YMCA of Greenfield Notebook, Feb. 5, 2019

Greenfield YMCA —STAFF FILE PHOTO » Buy this Image Prescribe the Y Program : Prescribe the Y is a 12-week doctor referred wellness program which has helped hundreds of local people develop an exercise program which helps them have less pain, better health and more energy. Ask your primary care provider for a referral for a free 30-minute consultation with a Y fitness specialist. The specialist will help determine the best Y program/activity for you. The cost of the 12-week program is $139; financial aid is also available to cover up to 70% of the fee. The Y coaches monitor everyone’s attendance and make reminder calls to help people complete the program. Very few people are too old, too frail or too heavy not to be successful in Prescribe the Y (also known as RxY). Those interested should call 773-3646 ext. 448 for more info or ask their PCP for a referral.

Free Y Info Sessions: On Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., a Y staff person will be available for a one-hour Y information session. The session includes a tour, presentation on Y programs and a question and answer time. The Y’s 32-page program guide describes all of the programs but this session will help potential members better understand the many options available for adults and families. If these times are not convenient, call Dawn Dorsey at 773-3646 ext. 428 to schedule a tour.

Women’s Self-Defense Class: The YMCA in partnership with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office/Triad Division is offering a five lesson (R.A.D) women’s self-defense class. This is an active participation class with lots of action taught by certified instructors. The course will be held on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.; Feb. 9, 16 and March 2, 16 and 23. Participants should attend all classes. The fee is only $20. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense awareness. Techniques are suitable for women of all ages. To register contact Jayne Trosin at 773-3646 ext. 448 or jtrosin@ymcaingreenfield.org. LiveStrong at the YMCA – This free 12-week cancer survivor program helps survivors meet or exceed the recommended amount of physical activity by including cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises. Participants significantly increase their cardiovascular endurance, improve their overall quality of life, and decrease their cancer-related fatigue. Program starts Feb. 5 and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This free program is offered in partnership with the Baystate Franklin Medical Center Oncology Department. Contact Jayne Trosin at jtrosin@ymcaingreenfield.org or 413-773-3646 ext. 448 for more information. Full Day Preschool – The Y has a full day preschool with two classrooms for children ages 2.9 to 5 years old. The Y teachers know the importance of physical education and how it improves classroom learning; therefore the children have daily P.E. in the Y’s gym as well as a weekly gymnastic and swimming lesson. The school is open 50 weeks per year including snow days. There is early care from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and late care from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There are a few 2, 3 and 5 day options for this school year. Call Lisa at 773-3646 ext. 431 for a tour or more information.

“Shop the Perimeters:” On Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m., the Y will present a free talk about how to shop, prepare and cook healthier foods which will also help with blood pressure management. Participants will learn about shopping the perimeters in grocery stores and the importance of reading food labels. This talk is part of the Y’s Second Saturday Health Series which falls under its social responsibility efforts. Call 773-3646 for more information.

Free Blood Pressure Monitoring Program: The YMCA in Greenfield received a grant from Y-USA to provide a free four month blood pressure monitoring program for Franklin County residents. Call Jayne at 773-3646 ext. 448 for more information.

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