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. Click here for a referral form.

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



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. 


This eight-week program reduces the fear of falling and increases activity levels among older adults.


Facilitated by certified instructors, our 12-week LIVESTRONG program helps adult cancer survivors regain physical strength and improve well-being. 


With a focus on adults who are pre-diabetic, our one-year Diabetes Prevention Program is led by a trained lifestyle coach and helps participants implement gradual changes to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

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.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

For adults diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, TRX for MS is a slow, low impact class, led by a trained instructor, to help build strength and stamina. 

Nutritional Advantage

Nutritional Advantage is a program that helps give you the upper hand in your health and fitness journey. Every health-related goal, from building muscle and reducing fat, to lowering the risk of heart disease requires an understanding of and a plan in nutrition. The program will engage participants virtually in an in-depth look at nutrition, and support health behavior changes for the improvement of health and well-being.

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.