YMCA in Greenfield Notebook, Jan. 16, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Saturday Family Fun Nights: Every Saturday from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. the YMCA has a Family Fun Night for parents and children ages 1 to 12. There is a family swim from 6:15 to 8, the gymnastics center is open from 6:30 to 8:15 for parents/children ages 1 to 8 and the new Ninja Challenge Course for 8 to 12 year olds from 6:30 to 8:10. These nights are available for all families. Parents are required to play with their children and no cell phones allowed. Free for those with Y family memberships and an $18 day pass for non-member families. Call 773-3646, ext. 0 for details.

Y Full-day Preschool Openings: The Y has a few mid-year openings for its full-day preschool. There are two classrooms; one for 2.9- to 4-year-olds and another for 4- to 5-year-olds. There are two-, three- and five-day options available. The students get to use the gym, pool and gymnastics center for weekly P.E. options. Call Lisa at 773-3646, ext. 431 to schedule a tour.

January/February Classes: There are a few spaces left in some January/February adult and youth classes. Youth classes include swimming and gymnastics lessons, basketball skills, kids self-defense, healthy kids class, active games, Ninja challenge, full-day preschool and more. Adults can choose from water therapy/fitness classes, volleyball, dancing, Diabetes Care Program, weight loss challenge and more. See “Brochure” at ymcaingreenfield.org for all details. All classes run until Feb. 25.

Winter Weight Loss Program: The Y’s staff knows how hard it can be to lose weight and they can help you learn how to exercise properly, eat right and maintain strength and stamina throughout the process. Our accountability coaches will lead you in the right direction to find the real you. Make your own team (of four) or we will team you up. The team with the most bonus points and percentage of body weight lost will win a cash prize. Weight loss challenges have included workout bingo, scheduled treadmill interval sessions, healthy cooking classes, nutritional seminars and more. This weight loss challenge includes pre-kickoff fitness intakes (initial weigh-in, body measuring, BMI and body fat percentage); nine weeks of support from our accountability coaches; teams of four which equals support; weekly weigh-in/food journaling for bonus points; required cardio and strength-training sessions each week and prizes for the winning team. Begins Jan. 30. Fees (for nine-week program) are $109 for gold members, $125 for silver members and $170 for non-members. For more info call Jayne Trosin at 773-3646, ext. 448 or email at jtrosin@ymcaingreenfield.org or sign up at the Welcome Center.

Girls’ Day Out Jan. 28, noon to 3 p.m.: A day of health, beauty, fitness, shopping, snack and fun. For the eleventh year, the YMCA in Greenfield will host Girls’ Day Out. This is a special afternoon for girls, mothers and grandmothers to be pampered, try a variety of fitness classes offered at the Y, visit cooking demos and shop at over 25 local vendors/crafters. If interested in being a vendor, contact Jayne at 773-3646, ext. 448.

Community Wellness Programs for people with Parkinson’s Disease: Have you had difficulty beginning or sustaining a regular exercise program? The Boston University Center for Neurorehabilitation has an evidence based group exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease that gives you the tools to get started with exercise and keep going. Under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist, participants will learn an exercise program specifically designed to meet the needs of persons with Parkinson’s disease; problem-solving approaches that can help you more effectively manage challenges you may experience related to daily mobility; and strategies to help manage your health more effectively. Evaluation sessions will be scheduled before and after the program. Measurements will be taken at these times to help show your progress from the start to the end of the program. Please contact Debra R. Ellis, MS PT, NCS at 413-695-6069 or deb@debellispt.com if you are interested in participating. This is an eight-week program that begins Feb. 7 and is held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fees are $239 for Y members and $249 for non-members; financial aid is available. For more info about this program, please go to www.debellisphysicaltherapy.com.