Franklin County’s YMCA Notebook: June 20, 2022

  • The Franklin County YMCA offers free blood pressure checks on Mondays from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., or by appointment. Contributed Photo

Published: 6/19/2022 4:02:38 PM
Modified: 6/19/2022 4:00:13 PM

Registration for the summer session is now open. Classes start the week of June 27. There are classes for youths and adults of all ages, abilities and levels. Sign up for all programs or classes at or contact Franklin County’s YMCA at 413-773-3646, ext. 0.

Summer camp starts June 20

At Camp Apex in Shelburne, children can experience the thrills of a traditional day camp. Children have the opportunity to have fun outside every day while participating in songs, recreational swimming, archery, gaga ball, arts and crafts, and more.

Gymnastics Camp is offered indoors at the YMCA on Main Street in Greenfield. Sports Camp, new at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, keeps the days packed with soccer, basketball and campers’ favorite gym games.

To register for any of these camps or for more information, visit

Summer Athlete Series

Speed and agility training programs will help your middle or high school athlete increase their overall athletic performance by focusing on improving speed, acceleration, flexibility, balance and agility. Contact Grayson at for details.

Saturday, June 25, will be focused on soccer/football training skills from 2 to 4 p.m. $10 for Y members, $20 for non-members. Register online at or by calling the YMCA.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s

While not a cure, pedaling a bicycle may make a difference for someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research from the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace — optimally 80 to 90 revolutions per minute.

There is no cost to YMCA members. Contact Jayne at 413-773-3646, ext. 448 for more information or to schedule the initial intake. This program is supported in part by the Massachusetts chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Lasting Lifestyles Care Pilot Program

This collaboration between the Community Health Center of Franklin County and the YMCA offers the encouragement you need to eat better, increase your physical activity and lose weight. This support group environment covers nutrition, behavior and fitness.

Contact Jayne for detailed information or to register at 413-773-3646, ext. 448 or

Walk with Ease

This evidence-based program has been proven to help people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain; increase balance, strength and walking pace; and improve overall health. Participants will learn the relationship between arthritis, exercise and pain; develop and implement a personal walking plan with realistic goals; and get tips, strategies and resources for maintaining a long-term exercise routine. With questions, contact Jayne at or register at

Weekly Blood Pressure Checks

Stop by the Y’s first-floor corridor for a free blood pressure check on Mondays from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., or by appointment by contacting Jayne at 413-773-3646, ext. 448.

Camp Apex Reunion

Are you a past camper or staff member of Camp Apex? Then save the date for an afternoon of swimming, archery, arts and crafts, and more. Saturday, Aug. 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at Camp Apex in Shelburne. For more information, visit


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