Health Innovations

As a community-facing organization, the Y’s mission has long focused on helping people to live their healthiest lives & reach their full potential in mind, body, & spirit, acknowledging that individual “health” is influenced by a range of interconnected environmental, social, & biological factors. We want to leverage our position—as an organization capable of inciting change at the individual, community, & national levels—to increase access to disease prevention & management resources in settings where people already live, work, learn, grow, & play.

At the Y, we know that community-based organizations focused on long-term relationship building & peer support is essential to successfully transition our healthcare system from a focus on volume to a focus on value. When 7 out of the 10 leading causes of death & 86% of healthcare spending in our country are related to chronic disease, we know that “the way we’ve always done things” has to change. We can extend the goals and values of clinical care into community settings—reaching more people with long-term, face-to-face support –when places like the Y & local healthcare systems work together. 

The Y offers the following evidence-based Health Intervention Programs:

Healthy Weight & Your Child

Reclaim your family’s health through healthier eating habits & an active lifestyle. Healthy Weight & Your Child is a 25-session evidence-based program for children carrying excess weight. The program includes a Family Information Session followed by 25 sessions delivered over four months. The family-based weight management program focuses on nutrition education & physical activity to encourage healthier eating habits & an active lifestyle to reach a healthy weight. The program is designed with the whole family in mind, engaging a child & adult in education, healthy eating, & physical activity to elicit positive change & help families learn skills to live a healthier lifestyle long-term. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved & committed to adopting healthier habits.


  • The child must be 7-13 years old
  • The child must carry excess weight, with a body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher
  • The child must receive clearance from a healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity
  • An adult MUST attend all sessions with the child

Scholarships & financial assistance are available!

Cost: $65 a month for the duration of the program & includes a Family Membership.

For more information: 941-375-9123 or

Locations: Venice

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month program developed to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals showing pre-diabetic symptoms. Each week’s one-hour session is facilitated by a trained Lifestyle Coach & will cover nutrition, physical activity, & behavior modification to help participants achieve the program’s two main goals. Sessions will guide participants in ways to eat healthy while eating out, manage stress, & stay motivated after the program’s completion. During the first six months of the program, participants attend weekly sessions followed by 6 months of monthly sessions to round out a full year of support!

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) & supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Diabetes Prevention Program has shown that with lifestyle changes & modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetic symptoms can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. The program strives to help participants achieve two primary goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Engage in regular physical activity


Livestrong at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed & established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind, & body.  Recent research from the Yale Cancer Center & Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute confirmed that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants experiences improved fitness and quality of life as well as significant decreases in cancer-related fatigue.

Program Details

  • 12-week program with two 75-90-minute sessions per week
  • Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance & flexibility exercises
  • The evaluation includes fitness & quality of life assessments before & after participation
  • Facilitated by YMCA-certified instructors
  • Requires referral & medical clearance from a physician

Survivors of any type of cancer, at any point in their cancer journey from diagnosis to 30+ years post-diagnosis, may participate in the program.

Cost: Free and includes a 12-week Individual Membership to the SKY Family YMCA

For more information: 941-492-9622 x 156 or

Locations: Venice, Englewood, & Fort Myers

Enhance®Fitness – Coming July 2019!

Enhance®Fitness is a 16-week evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals, particularly those with arthritis & balance issues, to stay active throughout their life. Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance & flexibility exercises & the fostering of strong social relationships between participants. Enhance®Fitness is geared toward older adults. Those with a chronic condition, such as arthritis, need not worry; they will never have to do anything that hurts. Participants can use chairs for support, if necessary, & increase the weight they use for strength training at their own pace. Those who complete Enhance®Fitness will be highly encouraged to enroll in Moving for Better Balance.


  • Must be willing to engage in a 16-week program that meets three times per week.
  • Consult your primary care physician before joining the program. You will be signing a medical clearance form.
  • Strong personal desire & commitment to participate in the program (A minimum attendance of 80% of the classes).
  • Give permission for an Enhance Fitness representative to contact your physician or healthcare provider if necessary.

Cost: $75 for Members, $125 for Non-Members

For more information: 941 375 9123 or

Locations: Venice & Englewood

Moving for Better Balance

Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based falls prevention program, led by a Moving for Better Balance trained instructor. This program focuses on improving mental cognitive & physical functional ability especially balance to reduce fall-related risks & fall frequency. Moving for Better Balance is conducted in a small group setting of 10-12 adults providing a safe & comfortable environment. Sessions take place twice per week for 60 minutes & continue for 12 weeks supplemented by weekly at-home practice by each program participant. Completion of Enhance®Fitness before enrolling in Moving for Better Balance is highly recommended.  


  • Must be willing to engage in a 12-week falls prevention program
  • Consult your primary care physician before joining the program. You will be signing a medical clearance form.
  • Strong personal desire & commitment to participate in the program (A minimum attendance of 80% of the classes).
  • Give permission for a Moving for Better Balance representative to contact your physician or healthcare provider if necessary.

Cost: $75 for Members, $125 for Non-Members

For more information: 941 375 9123 or

Locations: Venice & Englewood

Parkinson's Wellness Programs

Participants wanting to join any Parkinson’s Wellness Program must complete the packet of forms available here. A signed Physician’s Consent form is mandatory. Pedaling for Parkinson’s spin classes & Parkinson’s Exercise Program is free to YMCA Members, with Rock Steady Boxing being an additional $30 a month. Non-members are provided their first eight classes for free.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s - Pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace - optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute - helps reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed that simply pedaling a bicycle for an hour at least twice a week could reduce symptoms by as much as 35 percent. (Jay Alberts, Ph.D.) 

During the one-hour class, an instructor on a stationary bicycle will lead participants through a relatively fast-paced cycling routine to reach the optimal cycling speed or revolutions per minute (RPM). Another coach will circulate through the class to provide assistance or encouragement as needed. This program is appropriate for patients in stages I – III. Stage IV patients are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Participants must wear a heart rate monitor to class. MyZone Heart Rate Monitors can be purchased at your local SKY Family YMCA.

Locations: Venice, Englewood, Fort Myers, & Bonita Springs

Schedule—Venice YMCA       Schedule – Bonita Springs YMCA    
Spin Studio Mondays 10:30 AM —12 PM Aerobics Room Tuesdays 12:30 PM – 2 PM
Spin Studio  Wednesdays 10:30 AM —12 PM Aerobics Room Thursdays 12:30 PM – 2 PM
Spin Studio  Fridays 10:30 AM —12 PM Aerobics Room Saturdays 12:30 PM – 2 PM
Schedule—Englewood YMCA     Schedule – Fort Myers YMCA    
Spin Studio  Tuesdays 10:30 AM —12 PM Room 2 Tuesdays 10:35 AM – 11:35 PM
Spin Studio Fridays  10:30 AM —12 PM Room 2 Thursdays 10:35 AM – 11:35 PM

Parkinson's Exercise Program
 - Lead by certified group fitness instructors, this class takes place in the group exercise room using light hand weights, bands, chairs, & balls. The class is designed to help develop & maintain strength, flexibility, balance & voice integrity. The focus is on amplifying movements & improving gait, posture, & speech. This program is appropriate for patients in stages I – IV.

Locations: Englewood

For more information: 941 492 9622 ext. 299 or

Schedule—Englewood YMCA    
Aerobics Room  Mondays 1:30 PM —2:30 PM
Aerobics Room Thursdays 1:30 PM —2:30 PM

Rock Steady Boxing – COMING JULY/AUGUST 2019
The SKY Family YMCA teamed up with Rock Steady Boxing to offer a cutting-edge approach to fight back against Parkinson’s. Rock Steady Boxing uses the fundamentals of boxing training in addition to Parkinson’s specific exercises which studies have shown to reverse, reduce & even delay the symptoms of Parkinson’s. By exercising with coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner & start to feel & function better. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms & lead a healthier & happier life. 

Locations: Venice

For more information: 941 375 9123 or

Schedule—Venice YMCA    
Studio A Tuesdays 2:30 PM —4 PM
Studio A  Thursdays 2:30 PM—4 PM
MyZone Saturdays 2:30 PM—4 PM

Cardiac Club

The Cardiac Maintenance Program, or Cardiac Rehab Phase III, is a wellness program for adults with cardiac or pulmonary histories. Under the supervision of our Cardiac Care Specialist, these individuals will expand their ability & capacity for exercise with the end-goal to be able to exercise confidently & independently. Physician approval is required to begin this program.

Cost: One-Time $60 program fee & all participants will be required to become members of the SKY Family YMCA.

For more information: 941 375 9123 or

Locations: Venice