Project Wellness

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About Project Wellness

As a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a healthier community through a creative mix of grants, projects, partnership and facilities, the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) proudly announced plans for Project Wellness in August 2015.

Project Wellness is a state-of-the-art, unique healthy living center focused on improving the quality of life for Winter Park residents. It will feature new facilities for the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center (which has been serving the community since 1989), and it will be home to new programs to help empower members of the community to be healthier and full of vitality. Project Wellness also creates space for WPHF to collaborate with other not-for-profits and groups with similar goals.

Since 1999, WPHF has conducted a Community Health Assessment every five years to assess the health status of residents. The results of this study underscore the need for Project Wellness. Over half of Winter Park residents are living at an unhealthy weight. Over one quarter have health risks which lead to chronic disease conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, prediabetes or diabetes. At the same time, while 80% of local residents say caring for their health is very important, over 60% report they are less active than they want to be. There is also a documented desire among community members for more awareness and education about how to improve health, yet only 20% report participating in related learning opportunities. Project Wellness will provide a unique place for WPHF and its partners to provide needed services.

Project Wellness is not just a building, but a place designed to be experienced and to facilitate interactions between Wellness, Fitness and Medicine.

The facility, which brings Wellness, Fitness and Medicine together into one integrated center, has been designed to enhance the neighborhood. The mission-driven architecture draws its inspiration from the healing power of nature, transforming WPHF property into a series of gardens and a natural light-filled, central building surrounded by walking paths. Project Wellness is not just a building, but a place designed to be experienced and to facilitate interactions between Wellness, Fitness and Medicine.


Project Updates

Almost a year ago, the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) announced plans for Project Wellness – a unique facility which will be the first of its kind, bringing together Wellness, Fitness and Medicine in one integrated center. Project Wellness (our working name for the facility) will provide a new home for the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center Y, plus it will

Community support for Project Wellness, the unique health and wellness center proposed to provide a new home for the aging Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center YMCA in Winter Park, continues to pour in to the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF).  Early in September, following many years of research and planning, WPHF submitted its

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Project Wellnees.

Q: Are there similar projects like Project Wellness in the U.S.?

A: While there are facilities that have certain elements, Project Wellness will be the first integrated facility offering the planned assortment of Wellness, Fitness and Medicine programs and services. Leaders from the Winter Park Health Foundation visited several renowned facilities across the country and gathered ideas from each site visit.   Best practices appropriate for our community will be incorporated along with several new and unique features.

Q: Where will Project Wellness visitors (including Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center Y members) park?

A: A new, four-story garage will provide free parking for approximately 265 cars. While the garage will be smaller in size and height compared to the one built by Winter Park Memorial Hospital across the street, the Project Wellness parking garage will be similar in design and it will complement the overall design of the health and wellness facility. It will feature ground-floor parking for disabled permit holders and a covered walkway will connect to the main entrance of Project Wellness.

Q: How will Project Wellness improve the roadways in this area of Winter Park?

A: The site plan for Project Wellness presents opportunities for safer roads. The “triangle intersections” that are confusing and hazardous will be eliminated. The goal is to make the area safer and attractive to all users…motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Q: Will the new facility include an indoor track?  What other options will be available to walkers?

A: Project Wellness will offer two options for walking:

Interior Track – will be on the second floor overlooking the Commons.  One loop is .08 miles, so 12.5 laps equals 1 mile.  The surface planned is cork infused rubber flooring with a comfortable 9mm sport thickness. In keeping with our commitment to LEED and WELL building standards, the material to be used is composed of 65% recycled and renewable material.

Outdoor Walking Path – there will be a path around the perimeter of the Project Wellness site.  One loop is .4 miles, so 2.5 laps equals 1 mile.  Along the path users will pass through multiple gardens and experience the health benefits of nature.

Q: What are the major differences between the current Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center Y and the new facility planned within Project Wellness?

A: First and foremost, the current wellness center is over 25 years old and is need of repair and upgrades. The new center will feature two pools; one for lap swimmers and one designed especially for aquatic exercise and rehabilitation. The locker rooms will be upgraded and there will be more space for exercise rooms and group classes. For more information, contact Mary Cox, Associate Executive Director of the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center Y – or 407-644-3606.

Q: What options will be available to members of the Crosby Wellness Y during construction of Project Wellness?

A: Because many members of the Crosby Wellness Center YMCA have been closely connected to their Y friends, staff and programs for years, the Y is making every effort to make the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. Members will be warmly welcomed at the Y’s 22 other family centers across Central Florida, including the nearby Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, Oviedo and Blanchard Park YMCAs. During construction, Crosby staff and class instructors will also be relocated to nearby Ys, thus enabling members to continue their health and wellness routines with minimal disruption. For more information, contact Mary Cox, Associate Executive Director of the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center Y – or 407-644-3606.

Q: Where can I take my aquatic classes?

A: All your favorite aquatic classes will be available to you at the Downtown Y, Oviedo Y (indoor pools) and Cady Way (seasonal hours).  Many of your classes will be taught by your favorite Crosby Y instructors.