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Prevention & Wellness Programs

Free Programs to Improve Your Health

The MetroWest YMCA has an entire department devoted to helping people prevent and manage chronic conditions to reclaim their health and quality of life. These evidence-based programs have shown quantifiable results and are meant to complement traditional healthcare delivery. All of our instructors are certified in their specific evidence-based programs. Our YMCA has classes that support people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and neuromuscular conditions like Parkinson's, diabetes prevention, arthritis, cancer, and fall prevention. Most of these classes are FREE and offered on an ongoing basis.

  • Diabetes Self-Management
  • Enhance Fitness
  • Livestrong @ the YMCA
  • Matter of Balance 
  • Parkinson's Wellness Programs: Parkinson's Group Exercise, Pedal for Parkinson's, PWR!Moves for Parkinson's
  • Tai Chi for Healthy Aging
  • Walk with Ease
  • YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring
  • YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

To learn more about these programs, contact Jesse Potter: jpotter@metrowestymca.org or 508-879-4420 x232 or FILL OUT THIS FORM.

 

Download our brochures to learn more and share them with friends and family!

Parkinson's Programs

Overview of all our Prevention and Wellness Programs

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PROGRAMS STARTING SOON!

YMCA’S DIABETES PREVENTION – NOW ENROLLING

Our Diabetes Prevention program is a one-year evidence-based program that helps adults prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Guided by a YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach, participants learn small, measurable changes to reduce the risk for Type 2 Diabetes and live a healthier lifestyle. Take this free risk assessment test.

Ages 18+
Day/Time TBD
FREE to Full-Access Framingham Members and Community Members

 

LIVESTRONG® AT THE YMCA - NEXT PROGRAM STARTS APRIL 2

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is 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. They'll learn endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance, which helps to improve confidence and self-esteem by focusing on the whole person and not the disease. This is a 12-week program.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Day class, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Evening class, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
FREE to anyone living with or beyond cancer treatments. Support/caregivers are welcome.

 

ENHANCE FITNESS 

This evidence-based group exercise program for older adults offers simple, easy-to-learn movements designed to deliver cardio exercise, strength training, flexibility, and balance. The goal is to motivate participants to improve overall function and well-being. It may help you prevent falls and help with symptoms of arthritis. Class can be done seated or standing and exercises are modified for individual needs and abilities. This is a 16-week program.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
FREE to Full-Access Framingham Members

 

ONGOING CLASSES - JOIN ANYTIME

YMCA'S BLOOD PRESSURE SELF-MONITORING

This four-month, evidence-based program helps participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure through blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education seminars, and personalized support from a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador. Participants will receive a free blood pressure cuff and attend free monthly nutrition webinars. Sessions are provided in person or virtually.

Full-Access Framingham Member and Community Member $50 (includes blood pressure cuff)

 

PARKINSON'S DISEASE WELLNESS PROGRAMS (ONGOING) - JOIN ANY TIME

The Parkinson's Disease Wellness Programs are specifically designed to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease, MS, or any other neuromuscular conditions to maintain and improve their quality of life. All exercises can be modified to accommodate each individual’s needs and abilities. These programs are supported by a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation. 

Download our brochure to learn more about the Parkinson's Program or contact Lauren Hanley at ext. 239 or laurenhanley@metrowestymca.org  

This program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.
FREE to Full-Access Framingham Members and Community Members

 

PARKINSON'S EXERCISE

A class open to anyone with a neuromuscular or cerebrovascular condition such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Each class will include a variety of exercises to help improve balance, mobility, strength, endurance, cognition, and flexibility. Exercises are modified to accommodate everyone’s needs and abilities.

Mondays, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

 

PWR!MOVES

PWR!Moves is 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's 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.

Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

 

PEDAL FOR PARKINSON’S

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.

Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
  • A heart rate monitor and proper cycling equipment, including padded shorts, water, and sneakers or clip-in shoes, recommended
  • 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

 

PARKINSON'S MOVEMENT TO MUSIC CLASS

Participants move to music through rhythm and dance sequences, which help improve agility and mobility. All different types of music will be used and chairs are available.

Thursdays, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

 

FREE SPECIAL EVENTS

PARKINSON'S SOCIAL HOUR

Join us in Studio C for light refreshments and the chance to connect with other members and Y staff.

Every second Friday of the month: 2/9, 3/8, 4/12
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM