The Birmingham YMCA Partners with Local Organizations and Physicians to Introduce Weight Loss Program through Flexible Spending Accounts

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Employees in Jefferson can now take advantage of pre-tax dollars, in flexible spending accounts, set aside for weight loss programs prescribed by physicians to get in shape. The Birmingham YMCA has formed partnerships with local non-profit wellness providers, The Lakeshore Foundation and the Levite Jewish Community Center, to provide structurally similar weight loss group support programs, based on the CDC’s minimum requirements for exercise.

Employees in Jefferson can now take advantage of pre-tax dollars, in flexible spending accounts, set aside for weight loss programs prescribed by physicians to get in shape. The Birmingham YMCA has formed partnerships with local non-profit wellness providers, The Lakeshore Foundation and the Levite Jewish Community Center, to provide structurally similar weight loss group support programs, based on the CDC’s minimum requirements for exercise.

Exercise Is Medicine is a new initiative designed to initiate the dialogue about the importance of becoming physically active between physicians and their patients, “Ground breaking research has proven that exercise, at the correct intensity and duration, not only improves the quality of life, said Caroline Bundy, director of Community Health Initiatives for the Birmingham YMCA. “It decreases the incidence of chronic conditions that surround inactivity such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers.”

Partnerships have also been formed with administrators and brokers of flexible spending accounts to help educate their clients. In turn, employees have the benefit of using their flexible spending accounts for weight loss programs. Alabama is ranked as the second fattest state in the nation. The Birmingham YMCA is part of the Health Action Partnership, a group of twenty local agencies working to reduce tobacco use and the obesity rate in Jefferson County by making the healthy choice, the easy choice.

About the YMCA
YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the Y, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information, visit http://www.ymcabham.org.

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