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The Y & Center for Active Generations Partner to Battle Arthritis Effects

Partnership gives arthritis sufferers a new exercise program and way to connect

The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA has expanded its Prescription Health wellness programming by introducing Enhance®Fitness at the Y and the Siouxland Center for Active Generations.

Designed for older adults – specifically those with arthritis – EnhanceFitness helps participants stay active and manage arthritis symptoms. But in addition to functional exercises (focusing on endurance, strength, flexibility and balance), classes create a strong social network of friends.

“This partnership has brought a wellness program to a group that needs it,” said Amanda Caboth, Prescription Health Coordinator at the Y.

Kerry Ruehle, Program Director at the Siouxland Center for Active Generations, added, “As our nation’s population ages, arthritis’ prevalence is expected to increase and it can be very debilitating.”

Since debuting in August at the Center for Active Generations, Ruehle noted that many participants are reporting improvements and positive effects already.

Ruehle continued, “While we have numerous fitness programs conducted [here], it is wonderful to have the ability to offer one tailored specifically to helping with arthritis concerns. This is our first time to partner with the YMCA and it has been a very positive experience… a win/win for both agencies!”

enhanceAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 52.5 million Americans have arthritis, including about half of all adults over age 65. Almost 23 million Americans report that arthritis limits their physical activity.

The evidence-based EnhanceFitness has been proven to help reduce the effects of arthritis, while its low-intensity physical activities can increase mobility, activity, overall energy levels and independence.

“Providing programs for underserved populations like active older adults and those with chronic disease is a priority for the Y, especially as numbers continue to rise. With a mission centered on wellbeing, we strive to be a leading voice in our community so that all people, no matter what their circumstance or age, can achieve greater health. That’s why launching EnhanceFitness here and at the Center for Active Generations has been exciting,” Caboth said.

Held in a relaxed and social atmosphere, EnhanceFitness welcomes older adults of all fitness levels. All exercises are safe, effective and modifiable. Classes meet Mon/Wed/Fri from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at the Y and Tues/Wed/Fri from 8:30 – 9:30 AM at the Siouxland Center for Active Generations. EnhanceFitness is free for members of either organization.

To learn more about EnhanceFitness, the Y or mission, contact (402) 404-8439.

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The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA has been an essential part of the Siouxland community for over 125 years. As a diverse, non-profit organization, all members, volunteers, staff and contributors are joined together by the shared commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y strives to provide programs that build a healthy mind, body and spirit for all!

EnhanceFitness joins a chronic disease wellness line-up at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA that already includes classes for adults living with Parkinson’s Disease (Delay the Disease), cancer (LIVESTRONG at the YMCA), Multiple Sclerosis (Making Strides) and prediabetes (YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program).