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Rocky Mount, Va. (December 29, 2017) – The Franklin County Family YMCA is combating hunger this holiday season through unique food drive programs.
This year at its 8 before and after school sites the Y held food drives for the “backpack” food program. The backpack program sends home food with students who may not have food security in their home during weekends and holidays. Each of the Y’s sites competed against the other to see who could bring in the most food. The site which brought in the most food won an ice cream party for the students at that site. This is the second year the Y has held the competition between sites, overall the program brought in enough food to stuff around 250 bags. This year’s winner Dudley Elementary school brought in 1,400 individual food items for the drive.
“It’s a part of the Y’s mission work to do as much as we can for the community. It also gives our after school kids a chance to learn about helping others and giving back,” says Jamie Stump who is coordinating the effort at the YMCA.
The Y will also be raising food donations in the new year through a unique membership promotion. The Y will waive the joining fee on all memberships with the minimum of one canned good donation that goes to a local food pantry. The “can your joining fee” special is set to run through the end of January across all three YMCA locations in Rocky Mount, Ferrum and Smith Mountain. This will be the Franklin County Y’s first time offering the special and they hope to raise at least a 1,000 cans of food during the drive.
“Most wellness places offer some incentive to join this time of year but I think by directly helping others it shows how the Y is a little different. You can make a new year’s resolution anywhere but the Y’s mission is not only creating healthier members but a stronger community!” says Jessica Thomason Membership Director at the Y.
Rocky Mount, Va. (November 3, 2017) – The Smith Mountain Lake YMCA announced today that it now offers the Y’s ScriptFit, a doctor referred exercise program. ScriptFit is a comprehensive approach to wellness built on accurate health assessments, one-on-one sessions with a certified trainer along with motivation and support. It is now available at the Y’s SML location in the Lakewatch Plantation.
Previously the program had been available at the Y’s Rocky Mount location and saw exceptional results among its participants. The program works with doctors and their patients to build a personalized exercise program to improve the overall health of the participant and address specific concerns including chronic conditions, stability, balance, muscle density and weight loss. Members who have participated have seen weight and fat loss, including significant reductions in visceral fat. One participant saw a 20 point reduction in her blood pressure from 200/140 and is now 160/90. The Y has recruited Sallie Cappellari to be lead trainer for the program. Sallie is IFTA and ACE certified and has previously taught bootcamp classes, cardio kickboxing and Yoga Classes. She is a familiar face at the SML Y and longtime member.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of an innovative program like ScriptFit. This is just one example of how the YMCA positively impacts, not just its members, but the community as a whole. By partnering with our local doctors we are in a unique position to provide individualized care to meet the special needs of our participants,” says ScriptFit lead trainer Sallie Cappellari.
In the coming month the Y will also be bringing a Parkinson relief program to its Smith Mountain Lake location. The program is a part of ScriptFit and uses non-contact boxing drills and footwork to increase coordination and get Parkinson patient’s moving and elevating their heart rate.
“We know that our members are going to love being able to work with a trainer, at a reduced rate, to address specific needs they may have to improve their health. Sallie is a great trainer and can really motivate her clients,” says Lauren Acker the SML YMCA’s Branch Director.
The Y will also be demoing the InBody machine during the month of November and offering free body composition scans to the community. The Inbody is a high tech body scanner that measures body fat percentages, muscle density, an accurate body weight, hydration level and calculates metabolic rate all in about a minute.
“We have ScriptFit, the Inbody, Y Weight our health and wellness challenge, Indoor Pickleball and lots of classes every week. Stop in and see us. The Y has a lot going on to keep our members active and healthy and we’d love to see you there,” says Acker.
Rocky Mount, Va. (November 7, 2017) – This past weekend the Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team won its first home meet of the season. The Franklin County Y swam against teams from Danville, South Boston, Bedford and Altavista. Winning by a more than 80 point lead over the second place team from Danville.
“We’re off to a great start this year and are really excited about the season,” says J.T. Boyd the Y’s Head Swim Coach.
Rocky Mount, Va. (October 25, 2017) – This past weekendthe Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team participated in the Lynchburg YMCA’s invitation and “virtual swim meet.” This first meet of the season had 11 Y team members who swam against not only multiple local teams but were entered into a national database with all Y teams in the country swimming over the same weekend. Out of the swimmers at the meet 28 personal records were set and the team overall cut over 200 seconds off their previous times. In addition, one swimmer made regional cut off times from this meet.
The Y team this year has over 50 registered participants which is an all-time high in participation in more than a decade at the YMCA.
“The growth of our swim team has been great to watch and be a part of. We have some terrific swimmers this year and some dedicated volunteer coaches and parents. It’s going to be a great season,” says Kameron Kitts Aquatics Director with the YMCA.