For a Better Us
The Y exists to strengthen the foundations of our community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. We do it by teaching kids new skills that build self-confidence, character values and leadership. We do it by helping adults and families lead healthy lifestyles. We do it by connecting older adults to an active support network. We do it by providing outlets to give back to those in need an volunteer your time. People engage with the Y on one level, but they soon find a deeper meaning to their activities and a connection to those around them. Ultimately, at its highest form, they feel compelled to volunteer, to give back and help others strengthen the entire community.
Free Monthly Workshops
Join us for free monthly workshops that enrich your mind, body, and spirit! Each month we hold educational opportunities for you to learn more about topics!
- Wellness Center Equipment
- Book Group
- And more!
LIVESTRONG® at the Y - Cancer Survivorship Program
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a cancer wellness and exercise class. This program offers cancer survivors the opportunity to build cardiovascular endurance, core muscular strength and endurance, core flexibility, and balance, which may help improve functional ability, reduce the severity of the therapy side effects, prevent unwanted weight changes, and improve energy levels and self-esteem. The goal of the program is to empower adult cancer survivors to improve functional capacity and to increase their quality of life through and organized program of fitness and strength. This is a free, 12-week program for adults with a current or past cancer diagnosis. Open to Members and Community Participants. Enrollment required.
Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program - Hypertension
The Y designed the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The four-month program focuses on regulated home self-monitoring of one’s blood pressure using proper measuring techniques, individualized support and nutrition education for better blood pressure management. Receive support and encouragement in your journey to better health!
- Must be over 18 and have been diagnosed with high blood pressure to participate.
- The cost is $10 per participant, but that can be waived if there is a financial need.
- You get a blood pressure machine to keep, meet with a Heart Healthy Ambassador twice/month, and attend a virtual nutrition seminar once/month.
Download forms, fill out and return to the Front Desk.
Have questions? Contact Alyse Kominakis, Wellness Coordinator at 219-462-4185 x249 or email@example.com
Rock Steady Boxing - Parkinson's Disease
For those suffering with Parkinson’s disease, exercise has been shown to improve function, posture and endurance, while helping to control pain. Discover these benefits by joining this unique exercise program for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Open to Members and Community Participants. Enrollment required.
Through non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness training, Rock Steady Boxing improves the quality of life for people battling Parkinson’s disease. This program is through our healthcare partner St. Mary Medical Center.
• Group fitness class
To enroll in the program contact our St. Mary Medical Physical Therapy Office at 219-286-3890 for a screening today!
As a waterfront community we take water safety very seriously. All of our aquatics programing, including swim lessons and water fitness classes are available at reduced rates through our financial assistance program.
Ask the Nurse
Meet Christy Cleveland, a Registered Nurse at the Valparaiso Family YMCA! Through our partnership with St. Mary Medical Center, Christy is here to support you in living your best life.