You Are Helping Members Thrive
Last updated: September 26, 2022, at 12:49 p.m. PT
Originally published: September 26, 2022, at 12:49 p.m. PT
One of the key pillars of our strategic plan, Vision 2025, is to embrace and deploy Whole Person Health for all across our region. A holistic approach to health and wellness, Whole Person Health addresses all aspects of health to include physical, mental, emotional, social, relational, spiritual, cultural, and community well-being.
Relationship building and finding a network of friends has played a significant role for 79-year-old Marianne Baker in reaching her health goals. “Marianne was one of my first training clients,” shared Liz Grant, Bellevue Family YMCA Healthy Living Director. “She came in with a big goal and I am so proud of her accomplishments! Marianne’s goals inspired and challenged me in a way I didn’t expect as a personal trainer. Because of her I have learned so much!"
Marianne was attracted to the diversity and inclusion the Y offers and became a member in 2013. "I joined because I had been going to a gym whose only members were young and interested in attracting attention.” At the Y, she found a diverse community where she felt like she belonged and that supported her in meeting her health goals. “I love the Y for many reasons: the entire staff is helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable and the members are friendly and diverse in age and cultures and ethnicity.” Shared Marianne.
Nominated as the Bellevue Family Y’s Member of the Month earlier this year, Marianne is a force to be reckoned with at the Y and continues to inspire and support those around her. Ty Rudder, the Y’s membership director, helped Marianne train for and participate in the Women of Steel powerlifting event. “Marianne is an amazing, beautiful, and strong woman. Because of Marianne, I was inspired to let go of my excuses and fears when it comes to accomplishing my goals! She motivated me to hit squats again after six-plus years,” shared Ty.
As a supporter of the Y, you're attending to Whole Person Health for all, and people like Marianne are thriving, meeting their goals, and finding a strong sense of belonging. Thank you for your support and for making our communities healthier in spirit, mind, and body.