YMCA of Okanagan now offering online classes, support groups

YMCA online classes

YMCA of Okanagan is offering a variety of online services to keep your mind, body and spirit healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the YMCA we pride ourselves on always being there for the communities we serve,” says YMCA of Okanagan CEO Sharon Peterson. “We are committed to supporting individuals with their health goals, which include providing resources for their mental, physical and emotional health during this pandemic." 

"We are all trying to adjust to a new normal and it has not been easy for most. Our commitment to you, is that we will continue to provide opportunities for you and your family to stay connected and active throughout this difficult time.” 

The online fitness classes include Y Thrive Home which has a variety of options for all ages.

“This is an excellent free online platform to help keep all of us healthy and active,” says Peterson. “Everyone is welcome and workouts are tailored for all levels and audiences including adults, families, kids and seniors.”

YMCA of Okanagan has also launched live classes on Facebook and Instagram.

“Our first Facebook live class saw nearly 80 people in attendance,” says Peterson. “Facebook and Instagram live classes provide a great virtual alternative for those who enjoy the group participation and community feeling that our regular group fitness classes provide." 

"We will be offering a few regular classes to start, with a goal of adding more options to our virtual fitness class schedule as demand grows. Between our live classes and Y Thrive Home videos we have something for every age and ability.”

All classes can be found here.

YMCA has also launched the YMCA Early Years Community Facebook group which offers educational resources and live sessions for families with kids up to six-years-old. Live sessions include story times, songs, crafts and other activities for at home.

YMCA's Career Development Services is now virtual as well, providing free online group services for individuals 16 to 30-years-old. Through phone, email and video chat, the services will help those who are struggling with their job search. It will offer help to enhance personal, educational and employment opportunities.  

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