Wellness Center Branch Expansion Complete

UNION, NJ – The Gateway Family YMCA – Wellness Center Branch announced the completion of the recent branch expansion, located at 1000 Galloping Hill Rd, Union. The recently completed renovation included the creation of an additional group exercise studio on the main level for program space and a reconfigured main lobby area and entrance. The Wellness Center Branch specializes in wellness opportunities for ages 12 and over, including in their membership over 100 group exercise programs each week for all abilities.

The Wellness Center Branch opened in 2011 and is one of five branches that comprise The Gateway Family YMCA, serving Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County since 1900. Within the branch are five program studios, a dedicated cycling studio, kinesis room, two conference rooms, cardiovascular wellness center, circuit and free weight room. Dedicated to serving those who need a little more support, the Wellness Center Branch provides LiveSTRONG at the YMCA a supportive community program for cancer survivors, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, Enhanced Fitness for Arthritis as well as comprehensive group exercise programs. Members have full use of The Gateway Family YMCA branches within Elizabeth, Union and Rahway, including the Five Points Branch located nearby with a pool, gymnasium and programs for all ages.

“We are dedicated to providing the highest level of support to those in our local community. As a non-profit organization, we work hard every day to ensure that everyone is able to benefit from the programs and services at the YMCA and provide financial assistance to those in need, community programs and free memberships to all students in 7th grade,” stated Krystal R. Canady, Chief Executive Officer, The Gateway Family YMCA.

“We are excited by the opportunity for growth this expansion brings, in particular our focus on programs for those with chronic diseases and lower impact popular programs like Yoga and Tai Chi. The additional space will allow us to better serve the Union community and our members,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO.

The expansion project began in late August and was completed just this past month. “This expansion was a direct result of member and community focus group feedback. What we heard is that our members want more classes; that they love our staff and our existing programs. We’re excited to be able to continue to expand our portfolio of more than 100 group exercise programs each week, which we will do gradually over the next few weeks,” stated Colleen Clayton, Interim Branch Executive.

“Our focus is creating a supportive environment to serve those that need a little more assistance and guidance to improve their health and well-being. The Y specializes in services for those facing challenges from arthritis, diabetes, weight management, back issues and joint replacement,” added Paul Mickiewicz, Senior Director of Healthy Living.

The Gateway Family YMCA, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.

For more information about programs and services provided by The Gateway Family YMCA – Wellness Center Branch, please visit www.tgfymca.org or contact wellnessinfo@tgfymca.org or 908-349-9622.


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