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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE INITIATIVES

We understand that not all fitness goals are made equally, and that there are many groups in search of targeted training and programming to meet their specific needs.  To that end, the Family Y offers the following programs to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

Race 4 Chase Youth Triathlon Program

The Race 4 Chase program is a youth triathlon program focused on providing kids ages 6 through 12 with a safe, healthy, non-competitive environment to discover the sport of triathlon. It brings together kids from all different backgrounds and educates them on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, coaches them to develop a foundation of athletic skills, and inspires them to aim high in sports and in life. Through our collaboration with the Greater Waterbury YMCA and the Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski Foundation, the Westport Weston Family YMCA is proud to have been selected to offer this wonderful program in 2016 and again in 2017 to honor the life of Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski. Chase was a first-grader who lost his life at the Sandy Hook tragedy of 2012 and loved the sport of triathlon, winning the first youth triathlon he ever attempted.  Last year, 20 kids completed our inaugural season and most went to compete at the YMCA Camp Sloper race on August 6, 2016, along with young athletes from 13 other YMCA’s!

Watch for Summer 2018 application.

TRIATHLON CLUB

Tri Club 2016 Rev3 Group Shot

You can work out, or you can train!  Tri Club returns for its third season after an unforgettable inaugural season in 2016 with 23 athletes rockin’ the blue and green! Tri Club is for newbies looking to complete their first Sprint Triathlon, the seasoned vet gearing up for an upcoming Half-Ironman, or anyone in between!  We’ve got indoor or outdoor swim, bike, and run workouts with team members all season long to keep you constantly working toward your goals! Key races for the year include REV3, Pat Griskus Series, and much more!  Plans created by USA Triathlon Certified Coaches.
Session runs January 29 to October 12, 2018.

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Many thanks to our Tri Club Sponsors, offering our athletes up to 70% off!

Brickwell Cycles & Multisports

Xterra Wetsuits

GU

Sole

Rudy Project

Performance Physical Therapy

For more information call Shelly Goldman,  Health & Wellness Director at 203-571-6035 or email at sgoldman@westporty.org

BLOOD PRESSURE SELF-MONITORING PROGRAM

If you have high blood pressure and/or are diagnosed hypertensive this 4 month program is just for you! High blood pressure is the #1 cause of stroke, and it can cause arteries to fill up with plaque, potentially leading to completely blocked blood flow and a heart attack. Throughout the duration of this 4-month program participants will learn to self-monitor their own blood pressure, increase physical activity, improve their eating habits and attend regular seminars all geared towards lowering blood pressure and increasing health.   As of September 2016 this program is currently offered in 25 states at 140 sites, servicing 1889 participants.  Participants are showing an average drop in their systolic blood pressure of -4.9% and a drop in their diastolic blood pressure of -3.2%.

TO QUALIFY, PARTICIPANTS WILL:
· Be at least 18 years old
· Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
· Not have experienced a recent cardiac event
· Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
· Not be at risk for lymphedema

For more information, please contact Shelly Goldman, at sgoldman@westporty.org or 203-571-6035.

REGENERATE PROGRAM FOR CANCER SURVIVORS

Working in conjunction with Norwalk Hospital’s Whittingham Cancer Center and the Smilow Family Breast Health Center, the Family YMCA is proud to offer this complimentary 8-week fitness program designed specifically for cancer survivors. During the program, referred survivors meet with our specially-trained Health & Wellness professionals individually and in group settings to learn effective exercise routines that will improve functional strength as well as relaxation techniques that will help reduce cancer therapy side effects.  A complimentary 12 week membership is also included  in this program.  Please note: at this time, only patients referred directly from their physician are eligible for the program. For more information, please contact Shelly Goldman,  at 203-571-6035 or sgoldman@westporty.org

CARDIAC REHAB PROGRAM

In a partnership with St. Vincent’s Hospital, the Family YMCA offers a Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab Program.  The complimentary 12 week program allows cardiac patients who have completed their Phase 2 program to continue with their exercise in a supervised and monitored program.  Sessions are currently scheduled on a case-by-case basis.  Participation in the Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab Program includes a free 3 month Family YMCA membership while you are enrolled in the program.  Please note: at this time, only YMCA members or patients referred directly from St. Vincent’s Hospital are eligible for the program.   For more information, please contact Shelly Goldman, at 203-571-6035 or sgoldman@westporty.org

A MATTER OF BALANCE

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This is an 8 week course that meets every week for 2 hours in our Schine Meeting Room.

*There is classroom work each week along with some exercise. You do not have to be a YMCA member to participate in these classes. Registration is required. This program is FREE. For more information about registration for Fall 2018 please contact:  For more information, please contact Shelly Goldman, at 203-571-6035 or sgoldman@westporty.org

FIELD GOODS PRODUCE DELIVERY PROGRAM

We’ve partnered with Field Goods to offer a produce delivery service to Y members and the Westport/Weston community!  Field Goods is a one-of-a-kind subscription-based business that delivers freshly-harvested local fruit and vegetables to employees and consumers at workplaces and community locations.

Field Goods subscribers receive 5 to 8 different types of fruits and vegetables each week, sourced from over 80 small farms – the majority of which are located in the Hudson Valley.  Weekly add-on options include local artisan bread, fresh pasta, local cheese, extra fruit, and more.  A weekly e-newsletter, In the Bag, provides tips and recipes as a helpful guide for preparing the produce.  Customers sign up online at Field-Goods.com, and can put their account on hold and restart at any time.

Research attests to Field Goods’ healthy results.  The Sage Colleges Nutrition Science Department’s 2014 research study reveals a direct correlation between Field Goods and healthier diets, increased satisfaction with eating habits, and saving time and money on grocery shopping.

Weekly or bi-weekly produce subscriptions cost $15, $20, $25, and $30, plus an additional $2 fundraiser to support the YMCA’s Chronic Disease Management & Prevention programs. To sign up, go to Field-Goods.com, click Order Now, search Public Locations for Westport and then follow prompts! Questions?
Email info@field-goods.com

lOSE-2-WIN – FIT-tastic 5

LOSE-2-WIN & FIT-tastic 5 are designed to help you get fit, lose weight, and adapt to a healthier lifestyle.  Our LOSE-2-WIN program is offered individually.  The scale at your weekly weigh-in will help to support your accountability.

Each week you will receive an email with 4 challenges for the week.  These challenges will cover: strength training, cardio exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction.  Attachments and links to “Tips to support you” will be provided.   Program details including descriptions for all challenges and hard copies of your checklists will also be located in the Wellness Center for each person/teams reference.

  • Events are held at the beginning and end of each program and will include weigh-ins.  *Weigh-ins are required to be eligible for prizes.

For more information, please click: FIT-tastic in 5

QUESTIONS: Shelly Goldman, at 203-571-6035 or sgoldman@westporty.org

YOUTH FITNESS PROGRAMS

The Family YMCA offers several opportunities for youth to get active under the direction of  a Certified Personal Trainer or Certified Group Fitness Instructor!  Please note: these programs do not run in our Summer session.

Youth Fitness Training

Learn the importance of a healthy exercise routine with a certified personal trainer by your side. Our trainers will guides students through a variety of cardio, strength and flexibility exercises.  This group is appropriate both for budding athletes and kids looking for an intro to fitness. Program is instructed by a Certified Personal Trainer.

Please note: although 2-3 times per week is highly recommended for this program, registration is offered for each day of choice.  Please contact Shelly at 203-571-6035 for more information.

In-Shape for Youth/Teens with Special Needs

Children with special needs will be lead through basic strength & conditioning and cardiovascular exercise and activities, while receiving the devoted attention he or she deserves.  In Shape classes are limited in size to guarantee that extra attention. Program is instructed by a Certified Personal Trainer.

Yoga for Kids

This inclusive yoga class is meant for kids of all abilities.  Students will learn about yoga poses and how they can help you grow stronger and feel great!  Program is instructed by a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Zumba Kids

Kids get the chance to be active and jam out to their favorite music! Zumba Kids classes feature kid friendly routines based on original Zumba choreography. We break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure.

HEALTHY LIVING TALKS

You are invited to attend special guest lectures in our Schine Meeting Room.  Healthy Living and Wellness talks are presented by area doctors and local professionals on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm.  These talks are FREE to the public.  Membership is not required to attend.