Beyond a Work Out
Richard Bradley is a household name at the East Pasco Family YMCA. He has been there almost every day for the past decade or so. “I get up every morning. Eat my breakfast. Read my devotional and then it is off to the Y,” says Richard. “All my friends and family know that I will be there from 9:30 -11:00 each day.”
Richard started coming to the Y because he lived alone and felt a bit isolated. “The Y changed that for me,” testifies Richard. “I have made new friends with the other members and have a very good relationship with the staff. They are very caring people.”
In addition to the social benefits, the Y is also impacting Richard’s physical health. “My doctor is very happy that I go to the Y and, as a result, my health is pretty good at 92,” shares Richard. “I have normal blood pressure and my cholesterol is perfect! I do have diabetes but the Y helps me manage it through exercise.”
Richard truly embodies the Y’s commitment to strengthen mind, body and spirit for all ages. “My life is better because I come to the East Pasco Family YMCA,” says Richard. “My favorite part of being involved with the Y is that I have people that I care about and I know that they care about me.”
Richard perfectly showcases how well-being at the Y goes beyond just working out. In addition to fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength. During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Tampa Y encourages you to learn your risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and take preventive steps to potentially reduce your chances of developing the disease. Take a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes and if you or someone you know is at risk, we can help through our Y Diabetes Prevention Program. To learn more, contact YDPP@tampaymca.org.
Pictured above: Richard Bradley helps keep his diabetes in check at the East Pasco Y.