YMCA offers healthy aging, chronic disease prevention

By The Voice News - March 8, 2018

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Beth Hemmer participates in the 12-week program offered at the YMCA class alongside her instructor Rachel Huenink at the Cooper YMCA.


LINCOLN - The YMCA of Lincoln, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), offers community-based healthy aging and chronic disease prevention programs and services that support people in changing their lifestyles, managing stress levels and adopting beneficial fitness and nutrition behaviors at every stage of life.


With the continued expansion of the Lincoln area, the YMCA recognized an urgent need to promote healthy living and ensure quality of life for our neighbors. There are several factors driving the increased demand for preventative class offerings such as: longer life spans, aging baby boomers, rising health care costs, work-life balance and meeting the needs of this city’s diverse demographics.


LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is an evidence-based, 12-week program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being after a cancer diagnosis. A supportive, certified instructor leads a small group through cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises. This program is currently in session through April 7, but participants may join anytime. The next session is April 23–July 13 with registration beginning March 26.


Beth Hemmer, a current LIVESTRONG® participant shared, “Although I’m no longer fighting cancer, I’m aware of its effects and I’m doing everything I can to prevent its return. I have grown in many ways because of this class.”


Delay the Disease is a program offering that assists those with Parkinson’s disease in how to manage their symptoms and maintain quality of life. This empowering program provides participants with skills to assist with motor control, ease of movement, confidence and independence.


Enhance®Fitness is a senior fitness and arthritis management program. Its purpose is to help active, older adults continue to be more energized and empowered for independent living.


Both the Delay the Disease and Enhance®Fitness programs are currently in session through May 4, but new participants may join at any time. The next session is May 7-August 24 and enrollment is currently open.


These healthy aging classes are free for Lincoln YMCA members and available to non-members for a nominal fee. Registration is required to join a current or upcoming session. To learn more about healthy aging and chronic disease prevention programs at your neighborhood YMCA, or to register, visit ymcalincoln.org or stop into a Y membership facility today.






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