Improving our community’s health and well-being is a core focus of the YMCA and as a leader in community wellness, we see firsthand how many people struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. In fact, the CDC estimates that over 70 percent of our population is overweight.
Recognizing the local need for a sustainable approach to weight loss that won’t break the bank, this Monday, January 7, 2019, the South Shore YMCA will launch a new, free Y Weight Loss Program. This community-focused program will provide participants with an easy-to-follow plan for achieving better health and weight loss through instructor-led exercise, group support, education and nutritional guidance.
The new Y Weight Loss Program will be free to all new and current South Shore YMCA members at Quincy YMCA, Emilson YMCA and ZoneWellness center.
Ultimately, the Y Weight Loss program from the South Shore YMCA will serve as barrier-free jumpstart to weight loss, helping members develop healthy habits and lifestyle changes to get on track for the New Year and beyond.
“We want to make sure we help our members so we’re going to give them plan and guide them through this free program step-by-step,” said Michael Buonocore, Senior Director of Healthy Living, South Shore YMCA, Emilson Branch. “Many people looking to lose weight have all the right intentions and energy, but don’t know what they’re supposed to do because they’re too embarrassed or afraid to ask. Our free Weight Loss Program at the South Shore Y will hopefully alleviate these fears and contribute to successful weight loss for all of our participating members.”
Participants begin with a simple check-in with their coach, including an instructor-led orientation to the South Shore Y’s fitness equipment and a body composition analysis. Using InBody technology, members will learn about their body’s fat, water and lean muscle levels in just moments after stepping on the state-of-the-art scale. Armed with this baseline of personalized data, Y Weight Loss Program members will then meet twice a week for 12 weeks with a small group of others to follow workouts developed by strength training expert Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D.
“I could not be more pleased with the new Y Weight Loss Program,” said Dr. Wescott. “Research shows that diet-based weight loss is rarely successful for weight maintenance. The Y Weight Loss Program from the South Shore YMCA should be very effective for both losing fat and building muscle, as well as for maintaining a desirable body weight.”
With over 125 years of experience with local community health and fitness issues, the South Shore YMCA also understands that group-based exercise can lead to a deeper awareness about what works best for you personally. Making your way through the Y Weight Loss Program with a small group of supportive community members just like you will help to motivate, encourage and inspire you to stick with a plan to eat right and exercise in a way that will work for you, both during and beyond the free 12-week program.
“People who work together achieve more. Our members will receive ongoing individual and group support in a familiar setting to develop confidence in their movement and expand their network to help them stay accountable,” said Emily Hubert, Director of ZoneWellness. “The support system found through this program will allow participants to meet individuals who are working on a common goal and help members make the most of their South Shore Y membership.”
In addition to weekly workouts, the South Shore Y will help participants remain motivated by providing digital fitness tips and nutritional guidance provided by a registered dietician. Members and their coach can review and track their progress in a number of ways including through a fitness app.
With this data, participants can gain better awareness about their nutrition and fitness needs to achieve weight loss success and create lasting change.
“We’re most looking forward to helping our members reach their goals,” said Hubert. “Because the Y is a charity, we have the ability to reach people who could not traditionally afford a paid-for weight loss program. Where else can a member come in with his wife and children, drop their kids off in our babysitting room (also free to household members) and take advantage of our new, free approach to losing weight? It’s so rewarding to strengthen the relationships that we have with our members, listen to their motivation and why they started on their health and wellness journey, and provide them with the resources they need to accomplish each step along the way.”
To learn more about the new Y Weight Loss program from the South Shore YMCA, visit ssymca.org or contact:
- Emily Hubert, Director of ZoneWellness, firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 483-3028.
- Michael Buonocore, Senior Director of Healthy Living (Emilson), email@example.com (781) 829-8585 ext. 8341.
- Kim Driscoll, Director of Health & Well-being (Quincy), firstname.lastname@example.org or (617)479-8500 ext. 4761.
- Katelyn Szafir, Director of Medical Wellness, email@example.com or (617) 479-8500 ext. 8228.
About the South Shore YMCA
The South Shore YMCA is a not-for-profit association of individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life for all through programs that promote healthy spirit, mind, and body. Serving the communities of Quincy, Randolph, Holbrook, Weymouth, Braintree, Milton, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hanover and beyond, the South Shore Y provides the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive through its services and programs. Financial Assistance is a Y community benefit available to all families in need, applicable to all Y programs and services. To learn more about the South Shore YMCA, visit www.ssymca.org. The South Shore YMCA. The Better You Belongs Here.