For over 170 years, YMCAs have united around healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Today, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. At the YMCA of Montclair, our chronic disease programs for multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and cancer survivors are run by certified instructors who have undergone specialized training to deal with these specific health issues.
PARKINSON'S EXERCISE PROGRAM
This is an exercise and educational program for individuals with Parkinson's. This group exercise instruction is led by a Certified Personal Trainer according to recommendations from the Parkinson's Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine. This 45-minute class includes an appropriate warm-up, aerobic activity, strength training, balance and agility movements, and stretching. Supervision and modification will focus on safety and the individual experience. This group exercise class is for anyone with Parkinson’s or a related movement disorder, or anyone interested in an adaptive form of exercise.
PREVENT T2 DIABETES PROGRAM
The YMCA's Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention Program, sponsored by the Department of Health, is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s curriculum. It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. Participants must meet certain requirements such as being 18+ and prediabetic. Click HERE to learn more.
You will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active (150 minutes per week), and managing stress. Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
The program and membership to the Y are FREE.
Registration for membership and participation in this program must be completed in person at the Park Street YMCA.
For questions or more information, please contact:
Rheagan Alexander, Healthy Living Director
or fill out the interest form below and a staff members will contact you.
*Financial assistance is available for individuals who reside in Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Verona with demonstrated need.
BLOOD PRESSURE PROGRAM
This program helps adults at high risk of hypertension and high blood pressure which are significant contributors to cardiovascular disease. Participants will take steps to improve their overall health and well-being. In a virtual setting, a trained lifestyle coach will facilitate a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity, and other behavior changes over a 12-month period. Free to members.
- Weekly group education programs on topics including nutrition and blood pressure monitoring techniques.
- Provide blood pressure monitoring equipment that each person in the program can take home and keep.
- On a weekly or as-needed basis, communicate one-on-one with each participant, either in-person, through phone calls, or via online video conferencing platforms.
- Encourage participants to measure their blood pressure on a regular basis, at least two times each month, and record their blood pressure readings.