Evidence Based Programs


Diabetes prevention program

If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life. Change is tough. The Y can help.

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • 25 sessions delivered over the course of one year.
  • Led by a certified trained lifestyle coach
  • Group setting that offers motivation and support
  • YMCA facility membership included

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps overweight adults at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where participants work together to achieve the program goals of reducing individual weight by 7% and building up to 150 minutes of moderate (the equivalent of brisk walking) physical activity per week for the purpose of reducing their risk for developing diabetes.

The program is delivered over a 12-month period in a classroom setting to participants who meet qualification criteria putting them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Financial assistance is available. Contact Courtney to be on the next session interest list: Courtney

Are you at risk? TAKE THE ASSESSMENT.

Interested Providers and Prospective Participants: Check out these testimonials!


Healthy weight & your child

Beginning January 2019!

Obesity affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – this is triple the rate from one generation ago. Today – one in 6 children are living with obesity and one in three are overweight.

Healthy Weight and Your Child (HWYC) is an evidenced based program that aims to empower children and families through education, healthy eating and physical activity to help families learn skills and behaviors to live a healthier lifestyle.

The 5 month program is designed for children ages 7-13 years of age, with a body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher.

Children must have a referral from a health care provider or school nurse in order to participate. Each 2 hour class includes an hour of curriculum time in a classroom setting and an hour of physical activity led by CATCH certified Y staff.  A parent or primary guardian must attend all sessions. The program includes twice weekly sessions over a 4-5 month period. YMCA staff collect program data and monitor progress.

To be placed on the interest list for Healthy Weight & Your Child contact: Courtney

 

LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA

If you are a cancer survivor or know someone who is, you may be eligible to participate in this program and receive a FREE 12-week membership to our Y! Our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program meets twice a week for 1 1/2 hours each class. Please spread the word to any survivors you know or contact LIVESTRONG for more information. Space is limited. In addition to offering a FREE 12-week exercise and strength training program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA also helps survivors address:

 

  • Empowerment
  • Relationships
  • LIVING
  • Reclaiming life

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is available to ALL survivors regardless of income, ethnicity or background. To date the Y has graduated over 250 survivors in this amazing program! Participants strength train, engage in meditation and Tai Chi and try different group fitness classes under the leadership of trained cancer exercise specialsits. 

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about helping survivors live their lives and the Greater Waterbury YMCA will be with them every step of the way. To be placed on the interest list please contact: Meghan Lennon


 

Bariatric Bridge Program

For patients of Saint Mary's Hospital

 

A gentle 3- month structured cardio and weight training program using the Y's Ready, Set, Go! curriculum for bariatric patients referred by Saint Mary's hospital. Patients in the program will receive:

Health & Wellness Support Team

  • Cardio Programming that will maximize fat loss, calorie burn and your time

  • Nutritional Guidance (when to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat)

  • Strength Training workouts

  • Exercise program modifications

  • Opportunity to learn and use free weight exercises in your own program

  • Guidance on how to organize your personal time and life to maximize your overall happiness and well-being

  • Weekly Weigh Ins

  • 15-minute individual follow-up meetings with our Health & Wellness Team every week

  • Goal Setting

  • Peace of mind knowing that we are here to encourage and support you every step of the way

  • An educational experience in your Health & Wellness that you will be able to take with you for the rest of your life

For more information about this program contact: Courtney


Food for life

  • A 3 month program for Diabetic patients of Waterbury Hospital. Patients will get a Free or low-cost membership to the Y ( must qualify by income) and can participate in the Y's Ready, Set, Go! program which includes:

  • Nutritional Guidance (when to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat)

  • Strength Training workouts

  • Exercise program modifications

  • Opportunity to learn and use free weight exercises in your own program

  • Guidance on how to organize your personal time and life to maximize your overall happiness and well-being

  • Weekly Weigh Ins

  • 15-minute individual follow-up meetings with our Health & Wellness Team every week

  • Goal Setting

  • Peace of mind knowing that we are here to encourage and support you every step of the way

  • An educational experience in your Health & Wellness that you will be able to take with you for the rest of your life


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