About half of all adults – 117 million people - have one or more chronic conditions, such as arthritis, kidney disease or diabetes.

Chronic conditions account for $3 out of every $4 spent on healthcare, which is why we offer health management and disease prevention programs.  To help more people transition from medical treatment to sustained health and wellness, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine's Prescribe the Y program offers nutrition and exercise programs designed to bridge the gap between clinical care and community care. Through evidence-based Prescribe the Y programs and the support of our strong Y community, individuals can take control of their health and well-being to maintain long-term health benefits

Individuals can self refer to our programs or can talk to their doctor! The YMCA of Greater Brandywine partners with physicians and health care providers to refer patients through a confidential referral process.

For more information on these classes, contact our Community Health Coordinator at 610-431-9622, ext. 2162.

 

Arthritis

Aqua Arthritis and EnhanceFitness reduce and/or relieve the severity of arthritis symptoms:

Aqua Arthritis: In the pool, gentle activities help relieve pain and stiffness.

EnhanceFitness: Strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning blend together to reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms. This program can also serve as pre-habilitation prior to joint replacement surgery. 
 

Cancer

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a health and wellness program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation to assist those who are living with, through or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body. The 12-week program includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises and is facilitated by certified instructors. 

To learn more, please contact Brian Kish at bkish@ymcagbw.org. 

Functional Fitness

Functional Fitness improves mobility, balance and strength so that everyday activities can be completed with ease, minimizing the risk of injury. This program also serves as pre- or post-rehabilitation support. A YMCA personal trainer works with individuals based on their specific needs.

Parkinson’s Disease

For adults with various stages of Parkinson’s, our Parkinson’s Cycle class incorporates research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic which showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by pedaling a bicycle. 

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes and even the development of some cancers. Our 12-week Healthy Weight Loss program is led by a trained facilitator. 

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Contact our Community Health Coordinator at 610-431-9622 ext. 2162.