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A Message from Our Directors...

For the past 3 years, the Wyckoff Family YMCA and Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), have been working together on many Family-focused Community Projects. 

Some of these projects include the Youth Biathlon, The Half Marathon and Wyckoff Day....all culminating in benefitting Wyckoff Y Cares and the Health and Wellness Quality for the residents of Northern New Jersey. 

Our shared vision to develop and enhance community education and initiate innovative health and wellness awareness is at the very heart of our new MISSION PARTNERSHIP journey. 

In the months to come, please don't miss the many community-based programs and features that will be coming your way that will be of interest, relevance, and of course, free of charge. They have been designed to be inviting, interactive, and engaging for all ages from Pre-school through Active Older Adults. 

It is with great anticipation and pride that we look forward to working collaboratively with this most prestigious and revered medical institution.

Session 1 & 2 - Classes, Workshops, & Events:

Ask the Nurse: Adult Health and Wellness 

OCT. 7, NOV. 4, DEC. 2, & JAN. 6


Location: Outside the Gym 

Get your life back on track and learn to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Program led by a registered nurse. No appointment needed. 

Program includes:

  • Blood pressure assessment
  • Body mass index measurement
  • Diabetes risk assessment
  • Stress management
  • Health education 
  • Community resources


Matter of Balance

Sess. I / II Mon. 1-3pm 

Location: The Lakehouse

Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Led by a trained facilitator, the program enables participants to achieve significant goals. They gain confidence by learning to exercise, to increase strength and balance, set goals for increasing activity, and make changes to reduce fall risk at home.

Program designed to benefit older Adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained falls in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength 


Pre-Registration Required.


Register for Session I

Register for Session II

Stop the Bleed 

SEP. 4, 2-3:30pm 

SEP. 5, 6:30-8pm 

When serious injuries are suffered, the first few minutes immediately following the incident are often the most critical. Minutes, even seconds count, particularly when there is substantial bleeding. Bystanders can have a lasting impact as they are the first on the scene. 

STOP THE BLEED is a FREE, nationwide training campaign to teach bystanders life-saving techniques such as how to apply a pressure bandage and use a tourniquet.


Pre-Registration Required.


Register for SEP. 4

Register for SEP. 5

Wellness Expo 

OCT. 19, 10am-1pm 

Health Screenings and Health Service Information on:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Bone Density
  • Diabetes Risk Assessment and Body Composition
  • Panel Presentation


Pre-Registration Required.


Register Today!

Active Older Adults Monthly Lunch and Learn 

LECTURE: 12-1pm 

Location: The Commons

Learn about a myriad of wellness topics. Bring a bag lunch. 

SEP. 17: “The Mind Diet” - Susan Kraus, RD, Clinical Dietician

OCT. 15: “Healthy Aging” - Manisha Santosh Parulekar, M.D., Chief of Geriatrics

NOV. 19: “Headaches & Migraines” - Regina Krel, M.D., Neurology

DEC. 17: “Healthy Holiday Celebrations with Mocktails & Apps” - Susan Kraus, RD, Clinical Dietician

JAN. 21: “Hearing Matters, Hearing and Aging” - TBD 


Pre-Registration Required.


Register for SEP. 17

Register for OCT. 15

Register for NOV. 19

Register for DEC. 17

SEPTEMBER 17 Topic: "The Mind Diet"

Guest Speaker: Susan Kraus, RD, Clinical Dietician

Mind Diet: Learn about MIND, a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create brain-healthy eating habits for life. LEARN WHY it is important to: Eat more vegetables with a focus on leafy greens, berries, nuts, olive oil, whole grains, fish, beans, poultry and wine. Limit butter and margarine, cheese, red meat, fried food, pastries and sweets. 

Pre-Registration Required

Questions? Regarding Topic Contact: [email protected]

Registration Contact: [email protected]

OCTOBER 15 Topic: "Healthy Aging"

Guest Speaker: Manisha Santosh Parulekar, M.D., Chief of Geriatrics

“The World is Aging!” Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there is no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. Let’s look at the key things that can help with the Waltz to the golden years. 

Discussion Includes: 

  • Nutrition 
  • Exercise 
  • Screening and preventive services 
  • Managing health conditions 
  • Understanding all your medications 

These habits and behaviors can contribute to a productive and meaningful life.”

Pre-Registration Required

Questions? Regarding Topic Contact: [email protected]

Registration Contact: [email protected]