HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR THE SPIRIT, MIND AND BODY
Our Ys are committed to offering programs that are specifically targeted to help those with chronic diseases and health challenges, to help alleviate symptoms, prevent onset and to aid in recovery. From obesity and heart disease to LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for cancer survivors and Parkinson’s, the Y is here to better the health of our entire community.
YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
This one-year program is designed to help adults adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Currently, diabetes affects nearly 26 million people. Pre-diabetes affects an estimated 79 million people, one in three adults, in the United States, but only 11 percent of those individuals know they have it. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in adults over age 60.
The program is open to all qualifying community participants. Enrollment is currently taking place for our upcoming sessions (morning and evening classes are available). For more information or to see if you qualify, please contact Katrina Stephanides, RD, LDN at 978.564.3923 or email@example.com
Parkinson's SMART Program
Stressless Motivation And Restorative Techniques.
Parkinson's SMART Program is great for anyone with Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Led by Gail Perry Borden, Fitness Professional and Parkinsonian, the class focuses on researched based exercise specifically for Parkinson’s that is neuro-plasticity principled, and holds promise to slow disease progression, restore motor function, increase longevity & quality of life.
Participants should be able to walk and stand unassisted. Individuals with MS, as well as caregivers are welcome to attend. Class length is 90 minutes.
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30am
Ipswich Family YMCA, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
12 week program
FREE due to the generosity of our donors.
INCLUDES a complimentary 12-week YMCA membership.
Greater Beverly (Sterling) YMCA
Plaistow Community YMCA
Cape Ann YMCA
Ipswich Family YMCA
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal". The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.
Our goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self esteem. A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.
In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants a supportive environment and a feeling of community with their fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members. YMCA fitness instructors work with each participant to fit the program to their individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care.
Contact us for more information:
Greater Beverly YMCA: Lee Benton
Haverhill YMCA: Sarah Concemi
Plaistow Community YMCA: Sarah Concemi
Lynch/Van Otterloo YMCA: Martha Potvin
Cape Ann YMCA: Lara Barnett
Ipswich Family YMCA: Terry Gauthier
GET READY TO MOVE: There’s no doubt about it— Enhance®Fitness gets you moving. And because you’re encouraged to move at your own pace it’s never more than you can handle. In fact, we’ll meet you where you are and help you gain strength, flexibility and balance.
Our aim: To help you feel better EnhanceFitness is geared toward older adults, and those with a chronic condition, such as arthritis, need not worry; you’ll never have to do anything that hurts. We have chairs you can use for support, if necessary. When you’re ready you can add soft ankle and wrist weights to your workout.
Healthy Weight Loss Program
Let us help you become the new you!
The Y’s weight loss approach is smart, effective and sustainable. There are no gimmicks, restrictive approaches or instant cures - just expert guidance and the tools you need to eat healthier, move more and lose weight. We’ll provide the tools to help guide you towards long term healthy habits Cost: $45.00 for members and $180 Community rate.
Cape Ann YMCA
Ipswich Family YMCA
Greater Beverly YMCA
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
Healthy Weight Loss & Your Child
"The Healthy Weight and Your Child program offers a family based weight management program which includes teaching lifestyle changes along with incorporating regular exercise within the local YMCA setting. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to take advantage of within their community." - Sharon Weston MS RD LDN, Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Boston Children's Hospital
Healthy Weight and Your Child is a pilot program designed to empower children between the ages of 7-13, with support from their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States—triple the rate from just one generation ago. Today, one in six children are obese and one in three are overweight. These children are at greater risk for a number of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and mental health issues.
The 25-session program engages the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight. The program focuses on three elements—healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change. Made up of groups of eight to 15 children and their parents/caregivers, the program creates a welcoming, safe, fun and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods for living a healthier lifestyle.
Sessions are two hours in length, with the first hour delivered in a classroom setting and the second hour focused on physical activity. Children eligible for the program must be between the ages of 7 and 13, have a body mass index (BMI)greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, receive approval from their doctor or a health care provider and be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.