Health and Wellness
A letter from our CEO, Medora Uppal
As you know, our organization is continuously changing and adapting to the needs of our community. We were able to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented events of the past three years, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our entire staff team.
Throughout this time, we have worked hard together to reimagine our health and wellness programs and services and have adapted our models to engage our members in their homes virtually. Now, as we embark on launching our Strategic Plan in June, we will make additional changes within our health and wellness offerings to further advance health equity and the well-being of women, gender-diverse people and families in our community.
This letter is to share that we have made the difficult decision to no longer offer drop-in fitness programming and personal training through the Fitness Centre at our MacNab location. We will continue to offer our fitness classes online and in-person, including all older adult fitness programs associated with our Seniors Active Living Centre at both our MacNab and Putman Family YWCA locations. However, we will be discontinuing our pre-Covid-19 model of offering a Fitness Centre with drop-in access to fitness machines, equipment and onsite personal training.
Physical health and well-being remain extremely important to us as an organization. We are proud to continue to offer many life-saving and life-changing fitness programs, including our suite of Encore Programs for breast cancer survivors, our SAPFITT program for South-Asian seniors, and our Fit from Home virtual programs. We are also actively engaging various community groups in holistic health workshops and fitness programs in various community locations.
On behalf of all of the leadership at YWCA Hamilton, I would like to thank the hardworking Health & Wellness Staff members who have shown so much adaptability as we modify our programming, and who were so instrumental in their leadership at the Fitness Centre.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to Tara Weiderick, Manager, Seniors & Community Wellness Programs, about any of these changes. Once again, thank you for your flexibility, understanding, and patience as our organization continues to evolve.
Medora Uppal (she/her) CEO
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.
For more information about YWCA Hamilton Senior’s Living Centre, please contact:
Robin Mech 905-522-9922 ext. 173
Ottawa Street location:
Duncan Young 905-522-9922 ext. 541
Free exercise programs for women 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.
Specialized Health and Wellness Programs
ENCOREplus is the umbrella program that includes YWCA Encore, Pilates Beyond Breast Cancer and Walk in the Park Beyond Breast Cancer programs that support women in different stages of breast cancer recovery.
For more information, please contact:
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.
YWCA Hamilton’s Good Beginnings program is funded in part by United Way Halton & Hamilton.
Community Wellness Programs
Baby & Body Wellness Program is a FREE program designed to help mothers connect with their babies, their bodies, and other moms. We are more than a fitness class. We are a team of community support. The program runs on Mondays from April 17th to June 26th, 2023 in partnership with Hamilton Public Library, at Sherwood Public Library, 467 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton ON.
Come and enjoy a holistic health & wellness program for adults, seniors, newcomers, immigrants and refugees!
FREE weekly workshop sessions empowering you to take control of your well-being. Covering many topics like movement, physical activity, nutrition, self-care and mental health.
Meet other seniors in the community while staying active with fun activities – all designed just so YOU can feel better.
Immigrant or refugee seniors? We are waiting for you! If you need assistance with language translation, we have volunteers that speak your language!