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 workshop, education, support networks, nutrition and exercise programs designed to bridge the gap between clinical care and community care. Through evidence-based Prescribe the Y programs and the support of our strong Y community, individuals can take control of their health and well-being to maintain long-term health benefits.

How it Works

  1. Choose your program.
  2. Enroll. Two Simple ways to enroll:
    – Self-referral: Call the South Shore YMCA Prescribe the Y team to enroll in your class of choice at 857-403-4706.
    – Physician referral: Talk to your doctor! The South Shore YMCA partners with physicians and health care providers to refer patients through a confidential referral process. For physical activity programs, our team will provide a medical clearance form to your physician with a confidential feedback report.
  3. Enjoy the program! When your program is complete, our team works with you to determine the right path for additional programs, ongoing physical activity and education.
  4. Feedback. If referred by a physician, our team will provide you and your physician with a confidential feedback report.


Cancer Support

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA – This 12-week physical and educational-based program supports adult cancer survivors physically and emotionally as they return to their normal lives.

Staystrong – the South Shore YMCA’s free, year-long support program for cancer patients, survivors and families. Thanks to the generous support of donors, this program is offered at no cost to participants. Learn more about Staystrong

Cardiac Maintenance

Cardiac & Pulmonary Transitions – 10-week program for individuals transitioning from cardiac rehabilitation. Participants meet 1:1 with a trainer then follow a personalized strength and cardio plan.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring – 16-week course offers personalized support to develop a blood pressure self-monitoring routine with tips for maintaining cardiovascular health.

Fall Prevention & Senior Wellness

A Matter of Balance – 8-week educational and physical activity program that teaches strategies for managing and reducing fall risks.

Fall Prevention – 10-week balance and strength training program based on research from Dr. Wayne Wescott, expert in the benefits of strength training.

Tai Chi – This 10-week program offers gentle exercise, stretching, and deep breathing to integrate mind and body.

Enhance Fitness – 16-week physical activity and management program to help Seniors reduce arthritis symptoms, improve endurance, strength, balance and flexibility.

Walk With Ease – 6-week program helping individuals living with arthritis and related conditions to reduce pain and improve overall balance and strength.

Weight Management

Y Weight Loss Program – 12-week educational and physical activity program to help set and achieve healthier weight and wellness goals by changing behaviors, learning to eat healthier and increase activity.

Diabetes Prevention & Management

My Life, My Health – Developed by Stanford University’s Medical Center, this 6-week program helps participants prevent, manage and cope with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes.

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – This year-long, small-group educational program supports participants as they learn to eat healthy, exercise and set goals to reduce the risk of developing Diabetes.

Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes – 10-week physical activity program for individuals living with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes. Participants meet 1:1 with a trainer to design a personalized exercise plan.

Health Education

Healthier You! – Led by a Registered Dietician, this 6-week course teaches how to make healthy food choices, consume appropriate portions, and make low-cost meals.

Healthy Weight & Your Child – 15-week education and exercise program that provides a platform for healthier eating and lifestyle changes for children ages 7-13 in the 95th BMI percentile and their families.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program – 6-week, evidence based educational program helping those living with Chronic Pain to learn skills to prevent, manage and cope.

Structured Exercise

Pre/Post Operative Care – 10-week exercise program for before and after undergoing physical therapy. Designed for injury prevention, pain reduction, improved range of motion, muscle tone and weight loss.

Parkinson’s & Multiple Sclerosis Indoor Cycling – 10-week class provides specific balancing, stretching and indoor cycling to improve aerobic capacity, muscular strength, gait, balance and motor function.

Tobacco Cessation

Freedom from Smoking – This 7-week American Lung Association educational program is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior through stress management, lifestyle changes and coping strategies to quit.

Interested in Prescribe the Y?

Complete the form below and our team will reach out to you with details.


Katelyn Szafir, Medical Wellness Director
South Shore YMCA


The South Shore YMCA is a charity. When you give, we can give back. Prescribe the Y is a free service made possible by the generosity of our friends, donors and volunteers. Help support all that the Y has to offer.