ymca michele battistaPhoto: Red Bank Health & Wellness member Michelle Battista stays healthy and strong at the Y.

Red Bank, NJ – The Community YMCA is offering a fresh start for all this fall with new and returning programs at its Family Health and Wellness Center, 166 Maple Avenue in Red Bank.  Program registration for the community is now available for programs that will run from September 2 through October 26, 2014.

As part of the Y’s focus on healthy living, the Red Bank facility is introducing a new diabetes prevention program to help those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce the chances of developing the disease. The year-long program, which is open to all, focuses on changing one’s behavior with goals of eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight. The program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.


Already known for offering programs that encourage lifestyle changes and healthy habits, such as the Healthy U obesity prevention program for kids and LiveSTRONG at the YMCA program for cancer survivors, the Y is committed to strengthening community by promoting health and well-being in all facets of its programming, said Linda Ambis, Vice President of Health and Wellness at the Red Bank facility.

“The Y is well-positioned to move in the direction of chronic disease prevention,” Ambis said. “It is a natural progression of our efforts to support the community in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles.”

This fall, a wide variety of programs are available for all ages and interests:

For youth, enrichment programs like Food and Fun, are a great way for preschoolers to learn about making healthy food choices while learning to read recipes through creative experiences.

For teens, Y Choices is a new program to help young people develop leadership skill to prepare them for today’s many challenges.  The program covers topics such as substance abuse, nutrition, stress and peer pressure, and provides tools on how to make smart choices to stay healthy and informed.Active older adults and seniors can choose from a host of classes to help maintain an active life. Through the Arthritis Foundation, the Y offers several exercise classes that help improve fitness while protecting joints from stress and pain.

Also available are the Y’s nationally renowned swim lessons, offered to all ages.

As a nonprofit charity, The Community YMCA provides financial assistance for membership and programs on a needs-based sliding scale as funds are available.

For more information about all of the Y’s offerings, please call 732.741.2504 or visit TheCommutyYMCA.org.