Wednesday, September 23, 2020

YMCA Hosts Canadian Club

At the Y’s pool you can find Luca and Rocky Gurgenidze and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick practicing for Swim Florida.

At the Y’s pool you can find Luca and Rocky Gurgenidze and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick practicing for Swim Florida.

By Gary Elliott

The Greater Marco Island Family YMCA will host a tour and lunch for the Marco Island Area Canadian Club on Tuesday, February 23 from 11 AM to 1 PM. This event includes discovery tours of the Y’s facilities and programs, and a healthy lunch in the brand new Youth Development Center. In addition, Alma McDermott from the Southwest Florida Blue Zones Project will discuss this new initiative that promotes a heathier, longer and happier life. Steve Delisi, with NCH Healthcare System’s international billing, will discuss using Canadian Medical Emergency Travel Insurance Cards at NCH Healthcare facilities here on Marco Island, as well as in Naples.

The Y has been an integral part of Marco Island for years. It is

The Y has fitness classes for all ages, and all levels.

The Y has fitness classes for all ages, and all levels.

much more than a swim and gym facility on the island. At the Y, it’s more than just working out. In addition to their physical fitness classes and facilities, passionate and enthusiastic instructors and volunteers provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength.

That’s why you’ll find a range of recreational activities at the Y. With something for everyone, there’s no such thing as being too old to get into the game. For instance, Rock Steady Boxing improves the quality of life for people battling Parkinson’s disease through non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness training. Started in October, the program already has 30 participants. Healthy Living Director Deborah Passero and Certified Rock Steady

Gustavo Sita shows his son Phoenix that you can never be too young, or too old, for fitness. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Gustavo Sita shows his son Phoenix that you can never be too young, or too old, for fitness. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Boxing Coach Gustavo Sita, along with volunteers and caregivers, help make this class fun, exciting and rewarding.

Y Reads! Coordinator Daisy Galarza organizes and coaches the 18 volunteers in the early reading program at Manatee Elementary School, just a few miles off the island. These volunteers spend two afternoons a week nourishing the minds of early elementary schoolchildren who need the most help, and sets them on a path for future learning. Today 54 kids benefit from the program.

The Marco Island Family YMCA is as unique and welcoming as the island itself. It boasts a 25-yard, six lap pool, an active and up-to-date gym, a popular tennis program with men’s and women’s teams winning championships in the USTA Florida Sectionals held

Y Reads! Coordinator Daisy Galarza with a young reader at Manatee Elementary School.

Y Reads! Coordinator Daisy Galarza with a young reader at Manatee Elementary School.

in Daytona, and child care programs.

The Southwest Florida Blue Zones Project is a community well-being initiative that makes healthy choices easier in all the places we live, work and play.

The Marco Island Area Canadian Club is free to join. It hosts three events during season at local venues providing networking, fun and discovery. Our sponsors for this event are BMO Harris Bank, Island Title 5 Star Agency, and H&R Block. For those who plan to attend the tour and lunch on February 23 we suggest a $20 cash or check donation per person made directly to the YMCA at the door. Please call or email Gary Elliott at 239-248-1776 or marcoislandcondoguy@gmail.com for more information about the Canadian Club or to make reservations for this event.

 

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