Prevention & Wellness | Metrowest YMCA | MetroWest YMCA

Prevention & Wellness Programs

Building a healthy community - Promoting a healthy you

Your YMCA offers programs that improve health by promoting activities that address and prevent health conditions and complement traditional healthcare delivery.  

Learn more and enroll by contacting Laura Gilbert 508-879-4420 Ext 232 


Fall I Program Registration Opens August 24.




ENHANCE FITNESS:  **Currently enrolling for August 8th class! Contact Laura to enroll today!**

A Y member benefit is provided FREE to active Y members. 

The next class starts Monday, September 12

Mondays from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

This is an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that offers simple, easy-to-learn movements designed to deliver cardio exercise, strength training, flexibility, and balance. The goal of the program is to motivate participants to improve overall function and well-being. It may help you prevent falls and help with symptoms of arthritis. The class can be done seated, or standing, and the exercises are modified for individuals’ needs and abilities. 



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


Parkinson's Exercise:  

The next class starts Monday, September 12

Mondays, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Parkinson's Exercise is a class open to anyone with a neuromuscular or cerebrovascular condition such as Parkinson’s, or Multiple Sclerosis. Each weekly class will include various exercises to help improve balance, mobility, strength, endurance, cognition, and flexibility. All exercises are modified to accommodate everyone’s needs and abilities.  


NEW! PWR!Moves:

The next class starts Wednesday, September 14

Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

PWR!Moves class, the core of our PD-specific functional exercise and physical therapy programs. The Basic 4 PWR!Moves are designed to each target a skill known to deteriorate in people with Parkinson disease, which often leads to loss of mobility and function. The PWR!Moves can be practiced in multiple positions, made progressively more physically and cognitively challenging, and be used differently to target each person’s unique symptoms individually. 


Pedal for Parkinson's:

The next class starts Friday, September 16

Fridays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The MetroWest YMCA offers this program because regular exercise is one of the key components in treating the many symptoms of 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 



Free to anyone in the community diagnosed with cancer. Members & Non-members FREE

The next class starts Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Class time will be dependent on participant availability.

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.

 FREE to any member or non-member in the community

Livestrong at the YMCA is offered three times a year, January, April, and September. 



Members & Non-members FREE | currently through a grant to any that qualifies  

The next class starts Tuesday, October 11th

Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps overweight adults (age 18+) at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Led by a Lifestyle coach, participants learn small, measurable changes that can reduce their risk and help them live a happier, healthier life. 





Free and on-going

Developed by Stanford University and based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management curriculum, this program is for people with diabetes, their families, and caregivers. 



 Free and on-going

This is an evidence-based program that helps participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure through a combination of blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education seminars, and personalized support. A Healthy Heart Ambassador will support, guide, and educate each participant. Participants will receive a FREE blood Pressure Cuff and attend free monthly nutrition webinars. Sessions can be virtual or in person. 

Ongoing enrollment when the qualifying participant is ready. 

The program is four months, and the participant meets two times a month with a trained Heart Healthy Ambassador. Also, 1x a month Nutrition webinars.



This class is a Y-Active member FREE benefit 

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. The class will help restore natural posture, breathing, and your life force to become stronger and improve vigor.

On-going weekly on Tuesdays, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM in Studio B



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.