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Health and Wellness

We’re more than a gym.

PROGRAM UPDATE DURING COVID-19:

Since Covid-19 hit almost exactly one year ago, YWCA Hamilton has had to face serious questions about how it operates, whether it is meeting its clients’ needs, and what changes should be made going forward.

With this in mind, our leadership has made the difficult decision to permanently close the pool at YWCA Hamilton’s 75 MacNab Street South location.  Read the full announcement here.

The YWCA Hamilton Health and Wellness Team continues to plan for a re-opening of the MacNab Street Fitness Centre as well as both of the Active Living Centres 55+.  We anticipate offering outdoor in-person small group programs this Spring and will post updates here as we work to put protocols in place to safely open the Fitness Centre for modified hours and pre-booked work out times.

Virtual Classes continue to be offered on Zoom, please email Robin Mech, Supervisor Health and Wellness at rmech@ywcahamilton.org for more information or to register.  Classes are posted on the schedule here.

We hope you will join us on Zoom and wish for you to keep safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

The Health and Wellness Team

 

Schedules (All)icon of a clock representing the fitness schedules and timetables at YWCA Hamilton

Seniors

YWCA Hamilton operates two Seniors’ Active Living Centres that provide affordable programs and services for adults 55+ to enrich and support independent active living.

A variety of health and wellness programs are offered to promote physical and emotional well-being; programs focusing on skill development and social programs to build community and build connections with other seniors.

Seniors have access to special reduced rates for the FITpass and AQUApass.

For more information, contact our Seniors’ Active Living Centre 905-529-7727

Free exercise programs for adults 55+ who speak Punjabi. This program is fully offered in Punjabi! Seniors receive health education and participate in group fitness and social time and is offered at the Dominic Agostino Community Centre located at 150 Violet Drive, Stoney Creek.

For more information please contact Roo Seema at 905-546-2424 ext. 4284

The program is a group fitness class that is designed to be safe and effective for those who have osteoporosis or are at risk of osteoporosis. Free program with a valid YWCA Fit Pass.

For more information or to register contact Rana Aldibs at 905-522-9922 ext. 180

or raldibs@ywcahamilton.org

Fitness Memberships

FITpass: The all-inclusive FITpass provides access to a full range of energizing classes (Pilates, Yoga, Barre, Zumba are all included specialty classes), facilities and equipment available at the YWCA Hamilton. Health & Wellness staff will design an individual program to help you achieve your wellness goals. The FITpass includes unlimited use of YWCA’s full fitness and pool facilities, all fitness classes and all swim classes for adults. We also have a no-hassle cancellation policy. Try our new EXPRESS FIT Programs designed for a 30 minute fit-it-in workout. For more information on fitness programs please contact 905-522-9922.

FITpass Fee (+HST):

Adult $43/month | Senior $39/month |  Student $35/month | One Month $60/month

The Health Pass membership consists of specialized programs for individuals with Heart Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and women recovering from Breast Cancer. This membership begins with a Wellness Consultation to develop a customized fitness program best suited for an individual’s health & wellness needs.

The Health Pass membership consists of specialized programs for individuals with Heart Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and women recovering from Breast Cancer.

Health Pass Fee (+HST): $35/month

Specialized Health and Wellness Programs

Helping you settle in Canada.

YWCA Hamilton’s Join Program is a new immigration and settlement program designed specifically for newcomer women, youth and 2SLGBTQ+ youth. The purpose of Join is to help you settle in your community in every way possible.

From employment counseling and job search support to accessing child care and safe spaces, Join addresses all aspects to support your settlement in Hamilton.

Join us to:

  • get settled in your community
  • prepare for work in Canada and find a job
  • meet friends and make connections
  • get counselling and supports
  • find your people and a safe environment

Our YWCA Hamilton staff team are ready to support you!

Our staff team will support you in providing care for your children while you attend our services and will assist with transportation, translation and interpretation services when in-person services resume.

Our staff team can speak the following languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian

To participate in the Join Program, participants must:

  1. identify as a woman, 2SLGBTQIA+ or non-binary and;
  2. be a Permanent Resident, Protected Person/Convention Refugee or a Live-in Caregiver: Temporary Foreign Worker with an approved work permit

Good Beginnings is a volunteer assistance program available for mothers in Hamilton and the surrounding area with infants younger than 6 months of age. The program provides free in-home support for mothers to cope with challenges of having a new baby,  and/or for women who are at risk of Postpartum Depression. The program involves weekly in-home visits from a trained volunteer who can effectively support mothers for the first 6 months postpartum.

If you know a mother who might benefit from the Good Beginnings program, please contact Liliana Figueredo at 905-522-9922 ext. 310 or lfigueredo@ywcahamilton.org

YWCA Hamilton’s Good Beginnings program is funded in part by United Way Halton & Hamilton.

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This program is designed for women who face financial barriers to participating in physical activity programs. The program includes group fitness classes and health education delivered by qualified fitness staff and is offered at a subsidized rate.

Participants in this program have access to both the Fitness Centre and the pool through the all-inclusive FITpass. To apply for the program, visit the front desk and fill out an application and attach proof of income.  Further details of the program will be discussed with each individual that has met the criteria.

Time: Thursdays beginning at 12:15p.m.

For more information or to register contact Rana Aldibs at 905-522-9922 ext. 180 or raldibs@ywcahamilton.org

YWCA Hamilton’s Woman Alive! program is funded by United Way of Hamilton and Halton.  United Way Halton and Hamilton logo

The program is a specialized post-cardiac rehabilitation program. Participants receive individual exercise programs and supervision from qualified fitness staff.

For more information or to register contact Deborah Hannah at dhannah@ywcahamilton.org or 905-546-2424 ext. 4750

YWCA Encore is a FREE 9-week exercise and education program uniquely tailored for breast cancer survivors. YWCA Encore classes are designed for women who have experienced mastectomy, lumpectomy, or breast reconstruction surgery at any time in their lives. Each YWCA Encore class features an educational presentation by a guest speaker and time for sharing and discussion, followed by gentle floor and pool exercises with a goal of increasing strength, mobility and flexibility.

Now in its 10th year at YWCA Hamilton, YWCA Encore is more than just a fitness program, YWCA Encore also helps women manage the complex emotional effects of surviving breast cancer, offering learning opportunities, coping techniques, and a supportive network of fellow survivors.

Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register contact Anne Marie Collingwood at 905-522-9922 ext. 158 or acollingwood@ywcahamilton.org

Pilates Beyond Breast Cancer is a 10-week program designed to build stamina, improve posture, increase shoulder range of motion, regain function and release neck tension. Join Certified Body Harmonics® Pilates instructor Anne Marie Collingwood to restore your foundation of strength, mobility, and balance as you experience The Art of Contrology (Joseph Pilates).

Dates: Wednesdays, January 8 – March 11, 2020

Time: 9:30am-10:30am

Location: Studio at 75 MacNab Street South

Cost for 10-week program: $80 + HST for non-members, FREE for Adult FITpass and Health Pass members

For more information or to register contact Anne Marie Collingwood at 905-522-9922 ext. 158 or acollingwood@ywcahamilton.org

This 10-week program is a  great way for mom and baby to exercise together and to meet other moms in a fun and social class.

Dates: Mondays, beginning January 13, 2020

Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Location: Gym at 75 MacNab Street South

Cost for the 10-week program: $50 + HST for non-member or $25 + HST for members

For more information contact Rana Aldibs at 905-522-9922 ext. 180 or raldibs@ywcahamilton.org

Certified Personal Trainers meet with you to design a workout that is catered to your needs. Private and semi-private sessions are available.

To book your session today or for more information contact Rana Aldibs at 905-522-9922 ext. 180 RAldibs@ywcahamilton.org

Celebrate Heart Health Month with us at our special February Fun event that will include:

  • Presentation – Blood Pressure Fundamentals & Heart Health By Heart & Stroke
  • Dance – Health & Wellness Team
  • Healthy Snacks for your Heart – We will prepare together healthy snacks

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 2:30pm – 4:30 pm

Location: Virtual classes run on Zoom

For more information or to register please contact Rana Aldibs at raldibs@ywcahamilton.org

Resources

If you would like to see all of our Health and Wellness programs please visit: Wellness Schedules (All)

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