Tuesday, October 09, 2012

YMCA Stepping Up for Health in Ottawa

I have to admit it, when we were first approached by the YMCA here in Ottawa to discuss a partnership I wasn't too sure. For whatever reason I associated the YMCA with for lack of a better descriptor - discount fitness.

Boy was I shocked when I actually popped by.

The facilities were spectacular, truly top-rate equipment, clean, spacious and most importantly, welcoming.

The YMCA isn't like some other fitness facilities - it's terrifically inclusive and doesn't give off the elitist vibe that some gyms might.  Amazingly too, the YMCA is truly for everyone in that there's no such thing as not being able to afford it as they have the means to assess need, and if need be, offer their services freely.

I blogged a few weeks ago about the incredible free program the Y is offering Grade 6 students.  Today I'd like to highlight the exercise prescription pads they whipped up for us. Simply put, they're prescription pads that can be used by any health care provider to extend to their patient a one week free pass to the Y. No strings. No obligations. And they created the program and pads consequent to a simple discussion with us where we suggested they might be useful to local physicians.

We'll be giving them out at our trenchtalks Ottawa event tomorrow, but if you're a health care provider in Ottawa and you'd like a pad or two for your practice, just give our front desk a call at 613-730-0264, or pop by our office.

Thanks YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region!

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  1. Dr. F

    Do you have plans to give out these free week passes along with the CDA's physical activity prescription pads that prescribe the physical activity to your clients? I know that for many of the people that I see, going from sedentary to 'doing something' is a huge leap. Many of my clients don't know where to start or how to start safely (all or nothing thinkers especially). I've found it often does help to have a qualified person set a manageable physical activity goal with the client to help them get going safely. The pads offer good consumer information on setting reasonable goals.


    1. Thanks Michelle! A great point. Would hope that the prescriber would discuss this with their patients, but probably wrong of me to assume that they would.

  2. Anonymous10:22 am

    I had to give up my YMCA membership in London ON after the $50 per month fee got to be too much. If you didn't get there at least twice a week it didn't seem worth it. I still go sometimes for the $12 day pass.

  3. I belong to my local YMCA in the States, and I've lost 100 pounds in the last 5-1/2 months by exercising there daily (along with some significant dietary changes). I love the Y - mine is very state-of-the-art, and the classes that they offer mean that I can keep my exercise routine varied enough to not get bored. I love the atmosphere most of all, though - fewer of the meatheads and mirror junkies that you find in the big chains. I've never felt judged there, even when I was 100 pounds heavier.

    The YMCA rocks!

  4. Like a lot of people, I visited our YMCA with the usual stereotypical baggage (cue to some snide Simpsons reference). That was a few years ago, when my wife was encouraging us to get a memberhsip.

    I was shocked. Excellent staff. Helpful people. Few-to-no mirrors. Not a trace of judgement.

    It's pricey, but I'm hopeful that the medical campus I work for will start subsidizing. These are honest-to-god community centers. There is child care, family events, and a ton of free classes and activities.