HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAMS
Healthy living programs at the YMCA of Greater Nashua are designed to address specific health challenges that are being faced by the many populations of the Greater Nashua community.
Healthy Living Programs
Discover our healthy living program options below or check out these links to see what’s available.
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Healthy Living is important for people of all ages. Our healthy living programs include Prescribe the Y, LIVESTRONG®, Diabetes Prevention and more.
While focusing on these programs specifically, our programs make sure to address health from a holistic view. From exercise, to eating well, to learning about our health, these programs address all aspects of healthy living.
For more information on these programs, please see contact info for each program below.
- Prescribe the Y
This is a free 10-week program for children and their parents. Children age 6-13 years old are referred to the program by their health care provider using the “Prescription for a Healthier You” form. The Welcome Center staff will register your child for the next open session upon handing in your referral. Expert wellness staff deliver a quality education and assist families in developing strategies to make healthy choices part of their daily routine. Personal trainers provide children with a caring, noncompetitive environment where they can experience the fun of physical activity and develop team-building skills while nutrition staff simplify healthy eating and help children explore options that are as appealing as they are nutritious. Children and families actively work each week to discover their path to health through balance and teamwork.
This program has special qualifications required for registration. Contact our Prescribe the Y Supervisor, Kimberly Adie, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.882.2011.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis. Survivors can improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships, and improve their quality of life. Since 2007, the LIVESTRONG Foundation has been the YMCA’s partner in developing and delivering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.
DESCRIPTION AND GOALS
– Small group, supportive environment
– Free, 12-week program with two 75-minute sessions per week
– Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises
– Held in YMCA Wellness Centers
– Evaluation includes Functional and Quality of Life assessments before and after participation
– Facilitated by YMCA-certified Instructors
Any adult 18 years old or older who is living with or beyond cancer treatment.
LIVESTRONG is a well-being initiative that helps people affected by cancer. This program has special qualifications required for registration. Contact our Livestrong Supervisor, Kimberly Adie, for more information at email@example.com or 603.882.2011.
- PreventT2: Diabetes Prevention
More than 86 million adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugars are higher than normal but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. This year long program uses the CDC’s new Prevent T2 curriculum and is designed for those with prediabetes or who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. A trained lifestyle coach leads classes that teach participants how to eat healthier, reduce stress, and get more physical activity. You do not have to be a member of the YMCA to participate.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Any adult 18 years or older who has a prediabetes diagnosis or is at risk for Type 2 diabetes. You can determine your risk by visiting www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention or by talking with your health care provider.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
This program costs $125.
WANT MORE INFORMATION?
For more information on the PreventT2 program you can download the fact sheet, or for more detail on requirements and class dates, please contact Kimberly Adie, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.882.2011.
- Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program (Not Currently Offered)
As part of the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program, participants will measure their blood pressure at least two times a month for four consecutive months—a minimum of eight times–and record their blood pressure readings in a self-selected tracking tool. A nutrition education component will encourage the participants to practice healthier eating habits, including reducing sodium in their diet. A blood pressure monitor will be provided if you do not own one
– Be 18+ years old
– Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
– Have not had any cardiac events within the past year
– Not have atrial fibrillation, other arrhythmia or be at risk for lymphedema.
- EnhanceFitness (Not Currently Offered)
EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based, group exercise program that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate older adults to stay active throughout their lives.
The program uses exercises focused on cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance which can help reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms. Certified instructors promote an atmosphere that encourages social interaction, which is a vital part of health and well-being for older adults.
This 16-week program is offered at the Nashua branch and welcomes older adults at all fitness levels. The program is especially beneficial for older adults living with arthritis.