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Read about the latest events at Sanford Wellness Center.

Wellness Center Members,

New year greetings, everyone! This is a follow-up to our earlier announcement about changes you’re beginning to see at the Sanford Wellness Center at 49th Street and Oxbow Avenue.

The improvements will include upgrades to locker rooms, equipment, the overall look of the facility and much more. The Wellness Center team is working on preliminary designs and will share those as soon as they come together in the coming weeks. You can also see details of the project and more frequent updates at or on our Facebook page. 
Crews have already started clearing out the café and kitchen area. They’ll also be removing some trees before construction starts in March or April.

New Year's Nutrition Start-UP Package


A New You for the New Year

By: Brandy Sivesind, director of Sanford Wellness Center

Another 365 days have passed and now it’s time to set the counter back at one.  It’s time to wipe the slate clean and begin again. It’s time to take those resolutions to lose weight, get fit and live healthier and make them a reality.

Here’s some tips to help you stick to your health and fitness plan from day 1 to day 365, so you can make 2017 your best year yet.

“Stick-to-it” strategies

Write it down. Put your goals on paper – and make them specific. This allows you to see exactly what steps you need to take to reach your goals. For example, a vague goal of “I want to exercise more” is common. Instead try a specific goal such as “I want to walk for 15 minutes, three times a week over the next month”. Once you achieve those goals, you can set new ones.

Be realistic. Your goals need to be attainable. If you’ve never ran before, starting with a goal to run 3 miles, seven days a week is setting yourself up for disappointment – and possibly an injury. The key is to start small, and make gradual changes as you become comfortable with this new lifestyle. For example, begin with walking for 10 minutes, three days a week, then increase your time and/or frequency gradually as the months progress.

Break it up. If your ultimate goal is to run a marathon, that can feel overwhelming in the beginning. Instead, break up that goal into smaller, manageable goals. Instead start with a goal of running a 5K in two months. Those goals feel more achievable in our minds, but by the end of the year, you can still reach the larger goal you wanted.

Forgive yourself. You’re not perfect – and neither is the person running 10 miles on the treadmill next to you. You will have great days and “not-so-great days”, and that’s OK. As you continue on your health and fitness journey, you may have slips, but don’t let it keep you from moving forward. You may need to adjust your goals, but it’s important to not give up.

Invest in your health. Find a fitness center that offers a variety of classes and equipment that fit your lifestyle. These classes can help push you further than you would on your own, and provide some accountability. Better yet, get help from a personal trainer, who is an expert at keeping you motivated and holding you accountable. Investing in your health and wellness by purchasing personal training will give you the best return on investment in terms of reaching your goals quicker and in a healthy manner.

Finding a fitness center

Choosing the right place to help you reach your health and fitness goals is essential to your success. It’s important to do your homework and make an informed decision before joining.

Here are some questions to ask when searching:

Do I feel comfortable here?

Is the facility clean and well maintained?

Is the staff friendly and knowledgeable?

What support/help is offered by the staff?

Does the facility fit my financial status?

Do the hours of the facility fit my schedule?

Do the class schedules and personal training schedules fit my lifestyle?

What is included in the membership fee?

Is child care offered?

Sanford Wellness Center

Fitness that fits your life

What you get with our memberships:

  • Access to three locations in Sioux Falls
  • Month-to-month memberships – no long-term contracts here!
  • Three pools: Kid/recreational pool, lap pool and therapy pool
  • 155 FREE unlimited group fitness classes every week
  • 103 FREE water aerobics classes every week
  • 18 FREE cycling classes every week
  • Strength training and cardio centers
  • Walking/running track, and basketball and racquetball courts
  • Boot camps and circuit classes
  • Personal training and group personal training sessions that fit your busy schedule
  • Weight loss and medical programs
  • Kids fitness classes, child care and birthday party packages
  • FREE group swimming lessons for kids
  • Discounts to YMCA summer camps at Leif Ericson, Spring Creek Golf Course, Huether Family Match Pointe and Santosha Hot Yoga Studios.

Watch for new, exciting changes coming in 2017!

Limited time offer!

Join before Jan. 31 and get a FREE Under Amour pullover AND FREE month of membership OR FREE month of KidZone

Let the team at Sanford Wellness Center help you get started on your new path to health and wellness. Get your FREE 7-day pass today at


Download the Updated Wellness Center App

Members can access the latest information on the Sanford Wellness Center by downloading its free app from the App Store and Google Play.

The app includes information about the Sanford Wellness Center’s locations at Oxbow Avenue and Tea/Ellis Road. Users can check on class times, set up notifications, learn about services and follow important news and events. Information is tailored to each location, which users can select in the app settings.

To download the app, visit the App Store or Google Play and search for “Sanford Wellness Center.”

Sanford Wellness Center App Features:

  •          Covers both locations based on your settings
  •          Check on schedules for group fitness, water and children’s classes
  •          Set up push notifications for new classes, schedule changes, special programs and weather-related announcements
  •          Browse information on membership options and programming
  •          Stay up to date on news and upcoming events


YMCA, Sanford Health transition Family Wellness operations

Fitness facility fully integrates into Sanford Health

Wellness Center SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Family YMCA and Sanford Health have announced the health system has assumed full operations of Family Wellness. The fitness facility, which will now be called Sanford Wellness Center, opened in 2006 as a joint venture between the two entities.

Members will not experience any interruption to services due to the transition.

“The joint-venture partnership between Sanford Health and the YMCA was the first of its kind, and it effectively served thousands in Sioux Falls,” said John Archer, former board chair for Sioux Falls Family YMCA. “We have enjoyed a great working relationship and look forward to our continued partnership in other initiatives.”

“The YMCA has been refining its strategic priorities and will eagerly pursue continued regional programming focused on youth development, summer camp and healthy living,” said Eric Tucker, president and CEO of Sioux Falls Family YMCA.

Sioux Falls Family YMCA and Sanford announced plans to add Family Wellness to the growing west side of Sioux Falls in 2005. The 70,000-square foot facility opened a year later and features a family pool, aquatic aerobics pool, gymnasium, conditioning center, spin bike room, racquetball courts and locker rooms. The facility will continue to offer a diverse set of training options, physical therapy services and a Profile by Sanford retail store front for the health system’s weight-management program.

“Sanford Health’s partnership with the YMCA is and will continue to be strong as we work to support the health and wellness of families in Sioux Falls,” said Paul Hanson, president of Sanford USD Medical Center. “As both organizations explored this move, it became clear that fully integrating Family Wellness into the Sanford Health system was beneficial for both groups because it allows us to each focus on our respective missions and improved the services available to the community we serve.”

The former Family Wellness is located in western Sioux Falls near 32nd Street and Ellis Road.

About The YMCA
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 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 to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and three countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

Eric Tucker

Sioux Falls Family YMCA President & CEO
(605) 336-3190 / 

Tim Gerszewski
Sanford Media Strategist
(605) 366-2432 /