Take a tour: Sanford Health, YMCA open $12 million Family Wellness centerFARGO – Family Wellness joins Sanford Health and the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties in a health-and-fitness partnership housed in a $12 million center that debuted Monday.
By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM
FARGO – Family Wellness joins Sanford Health and the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties in a health-and-fitness partnership housed in a $12 million center that debuted Monday.
The two-level center, featuring lots of windows encircling its running track and exercise rooms, is next door to the Scheels Arena in southwest Fargo near Veterans Boulevard and 32nd Avenue South.
The partnership came about when both organizations were looking at serving the booming area of southwest Fargo and West Fargo, where a study showed a comprehensive fitness center was needed.
The 80,000-square-foot facility includes a lap-swimming pool, a wading pool and whirlpool, two racquetball courts, and a large room of cardiovascular exercise and weight-lifting machines.
“Of course, all the equipment is state of the art and brand new,” said Jenna Johnson, director of Family Wellness, adding that the center is staffed by six full-time wellness trainers.
The center also includes a collegiate-sized gymnasium that can be divided into two smaller gyms for activities such as basketball, volleyball and badminton.
Near the swimming area, members can relax in a coed sauna and steam rooms or get massage therapy.
Drop-in child care, with two activity rooms, is available for children 6 weeks to 8 years old. It also has classrooms for groups of patients to meet.
“Basically an overall guiding principle is, togetherness is wellness,” Johnson said.
“You come here to get healthy; you stay because you have a relationship,” she said. “Our goal here at Family Wellness is to connect people in a fun environment to inspire healthy lifestyles.”
At the start of its opening day, Family Wellness had 1,200 members. Leah Hustad of West Fargo and Jenna Sandman of Fargo were among the first members to try out the new center Monday morning.
Both young mothers, the women were pushing child strollers around the walking and running track. The two had never met before but chatted as they got a few laps in.
“It’s so close to home,” Hustad said. “They haven’t had anything here in the south part of town.”
The opening date for an indoor exercise center is fortunate as the fall weather begins to turn chilly ahead of winter, Sandman added.
Memberships cost $50 a month for individuals and $80 a month for families or households. YMCA members can visit at no charge up to 12 times in a calendar year.
The fees are higher than the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties, where adults 25 to 64 years of age pay $47 a month and families or households pay $68 monthly.
“That’s primarily because our amenities are a little bit more expensive,” Johnson said.
Because of services offered at Family Wellness, Sanford Health closed its fitness center at its Southpointe Clinic location in south Fargo. It maintains a gym at its Broadway Health location at its downtown campus for specialty groups, such as cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes patients.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522