Chronic Disease and Evidence Based Programs

Chronic Disease and Evidence Based Programs

In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. Over past 15 years, the Y has driven innovation in prevention and control of chronic disease to save lives and reduce healthcare spending. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Y delivers tangible results in evidence-based chronic disease prevention and control. Across the country, Ys are increasing opportunities and policies promoting physical activity, improving access to healthy affordable foods and advancing environmental change that makes the healthier choice the easy choice.

Enhance Fitness

All Locations
11/14/22 - 2/27/23

EnhanceFitness, a free evidence-based group exercise and falls prevention program that helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives. Class meets 3x per week.

EnhanceFitness participants are led by a certified instructor with special training to bring out the physical best from older adults. A typical one-hour session includes:

  • A 5-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
  • A 20-minute aerobic workout that gets participants moving
  • A 5-minute cool-down to lower the heart rate safely
  • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft cuff weights on the arms and legs (0 up to 20 pounds)
  • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible
  • Dynamic and static balance exercises throughout the class
  • Lots of opportunities for participants to make new friends

Beyond cuff weights, EnhanceFitness classes do not require any special equipment. A certified instructor, who has completed the EnhanceFitness training, will safely lead the class through an hour of exercises at a pace that’s right for the participants. To ensure that the instructor can attend to all participants, in-person classes are limited to 20 participants.

Participants’ progress is tracked with fitness checks completed at the time the individual joins EnhanceFitness, again after four months, and then as often as needed.

Over 99% of participants say they would recommend EnhanceFitness to a friend.

The program is proven to:

  • Improve physical function
  • Decrease depression
  • Protect against falls and fall injury
  • Provide a social benefit
  • Promote a physically active lifestyle
  • Reduce medical care utilization costs
  • Decrease unplanned hospitalizations
  • Decrease mortality rates

Available Sessions

11/14/22 - 02/27/23
Mo,We,Fr - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm