Health Innovations

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. 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. 

TO QUALIFY FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM:

  • 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

For more information Click Here or call 941-375-9123 or email JMartin@veniceymca.org

Locations: Venice

Weight Loss Program

Reach your wellness goals with us. The Weight Loss Program is designed to help people seeking a healthier weight to achieve their goals by making small, modest changes to their daily behaviors, and forming sustainable healthy habits.

  • 12 weeks /1 session a week
  •  Must be 18 years or older
  • Provides tools, knowledge and group support to help you develop plans that support your weight loss goals

For more information Click Here, call 941 375 9123 or email JMartin@veniceymca.org

Locations: Venice & Englewood

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.

Program Details

  • 12-week program with two sessions per week
  • Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance & flexibility exercises
  • The evaluation includes fitness & quality of life assessments before & after participation
  • 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.

For more information Click Here or call 941-492-9622 x 156 or email LiveStrong@veniceymca.org

Locations: Venice, Englewood, & Fort Myers

Enhance®Fitness

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. 

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

For more information Click Here, call 941 375 9123 or email JMartin@veniceymca.org

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.

For more information Click Here, call 941 375 9123 or email JMartin@veniceymca.org

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. More info on all our Parkinson's Programs Click Here!

Pedaling for Parkinson’s - Pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace - optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute - helps reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. 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). 

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. 

Locations: Englewood

For more information: 941 492 9622 ext. 299 or HealthyLiving@veniceymca.org

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


Rock Steady Boxing –
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. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. 

Locations: Venice

For more information: 941 375 9123 or JMartin@veniceymca.org

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. 

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

For more information Click Here, call 941 375 9123 or email JMartin@veniceymca.org

Locations: Venice