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

  • July

    WHAT ARE THE HEALTHIER FATS FOR DIABETES?
    Research finds that different fats affect people with diabetes differently. The studies looked at saturated versus unsaturated fats, omega-3 versus omega-6 oils and trans fats. What kind of fats are the best for people with diabetes to eat?

    SIMPLY PUT: HOW DO THESE FATS AFFECT US?
    Fats are made of chains of carbon atoms attached to each other. Those links leave open spaces where other atoms, such as hydrogen and oxygen, can attach. In saturated fat, there are “no double bonds between carbon molecules because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules.” With all spaces taken, the fat becomes solid and stable. It doesn't break down easily, and it can form globs or plaques that can attach to your arteries. Saturated fats are mostly found in animal fat like butter, whole milk, red meats and some vegetable fats like palm oil.
    Unsaturated fat is not fully saturated with hydrogen atoms. Monounsaturated fat has one unsaturated carbon bond; polyunsaturated fat has more than one. Unsaturated fats break down more easily and are usually liquid at room temperature.
    The terms omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 refer to where the unattached spaces are in the carbon chain. They have slightly different effects in the body.
    Trans fats start out as unsaturated fats and have hydrogen added in an industrial process. They are called “hydrogenated vegetable oils” on food labels.

    Click here to read the article.

    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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