With the goal of addressing chronic disease and disability in our community, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and Community Health Partners (CHP) 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.
Y members get unlimited access to:
Access to confidential and personalized support from the CHP nurse
Help with understanding health information, addressing mobility concerns, medication management and connecting with YMCA programs and services
1-on-1 health education and health screenings and free consultations.
Evidence-based classes with proven health outcomes that include pre/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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical and Aquatic Therapy
Community Health Partners (CHP) aprovides outpatient physical and aquatic therapy services. YMCA membership is not required and services are billed to your health insurance. Contact Renee Allard with CHP to schedule your appointment or answer questions at 515-512-9225; fax referral to 515-512-9186.
Free 30-minute injury screens performed by CHP licensed physical therapists are available at our Ankeny, Indianola, South Suburban, Walnut Creek, Waukee and Wellmark YMCAs. A physical therapist will take a detailed report of your complaint, as well as assess your joint integrity, range of motion, strength, flexibility and any movement impairments. They will discuss how this is affecting your physical activity levels and/or daily activities and help determine next steps. CHP can recommend a physician for your specific injury if needed or help maximize your YMCA membership engagement by giving you corrective exercises to do at the YMCA. Schedule your injury screen at 515-512-9225 or email@example.com
This group water exercise program can help improve balance, flexibility, strength and mobility through water’s buoyant environment which allows greater ease of movement and less pain. Aquatic exercise also can assist with edema management when extremities are under water. Offered 2x/week
Above + Beyond Cancer
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. Classes include:
Survivor Recovery and Beyond
Total Training Fitness
Mindful Meditation (Open to all)
Healing Yoga (Open to all)
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.
Heart Healthy Living
The Heart Healthy Living Program is a professionally supervised program designed for those who suffer from heart conditions such as a past heart attack, coronary artery disease or angina. The program is also beneficial for individuals who have risk factors for heart disease. Heart Healthy Living 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 members who may need the guidance and supervision of specially trained staff to help them with their independent water exercise program and access to 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
Walk With Ease (WWE)
This program encourages people to start walking to stay active and better manage their pain, chronic condition and/or weight. Benefits of the program include decreased pain, stiffness, fatigue and disability, and increased strength, balance and walking pace.