WELLNESS SERIES FOR VETERANS

OUR IMPACT

In 2018, the Y provided 600 monthly memberships to veterans.  82% of participating veterans report having gone from extreme daily anxiety to having moderate daily anxiety.  Vets also ranked their general level of motivation to participate in social activities on a typical day. After three months of Y membership, 74% reported an increased level of motivation to socialize.

WELLNESS SERIES FOR VETERANS

Everyday troops are returning home from war with not just physical trauma, but mental trauma as well.  The common diagnosis amongst veterans is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Anxiety Disorders.  Veterans are supported with the use of prescription drugs, group therapy and counseling sessions.  Even with this support, transitioning back into everyday life and the workforce can be a huge challenge.  Suicide rates, substance abuse, domestic violence and depression continue to rise. The conventional methods of treatment for these veterans are simply not enough.

One proven method of treatment that is gaining momentum is the use of physical fitness to alleviate the side effects of PTSD.  Physical fitness certainly helps relieve some of the pain and stiffness that most veterans might have, but studies are reporting that having a regular physical fitness routine has also helped to decrease anger, night terrors, memory lapses, anxiety and depression in those veterans suffering from PTSD and Anxiety Disorders.  Having a regular physical fitness routine not only helps provide veterans with an outlet for their anxiety as they transition back into the work force, but also provides them with healthier habits.

More than 12,000 veterans in Erie County are currently treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Wellness Series for Veterans program provides free wellness programs and Y memberships for veterans to help them deal with anxiety and return back to society. Veterans currently receiving services through the VA Medical Center are eligible for this program.

MEMBERSHIPS

The YMCA of Greater Erie accepts applications for free one month adult memberships. Memberships are available through the Downtown Y but can be used at any YMCA of Greater Erie location. There will be 55 memberships available each month. Veterans currently receiving services through the VA Medical Center are eligible for these memberships. Memberships must be applied for in person at The Downtown Y and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Monica Olesnanik at 452-3261 Ext 224 or [email protected] for more information.

CLASSES

WATER FITNESS

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AT 9A.M. @ DOWNTOWN Y

This low to high-impact aerobics class held in the shallow end of the pool will utilize the resistance and buoyancy of water to tone muscles while protecting joint.  Water Fitness has been proven to help as increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.

Please make sure to check out our Family Changing Room located next to the pool and to use our newly added Pool Steps to make entering and exiting the pool easier.

SUPPORT OUR VETERANS

More than 12,000 veterans in Erie County are currently treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. The Wellness Series for Veterans program provides free wellness programs and Y memberships for veterans to help them deal with anxiety and return back to society. We would love your support!

MAKE A DONATION TO THE WELLNESS SERIES FOR VETERANS
Everyone knows us as four letters: Y-M-C-A.  But from A to Z, the Y brings our community so much more.  From volleyball to volunteerism, fitness to friendship and swim lessons to scholarships, the Y doesn’t just strengthen individuals, but we strengthen community.