Through programs like these below, the Y helps manage a range of health conditions. Regular exercise and healthy eating are a must, but creating a support group through difficult health journeys is invaluable.
The cost of Chronic Disease accounts for 95% of our nation's healthcare costs. In fact, one in two older adults has two or more health conditions. Take a look at more information regarding the impact of Chronic Disease and how the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga is making strides to combat and prevent these conditions.
Please contact 1-800-237-4942 to determine insurance provider eligibility. If you are not covered by insurance these programs are still available to you.
If you are interested in participating in these programs, please contact Megan Vermeer (423) 877-3517, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator.
New! YMCA BIOMETRIC SCREENINGS
The term is intimidating, but the process is not. A Biometric Screening is simply a blood test and a few basic body measurements such as height, weight, blood pressure, etc. This simple 20-minute screening is used to evaluate current health status fo rearly detection and intervention which leads to a healthier, longer life.
The results of the Biometric Evaluation are used to determine risk factors for disease, reveal existing conditions and give a snapshot of current health.
Screenings are offered at our Downtown, Hamilton, Healthy Living Center at North River, and Cleveland branches. The screenings are $30. For more information or to schedule a screening, contact Megan Vermeer.
More on Biometric Screenings, branch times, and more
YMCA DIABETES PREVENTION
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month program that educates individuals on how to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It is specifically for people who are overweight and have "pre-diabetes" or are at risk for acquiring Type 2 diabetes. Open to members and non-members.
Learn more: Risk Assessment
Offered at 4 branches: Downtown, Hamilton, Healthy Living Center at North River, and Cleveland. Cost is $429 for the year-long program. Participant will also have access to the YMCA during this time, provided they continue to attend class. Contact Megan Vermeer, 423-877-3517 for more info.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
LIVESTRONG at the Y exists to help cancer survivors along their health journeys both physically and emotionally. It is a 12-week program designed for the period survivors go through between completing treatment and feeling strong enough to return to normal life. Learn more.
Available at 4 branch sites at no cost: Downtown, Hamilton, Healthy Living Center at North River, and Cleveland. For more information, contact Michelle McDougal at 423-877-3517.
PEDALING FOR PARKINSON'S
Research has shown that physical activity can help alleviate some of the symptoms of this disease such as tremors, stiff muscles, slow movement, and trouble with balance or walking. This program is designed to improve the quality of life of Parkinson's patients and their caregivers. It also educates patients, caregivers and the public on the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a diagnosis.
Participants must be 30-75 years old; diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease; complete and provide a signed consent form and medical clearance.
Offered at the Healthy Living Center at North River, Cleveland and Downtown branches. It is free to members and $5 for non-members.
- Healthy Living Center at North River class times:
- Downtown class times:
- Cleveland class times:
Contact Megan Vermeer, 423-877-3517 for more info.
Rock Steady Boxing Chattanooga (RSBC) is a non-contact boxing based curriculum serving individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Through rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movements, balance, core strength, and rhythm, RSBC is providing hope, enabling people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back and favorably impact their range of motion, gait, flexibility, posture, activities of daily living and overall quality of life.
Getting the right kind of exercise is part of the battle, but equally important are the social and emotional benefits people gain from Rock Steady. Our four levels of classes encourage intense exercise & functional fitness, as well as emotional and social support.
Currently offered at the Healthy Living Center at North River.
Kristen Schillaci, MS, COTA/L
Program Director/Head Coach
Kristen is a certified occupational therapy assistant with a Master’s degree in art therapy, and has over 10 years of experience in senior care and a passion for serving individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
Nicole Berger, MSPT, Head Coach
Nicole is a licensed physical therapist with 20 years experience. She is certified in LSVT-BIG treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
- Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m.
- Fridays 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 pm
- $50 initial evaluation fee (includes gloves); $50/month for members; $75/month for non-members.
Contact Megan Vermeer, 423-877-3517 for more info or:
Rock Steady Boxing Chattanooga
MOVE WELL TODAY DIABETES PROGRAM
Evidence based Fitness Intervention designed to help manage diabetes and track changes in glucose levels and fitness parameters.
The program is designed for individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and provides group instructions, supervision, and motivation.
Offered at the Healthy Living Center at North River branch. Cost is $200 for members; $300 for non-members.
Contact Megan Vermeer, 423-877-3517 for more info.
MATTER OF BALANCE
Many older adults experience a fear of falling which may cause them to limit activities, resulting in physical weakness--making the risk of falling even greater. This program designed for people ages 60 or older and includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable; set goals for increasing activity; make changes to reduce fall risk; exercise to increase strength and balance.
Offered at 4 branch sites: Downtown, Hamilton, Cleveland and Healthy Living Center at North River. Free to members.
Contact April Turk, 423-877-3517 for more info.