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Valley of the Sun YMCA Community & Corporate Services BY: ODETTE BAKKER, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, CORPORATE WELLNESS, VALLEY OF THE SUN YMCA Corporate Wellness Program As a community-centered non-profit, the Valley of the Sun YMCA is a perfect fit for businesses, organizations, and human resource professionals looking to care of their workplace family. The Y’s Corporate Wellness Program serves organizations of all sizes. From a small business with less than 10 employees to government agencies and educational institutions of thousands, the YMCA understands wellness is about more than just a membership. When employees are educated on health and wellness, they perform better at work and in their community. Employees work an average of 7.56 hours per day leaving limited time for attention to their own well-being. The Corporate Wellness Program provides the framework to encourage health both inside and outside the workplace. W hen was the last time you visited a branch of the Valley of the Sun YMCA? A lot may have changed. Since 1892 the YMCA has served Arizona communities, but it’s more than swim lessons for kids or a gym for mom and dad. More than 100,000 families benefit annually from their programs that focus on three key areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The program is designed to improve employee health risks by promoting, guiding and reinforcing preventative choices. It’s a place where its workforce and their families learn how to live a healthier lifestyle and where they engage in programs that promote the balancing mind, body and soul. In addition to full valley-wide facility membership, employers can select from a Wellness Offering Menu that includes: The Y is for EVERYONE. As one of the oldest nonprofits in the state, in 2016, the YMCA will enter its 125th year of serving Arizona families and will continue its legacy of enabling kids to realize their potential; preparing teens for college; offering ways for families to have fun together; empowering people to be healthier in mind, body and spirit; preparing people for employment; welcoming and embracing newcomers; helping foster a nationwide service ethic and so much more in their programs, services and initiatives. 26 RISK & BUSINESS MAGAZINETM FALL 2015 • Building wellness strategies that enable employers to create a program that fits the needs of their unique employment base. • Corporate events to encourage employee wellness efforts, recognize accomplishments, and create a fun learning environment. • Childcare services so families can participate in on-site fitness and educational programs and activities. • ROI & Cost Savings Analysis so employers know the cost, savings and benefits of their Corporate Wellness Program. When employees are healthier, they are happier and more engaged in the workplace and this benefits their employer. Participants of the YMCA Corporate Wellness Program report: • Improved physical and mental health of employees • Increased productivity • Decreased absenteeism • Less disability and workers’ compensation claims An investment in the health and wellbeing of the work force is an investment in the wellness of the organization. The Corporate Wellness Program is building families, communities, and healthy workplaces across the state of Arizona. YMCA members who are part of a Corporate Wellness Program may participate in a variety of programs and activities for the entire family. • A complimentary ap