With the goal of addressing chronic disease and disability in our community, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and Community Health Partners have joined together to offer medical programming at the Y. We connect individuals seeking to better understand and manage their health with experts who are licensed/certified in areas like pain management, heart health, diabetes and neurological disease.
Medical Programming Membership Add-on Benefits:
Evidence-based classes with proven health outcomes that include pre- and post-testing plus individualized assessments
If you’re interested in adding Medical Programming to your Y membership, visit your nearest YMCA where our Welcome Center staff are happy to get you started. For questions about medical programs, please contact Renee Allard at 515-512-9225 or email@example.com
Aquatics to Restore Health (formerly Aquatic Neuro Wellness)
This group water exercise program can help lessen symptoms of chronic disease. The program is designed to improve balance, flexibility, strength, and walking ability through water’s buoyant environment which allows greater ease of movement and less pain. Caregivers are welcome to participate. Offered 2x/week
Cancer Survivorship - Aquatic and Land-Based Classes
This is an exercise program for cancer survivors intended to build strength, balance and flexibility and recover stamina through all stages of survivorship. Although methods of cancer detection and treatment have improved, the side effects of treatment can cause profound debilitation that may linger years after treatment ends. Exercise during and after cancer treatment is safe and minimizes many of the negative physical and emotional side effects. Aquatic exercise can also assist with edema management when extremities are underwater. Offered 2x/week
Cycling to Restore Health (formerly Cycling for Neuro Wellness)
This group cycling class can help improve functional mobility and lead to greater independence in daily living. Classes are designed for people with chronic medical conditions to help build strength, improve fitness and possibly reduce symptoms. No prior cycling experience is necessary. Offered 2x/week
Delay the Disease
Delay the Disease is designed to enhance functional mobility and help delay the progression of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. Each session works on daily lifestyle activities such as walking, maintaining posture and stability, getting up and off the floor, transferring positions and increasing endurance. 2x/week
Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)
DEEP is a Medicare-approved, evidence-based DSME (diabetes self-management education) program for people with diabetes. The program spans six weeks with a weekly 90-minute class. Topics may include controlling your blood sugar levels, preparing low-cost healthy meals, becoming more active and managing your medications. At the end of the program, graduates will receive tools to support their new lifestyle and continue the self-management skills they learned in class.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) technology helps individuals with neurological disabilities optimize their recovery. A wide variety of patients may benefit from the bike, including those with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease and those who have physical limitations after a stroke. The cycle can be used for the arms or the legs, but placement of electrodes is unique for each person and determined by a physical therapist. Since an individual’s muscles are activated by the FES, the user is actively performing work and experiencing the many health benefits of being physically active. Individuals are first referred for a physical therapy evaluation and subsequent visits to help determine the appropriate setup and tolerance for FES. Once this has been determined, individuals are transitioned into FES membership and can access the bike through independent scheduling. FES bike users are monitored and assisted by medical program instructors at all times.
The Heart Health Program is a professionally supervised program designed for those who suffer from heart conditions such as a past heart attack, coronary artery disease, angina, chronic heart failure or heart surgeries and procedures; the program is also beneficial for individuals who have risk factors for heart disease. Heart Health works on improving stamina, strength, balance and mobility to recover from a cardiac event, reduce risks of future heart problems and/or improve overall health. This class meets the criteria for Cardiac Rehab Phase 3. Offered 2x/week
Medical Programming – Pool Time
This class is for medical members who may need the guidance and supervision of specially trained staff to help them with their independent water exercise program and access ongoing therapeutic support.
Move Well Today
Move Well Today is a program for individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It is an evidence-based exercise and education program designed to help people better manage their condition by learning to track changes in glucose levels while progressing in their exercise regimen. Offered 2x/week
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
Tai chi is an internationally used, evidence-based form of exercise used to relieve pain, improve health and relieve stress. It is approved by the Centers for Disease Control as a fall prevention program and is easy to learn and appropriate for all ages. Offered 2x/week
Yoga for Chronic Pain
Because chronic pain is a mind-body phenomenon, many researchers and chronic pain sufferers are turning to yoga for relief. Yoga integrates physical movement, which can play an important role in pain recovery, with mindful practices that address cognitive and emotional components of pain. Studies show that yoga can reduce not only the experience of pain itself but also the emotional distress. Offered 2x/week
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309