Right now, our country faces an epidemic of obesity and related chronic disease. In communities across the country, the Y is a leading voice on healthy living. The Y brings families together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, millions of youth, adults and families receive the support and resources they need to achieve greater health and well-being.
The Hockomock Area YMCA is at the forefront of preventing chronic disease through the non-profit organization’s health management initiative known as Prescription for a Healthy Lifestyle Programs showing measurable results in the fifteen communities it serves. Programs like the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and Enhance Fitness help make a positive difference in the lives of individuals diagnosed with or are at risk of a chronic disease.
The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to support adults that are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and reduce their risk for developing the disease. This 1-year program, consisting of 24 sessions, provides a welcoming environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity. This classroom based program can be offered outside of YMCA walls in a community setting and is facilitated by a Y-USA trained facilitator.
Did you know 86 million Americans (that’s 1 out of 3 people) are living with pre-diabetes but only 11% are aware since? The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based program designed to support adults that are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and reduce their risk for developing the disease. This 1-year program, consisting of 26 sessions, provides a welcoming environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity. This classroom based program is facilitated by a Y-USA trained facilitator and includes a YMCA membership. The Diabetes Prevention Program will be free of charge to any individual who is referred by a Sturdy Memorial Hospital-affiliated Practitioner through a grant provided by Sturdy.
Learn more by taking a simple 7 question lifestyle questionnaire at hockymca.org or stop by one of three informational sessions in the next month. A director from our Health Innovation team and the Program Coordinator will be available to discuss the program and answer any questions. Diabetes Prevention Program informational sessions will be held on:
• Wednesday, February 3rd at 5:30pm at the Invensys Foxboro Branch, 67 Mechanic Street in Foxboro
• Thursday, February 4rd at 10:15am at the North Attleboro Branch, 300 Elmwood Street in North Attleboro
• Thursday, February 11th at 12:15pm at the Bernon Family Branch, 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin
For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program please contact Donna Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-772-1310.
The Hockmock Area YMCA is also encouraging community members to stop by to try a free Enhance Fitness Class. Enhance Fitness is an evidence-based program designed to safely increase participants' fitness levels through aerobic and strength training exercises while building a sense of community and social connectedness among class members. Enhance Fitness has been proven to increase participants' strength, balance, flexibility, mood, general activity level, and independence when they attend on a regular basis. This program meets three times a week and is beneficial for older adults, but has been deemed particularly safe and effective for adults living with arthritis. Class is free to YMCA members and $100 for non-members for a 16-week session. Enrollment is ongoing and you can join at any time. For more information, call Vickey Marini at 508-772-1310 or email email@example.com.
Through March, stop by and try a class for free! Session enrollment is ongoing and classes currently meet:
• Monday, Wednesday Friday at 11:00am at the Bernon Family Branch, Franklin (45 Forge Hill Rd)
• Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 12:15pm at the Invensys Foxboro Branch (64 Mechanic Street)
The Hockomock Area YMCA has the following additional supportive programs for individuals and for more information, please contact Donna Higgins at 508-772-1310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• MS Wellness for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis
Tuesdays, 10:00am at the North Attleboro Branch beginning in March
• Post Cardiac Rehab for individuals who have completed a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Groups beginning in all branches through March
• Exercise is Medicine for individuals living with Type 2 Diabetes
Thursdays, 7:00am at the North Attleboro Branch in February
Thursdays, 1pm at the Bernon Family Branch, Franklin beginning in February
• PAC for youth with a high Body Mass Index (BMI)
Tuesdays,6:00pm at the North Attleboro Branch in February Programs at our Invensys Foxboro Branch and Bernon Family Branch, Franklin in March
• LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program for Cancer Survivors
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00pm at the Invensys Foxboro Branch in February
New programs will begin based on interest
About the Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.
The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org