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January 25, 2016 – Richmond VA. Virginia Baptist Homes announces a partnership agreement with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport:

Virginia Baptist Homes (VBH) has recently signed an agreement with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS). NIFS is an industry-leader in designing and executing holistic wellness programs for seniors.  The NIFS partnership underscores VBH’s commitment to healthy aging for its residents.

Research shows that an active lifestyle can lessen the challenges and increase the opportunities associated with aging. VBH seeks to provide an environment within its four communities that offers aging adults programs, guidance, and support for healthy aging. The partnership with NIFS will help VBH residents take charge of their health and wellness and improve their overall well-being.

NIFS will partner with VBH to provide the following services:

  • Personal training, personalized exercise programs, fitness testing, and equipment orientation
  • Group fitness classes
  • Data analysis
  • Health-Related educational sessions, life-long learning opportunities, nutritional coaching and weight-loss programs
  • Foster cross-department collaboration
  • Implementation of Incentive and Wellness programs

More information on NIFS can be accessed at

Virginia Baptist Homes, Inc. operates the following not-for-profit faith-based continuing care retirement communities: The Chesapeake in Newport News, Lakewood in Richmond, Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community in Culpeper and The Glebe in Daleville.


Peter Robinson

Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations

Virginia Baptist Homes

Corporate Headquarters: 1900 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, VA 23238

Telephone: (804) 521-9276



Richmond-area continuing care retirement community to add new homes and amenities


RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, October 25, 2015 — During its Heritage Day Celebration held on October 22nd, residents of Lakewood Manor received exciting news. Virginia Baptist Homes (VBH) President and CEO Jonathan Cook announced a plan that will bring significant changes to the Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Richmond’s West End.

“We are looking toward the future and are excited about the expansion which will help Lakewood better serve the needs and desires of future generations of adults over 62. We intend to be Richmond’s top choice for an exceptional senior lifestyle,” Cook said.

While plans are still in the research and development phase, Cook said the organization intends to add new homes with a unique design that has never before been built in the Richmond area. The redesigned community will focus on empowering residents to improve their overall well-being. New wellness programming will be based on the latest research about how to stay healthy and active longer. Innovative new dining choices will cater to a variety of tastes and lifestyles. A new community center with wellness and fitness areas will become a central gathering area, and the campus will see enhancements to its grounds and landscaping, including the proposed addition of a lake. “You’re going to see contemporary design and the kind of high-level of programming and amenities that Baby Boomers expect,” he said.

For more information on expansion plans at Lakewood Manor, call 804-601-4585.

About Lakewood Manor and Virginia Baptist Homes

Lakewood Manor is a faith-based, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community operated by Virginia Baptist Homes (VBH). Located in Richmond’s West End, Lakewood Manor has been serving area seniors since 1979. Today, it is home to more than 400 residents, empowering them to live an engaging, fulfilling, and active lifestyle.

Virginia Baptist Homes is an independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing dignity in living to seniors. VBH operates four not-for-profit, faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News; Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community in Culpeper; The Glebe in Daleville; and Lakewood Manor in Richmond.



Peter Robinson

Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations

1900 Lauderdale Drive

Richmond, VA 23238