Reclaim Your Health

Did you know that 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes? Or that in 2018 an estimated 1,735,350 Americans will be diagnosed with some type of cancer? How about that as many as one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, and that 21.8% of older adults in the US are in poor health? 

The YMCA of Central Ohio believes that these diagnoses don't have to mean the end of health and well-being. Through research and testing, the Y offers four different evidence based programs that help those in our community dealing with these ailments take back both their health and their quality of life. 

LIVESTRONG®at the YMCA came to the YMCA of Central Ohio in 2012. The 12 week program that meets twice a week is geared toward those who have lived through or are currently living through cancer. The program, which is offered at no cost to participants and is open to the community, fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal lives or their "new normal". Cancer survivors are defined as anyone from diagnosis of the disease through remission. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is currently registering for Fall 2018 classes. Sign yourself or a loved one up today!

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month lifestyle behavior intervention. Beginning with the 16 weekly one-hour sessions, a trained lifestyle coach will help you learn about healthy eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated and other behavior changes, all in a comfortable classroom setting. After the core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress. This program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

In partnership with OhioHealthDelay the Disease is an evidenced-based fitness program, led by a certified Delay the Disease instructor, is designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. The class optimizes physical function while utilizing humor, enthusiasm and optimism to help motivate participants. Participation may lead to increased self-confidence and independence, decreased risk of falls, minimized fatigue, reduced rigidity and improved mobility.

The YMCA’s EnhanceFitness is a physical activity program comprised of three 60-minute classes per week. The classes are designed to safely increase participants’ fitness levels through aerobic and strength training exercises while building a sense of community and social connectedness among class members. With regular attendance, EnhanceFitness has been proven to increase strength, balance, flexibility, mood, general activity level and independence.

Health is so much more than simply physical fitness. We believe with these programs, not only are we helping the physical, but the mental and emotional by surrounding participants with others who have been through similar struggles that they can relate to. This community and sense of belonging may be even more important in improving overall health than the class itself. 

For more information or to learn how to register for these programs, please click here.