At the Y, a supportive community is a big part of wellness. At every age and every level of activity, you’ll find people just like you looking to live a little bit healthier. Members and program participants often cite the support and enthusiasm of fellow participants and staff as some of the key factors in their achievement of greater well-being. One member sums up her favorite class this way:
A Supportive Community
is a Big Part of Wellness
“This is a great program, I’ve learned so much about how to eat healthier and I love the classes. I’m here 3 – 4 times a week now to work out and I love the new me!”
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for Cancer Survivors
Taking Action and Changing Lives
Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and the LIVESTRONG® Foundation have joined together to create LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.
September 19, 2017, Tuesday/Thursday, 9:45-11 a.m. or 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Participants work with Y instructors, trained in the elements of supportive cancer care & post rehab exercise, to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
This Program Includes:
- Two physical activity classes per week
- A combination of individual instruction and group activities
- Workouts include cardiovascular exercise, strength training, stretching, and balance work
- Free 12-week YMCA Family Membership
To Qualify & Enroll:
Participants must commit to attending 80% of classes and may bring a support person to the program.
To learn more, contact Naomi Engelken, firstname.lastname@example.org or 319.378.5955.
Schedule an Intake Interview to register for the 12 week program.
YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes, and 79 million people in the United States are estimated to have it. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.
Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 50-71%. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.
Next free information session:
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:45 p.m. at Mercy Health Plaza Y.
Class Session Begins:
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:45 p.m. at Mercy Health Plaza Y.
Contact: Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, Emmaly Renshaw, 319.378.5955 or DPP@crmetroymca.org
How to Register:
Download the Intake Form and email to DPP@crmetroymca.org or bring it in to the YMCA at Mercy Health Plaza.
How it Works
The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals. Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.
Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.
- Lose 7% of your body weight
- Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week
You will do this by learning daily strategies for:
Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes1.
Increasing Physical Activity:
Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems2.
It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes3.
$429; includes 25 classes AND one year individual complimentary YMCA pass (as long as you are active in the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program). There is financial assistance for anyone who cannot afford the full price. A free informational session is provided before the start of every session. Classes start when we receive a minimum of 8 participants. Add your name to the waiting list at any time to be contacted when the next class begins.
View the CDC info pages on diabetes:
Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Indiana University and the CDC, the program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.
What Is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Enhance®Fitness—Treating Arthritis through Fun, Laughter and Friends
Be more active, energized and Empowered
Join us for EnhanceFitness, a proven senior fitness and arthritis management program that improves your endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. It reduces your arthritis symptoms with safe, low impact exercises led by certified instructors in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes fun, laughter, friendship and smiles.
EnhanceFitness has been recognized by the CDC and other national organizations committed to improving the health of older adults. Of all these multiple benefits though, the one that matters most is that it’s a great time.
FREE for Y Members
10-punch card for $60
20-punch card for $110
*There is no need to pre-register. Just show up to class! The instructor will ask you to fill out some paperwork and participate in a short assessment.
For more information contact:
Helen G. Nassif YMCA
YMCA at Mercy Health Plaza
Stoney Point YMCA
Active Older Adults
Active Older Adults
At the Y, our adult exercise classes promote fitness and well-being while fostering friendship.
It’s never too late to feel great! Our Active Older Adult program is for men and women over the age of 50. We strive to offer a comprehensive and integrated program that encourages members to grow in the areas of physical, emotional, social, vocational, intellectual and spiritual well-being.
Active Older Adult Classes
(class schedules listed under schedules by branch)
SilverSneakers is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. Physical fitness classes are lead at the YMCA by certified instructors. The program focuses on better overall health through increasing; flexibility, circulation, strength and stamina.
Easy Chair Yoga
Come explore the healing benefits of yoga while using a chair as a supportive prop. Members will practice gentle movements and breathing techniques, increase flexibility and strength and improve balance. This class is perfect for those who would love to try yoga, but prefer to not be on the floor.
Practice basic yoga movements and breath work while developing your mind-body connection. We offer a variety of levels, including beginner, Silver (older adults), intermediate and power (advanced).
This class is designed to produce good posture, including stretching, strengthening and balance. It focuses on simple exercises that strengthen bones, improve posture and provide relief from pain associated with osteoporosis, osteopenia
This strength training class designed for those at risk of osteopenia or osteoporosis, includes full body exercises that encourage bone health while focusing on proper form.
Fit N Fun
This low-impact cardio class works every muscle in the body and provides a safe, fun, uplifting workout.
Designed for active older adults, this lively dance-fitness class is both invigorating and easy-to-follow. Bring your friends and enjoy an afternoon of fun and fitness.
Tai chi is a great way to improve balance, prevent falls and relieve pain associated with arthritis. This gentle exercise, often referred to as “meditation in motion,” focuses on a series of slow, guided movements. Participants see a range of benefits including increased balance, flexibility and mobility.
This is a great option for you if you love the water, are trying to get back in shape, having trouble with arthritis or simply want to switch up your workout routine.
Exercise classes, health education and social programs have been shown to help older adults maintain good health, reduce their health care costs and lead an active, independent lifestyle.