Evidence-Based Health Interventions

The Y is fulfilling its commitment to healthy living in the Bloomsburg community by adding evidence-based health interventions to our schedule as a supplement to traditional models of health care.

These programs are backed by years of evidence generated by Y’s across the country. We’re excited to join the cause, and help our community reclaim a healthy life along the way.

As we expand our work through these innovative programs, the Y is once again reminded of our role as a resource and refuge to those in our community seeking health, hope, and happiness. Through implementing LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, and Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, we are doing more than ever to ensure those facing chronic disease have a community of care behind them.

A LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class meets to encourage physical, emotional, and social well-being.

A LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class meets to encourage physical, emotional, and social well-being.

We’re Fighting Cancer: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

In our tight-knit community, it’s hard to find someone whose life hasn’t been touched by cancer. Whether it’s a family member, a colleague, or a friend, we’ve all known someone who has faced this devastating disease.

Survivors in our community have made it through the toughest challenge of their lives, but the process of recovery can still be long and fatiguing.

That’s where the Y comes in.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week program of group fitness classes, strength training exercises, and group sessions for social and emotional support, all provided at no cost to participants thanks to generous contributions from community donors. These sessions have been affirmed through years of evidence to reduce fatigue and improve quality of life during recovery.

Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem, and improve strength and endurance in those recovering from cancer treatments. The Y is in a unique position to encourage and empower those living beyond cancer and towards recovery in a safe, supportive environment.

All staff offering the program are trained in cancer treatments and recovery.

Through LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, the Y will embrace a new role in our community as a refuge and resource for cancer survivors.

Family Membership Included! We know that cancer affects not only the survivor, but their family and caregivers as well. To build a complete network of support, the Y is providing a three-month family membership to participants of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at no additional cost.

Registration opens: September 4, 2018

Program begins: To ensure our first session can reach as many members of our community as possible, we are extending the registration period and moving our start date to Monday, October 22nd. There are still spaces available for those who are interested!

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We’re Lowering High Blood Pressure: Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

The Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program gives participants the ability to monitor their own health--all while receiving support from the Y!

The Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program gives participants the ability to monitor their own health–all while receiving support from the Y!

According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of every 3 American adults (nearly 80 million people) has high blood pressure, a key risk factor for two of the leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease and stroke.

This risk can be modified through long-term lifestyle modifications, but these changes can be challenging for someone trying to tackle them on their own.

The Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, launching in November 2018, helps adults diagnosed with high blood pressure learn proper measuring techniques and obtain individualized support to manage their blood pressure more effectively. Goals include reducing blood pressure and developing healthier eating habits.

UPDATE: 

We have an INCREDIBLE announcement for our community!

Thanks to a generous donation from the Bloomsburg Volunteer Ambulance Association, the Y will now be able to offer the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program to ALL members of our community AT NO COST!

This program includes one free month of YMCA membership (with consistent participation), the option to receive an Omron blood pressure monitor if you do not already have a home tracking tool, and the support of our Healthy Heart Ambassadors through one-on-one sessions and monthly nutrition education seminars.

We are thrilled to help individuals with high blood pressure work to take back control of their health and reduce their risk for chronic disease through self-monitoring.

Call 570-784-0188 or visit the Y today to register.

Registration opens: September 4, 2018

Program begins: November 2018

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We’re Preventing Diabetes: YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.

Change is tough—but we can help.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, launching in January 2019, gives participants the skills they need and the support they deserve to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.

To reduce risk for diabetes, the goal of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce each participant’s body weight by 7% and increase weekly physical activity by at least 150 minutes in the first half of the program.

Everyone needs a push, a pat on the back, a helping hand sometimes. Participants in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will take 25 classes over twelve months surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.

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Want to Give Back?

Give a gift to your community by donating to the YMCA!

Your donation will support Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility in the Bloomsburg Community!

Bloomsburg Area YMCA Mission Statement

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is a cause-driven Columbia County organization that is dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. The Bloomsburg Area YMCA addresses these needs through our facilities, programs, and community collaborations with likeminded organizations.

Vision Statement - To nurture every child and teen, to improve the health and well-being of our community residents, and to support fellow cause-driven Columbia County Associations.

The Y is here for our community:

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA serves over 600 families in our community!

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA provides over 40 wellness classes each week to prevent childhood obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes!

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA helps teach values and teamwork to over 200 children in our Y-care, preschool, and sport leagues, swim team, and gymnastics program.

Give the Y a Try!

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is so much more than just a gym! Learn what our members already know with a seven-day free trial!

LOCATION
Bloomsburg Area YMCA
30 East 7th Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

PHONE
(570) 784-0188

FAX
(570) 784-4303

HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon-Thurs 5:00am-9:00pm
Fri: 5:00am-7:00pm
Sat: 8:00am-4:00pm
Sun: 11:00am-3:00pm

UNITED WAY - The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is a program partner with the Columbia County United Way