YMCA of Greater Erie

Diabetes Prevention Program

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Are you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity, and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed.

Chances are you know at least one person with diabetes and probably more than one with prediabetes. To find out if you are at risk, take this quick test. Then share the test with friends and family.

Goals?

Lifestyle coaches help participants reach the following goals:

  • lose a minimum of 7% of your starting weight
  • increase your physical activity to 150 minutes a week

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have a BMI of 24 or greater
  • Have NO previous diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
  • Either have a blood test result in the prediabetes range in the last year or score a 9 or higher on the CDC diabetes risk assessment
  • Previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes

If you feel you meet one or more of the eligibility requirements please contact: Lana Kunik, Prevention Services Coordinator at the Sight Center of Northwest PA at (814) 455-0995 ext. 101 or lanak@sightcenternwpa.org.

The program is limited to 20 class participants and meets for one year.

 

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Free Meals for Kids Program

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Kids fill-up on the good stuff while school is out because of the Y’s free Meals for Kids Program offered when school is out.  We serve nutritious meals for kids ages 2-18.  No application, income verification or registration is required.  After kids eat, Y staff offer activities including playground games, board games, arts/crafts and more.

Meals for Kids is a community outreach program of the YMCA of Greater Erie and is sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, Kern Family Foundation, MJ Surgala Trust, the City of Erie, Erie Housing Authority, VIBE 104.3 and Classy 100.

Summer Meals for Kids locations and serve times are for 2017, with service from June 12-Aug. 18 are:

Community of Caring, Dayenu House, 261 East 21 Street, 11:30 a.m.-12:30p.m.
Downtown YMCA, 31 West 10th Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Friendship Baptist Church, 1719 Cascade Street, 5-6 p.m.
Girard Borough Park, 34 Main Street W., 4-5 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus) – begins June 19
Granada Apartments, 1717 Kuntz Road, 2-3 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus)
Hillcrest Church, 12921 Dundon Road, Edinboro, 12-1 p.m.
Lake City Dwellings, 215 East 16th Street, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
MLK Center, 4th & Chestnut, 5-6 p.m.
Parade Street Commons, 314 East 20th Street, 12-1 p.m.  (Saturdays)
Pfeiffer Burleigh School, 235 E. 11th Street, 8-9 a.m. & 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus)
Union City Elementary School, 91 Miles St., Union City, 12-1 p.m. – begins July 10
Union City Estates, 61 Parade St. #101, Union City, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Meals are served during the school year at the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m.

Check out other free programs you might be interested in:

City of Erie Parks & Recreation Program

City of Erie Learn to Swim Program (Brian Lee Crosby Memorial)

 

 

 

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Healthy Family Home

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Every family can be a healthy family. By focusing your family’s efforts to live healthier around the Y’s pillars of a healthy family home and taking small steps using the information and tools we provide, your family will soon be feeling stronger and living healthier.

Healthy Family Home is a virtual program offered by the YMCA of the USA.  Click here for additional resources including a newsletter and a Healthy Family Home Starter Kit

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John Gilmore Scholarship Fund for Diabetes Camp

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John Gilmore was the Youth Sports Program Director for the Glenwood YMCA in Erie, PA.  John was an avid cyclist and weight lifter despite living with type 1 diabetes.  He loved children and felt passionate about healthful living.  John touched the lives of thousands of people through his kindness and generosity.  John died unexpectedly in his sleep on March 27, 2009 at the young age of 51.  After John’s passing a memorial fund was established in his name.

The cost for one child to attend YMCA Camp Fitch’s Dr. Barclays Camp for Diabetes is $555.00. The Glenwood Park Y provides scholarships for Glenwood Y youth members. These scholarships are being awarded through the John Gilmore Memorial Fund and will be awarded based on financial need and/or merit.  To learn more about this fund, contact Branch Executive Director Jim McEldowney.

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Little Free Library

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In partnership with Gannon University, free books are placed in outdoor library boxes. You may take a book and bring a book. Program is free. Our box is located outside of the main entrance on West 10th Street. Enjoy!

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Meals for Kids

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Free Meals for Kids

A busy after school schedule often makes it tough for kids to eat a healthy evening meal – or, individual family circumstances challenge parents in choosing between nutritious groceries and paying a bill. Whatever your situation – the Eastside Family Y provides FREE nutritious meals for kids through age 17 during the school year. We invite ALL to our table – kids enrolled in Y programs or those from the community – to sit down, family-style, and fill-up on the good stuff. We know with a balanced evening meal and a good night’s rest, kids will wake-up refreshed and ready to learn!

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Meals for Kids, Parks & Recreation & Learn to Swim Program

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The following programs are offered to City of Erie residents free of charge as part of the City of Erie’s Summer Parks & Recreation Program.  Additional funding is provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Erie and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

For additional free Meals for Kids locations, click here.

Parks & Recreation Program

Kids Bubbles GroupIn partnership with the City of Erie, the YMCA of Greater Erie offers free recreational programming at 8 City of Erie neighborhood parks throughout the summer. At the YMCA Kids Club Summer Parks & Recreation Program, kids spend their days taking part in a wide variety of summer play and learning activities while building a healthy spirit, mind and body. Each day, Y staff leads hands-on-activities such a group games, board games, group sports, group fitness and art and music. A hula hoop instructor will be visiting each park once a week to teach a “hoop” class. Gannon University’s Summer Fit stops by Bayview too!

Before they know it, the day is done and they’ve made a new friend. Free summer lunch is served daily. Ages 6-18. For more information, call Jen Sikora at 240-9928.

Download the City of Erie’s Parks & Recreation Guide here.

Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  June 14-August 11

Summer Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30a.m.-12p.m.

Locations: Bayview Park, Burton Park, Columbus Park, Frontier Park, Gridley Park, McKinley Park, Nate Levy Park, and Pulaski Park

Port-a-Pool Program 

Youth 6-18 years old splash away the summer days at these neighborhood recreational swimming locations.  Bathing suits required; no cut-offs.  A certified lifeguard is on duty. For more information, call Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 ext. 274.

Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. July 5- August 11

Locations: Bayview & Columbus Parks

Rodger Young Pool Open Swim & Recreation Program

Summer Camp Group Boys PoolA summer of fun is in store for youth at the Rodger Young Pool Open Swim & Recreation Program. Kids 6-18 enjoy bouncing from recreational swimming to lawn games, board games and group sports – then back to the pool to cool off!  Youth must be registered by a parent or legal guardian before participating in activities.  Proof of age is required for 6 year olds and may be requested for others.  Bathing suits required.  Free summer lunch is served daily. Free Y Swimming Lessons will be offered in July and August.  Registration is required through the Eastside Family Y at 899-9622.  For more information, contact Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 ext. 274.

Registration Meet & Greet Event: June 12, 5-8p.m.

Pool Program Hours: Opens June 12, Monday-Saturday, 12-5p.m., Closes August 25

Recreation Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-4:30 p.m.

Summer Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Brian Lee Crosby Memorial Learn to Swim Program

Swim Instructor RoundedYMCA swimming lessons give kids summer fun – with a splash of confidence! No matter what the child’s skill level, certified YMCA swimming instructors will help develop your child’s swimming ability and boost their spirit.  Swim lessons are free to all youth ages 6 months-18 years of age living in the City of Erie.  Parents or guardians are responsible for registration, attendance and transportation needs. Bathing suits required. Lifeguard on duty. Swim lessons meet 3 times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 2 weeks for a total of 6, 40-minute classes per session at Erie High (Central), Strong Vincent and East School Swimming Pools.  Class sessions held between 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

At the conclusion of the session, a progress report will be given to each child with a recommended level for the next session.

A lifeguard skills class will be offered to teens ages 15 and up who have an interest in becoming a certified lifeguard.  This class will teach skills necessary to become a lifeguard in preparation for advancing to a Lifeguard Certification Class.  We will offer a Lifeguard Certification class to City of Erie residents who want to be a certified Lifeguard and gain employment.

Open Swim

Open swim is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for anyone interested in swimming lessons. Families of those registered are welcome to participate in open swim as well.  A parent or guardian must accompany children 5 and under in the water and remain within easing reaching distance of the child at all times.  Children 6-11 years must have a parent or guardian on deck.  All swimmers will be tested for swimming ability.  Bathing suits are required.  Lifeguard on duty. No open swim on Tuesday, July 4.

To register, call the Downtown Y, 452-3261 for the Brian Lee Crosby Memorial Learn to Swim Program.  Advance registration is encouraged to ensure your child’s participation. 

Registration Dates:

Session 1: Registration opens June 1
June 12-June 23

Session 2: Registration opens June 19
June 26-July 7 (no class July 4)

Session 3: Registration opens July 3
July 10-July 21

Session 4: Registration opens July 17
July 24-August 4

Meals for Kids

Kids fill-up on the good stuff while school is out because of the Y’s free Meals for Kids Program offered when school is out.  We serve nutritious meals for kids ages 2-18.  No application, income verification or registration is required.  After kids eat, Y staff offer activities including playground games, board games, arts/crafts and more.  Click here for 2017 locations.

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Play & Learn

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You and your child’s caregivers are their first “teachers”.  At Play & Learn, Y staff will show how your child learns through play and active engagement through our everyday activities like running errands, emptying the dishwasher, sorting laundry and preparing dinner.  We’ll share oodles of learning ideas for at home and on the go.

Play & Learn is a FREE preschool like program that child and caregiver attend together and includes songs and 13 learning centers from books to puzzles, to listening and dress up – all that reinforce learning in preparation for Kindergarten.  Snack is also provided.

Play & Learn is free and open to children ages 6 weeks-5 years old and their caregiver -relative or friend. Click below links for required forms AND visit the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, to register in person.  Class runs 36 weeks throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.- 12p.m. from Sept. 13-June 1.  For more information, call 899-9622.

Program held at International Institute, 517 East 26th Street

Download flyer in Espanol.

Caregiver Demographic Form
Child Demographic Form
Consent Form
Enrollment Survey
Evaluation Information

 

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Safety Around Water

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It takes just 10 seconds and 1 ounce of water for a water-related accident to occur.  And, nearly 88% of all youth drownings happen under adult supervision.  The Y’s new program, Safety Around Water, is designed to teach kids and adults how to be safe in and around water.  The program does not focus on swimming technique, but focuses on important safety and survival skills to help reduce water-related accidents and drownings.  This program is for non-swimmers/beginners and is meant to complement the Y’s traditional swimming lesson program. Lifeguard on duty. Free and open to the public.  Other free programs you might be interested in : City of Erie Learn to Swim, City of Erie Parks & Recreation, and Meals for Kids.

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Shower Pass Program

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In partnership with the Upper Room, the Downtown Y offers the homeless a hot shower between the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

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Wellness for Life

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wellness-for-life-btnFor many people, the transition to survivorship serves as strong motivation to make positive lifestyle change. Although cultivating healthy habits is a good idea for anyone, it is survivors are often at higher risk for developing other health problems as a result of their cancer treatment.  Healthy behaviors can help survivors regain or build strength, reduce the severity of side effects, reduce the risk of developing secondary cancers or other health issues, and enjoy life more.

The journey at the Regional Cancer Center incorporates a focus on mind-body-spirit well-being from the day  you walk through the doors.  They are committed to integrating wellness components into your care and treatment.  They want you to feel empowered and to regain a sense of control over your cancer.

Research shows that by integrating physical activity, proper nutrition and mind-body-spirit awareness, you can feel better and reduce the side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, depression, anxiety, fatigue and weight gain.

In keeping with RCC’s mission of providing comprehensive care with a commitment to optimal quality of life for patients and families, RCC has partnered with the Glenwood Park Y to offer supportive, holistic classes in a nurturing and spacious environment.

The classes will be taught by expert fitness professionals and will be offered to cancer survivors and caregivers only, completely free of charge.

Click here for a complete list of classes included within the Wellness for Life program.

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Wellness Series for Veterans

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YOGA –Thursdays at 10 a.m. @ BLOOM Collaborative – 138 East 26th Street:fitness_yogaEach class emphasizes emotional healing at a relaxed pace in a safe and nurturing environment.  This class offers simple and effective tools to heal those suffering from PTSD. Yoga delivers inner peace, vibrant health and relaxation.

TAI CHI – Wednesdays at 6:30pm @ Downtown Y
Tai Chi, referred to by the Harvard Medical School as “medication in motion”,  helps with stress relief, reduces anxiety and depression; and has been proven to improve arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, fibromyalgia , PTSD, and back and spinal problems, as well as increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.

WATER FITNESS -Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:00 a.m. @ Downtown Y
This low to high-impact aerobics class held in the shallow end of the pool will utilize the resistance and buoyancy of water to tone muscles while protecting joint.  Water Fitness has been proven to help as increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.

Please make sure to check out our Family Changing Room located next to the pool and to use our newly added Pool Steps to make entering and exiting the pool easier.

FREE Monthly Memberships are also available.  Veterans may apply for a membership at The Downtown YMCA on the 1st of every month.  They are on a first come first serve basis.

For more information or for questions, please contact Victoria Stilson at 452-3261 Ext 240 or vstilson@ymcaerie.org.

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