Committed to promoting healthy living for all, the Attleboro Y offers a variety of programs for those who suffer from or are at risk for developing specific chronic diseases.

Physician Referrals

Did you know that your doctor can refer you to the Y’s Chronic Disease Programs? Bring along the Y’s Referral Form to your next appointment.


Pedaling for Parkinson’s

The Attleboro YMCA wellness staff is excited to bring this life-changing program to our community!

Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute.

Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it.We do know that fast-paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.

Who can participate?

Participants must:

  • Be age 30-75 years
  • Be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD
  • Complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance
  • Agree to periodically monitor progress

Who can NOT participate?

Parkinson’s patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Cardiac or pulmonary disease
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Uncontrolled hypertension or stroke
  • Dementia
  • Other medical conditions that are contra-indicative to exercise

Program Information

Date: Ongoing, beginning November 5th

Time: MON 12:00 p.m. / WED 5:00 p.m. / FRI 12:00 p.m. (Attend as often as you like!)

Location: Attleboro Pleasant Street Branch, 537 Pleasant Street, Attleboro, MA

Fee: Free to Attleboro Y Members. $10 per month for Non-Members.

How do I sign up?

Contact Renee Maxwell at rmaxwell@attleboroymca.org or (508) 409-0752.


Delay the Disease

The Attleboro YMCA offers a life-changing fitness and mobility program expressly designed for people with Parkinson’s disease. Led by a certified instructor, Delay the Disease is an evidence-based fitness program designed to empower those living with Parkinson’s by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms and helping to restore an improved quality of life. Exercise plans are adapted to all stages and levels of the disease.

The empowering results of our Delay the Disease exercise program can help participants:

  • Move about with ease and confidence in a crowd
  • Get out of bed or rise from a chair independently
  • Improve handwriting
  • Dress independently
  • Diminish worry that stiffness, slow steps and other symptoms are obvious
  • Regain a sense of moving with normality.

The class meets twice a week for 12 weeks. Participants may choose to continue the program beyond the initial 12 weeks.

Schedule:
TUE & THU 11:00 a.m.

Location:
Attleboro YMCA Pleasant Street Branch
537 Pleasant Street, Attleboro, MA

Fees:
No cost for Y Members.
$35 per 12-week session for Non-Members.

Contact:
For more information, please contact Renee Maxwell at 508-409-0752 or rmaxwell@attleboroymca.org.


Diabetes Prevention Program

Learn how you can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Don’t wait! The next session of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Saturday, October 13th, at 8 am at the Downtown Branch.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s year-long Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.

Are you at risk? Take this quiz to find out.

To learn more or to register, contact Renee Maxwell at 508-409-0752 or rmaxwell@attleboroymca.org.


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week program that connects cancer survivors within the community.  It provides a place where cancer survivors can come together, along with specially trained Attleboro YMCA staff, to safely work toward maintaining or regaining their independence, everyday fitness, and overall health & wellness.  It is held in a small group environment that incorporates one-on-one attention to the individual needs of each participant.

Morning and evening sessions available.

For more information or to register, contact Renee Maxwell at 508-409-0752 or rmaxwell@attleboroymca.org.

No cost for cancer survivors.

Living Stronger

This program offers previous LIVESTRONG participants the opportunity to continue meeting, supporting each other, and engaging in fun activities together once they have completed the initial 12-week program. The Living Stronger group, led by a survivor, meets monthly to participate in community events, walks, craft groups, special events, and more.

1st Wednesday of the month, 7:00 p.m.
Downtown Branch Cafe

Strong

This program is for our LIVESTRONG graduates who wish to maintain the group support and continue to exercise together. The group workouts are led by a trained LIVESTRONG trainer.

MON 11:00 a.m.
Downtown Branch
No cost to Y Members


MS Wellness

MS Strong is a session-based exercise program that connects individuals dealing with the effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

Supported through the MS Clinic and doctors at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, trained YMCA staff will safely guide participants through exercise that can help improve gait, balance, muscle strengthening and relaxing techniques. Specific exercises to help reduce spasticity will also be covered.

Contact Renee Maxwell at 508-409-0752 or rmaxwell@attleboroymca.org.

Free for Attleboro Y Members


Healthy Nutrition Counseling

As part of our cause for healthy living, we’re excited to introduce our new Healthy Nutrition Program and Services to help you meet all of your wellness goals from the inside out.

Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthier to fuel your activities, or reduce your risk of chronic disease, our Nutrition Director Joy Tetreault will help you design a plan customized specifically for you and your lifestyle.

Joy is a Registered Dietician who offers counseling for many conditions and lifestyle changes, including mindful eating, weight loss, diabetes education, cardiovascular disease management, obesity, pediatric disorders, and many more.

Initial 1-hour consult: $75
30-minute follow-up session: $38

To schedule an appointment, call (508) 409-0752 or email Joy at jtetreault@attleboroymca.org.


Diabetes Self-Management

Designed for people who have diabetes, this 6-week program will help you better manage the disease. At each informational session, the Y’s trained Lifestyle Coaches will provide support, education, tools, and strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, reducing the impact of diabetes on your life, and improving your overall well-being. Call 508-409-0767 for more information.

$15 for the 6-week program


Enhance Fitness

Join us for Enhance Fitness, a proven senior fitness and arthritis management program that improves your endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. It reduces your arthritis symptoms with safe, low impact exercises led by certified instructors in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes fun, laughter, friendship, and smiles.

MON, TUE    8:30-9:25 a.m.
Downtown Branch

WED 8:30-9:25 a.m.
Pleasant Street Branch

Free for Members
Non-Members: $35 per 16-week program