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South Shore YMCA

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Health Education & Lifestyle Programs

The South Shore YMCA's Medical Wellness Programs are offered during select times throughout the year. For more information on upcoming program dates or questions regarding our Medical Wellness Programs, please contact Katelyn Szafir, Director of Medical Wellness Programs, at kszafir@ssymca.org or (617) 479-8500 extension 8228.

Education Education

Physical Activity Physical Activity

Fall Prevention & Senior Wellness

In addition to the programs below, Active Older Adults Health & Fitness classes run regularly at both the Y's Quincy and Hanover Branches. 

A Matter of Balance  

This free 8-week program is based on Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. You will learn to: view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, exercise to increase strength and balance. Ages 65+ or anyone with a fear of falling. 

Tai Chi Physical Activity

Noncompetitive, self-paced program of gentle exercise, stretching and deep breathing. The class meets two times per week (50 cumulative hours recommended). Ages 18+.

Included with SSYMCA Membership. Free to A Matter of Balance participants up to 50 hours.

Fall Prevention* Physical Activity

The focus of this class is on strength training and balance. Based on Dr. Wayne Wescott's research to achieve strength gains and better balance. He is the leader in his field in regards to research on the benefits of strength training. Enjoy the expertise and motivation of the staff as they lead you through an individualized program. Quincy Branch only.

Included with SSYMCA Membership. 

Diabetes Management

My Life, My Health: Diabetes Self-Management Education Education

This free 6-week workshop, developed by Stanford University Medical Center, is an evidence based self-management program for those living with or caring for someone with diabetes or pre-diabetes to learn skills to prevent, manage and cope with the disease. Ages 18+.

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program Education

This program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance (the class is one hour in length). Ages 18+.

Included with SSYMCA Membership. Free for Non-members upon physician referral ($429.00 value).

Conquer Diabetes* Physical Activity

For individuals transitioning living with Diabetes. This class will provide structured workouts based on individual needs. Small group setting provides social support and more concentrated attention for your instructor. Meets two time a week.

Included with SSYMCA Membership. Fee-based for Non-members.

Health Education

Healthier You! Education

This free 6-week nutrition course gives you the information to make healthy food choices, consume appropriate food proportions and how to make low-cost meals to keep you and your family healthy! Ages 18+.

My Life, My Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management Education

This free 6-week workshop, developed by Stanford University Medical Center, is an evidence based self-management program for those living with or caring for someone with diabetes or pre-diabetes to learn skills to prevent, manage and cope with the disease. Ages 18+.

Structured Exercise

Pre/Post Op Physical Activity

This program provides each individual with a specific exercise program designed to restore your state of healthy whether it be recovering from an injury or injury prevention. A great step for people before and after physical therapy. Exercise benefits include decreased pain, increased joint range of motion, increased would healing, overall muscle tone and weight loss. 

Included with SSYMCA Membership. Fee based for Non-Members.

Cancer Support

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Education Physical Activity

This free program is a 12-week small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting adult cancer survivors physically and emotionally to return to their normal life or their "new normal." This program meets twice a week for 90 minutes, conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about overall health, not disease. Ages 18+. 

Cardiac Maintenance

Cardiac & Pulmonary Transitions* Physical Activity

For individuals transitioning from cardiac rehabilitation. This class will provide structured workouts based on individual needs. Each participant will meet 1-on-1 with a trainer to design an exercise plan for strength and cardiovascular work. Emilson Only.

Included with SSYMCA Membership. Fee based for Non-members.

Cardiac Transitions* Physical Activity

For individuals transitioning from cardiac rehabilitation. This class will provide structured workouts based on individual needs. Small group setting provides social support and more concentrated attention from your instructor. Meets two times a week. Quincy only.

Included with SSYMCA Membership. Fee based for Non-members. 

*These programs follow the South Shore YMCA's regular program session calendar. Class details and upcoming registration dates can be found by clicking here

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are offered at both our Quincy and Emilson Branches. For more information on upcoming program dates or questions regarding our medical Wellness programs, please contact Katelyn Szafir, Director of Medical Wellness, at kszafir@ssymca.org or (617) 479-8500 extension 8228.

Tobacco Cessation

Freedom From Smoking Education

The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program includes free eight sessions designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior through topics such as stress management, lifestyle changes, coping strategies, medication and more. It is delivered by a Lung Association-trained facilitator in a small group setting, so participants receive personalized attention in addition to support from their peers. Participants are given a self-help manual that provides additional reinforcement, motivation, and information they need to quit.

Emilson YMCA
75 Mill Street
Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 829-8585

Quincy YMCA
79 Coddington Street
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 479-8500