Health-and-Wellness

Health & Wellness

More than physical activity and healthy eating, YMCA healthy living encompasses a holistic approach to well-being that significantly enhances the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

We provide a welcoming, safe and supportive environment for all ages to become healthier and stay well in spirit, mind, and body.



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Nutrition

The Madison Area YMCA is committed to your health. We offer nutrition counseling, supermarket tours, nutrition tips and healthy recipes. Trying to eat healthier? Schedule some time with our staff nutritionist! Learn about portion control, making healthful food choices and planning menus.



Dementia Care Seminar

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care Seminar

This seminar is for all health care professionals and front line staff who work in the health care industry and provide direct or indirect care to those with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.








Livestrong

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA supports cancer survivors and their families through a no-fee 12-week, research-based program, that engages them in physical and social activities to strengthen the whole person.



Health & Wellness

PATHS TO WELLNESS: Programs that Heal the Whole Person: Emotionally, Mentally and Physically.
  • Fitness Center

  • Nutrition

  • Diabetes Prevention Program

  • Physical Therapy

  • LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

  • Delay The Disease

  • Enhance Fitness

  • One Step

  • Healthy Hearts

  • Community Mental Health Initiative

  • Project Community Pride

  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

Healthy Tip of the Month

  • June

    TAILGATING
    Reviewed by Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    FROM THE END ZONE: TOUCHDOWN TIPS FOR FOOD SAFETY
    Sports fans are gearing up across the country to tackle tailgating. This season, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips to defend your pre- and post-game gatherings from the most challenging opponent - food poisoning.

    WASH
    * Wash hands before, during and after preparing food for a tailgate. Sing your favorite team’s fight song - while lathering with soap and water for 20 seconds.

    * Be sure to pack moist towelettes for guests to clean up with before digging in.

    SEPARATE

    * Always defrost meats in the refrigerator or in the microwave - never at the tailgate. Marinate meat in the refrigerator and don’t reuse marinade unless boiled.

    * For the trip to the tailgate, tightly seal raw or thawed meat in plastic wrap to prevent juices from contaminating other food items. Consider packing meat products in one cooler and additional foods in another.

    * Keep raw meats, poultry, seafood and eggs and ready-to-eat foods separate.

    * Pack extra or color-coded plates or utensils to help prevent cross-contamination. Use one set for raw foods and another for cooked foods.

    Click here to read on.

    If you'd like help creating a healthy meal plan, please contact our Nutrition Coordinator Cynthia Lopez-Pettorino at 973.822.9622 x2241.

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