Find Chronic Disease Prevention Classes

The YMCA offers community-based healthy aging and chronic disease prevention programs and services that support people in changing their lifestyles, managing stress levels and adopting fitness and nutrition behaviors for every stage of life, including: Diabetes Prevention Program, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, LiveSTRONG (cancer survivors), Enhance Fitness (Arthritis management), and Moving for Better Balance.


TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE.

According to the Center For Disease Control, Chronic Diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year. Treating people with chronic diseases accounts for most of our nation’s health care costs.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis offers Chronic Disease Prevention Classes for everyone.

Find the right class for you and start making healthy choices that will reduce your risk of Chronic Disease. You can take control of your health, and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is there with you, every step of the way.

For more information, email changemylife@indymca.org or call 317.269.6004

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program


Helping Adults with Hypertension

In support of Million Hearts® efforts, the goal of this evidence-based program  is to help participants lower and control blood pressure through self-monitoring.

Participants work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors to record their blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use, self-selected tracking tool and, over four months, are encouraged to:

  • Self-measure their blood pressure at least two times a month
  • Attend two personalized consultations a month
  • Attend monthly nutrition education seminars

Eligibility:

  1. Participants must be at least 18 years old, and
  2. Diagnosed with hypertension

For more information, please email us at changemylife@indymca.org or call 317.269.6004.

Enhance Fitness (Arthritis Management)


Helping Adults with Arthritis or Limited Mobility

Stay active, energized, and empowered in this proven, community-based  fitness and arthritis management program.

Safe, yet challenging, low impact exercises help adults of all fitness levels live independent lifestyles. This program is nationally recognized by the leading US health organizations.

  • Enhance Fitness is designed for adults with Arthritis or mobility challenges/limited mobility.
  • Through EnhanceFitness, participants will work to: increase flexibility, relieve stress, improve arthritic joint stiffness, and decrease their risk of falls and injury.
  • All exercises may be performed seated or standing.
  • Classes are one hour, 3 times per week and led by a certified instructor. They begin with a warm-up period, followed by work with light soft-weights, and finish with a cool-down session.

For more information, please email us changemylife@indymca.org or call 317.269.6004.

LiveStrong at the YMCA (cancer survivors)


SUPPORTING CANCER SURVIVORS ON THEIR JOURNEY TO RECOVERY

In 2008, the YMCA of the USA partnered with LIVESTRONG  to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery with the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

Part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening community through healthy living, the program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person, not the disease. The 12–week program meets twice a week for 90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease survivors back into fitness and help maintain a healthy weight. Also learning about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthy habits after the program has ended. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA encourages a warm spirit of community – a safe, comfortable place for you to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.

How Does the Program Work?

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the whole person, not the disease.

The FREE, 12-week program meets twice a week for 90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease survivors back into fitness and help them maintain a healthy weight. They’ll focus on:

  • Building muscle mass and strength
  • Increasing flexibility and endurance
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem
  • Learning about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended

Just as important, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA encourages a warm spirit of community – a safe, comfortable place for survivors to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA staff have been specially trained to work with cancer survivors and patients – we follow American College of Sports Medicine and American Cancer Society exercise guidelines. Our LIVESTRONG staff members are exercise experts who can understand their unique concerns and help address them safely.

For more information, please email us at changemylife@indymca.org or call 317.269.6004.

Moving for Better Balance (Falls Prevention)


HELP PREVENT FALLS

Moving For Better Balance works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility to enhance overall physical health. This leads to better functioning in daily activities. Participation in the program may also result in better mental health, reduced stress, improved memory and cognition, and increased self-esteem.

  • The program is led by a qualified instructor who teaches an eight-form routine of Tai Chi-based movements, modified specially for falls prevention
  • Classes are one hour, 2 times per week and led by a certified instructor

For more information, please email us at changemylife@indymca.org or call 317.269.6004.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program


REDUCE YOUR RISK FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes

The program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program

The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help maintain your progress.

  • Evidence-based to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 58%.
  • The program emphasizes two primary goals: reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity by 150 minute per week.

To sign up, participants must be:

  1. At least 18 years old;
  2. Overweight (BMI ≥25) AND diagnosed with prediabetes via a blood test of gestational diabetes.
  3. If a blood test is not available, can qualify based on risk factors.

For more information, please email us at changemylife@indymca.org or call 317.269 6004.

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