Prevention & Wellness | Metrowest YMCA | MetroWest YMCA

Prevention & Wellness Programs

Building a healthy community - Promoting a healthy you

Your Y is focused on developing and promoting activities that address and prevent health conditions. We provide programs that improve health by providing services that complement and support traditional healthcare delivery.

See below to learn more about how our programs will help you to advance and enhance your life. 

Laura Gilbert is our Prevention Wellness Coordinator. To enroll in the following programs, please contact her at: or (508) 879-4420 ext. 232



Pedal for Parkinson's - Next class starts Friday, May 6. Contact Laura Gilbert to enroll. 508-879-4420 ext 232

The MetroWest YMCA offers this program because regular exercise is one of the key components in treating the many symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and it has been proven that pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson's disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35 percent 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 for Parkinson's disease, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference in many who try it.

Requirements to participate:

Must be over age 30 and diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease or another neurological condition
Physician approval is required, and we will have you sign a waiver.
It is recommended that you have a heart rate monitor and proper cycling equipment, including padded shorts, water, sneakers or clip-in shoes

Participants must not have cardiac or pulmonary disease, uncontrolled mellitus, uncontrolled hypertension or stroke, dementia, or other medical conditions for which exercise poses a risk.

Class begins Friday May 6, 2022 and runs from 11am- 12pm each week.

Members FREE | Non-Members will receive a 3-month membership to participate



Parkinsons Program - In-person and virtual options - FREE- Ongoing

This 12-week, drop-in program is open to anyone with a neuromuscular or cerebrocascular condition such as Parkinson’s, or Multiple Sclerosis. Each weekly class will include a variety of different exercises to help improve mobility, stability, strength, endurance, cognition, and flexibility. This program is free to members. Nonmembers will receive a three-month YMCA membership to participate. After three months they can

become members or attend with the purchase of a day pass.

Members FREE | Non-Members will receive a 3-month membership to participate

Monday and Wednesdays............................11:00 AM - 11:45 AM in Studio A at the Framingham Branch



YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) - FREE - Ongoing enrollment (the next session will begin when we have enough participants)

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps overweight adults (age 18+) at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Guided by a Y Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle coach, participants learn small, measurable changes to reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes and live a healthier lifestyle. The program meets for 16 weekly sessions, two bi-weekly sessions, and eight monthly sessions for support through this year program.

Members FREE | Non-Members FREE

CHANGE: Wednesday from 5:30 PM -6:30 PM  at the Framingham Branch

A new program will be starting on June 1st!

Interested? Contact Laura Gilbert at


YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program (BPSM) - FREE - Ongoing

This program is designed to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure by following an evidence-based program that combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education seminars, and personalized support. A Healthy Heart Ambassador will support, guide, and educate each participant in this simple, evidence-based program. Participants will receive a free blood pressure cuff and attend free monthly nutrition webinars over the course of the four-month program. These sessions can be virtual or in-person.

Members FREE | Non-Members FREE

Offered on a rolling basis.


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA- FREE - The next session will start Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Contact Laura Gilbert to enroll.
Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG 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. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals. Participants learn endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance which helps to improve 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.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA runs for 12 weeks, and is provided at no cost to anyone in the community diagnosed with cancer. 


Tai Chi for Better Balance
A class for older adults or people with balance concerns. The class uses the most beneficial practices from Tai Chi and other related arts to improve balance, reduce stress, reduce fear, and improve vitality. Participation will help restore natural posture, breathing, and your life force to become stronger and improve vigor.

Members FREE/ Community members can pay the day rate to attend class.
Tuesday and Thursdays 1:30 PM -2:30 PM in Studio A.


EnhanceFitness- Next class starts Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Contact Laura Gilbert to enroll.

This is an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that can prevent falls and help with symptoms of arthritis. The class offers simple, easy-to-learn movements and combines several key areas of fitness: cardio exercise, strength training, flexibility and balance. The goal of the program is to motivate participants to improve overall function and well-being. The group participation and social interaction are often cited by participants as important dimensions of this program. The class can be done seated or standing and the exercises are modified for individuals’ needs and abilities.

To register for these programs, email or call 508-879-4420 ext 232



For people who already have a diagnosis or serious risk factors for a disease

Prevention & Wellness at the MetroWest YMCA means addressing health issues in multiple ways, at any age. That is why we offer effective programs across the age span. Working together, we help you address barriers and reduce risk to your long-term health needs. 



To help people manage chronic or long-term health problems

To best promote health and wellness, at the MetroWest YMCA we believe we must address your needs holistically. Led by our Prevention & Wellness team, we offer evidence-based programs while we work with doctors, community members and businesses to ensure you or your loved one have the support to reclaim health.