The Hamilton Area YMCA is celebrating its 66th year, but the organization is more vibrant than ever thanks to a series of upgrades and program improvements that have enhanced the experience of the organization’s 12,000 members and solidified the Y’s role as a leader in building a healthier community.

In recent years, the Hamilton Area YMCA has expanded its healthy living programs, group exercise offerings, small group training, and personal training to ensure that it reaches every member of the community. The Hamilton Area YMCA recognizes the importance of being able to offer health and wellness programming for all levels and abilities. This led to the creation of programs that address friends and neighbors with specific health or developmental needs:

SKOR Strength Training. A strength training program designed for individuals with special needs. The program is centered on teaching the basics of strength training and promoting fitness and physical activity.

Delay the Disease Parkinson’s Prevention. A program that is designed to address the challenges associated with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions. This program focuses on decreasing the risk of fall, improving endurance and mobility, and includes an educational component for addressing day-to-day challenges.

THRIVE Cancer Wellness. THRIVE is a program designed specifically for participants undergoing cancer treatment. The curriculum is specifically designed to build back muscle mass and muscular strength, increase flexibility, improve cardiovascular endurance, and improve day-to-day functional ability.

ACT! Youth Weight Management. Created in partnership with Hamilton Pediatric Associates, ACT! is a program designed to provide young people between the ages of 8 to 14 with the tools needed to start the path to health. ACT! promotes healthier living by combining physical exercise, structured games incorporating fitness and lessons in nutrition for the entire family.

One Step Multiple Sclerosis Program. The One Step program provides safe, therapeutic exercise for adults who have been medically diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The program is focused on decreasing the risk of fall, improving balance, increasing muscular strength, increasing muscular and cardiovascular endurance, and improving mobility.

Diabetes Prevention Program. For those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes, this program will help educate participants about proper nutrition and how to increase physical activity. It begins with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance meetings.

Healthy Ways Adult Weight Management. The Healthy Ways Adult Weight Management program will educate adults about the fundamentals of exercise and nutrition. This program provides group accountability for meeting both weight loss and physical activity goals. Each individual will learn how to make necessary changes to their lifestyle and how to maintain those changes for the rest of their lives.

While this listing does not include every Hamilton Area YMCA program, it shows the Y’s commitment to ensuring the impact of its mission of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility is felt throughout all parts of Central New Jersey.

If you would like to learn more about the Hamilton Area YMCA, visit the organizations website at www.hamiltonymca.org or contact Kailin Rockhill at krockhill@hamiltonymca.org.

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