SSYMCA leads the way with its Prescribe the Y Program

Posted: Nov. 15, 2019 Learn More about Prescribe the Y

The Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs recently announced that Ys across the state collectively launched their new Prescribe the Y program.

The 12-week program aligns YMCAs and healthcare organizations behind a common goal: community health. By making a reimbursable referral – or “prescription” – to the Y, doctors will give patients the opportunity to engage in one of the Y’s evidence-based health initiatives, like the Diabetes Prevention Program, or other wellness programs through a series of three touchpoints.

“Y’s in Massachusetts are committed to health and wellness in communities, and we have a long history of working side-by-side with medical providers,” explained Peter Doliber, CEO of the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs. “This partnership will help people achieve specific health and wellness goals with a combination of medical expertise and community-based health programming.”

Locally, The South Shore Y has been leading the way with its Prescribe the Y program for over 5 years now. To help more people transition from medical treatment to sustained health and wellness, the South Shore YMCA’s Prescribe the Y program offers community health workshops, education, support networks, and nutrition and exercise programs designed to bridge the gap between clinical care and community care.

Below are some of the Prescribe the Y programs offered by the South Shore YMCA:

  • Cancer Support
  • Hypertension/Heart Health
  • Fall Prevention
  • Weight Loss
  • Orthopedic Conditions

Through evidence based Prescribe the Y programs and the support of the Y’s strong community, individuals can take control of their health and well-being to maintain long-term health benefits and drive better health outcomes.

“Our Prescribe the Y programs are scheduled year-round, and are free and open to the public,” said Katelyn Szafir, Medical Wellness Director and Associate Executive Director (Emilson YMCA). “These programs are fully customizable, as our Medical Wellness Team works with each individual to determine the right path for ongoing physical activity and education. Our goal is to improve health outcomes across our community and transform healthcare here on the South Shore by bridging the gap from clinical care to a collaborative, community approach that elevates well-being, prevention and health maintenance.”

To learn more about the South Shore YMCA’s Prescribe the Y programs, contact Katelyn Szafir at 781-829-8585 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 The South Shore YMCA. The Better You Belongs Here.