Healthy Living Resources
Our knowledgeable staff is available to work with members in our facilities, ensuring proper use of equipment to gain optimal results. We also partner with area organizations to be able to offer high-quality and unique programs, such as falls prevention with Aspirus physical therapists, cooking classes through our partnership with McMillan Library, and youth nutrition classes through our partnership with Extension.
Livestrong At The Y
LIVESTRONG at the Y is a FREE 12-week program for adult cancer survivors. Our program is about saying ‘goodbye’ to being a patient and saying ‘hello’ to being a healthy, whole person again. In partnership with our healthcare partners, we are able to bring this program to our community at no cost.
Contributions to our annual Partner of Youth campaign fund this free community program. $250 funds LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for one cancer survivor. Donate today and help rebuild someone’s spirit, mind, and body.
For more Information of Livestrong reach out to:
Brittany Bord – Livestrong Instructor
Renee Kinney – Healthy Living Director
(715) 818-6015 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. Program participants receive a FREE 3-month YMCA family membership to help further their wellness journey.
This research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.
Participants work with YMCA staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem.
In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body. The program is available year-round at the South Wood County YMCA. Classes are twice weekly for 75-minutes per class over a 12 week period.
Check your local Y branch for schedules and times.
Participants will be invited to participate in several components of the program, including:
- Group exercise classes
- Individualized training and exercise development sessions
- Social engagement activities, and
- Educational seminars and guest speakers
This program is recommended for survivors who have recently finished their cancer treatment. Enrollment will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Medical studies show that moderate levels of exercise help cancer survivors physically and mentally, increasing their overall quality of life. The YMCA’s goal is to support survivors through a program that provides them with a positive way to learn how to increase their physical activity.
Additional benefits will include reducing the severity of therapy and treatment side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes, and improving energy levels and self-esteem.
A final goal of the program will be to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle.
Certified YMCA fitness instructors will deliver the physical activity portions of the program. Instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care.
Community Health and ForeverWell Program
Sarah Wheeler is our Community Health Worker and ForeverWell (55+) Coordinator.
She is passionate about meeting community needs and advocating for access to resources within Wood County.
Sarah is trained in multiple offerings, including but not limited to:
- Care Transition Interventions. Serving individuals with multiple hospitalizations by conducting a medication review, goal setting, and behavioral activation.
- Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression Empowering Adult Seniors). A one-on-on consultation and accountability offering.
- Stepping On, falls prevention class through WIHA.
***Sarah is currently going through the National Board Certification for Health & Wellness coaching and will be taking clients in 2024. Watch for more information to come.
Programs and offerings that Sarah is involved in at the YMCA:
ForeverWell (55+) Group
As a leading voice on improving overall health, the Y accepts the responsibility to find ways to serve our aging population, not only for individual health and well-being, but for overall community health. The South Wood County YMCA encourages all adults to develop behavior that is crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, physical activity, and social interaction. Local and statewide bus trips are also part of the fun of this social group*. ForeverWell meets every Monday from 11:15-12:15p in the teaching kitchen. See monthly calendar for more information. This is member benefit and does not cost anything to participate. (*Bus trips will have a cost associated)
Stepping On falls prevention classes
These are evidence-based fall prevention classes that happen twice a year. The next session runs from April 5- May 17th, 2024.
Red Cross Blood Drive coordinator
Red Cross Blood Drive coordinator. Register ahead of time. Red Cross Blood Drive dates for 2024:
January 31st Wednesday 10:00am – 3:00pm
April 9th Tuesday 10:00am – 3:00pm
June 14th Wednesday 10:00am – 3:00pm
Dimensions of Wellness Workshop is an hour workshop that covers all 8 dimensions of wellness. Participants walk away with a better understanding of each dimension, as well as some hands on tools to set SMART goals.
Wellness Library liaison
Members have the benefit of checking out our wellness-oriented books for up to 30 days. There are adult and children’s books available. Books are located in the front lobby next to the Community bulletin board. Please see front desk to check out books.
Walking Club meets every Thursday 11:30-12:30p. Walk outside until weather isn’t cooperating, then utilize the YMCA’s indoor track on the second floor. Cost is $5 per month and goes towards a monthly potluck on the last Thursday of the month.
Parent Café table leader. Parent Cafes are a free resource for parents to gather and talk about all things parenting. Childcare and family meal are provided. Parent Cafés happen three times in the spring and in the fall. They take place on a Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30pm and are sponsored by Childcaring Inc.
Prayer request and Bible verse co-coordinator
The Prayer board is located on the second floor near the stretching windows. Feel free to leave your prayer requests so we can pray for you!
Parkinson’s Power coordinator
This class is facilitated by two physical therapists: Heather McCarthy from Marshfield Clinic, and Elizabeth Ironside from Riverview Aspirus Hospital. The class meets participants at their skill level and is open to caregivers as well. The class is free for members and $5 for non-members. The class takes place every Wednesday from 12-12:50pm.
More Health & Fitness
Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Wisconsin Rapids Hours
Saturday: 7:00 AM- 5:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 3:00pm
Friday: 8:00AM- 5:00PM
Saturday- Sunday: Not Staffed