Franklin County’s YMCA Notebook: June 17, 2023

Published: 06-16-2023 2:43 PM

Registration for summer session classes and programs offered by Franklin County’s YMCA is now open. There are a variety of youth swimming and gymnastics lessons, as well as adult water fitness classes. Visit the YMCA’s Welcome Center or for more information.

“Fun in the Sun” Gymnastics Showcase: Saturday, June 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the Gymnastics Center. $5 per spectator; current gymnasts and children under 5 are admitted for free. Proceeds will benefit the gymnastics program and Tumbling Tigers gymnastics team.

Young Adult Summer Memberships: All college students who are home for the summer can save 20% on their YMCA gym membership. If you are a new young adult member, the YMCA will also waive the joiner’s fee — a savings of $25. Students need to provide a valid student ID and proof of current full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credits). Stop by the YMCA’s Welcome Center or call 413-773-3646 to sign up.

Year-Long Class for Prediabetics: A trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a small classroom setting and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health while reducing the onset of Type 2 diabetes. YMCA membership is included in the program fee. Scholarships may apply. Classes will take place on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. starting in June. For more information, call or email Stacie Baumann at 413-773-3646, ext. 449 or

Calling All Runners and Joggers: Thursday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Y’s Social Room. Join Greenfield native Joe Martino as he makes the characters in his book, “On the Run,” come alive. With special guests, coach Pete Conway, Frank McDonald and other surprises. Free.

Three free programs for anyone in the community

With questions regarding any of the following programs, contact Jayne Trosin at

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Moving for Better Balance: A balance improvement program that uses a variety of movements and techniques designed to train balance and movement control for daily life activities. The program consists of eight core movement forms and movement drills that progress throughout the series of classes. Offered both in-person at the Y or remotely. Meets Wednesdays and Fridays at noon starting June 21.

Enhance Fitness: An exercise program designed to decrease falls and improve daily activity. Incorporates low-impact cardio moves, weights and stretching. Work on flexibility, balance, strength training and aerobics while helping with arthritis. New class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon.

Walk with Ease: This evidence-based program is proven to help people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain; increase balance, strength and walking pace; and improve overall health. Learn the relationship between arthritis, exercise and pain; develop and implement a personal walking plan with realistic goals; and get tips, strategies and resources for maintaining a long-term exercise routine. Meets at the Y’s Main Street entrance on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.