Hamilton Area YMCA

Healthy Living Programs

The Y is more than a place to get physically active; it's a driving force behind living a healthy and full life. The Hamilton Area YMCA is committed to providing programs and initiatives that promote well-being reduce risk and reclaim health. 

For more information about our Healthy Living Programs, please contact our Healthy Living Department at 609.581.9622 ext. 114 or jnastasi@hamiltonymca.org.

Programs

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ACT!: Youth Weight Management

Created in partnership with Hamilton Pediatric Associates and funded in part by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, ACT! Actively Changing Together is an intense, 24-session program designed to provide young people between the ages of 8 - 14 with the tools needed to start on the path to healthy living. Developed by Y trainers and nutritionists, ACT! promotes healthier living by combining structured physical activity with lessons in nutrition for the entire family. ACT! is led by a certified personal trainer and licensed nutritionist.

First time ACT! participants and their families will receive a Facility Membership for the duration of the program.

ACT! Schedule of Offerings
Monday and Thursday       5:30 - 6:30 p.m.       Ages 8 - 11 
Monday and Thursday  7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Ages 12 - 14 
Tuesday and Thursday  7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  All ages 
Fee: $50 per participant

Online registration is not available for ACT!  Please visit the JKR Branch to register.

Click here to watch what ACT! participants say about the program!

Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase III

Beginning April 2018!
Cardiac Rehab Phase III is a 12-week, therapeutic program designed to help individuals with cardiac issues such as CAD, angina, heart failure, etc. or after a cardiac event such as a heart attack.

Under the guidance of an RN and instruction of a Cardiac Rehab Coach, participants will begin or continue a maintenance program building on their previous work in Phase I and II Rehabilitation. Through exercise, participants will improve:

  • Resting Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • SpO2 (oxygen in blood)
  • Overall Aerobic Fitness

Classes will meet 3 times per week for 1 hour. MD approval / Release Form, and completion of Phase I and Phase II Rehabilitation are required.

First-time participants and their families will be provided a Facility membership to the Hamilton Area YMCA for the duration of the program.

If you would like additional information, please contact Al Offredo at aoffredo@hamiltonymca.org or Janice Nastasi at jnastasi@hamiltonymca.org.

Delay the Disease: Parkinson’s Disease

This evidence based fitness program, led by certified Delay the Disease instructors, is designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms. Research in the area of Parkinson’s disease indicates that exercise has been shown to improve self-confidence and independence, decrease the risk of falls, minimize fatigue, reduce rigidity and improve mobility. The program is geared specifically to counteract the movement challenges experienced by people with Parkinson’s. Individuals with other neurological conditions are also welcome to join the class.

First time Delay the Disease participants will receive a Facility Membership for the duration of the program.

Delay the Disease Schedule of Offerings
Tuesday & Thursday      1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

This program is offered at no cost to participants.

Online registration is not available for Delay the Disease.  Please visit the JKR Branch to register.

Diabetes Prevention Program

About one in three American adults - that’s 57 million people - have prediabetes. We are giving you the tools you need to reduce your diabetes risk and gain tools for healthy living through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.  Topics discussed include healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving and more.  Program goals include: lose 7% of your body weight and gradually increasing your physical activity to 150 minutes per week. Build a healthy lifestyle today by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes.   

First time Diabetes Prevention Program participants will receive a Facility Membership for the duration of the program.

Diabetes Prevention Schedule of Offerings
Monday     6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $50 per participant

Online registration is not available for YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. Please visit the JKR Branch to register.

Healthy Ways: Adult Weight Management Program

This program is a focused 8-week, 16-session progressive course designed to jump-start medically diagnosed obese adults on the road toward weight loss through healthy, active lifestyle change. A willingness to commit to regular exercise and accountability through journaling are needed to participate in this exceptional program. The course is led by certified personal trainers and a licensed nutritionist and will meet twice a week for the duration of the program. Sessions will focus on developing a healthy and appropriate exercise program for each participant and will include one-on-one consultation and follow up with a nutritionist.

First time Healthy Ways participants will receive a Facility Membership for the duration of the program.

Schedule of Offerings
Tuesday and Thursday      9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday and Thursday      6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Fee:
$99 per participant

Online registration is not available for Healthy Ways. Please visit the JKR Branch to register.

To insure the quality if the program and its effectiveness, the program capacity is four participants per session per class.

OneStep: Multiple Sclerosis

OneStep is a 12-week, 24-session course geared toward adults that have been medically diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The goal of One Step is to provide safe, therapeutic exercise that address the issues of fatigue, walking, weakness and depression and empower participants with emotional support through facilitated conversation in a controlled environment. One Step curriculum is supported by the National MS Society of New Jersey.

First time One Step participants receive a Facility Membership for the duration of the program.

One Step Schedule of Offerings
Monday and Wednesday      10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Monday and Wednesday      11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday         6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This program is offered at no cost to participants.

Online registration is not available for One Step. Please visit the JKR Branch to register.

For additional resources regarding Multiple Sclerosis, click here to visit the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's website.

STRIVE: Addiction Recovery

Beginning April 2018!
The Hamilton Area YMCA is please to introduce STRIVE Recovery. This program is designed for those Seeking To Recover In a Vibrant Environment. The goal of STRIVE is that each individual achieve a healthy, positive and balanced lifestyle post recovery.

Program will focus on building positive health and wellness habits with an emphasis on exercise and diet. Weekly discussions and lessons will also include:

Nutrition  Social Skills
Exercise Finances 
Goal Setting Dealing with Cues 
Lifestyle Changes Positive Habits 
Education and Employment                 Handling Challenges 

Each participant will be provided a one year Hamilton Area YMCA membership.

Qualities in a Mentor

  • Personal experience in having gone through recovery themselves
  • Professional experience in the field of social work, psychology, counseling
  • Professional experience in economics, personal finance, corporate industry, etc.
  • Experience in self-improvement, arts and humanities
  • Effective communicator and educator

Expectations of a Participant

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Must have completed an inpatient treatment program OR have completed or be currently enrolled in an outpatient treatment program
  • Must be able to commit to weekday evening sessions each week for the entirety of the program, as well as follow-up sessions
  • Ready to engage in discussion, activities and lessons
  • Strongly encouraged to being one person from support system to weekly meetings
If you would like additional information, please contact Al Offredo at aoffredo@hamiltonymca.org or Janice Nastasi at jnastasi@hamiltonymca.org.

THRIVE: Cancer Wellness Program

THRIVE (To Help Restore and Increase Vitality through Exercise) is a 12-week group personal training program designed for people who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from battling cancer.  With the guidance of specially trained personal trainers, participants build back muscle mass and muscular strength, increase flexibility and cardiovascular endurance, and improve functional ability. Participants are also offered the opportunity to try a sampling of group exercise classes within the supportive environment of the group.

First time THRIVE participants and their families receive a Facility membership for the duration of the program. 

THRIVE Schedule of Offerings
Monday and Wednesday      5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday        10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

This program is offered at no cost to participants.

Online registration is not available for THRIVE. Please visit the JKR Branch to register.