Actively Changing Together (ACT)
Ready to get more play and good food into your child’s routine? Start creating healthy habits with your child that can last a lifetime. ACT appeals to children and parents by provided engaging, fun and unique activities. By actively changing together, parents and kids can learn how to create healthy lifestyle habits as a family. Specially trained Y staff offer guidance and encouragement for eating well, playing often and preventing health conditions associated with being overweight.
This program is free for families thanks to grant funding. Please call for more information 509 777 9622.
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. See Group Exercise Schedules.
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.
- 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 email the Community Health Director to discuss if this program is right for you and be added to our Interest List. 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.
Learn helpful tips from our registered dietitians in a one hour lecture. Monthly topics include Healthy Foods for Picky Eaters, Meal Planning, How to Navigate the Grocery Store.
Ages 18+. Work one-on-one with a registered dietitian to bring healthy eating into your life. Whether you are looking to eat better, lose weight, or you are an athlete wanting to increase performance, our staff will create a nutrition plan to meet your needs. For more information, contact the Health & Wellness Director at your Y branch.
Nutrition Small Group
Your nutrition habits play a significant role in your overall health. Consuming a healthy diet can help you feel your best, prevent and control many chronic diseases, and aid in weight loss and weight maintenance. Learn how toe at well with practical and factual advice from our registered dietitians. Topics may include Foundations for a Healthy Diet, Meal Planning, Emotional Eating Chronic Disease Prevention, Behavior Modification for Long-Term Weight Management, and others. For more information, contact the Health & Wellness Director at your Y branch.
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.
You should participate if you are:
- 18 – 75 years
- Diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease
- Willing to 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
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. This highly effective, evidenced-based, self-care educational program from family caregivers builds the skills caregivers need to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others. Caregiver participants learn to minimize the potentially negative impacts of caregiving in a six week program emphasizing self-care and empowerment. The Caregiver Help Book is included. For more information contact Nicole Manus, Community Health Director, 509 777 9622 x 119.
Weight Loss Program
This twelve week program is designed to help you focus on ways to make small changes in your routines to support your weight loss goals, forming sustainable healthy habits. Each week participants will do a private 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. Ages 18+.
YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
Type 2 diabetes. Most people have heard about this serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes. But many people don’t know about prediabetes, which happens before type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 2 diabetes, prediabetes can be reversed.
What Is Prediabetes?
Pre-diabetes 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 for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Am I at Risk?
It’s possible. More than 86 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes and only about 9 million are aware of it. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
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 reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.
About the Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes 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 the disease.
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%. The reduction is even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.
How It Works
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program. A trained Lifestyle Coach facilitates a small group of participants in a classroom setting. The supportive group works together to learn about healthier eating, physical activity, reducing stress, and other behavior changes.
The program consists of 25 sessions. The program’s supportive group environment encourages participants to stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals.
- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
Who Can Participate?
In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value**, prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy, or a qualifying risk score.
* Asian individual(s) BMI > 22
** Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.
For Diabetes Prevention Program inquires call toll free 1-833-407-1188 or complete the DPP inquiry form.