July 28, 2015
by Sarah Reese
Dear Members and Volunteers,
The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore, although finding the time to do them on a consistent basis can be a challenge. Here at the Joe & Mary Mottino Family YMCA, we put our efforts into providing our members with the tools they will need to lead a healthy lifestyle. We open early and close late seven days a week to cater to the varying schedules of our members. We offer over 70 group exercise and aquatic fitness classes each week, all of which cater to beginners and advanced exercisers alike. We even offer an incentive program that, we hope, will encourage regular participation at the Y.
The Frequent Y’r (our play on “frequent flier”) Program rewards our members for their efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. Each month, members are issued a Frequent Y’r card and each time they visit, a staff member initials the card. When the member reaches a total of 12 visits, he or she is congratulated for his or her success and get to spin our prize wheel. Prizes change monthly, but include items like $100 in Y program credits, a month of free membership, water bottles, tee shirts, swim goggles, and more. Program participants have told us that this program adds the extra motivation they sometimes need to visit the Y and at times, they find themselves coming when they would not have just because they are so close to completing the card and getting a spin on the wheel.
We couldn’t be happier with the results of this program: Our members are getting healthier and it has been a joy for our staff team to share in our members’ successes. It is my hope that you’ll find a time in the near future to visit your Y family at the Mottino YMCA. We’re here for you.
Regional Vice President
YMCA of San Diego County