About half of all adults – 117 million people - have one or more chronic conditions, such as arthritis, kidney disease or diabetes. Chronic conditions account for $3 out of every $4 spent on healthcare, which is why we offer health management and disease prevention programs.

For more information on these classes, contact Leonard Olu-Williams, Community Health Coordinator at loluwilliams@ymcagbw.org or 610-431-9622, x2232.

Arthritis

Aqua Arthritis and EnhanceFitness reduce and/or relieve the severity of arthritis symptoms:

  • Aqua Arthritis – In the pool, gentle activities help relieve pain and stiffness. View schedule.
    Available at the Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA and West Chester Area YMCA.
     
  • EnhanceFitness – Strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning blend together to reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms. This program can also serve as pre-habilitation prior to joint replacement surgery.
    Available at the Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA and Lionville Community YMCA. 

Balance

This eight-week program reduces the fear of falling and increases activity levels among older adults.

Available at the Kennett Area YMCA.

Cancer

Facilitated by certified instructors, our 12-week LIVESTRONG program helps adult cancer survivors regain physical strength and improve well-being. 

Available at the Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA and West Chester Area YMCA.

Diabetes 

With a focus on adults who are pre-diabetic, our one-year Diabetes Prevention Program is led by a trained lifestyle coach and helps participants implement gradual changes to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Available at the Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA and Upper Main Line YMCA.

Functional Fitness

Functional Fitness improves mobility, balance and strength so that everyday activities can be completed with ease, minimizing the risk of injury. This program also serves as pre- or post-rehabilitation support. A YMCA personal trainer works with individuals based on their specific needs.

Available at the Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA, Oscar Lasko YMCA, Upper Main Line YMCA and West Chester Area YMCA. 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

For adults diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, TRX for MS is a slow, low impact class, led by a trained instructor, to help build strength and stamina. View schedule.

Available at the West Chester Area YMCA.

Parkinson’s Disease

For adults with various stages of Parkinson’s, our Parkinson’s Cycle class incorporates research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic which showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by pedaling a bicycle. View schedule.

Available at the Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA and the West Chester Area YMCA.

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes and even the development of some cancers. Our 12-week Healthy Weight Loss program is led by a trained facilitator. Learn more.

Available at the Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA, Oscar Lasko YMCA, Upper Main Line YMCA and West Chester Area YMCA.