Actively Changing Together (ACT)
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The 5-week class is geared toward families that want to bring healthy lifestyle choices into their daily routine. Families meet twice a week for 1 hour and focus on a family challenge each week – one week it might be to add a new vegetable into their meal, one week to drink more water, or increase their physical activity throughout the week. A wellness coach will lead a 15-minute discussion each week about the goals and then lead the family through a 45-minute workout for all members of the family. The program goal is to build a stronger, healthier family through exercise and teamwork. For more information contact Deborah MacDonald, 509 777 9622 extension 312.
This class is primarily designed for older active adults or those recovering post-surgery. Blood pressures are taken at the beginning of class. Warmup exercises simulate everyday living activities then the class moves to the weight room to incorporate light use of cardio and weight machines. A cool down and stretch ends the class.
Jan 8 – Mar 30 Classes
Central Y – Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:20 – 11:15am
North Y – Wed, Fri: 7 – 8am
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a FREE program tailored to fit the specific needs of cancer survivors who would like to improve their quality of life. Our certified Lifestyle Coaches and personal trainers have undergone specialized training in the elements of cancer, rehabilitative exercise and supportive cancer care. Sessions are offered in a small group environment with exercise protocols customized for each individual.
Read news release showing significant gains for cancer survivor participants.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation
There can – and should be – life after cancer for the more than 32.6 million people around the world affected by cancer. Creating connections for needed support, leveraging funding and resources to spur innovation, and engaging communities and leaders to drive social change, the foundation known for the iconic yellow wristband puts its mission in motion by inspiring and empowering those affected by cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.
This might be for you if…
- You are a survivor 18 years or older
- You have been medically cleared by your doctor to participate in a physical activity program. Our staff can provide support in obtaining an official medical clearance at the time of program entry but you are encouraged to discuss your interest in participation with your medical team before initiating a pre-registration interview.
- You have completed portions of treatment that could limit full participation, such as surgeries that require downtime for recovery, treatment protocols which require immune system protocols limiting contact with others, etc.
- You completed treatment years ago but did not previously get the help needed to reclaim your health either through spirit, mind or body, or all.
How do I know if this is right for me?
- You possess a strong personal desire and commitment to attend all classes. The commitment of the program requires twice-weekly meetings for 12 consecutive weeks.
- You give your permission for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA coaches to talk with your healthcare team, if needed
- You are physically able to participate in most of the activities
- You are willing to complete required forms
Upcoming Sessions and General Inquiries
We maintain an extensive waiting list so please contact Community Health Director Nicole Manus, 509 777 9622 x 119 to be added to our Interest List or discuss if this program is right for you. Increasingly, oncologists are referring patients to the program at the point of diagnosis so when the survivor is nearing the end of treatment, an opening will be available for them.
Pedaling for Parkinson's
Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute. Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease but it is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.
Who Should Participate:
- 30-75 years
- Diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease
- Complete and submit signed consent form and medical clearance
- Agree to periodic progress monitoring
- Do not have cardiac or pulmonary disease, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, uncontrolled hypertension, or stroke, dementia, other medical conditions that are contraindicative to exercise.
This program is free for Parkinson’s patients
All classes are currently held at the Central YMCA, although interest lists have started for our North YMCA and Valley YMCA branches and will start as soon as we have enough interest. Classes are held Mon, Wed, Fri at 1:15pm.
Weight Loss Program
Dates, times & locations coming soon
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Weight Loss Program?
The Weight Loss Program is designed to help people seeking a healthier weight achieve their goals by making small, modest changes to their daily behaviors, and forming sustainable healthy habits.
Who can enroll in the Weight Loss Program?
The program is designed for adults 18 years and older who desire a healthier weight. This program is not intended for individuals with specialized needs due to chronic disease or the onset of chronic disease.
How long is the program and how often does it meet?
This is a 12-week program that meets one time per week. Each weekly session is 60 minutes.
What happens during each weekly session?
Each week participants will weigh in, be introduced to a new topic relevant to weight loss, discuss as a group successes/challenges/suggestions around the weekly topic, and develop goals for the upcoming week. Topics covered during the program include: nutrition, physical activity, stress and sleep, positive psychology, goal setting and sustainability.
What can I expect from this program?
This program will introduce participants to behaviors that have been shown to lead to sustained weight loss, and help participants develop those behaviors in ways that fit into their personal lifestyle.
Will I receive a personalized nutrition or exercise plan in this program?
Because weight loss is unique to each person, this program focuses on helping individuals identify ways to make small, modest changes to their behavior within the context of their own life and in support of their weight loss goals. The tools provided during this program, along with the knowledge and support of the group, are used by participants to develop their own nutrition and exercise plans that work for them.
Will anyone see my weight during weekly weigh-ins?
Participants weigh in weekly during the 12-week program. This will happen in a private location with only the participant and program facilitator present. Once collected, this information is used only in aggregate form to help assess the program’s quality.
YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is not currently offering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Individuals interested in entering a CDC recognized Diabetes Prevention Program immediately, can do so with one of our community partners, Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). INHS starts new classes every month. The evidence-based Group Lifestyle Balance program, a CDC recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) curriculum, is designed to help individuals make lifestyle changes to both prevent diabetes and prevent or treat metabolic syndrome.
INHS offers both an in-person and an online option. For the online class sign up for the Group Lifestyle Balance Program.
We are working with partners at the local, state and national level to help prepare the YMCA of the Inland Northwest to re-engage in DPP work and we are pleased that all the major medical systems in Spokane are welcoming and supporting these efforts.
Y Running Groups
Looking for company, motivation and guidance in your running? Join one of our running groups forming at each Y branch. All levels welcome, with a focus on 5k distance. Program will run for 8-weeks at a time. there will be indoor winter options. Contact the Health and Wellness director at your Y branch for start date. Free to Y members and program members.