Evidence-Based Health Intervention

What Are Evidence-Based Health Intervention Programs?

They are low or no-cost programs that help adults prevent the onset of a chronic condition or help adults with a chronic disease learn how to manage and improve their health. Programs include interactive activities that promote a healthy and active lifesyles and focus on problems that are common to individuals dealing with or preventing a chronic disease. The programs can improve your quality of life while reducing your health care costs if you have a chronic disease by preventing or minimizing the effects of a disease.

For more information, schedules, or to register contact Lauren Wilson at 737-5500

Delay the Disease - Parkinson's Program

Research suggests that intense exercise results in neuroprotection & thereby slows, stops, or reverses the progression of Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Coordination of movement, flexibility, strength, cardio respiratory fitness and balance is the focus.

Where: Downstrair in Group Fitness suite

When: Tue & Thu Group A –10-11AM and Group B –11-12PM Starts: 8/11/20       

Who: Free for anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring - Discontinued until restrictions lifted

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million adults have high blood pressure in this country.  Less

than half have it under control. High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are

typically no warning signs or symptoms. High blood pressure is a key, modifiable, risk factor for both heart disease

and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death in the United States.



A proven senior fitness and arthritis management program. It helps older adults become more active, energized, and empowered for independent living. EnhanceFitness has been nationally recognized by the CDC, Dept. of Health & Human Services, Department on Aging, and the National Council on Aging. The program focuses on cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance which can help reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms in an atmosphere that encourages social interaction - a vital part of health and well-being for older adults.

Where: Downstairs in Group Fitness Suite  

When: Mon, Wed, and Fri 10-11 am  Starts: August 10th, 2020                    

Who: Those who have arthritis or other mobility limitations


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA - A virtual program coming soon

A small-group, 12-week evidence-based program with two 90-minute sessions per week.  It is designed to helps adult cancer survivors from the point of diagnosis through the balance of life reclaim their health and well-being. The program creates a welcoming community in which survivors can improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, and develop supportive relationships to improve their quality of life.  Instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care. Recent research from the Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute confirmed that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants experience improved fitness and quality of life and significant decreases in cancer-related fatigue.


Diabetes Prevention - A virtual program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year.  Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60.  Adults 18+ at risk for or who have been diagnosed with Prediabetes are referred by their physician based on BMI, fasting or 2-hour Plasma Glucose, A1c level, or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes. If blood test are not available, a qualifying risk score is based on a combination of risk factors.  The program meets the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) diabetes prevention

recognition program standards.

Where: Online  When: Monday Evenings 6:00-7:00 pm              Who: Persons at risk of developing type 2 diabetes Cost: No cost



A casual outdoor walking program while keeping social distancing.  This program will keep you moving and provide limited socialization in a time when many are isolated at home.

Where: Riverwalk Loop in Newland    When: AM Group – Monday and Tuesday 10-10:45 am  /  PM Group – Monday and Thursday 5-5:45 pm Starts: August 3rd & ongoing

YMCA’s Weight Loss Program – A virtual program

This class is for anyone who wants to lose weight through small lifestyle changes.

Where: Online   When: Tuesday Evenings Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm   Cost: No cost for Members, $120 for Non-Members

Registration is now open for classes beginning September 15th

Walk With Ease - Discontinued until restrictions are lifted

Arthritis Foundation Evidence-Based Program for anyone with any form of Arthritis, who wants to be more active and can stand for 10 minutes or longer. Lead by trained instructor(s) who are certified by the Arthritis Foundation


Evidence-Based Health Invention Programs  are made possible through the generous support of:

The Arthur Family Foundation



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