Offerings at the YMCA
Winter swim lessons
The YMCA of the Northwoods offers a wide variety of swim levels from parent/child classes to learning the competitive strokes.
Swim lessons are offered in the morning as well as in the afternoon and evening. To register, call the YMCA at (715) 362-9622 or stop by the Welcome Center. Classes begin Jan. 7.
SMART Weight Loss for Seniors
The YMCA of the Northwoods, Rhinelander, will be offering the SMART Weight Loss for Seniors class to help older adults lose weight, exercise more and eat healthier. The SMART Weight Loss for Seniors class will be held Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon beginning Jan. 9.
Past participants have lost weight, made positive changes in their eating habits and exercise routines, have set realistic goals and have learned how to be accountable for their goals.
The program will include weekly weigh-ins, body measurements, exercise recommendations, nutritional re-education and self-management skill development. The cost for the programs is $50 for members and $65 for the general public.
For more information or to register, contact the YMCA at (715) 362-9622.
Get CPR, first aid, AED certified at the Y
The YMCA of the Northwoods will offer CPR full courses Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. A CPR recertification course will be held Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information on American Red Cross courses at the YMCA, call Melissa Nieman at (715) 362-9622, ext 111.
Classes to prevent falls
Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week group program that focuses on improving functional ability, especially balance, to reduce fall-related risks and fall frequency.
YMCAs that have implemented this program in their communities believe that older adults overcome the fear of falling and fall less as they live stronger, healthier, more independent lives by participating in the Moving for Better Balance program. Participants in Moving for Better Balance increase their self-confidence, gain a sense of achievement and improve their well-being in a safe environment. The supportive network of friends formed in the Moving for Better Balance program fosters a strong sense of belongingness and leads to empowered, independent living older adults.
Approximately one-third of all adults over age 65 fall at least once in a year. Half of those people who do fall consequently experience a serious setback in their quality of life. As lifespans continue to increase, the ability to maintain health, mobility and independence for as long as possible becomes more important.
Moving for Better Balance is a fall prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help older adults improve their balance and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities. The YMCA will hold a free information meeting and demonstration of the benefits of the program Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Rhinelander location. For more information about this program or other Y active older adult programs, contact Marilyn Duschl at (715) 362-9622, ext. 118.
Fit for Life at Eagle River YMCA
The Eagle River YMCA invites those who struggle with weight loss to join the 2013 Fit for Life program for an opportunity to lose weight with professional trainers in a program similar to the popular TV show “The Biggest Loser.”
Experienced, certified personal trainers Kevin Schweer and Julia John return and CPT Mandy Rottier is joining the team. Mandy lost more than 50 pounds recently and knows the struggles with weight loss on a personal level. The application process will begin Jan. 1-31, and the 12-week program will begin in mid-February.
The services cost $299 for members and $399 for non-members.
For more information, visit ymcaofthenorthwoods.org or call (715) 479-9500.