Coming to the YMCA of Greater Des Moines: Medical Memberships
Check back soon for information on upgrading to a Medical Membership and gaining access to the following medical programs plus more resources to better understand and manage your chronic disease or disability.
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. Water allows the freedom to move and exercise with more ease and less pain. Caregivers are welcome to participate. Offered 2x/week
Cancer Survivorship - Aquatic and Land-Based Classes
Exercise program for cancer survivors to build strength, balance, 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 it minimizes many of the negative physical and emotional side effects. Aquatic exercise allows you the freedom to move and exercise with more ease and less pain. 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 needed. 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 activities of daily living such as walking, posture and stability, getting up and off the floor, transfers, increasing endurance and decreasing the risk for falls. 2x/week
Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)
DEEP is a Medicare-approved, evidence-based DSME program for people with prediabetes or diabetes. The program spans 6 weeks and each week participants attend a 90-minute class. Topics may include how to control your blood sugar levels, low-cost healthy meals, ways to become more active, how to manage medications, and answers to specific questions from each participant. At the end of the program, graduates will receive tools to support the new lifestyle and self-management skills they learned in class.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) technology is serving individuals all across the country with neurological disabilities in order to 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 every 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 set up and tolerance for FES. Once this has been determined, individuals are transitioned into membership and can access the FES bike through independent scheduling. FES bike users are monitored and assisted by medical program instructors at all times. By appointment.
The Heart Health Program is a professionally-supervised program designed for those who suffer from heart conditions, such as history of heart attack, coronary artery disease, angina, chronic heart failure, heart surgeries and procedures, or have risk factors for heart disease. This program works on improving stamina, strength, balance, and mobility to recover from a cardiac event, reduce risks of future heart problems 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 for ongoing therapeutic support.
Move Well Today
Move Well Today is a program for individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. 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 exercise parameters. 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
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309