids in the community. Its programs teach young people important values such as caring, honesty, responsibility and respect. Through a variety of fun and rewarding activities, they also develop valuable skills while gaining confidence and self-esteem. For more information, call 954-334-9622 or visit www.ymcabroward.org.



MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Simo or Caren Berg of Boardroom Communications, 954-370-8999, lsimo@boardroompr.com or cberg@boardroompr.com, both for the YMCA of Broward County.




4 thoughts on “YMCA of Broward County receives Health Foundation of South Florida Grant to Implement EnhanceFitness

  1. Brenda B.

    Hey, Andi! This is so very exciting!! With 78% of older adults over the age of 65 not getting their needed daily physical activity and with the HFSF’s support, your YMCA will be able to reach and positively impact so many lives in the Broward County population. BB.

  2. andicrawford

    Brenda, We are so excited to become a program partner with the Health Foundation through the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative. Their leadership in South Florida is bringing evidence-based programs to seniors throughout the region. I’m privledged to be part of their project and can’t wait to get started!

  3. andicrawford

    Thanks Rick, we are very excited to get started on this ambitious expansion to serve seniors in Broward County

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