There’s no such thing as nothing to do if the Fundy Y is part of your life, and improving your health and having fun are all part of the Y experience.
From swimming and line dancing, to walking programs and after school activities – it’s a busy place. They teach aquatic leadership courses and even have a new pre-primary program.
Sharon MacAlpine, manager, describes the bustling venue as a vibrant social centre that caters to people of all ages and inclinations – and their well being. And February is a special month for those who want to join in the fun.
“For the rest of February, the Fundy YMCA offers a Free one-week trial membership as part of Heart Health Month,” she said. “New members normally pay a $75 Household Joiners Fee, which helps to defray the cost of equipment and facility upkeep. However, the fee is being waived for the balance of Heart Health Month.”
And speaking of heart health, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, heart disease affects 1.3 million Canadians, she said.
“The good news is 80 per cent of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable,” she said. “And with nine in 10 Canadians living with at least one modifiable risk factor they can change, now is the time to take control.”
The Fundy Y offers fitness programs tailored to all ages and abilities,” MacAlpine said. “More than 25 fitness classes and over 15 WaterART programs are held each week. The AWHF (Annapolis West Health Foundation) is the major sponsor of the WaterART programs that range from Aquafit Deep, WaterART Arthritis, and WaterART Rehabilitation. These programs integrate exercise design with the properties of water.”
Earlier this month the Fundy Y started an after school program at Clark Rutherford School for pre-primary participants. The program is in partnership with the provincial government and focuses on a quality recreation experience focused on movement and active play inside and outside.
The program will allow for child-led play and its many benefits: exploration, discovery, physical literacy, self-regulation, problem solving, risk taking, connecting to nature, and having fun.
MacAlpine said having limited household finances does not pose a barrier to becoming a member at Fundy Y.
“We offer financial assistance to people who can’t afford the full cost of membership,” she said. “Our program and membership director will meet with them privately to figure out a cost that’s appropriate and manageable. As a registered charity, we conduct occasional fundraising events, and some of the money raised is used to assist eligible people with their membership fees.”
She said the Fundy YMCA is a safe, welcoming place dedicated to promoting growth for all people in our communities.
“That's at the Heart of everything we do,” she said.
Fundy Y Highlights
Following is a list of Fundy Y highlights:
-- March Break Day Camps: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., $25 members, and $30 non-members
-- Free Friday Night Youth Zone ages 8-14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
-- Childminding: Monday to Friday
-- Free Guitar Jammin’ - Wednesdays - 12:30 to 2 p.m.
-- Free Walk N' Roll program Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m.
-- WaterART programs sponsored by Annapolis West Health Foundation Monday through Friday mornings and two evenings. WaterArt Aqua Fit Deep, WaterArt Arthritis, and WaterArt Rehabilitation.
-- After School Program at Clark Rutherford School
-- Aquatic Leadership Programs, Adult & Youth, and private swim lessons