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The New Tampa YMCA Spin-a-thon


At Bright Eyes, we believe in strong relationships with the community. In addition to providing eye care for those in need, we have been longstanding supporters of the YMCA.

I routinely work out at the Y and since this year has been quite cold, I’ve especially enjoyed the spin classes, also called studio cycling. So I was excited to see that there was going to be a spin fundraiser: The Spinathon on Saturday, March 20th at the New Tampa YMCA!

The idea is simple: A person or team of people will do four consecutive hours of spin class. They take donations to raise money for the YMCA Building Strong Kids Campaign. The Building Strong Kids Campaign is a nation-wide campaign to raise money for after-school care, swim lesson, camps, leadership training, and other programs for kids not just in Hillsborough County, but around the country.

Why donations? (Get it? “Y Donations!”, lol ) From the YMCA webpage: “Simply put, your gift changes lives. Every dollar given to the YMCA goes directly to help children and families participate in YMCA memberships and programs, regardless of their financial circumstances. Through YMCA involvement, families become closer, children grow and blossom, seniors discover new energy, and those with disabilities find new abilities and new hope.”

Check out this wonderful video about Building Strong Kids, click here.

And if you like to read some wonderful testimonials, click here.

The entire staff of Bright Eyes will be taking turns spinning away for four hours straight. We are planning on getting team shirts and everything. You won’t miss us. It will be a blast!

There are three ways to support us in the Spinathon:

1) Drop a donation in the Spinathon box at Bright Eyes: check or cash is fine.

2) Use this handy Chipin widget via Paypal. (It is SO easy!)

3) You can donate directly to YMCA: Just click here and then tell us how much you donated for our team!

Look forward to photos and results! Let us know if you’d rather your gift be anonymous. Or consider forming a team of you own!!

UPDATE: To ensure that we reach our goal, we will be donating 5% of all sales on glasses to the Spin-a-thon between now and March 20th. If you’d like to match our donation, then let us know!



Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Spring Fling on April 5th !

YMCA We love to take part in local activities, especially when it benefits a good cause.

The Spring Fling is coming April 5th! The benefit is being hosted by the Westchase YMCA, but many West Park Village merchants will be participating. From 10 am to 6 pm, Village stores will be hosting special events and promotions. From 3 to 9 pm, Reeves Import Motorcars will showcase luxury cars near the fountain past West Park Village. And from 7 to 9 pm, the YMCA will host the dinner and silent auction at Bellisimo Ristorante. Featuring live music and a wine tasting, the Spring Fling promises to be loads of fun.

Bright Eyes will be donating a pair of Tiffany & Co. sunglasses for the silent auction. All proceeds from the dinner and auction benefit the YMCA’s 2008 Building Strong Kids Campaign.

If you have questions about the Spring Fling, contact the Westchase YMCA at 792-7838.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.


West Park Village YMCA

While talking with patients during the beginning of each comprehensive vision exam, patients are sometimes surprised at some of the questions I ask that don’t seem to have a lot to do with the eyes. These are questions such as how much time do you spend in front of the computer?, what type of surgery have you had?, how much do you smoke?, how much exercise do you and your family get?

Depending on the answers, I’ll explain why I ask. Some types of surgery, even if they are on seemingly unrelated body parts such as the neck or abdomen, can be for conditions that affect the eyes. Eliminating smoking is one of the best things you can do to preserve your vision as you get older. Exercise not only makes you feel better, but time spent exercising instead of doing activities that cause eye strain (such as computer work or text messaging) can help stop nearsightedness from increasing.

I ask these question because it is my goal to improve a patient’s overall health, not just their vision. With this in mind, Bright Eyes Family Vision Care supports worthwhile organizations with similar goals of health. One of these is the YMCA.

At West Park Village we are very lucky to have the West Park Village YMCA Express because it is so convenient. During lunch, I can go use the cardio machines, stretch, lift weights, and (of course) shower before my afternoon patients. I know that many others like to work out at the YMCA too, because almost every day I see patients walk by the office in their work out clothes.

But this isn’t new for me; I’ve always liked the Y. When I was a kid I learned to swim in what seemed like the enormous YMCA swimming pool in Helena, Montana. When I see children in the groups at the Y near my house, it reminds me of the summer groups that I used to go. Now that I have a daughter, we have a family membership and can all go!

With so many activities that Y offers, one can forget the mission that makes it all possible. The core values of the YMCA are Faith, Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. I think more organizations could include these ideals within their mission statement and be very successful. If you want to find out more about the YMCA and its philosophy, check it out here.

To me, one of the great purposes of the YMCA is that it supports each of us to become productive citizens. This includes taking charge of our own health. In this day of everything from super-huge servings sizes, drive-through Pharmacies, and 50-hour a week desk jobs, I think we need this more than ever. It is so much easier to stay in shape than to get back into shape. I know it can be hard to make health a priority, but it only takes a small amount of time each day to make it happen.

So maybe I’ll see you at the YMCA tomorrow when I go to work out!

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.


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