Sonoma County Family YMCA

1111 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 545-9622

Health and Wellness Programs

Book Club

"Getting Real", By Susan Campbell, PhD

Information Session Thursday Sept. 26 6PM

Book Club meeting dates:
Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Nov. 7, 14, 21
6 PM - 7:15 PM

See our flyer here!

Are you ready to:

  • Improve your communication skills
  • Have better relationships
  • Focus more on relating than on controlling
  • Live a more honest life

We will learn the 10 truth skills, practice them, take self-assessment quizzes, play the Getting Real card game, and get real to enhance our relationships and our lives!
Stop hiding your feelings, holding back your truth and living under shoulds and the fear of sharing with the world your beautiful true self!

Book Club Suggested donation $20.00 includes Group Facilitation and workbook

Y members and non-members welcome!


Reduce Stress for a Fuller & Happier Life

Tuesdays Oct.15, Nov.19, Dec.17
10:30 AM - 11:45 am

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Mindfulness is being in the present, not obsessing about the past or worrying about the future. The concept of mindfulness is a fundamental aspect of Buddhism and is now being studied and practiced independently all over the world. Scientific studies have shown that it reduces stress and improves health.

During this class students will experience mindfulness with simple body movements, breathing and posture to feel and experience the benefits of being in the present.

Students will learn to develop:

  • Mental Focus
  • A Calm mind
  • A Relaxed body
  • Being Centered and Grounded
  • A Positive attitude
  • Increased awareness
Pre-register in our Member Center, or online at
No cost to register!

Parkinson's Group Exercise Program

Cardio • agility • Balance • Strength • stretch

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Join our ongoing group exercise program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise is an important ingredient to living well with PD. We will cover all the bases to help improve: range of motion, trunk rotation, gait, balance, and more, with a fun loving group in a supportive environment.

You know it’s important to KEEP MOVING!
So sign up today and let’s get started.

First class Wed. Oct. 30th
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm, in the Activity Center (Basketball Court)

No Cost for Y Members
Cost for Non-Members: $20 per month
Preregistration is required each month
Caregivers are welcome to attend at no additional cost - must sign in at the Welcome Desk

Instructor: Jo Rene Woodworth
Assistant: Diana LaTorre

JoRene has been teaching exercise for 40 years and recently completed the Parkinson WISE training certification.
JoRene holds multiple nationally accredited fitness certifications.
Diana is certified in yoga and has recently started to study other forms of exercise focusing on populations with special needs.

For more information contact Nicole Martinovich, Health Initiatives Coordinator, at (707) 545-9622 ext 3412, or by email at

Mind-Body Skills Group

Mondays 10/28 - 12/16, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Yulupa Elementary School YMCA Building
2250 Mesquite Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA

See our flyer here!

Join us in the comfort of a small, supportive 8 week group and learn how to use a variety of mind-body based techniques for self-care and stress management, enhancing your resilience and self-awareness.

The group’s use of these techniques has shown to improve mental and physical health. The workshop includes guided imagery, biofeedback, movement, meditation, and art.

Space is limited to 10 people.
Contact Kim Caldewey at to sign up!

The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative is a community-wide initiative to support long-term resilience and social connection throughout Sonoma County in partnership with the Center for Mind Body Medicine.
Get more information at

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Information Meetings:

Tuesday nov. 12, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Wednesday Nov. 20, 6 - 7 PM

Next Sessions Starting:
Monday Dec. 2, 6 PM
Wednesday Dec. 4, 12:30 PM

See our Information Meeting flyer here, or our Program Flyer here!

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.

Program goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Program description:

  • Small group, supportive environment
  • Classroom based program
  • Year-long, evidence-based program, with built in structure and enough flexibility for individual variation
  • Sessions led by trained Lifestyle Coach
For more information and to see if you qualify contact Nicole Martinovich, Healthy Initiatives Coordinator at 707-545-9622 ext 3412, or at

Latest Tech for Diabetes

Tuesday Nov. 13, 6 - 7 PM

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Join Joyce for an important and educational evening looking at:

  • Insulin pumps
  • CGMs (continuous glucose monitor)
  • inPen
  • Diabetes Apps
Times have changed!
Pre-register in our Member Center, or online at
There is no cost to register.

Balancing Your Wellness Wheel

Tuesday Nov. 12, 6 - 7pm
Wednesday Nov. 20, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

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Take a spin on the Wellness Wheel to evaluate your current state of wellness in specific dimensions of health.

We will look at:

  • Where you are now in terms of dimensions of health
  • How balanced is your wellness wheel
  • Shifts you want to make
  • Strategies to make the changes you desire
Pre-register in our Member Center, or online at
There is no cost to register.

Diabetes - Clearing up Confusion

Wednesday Nov. 13, 6 - 7 PM

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You know what diabetes is, right? Kind of?

Let’s clear up that fuzziness about diabetes…
Prediabetes, Diabetes Type 1 & Type 2, juvenile, adult onset…

  • What do you do about it?
  • How does diabetes effect people?
  • What are the complications?
  • What about risk factors?
  • Prevention?
Pre-register in our Member Center, or online at
There is no cost to register.

Successful Healthy Holidays with Diabetes

Monday Nov 18, 6 - 7 PM

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Managing your blood sugar during the holidays can be challenging, but not impossible.

We will talk about:

  • Better choices at the holiday table
  • What to bring at the potluck
  • How to not feel like an outsider at the table
  • Menu ideas and recipes
A healthy snack will be served!

Diabetes, Food, and You

Friday Nov. 22, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

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  • What to eat
  • Portion Size
  • Carbs
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Pressure
  • Food Labels
  • Testing
  • Recording
  • Stress
  • Hidden Sugars
  • Hidden Fats
  • Alcohol
Pre-register in our Member Center, or online at
There is no cost to register.


See if you qualify for the
YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

If so, sign up now for the next session starting Wednesday July 31, 2019.

Not sure?

Take a Risk Assessment or contact your healthcare provider, now!

Need more information?

Contact Nicole Martinovich, Program Coordinator
(707) 545-9622 ext.3412

See our flyer here.


A program where you choose what wellness means to you, and we help you get there.

Create and sustain habits that will keep you feeling good into the fall, the new year, and beyond!

There is no time like the present to get on track with your health and well-being.

Individualized goal setting & community support to help you to flourish.

With a small group of 8-10 people, we will focus on components of a healthy lifestyle including: goal setting, movement, nutrition, stress management, and finding balance.

Sample topics include:

  • Sustainable habit change
  • Planning for challenges
  • Mindful eating
  • SMART-ER goal setting
  • Tracking changes
  • Stress management
  • Problem solving
  • Safe principles of exercise
  • Healty nourishment

Information Session

Wednesday Sept. 4th

Program Dates

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7:15pm
Weds. Discussion; Mon. fitness activity

$120 for YMCA members
$135 for Program Members
$150 for non-members

For more information, contact:
Nicole Martinovich, Program Coordinator
(707) 545-9622 ext.3412

Rachel Marcus, Health and Wellness Coordinator
545-9622 ext 3122

See our flyer here.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Presentation SERIESwoman writing on flipboard

Every month we host a diverse series of FREE Health & Wellness presentations that are open to the community.  Our presentations have brought in local professional experts to discuss a variety of topics such as Medicare, estate planning, essential oils, osteoporosis, to name a few.

If you would like to share a health & wellness topic please contact Nicole Martinovich, 707.545.9622 x3412 or

See Events for presentations coming soon.  Click on More Info. 

Health Coaching Services

Why Work with a Health Coach?  Health Coaches work to empower clients to live their best life, according to the client's terms.  (Health Coaching Application)

  • To clarify health-related goals
  • Discover strengths and challenges
  • Learn new strategies to solve problems
  • Use active learning to develop a path toward greater health and happiness
  • Accountability, motivation, and fun!
  • Get out of a rut

Nicole Martinovich is an ACE Certified Health Coach, SCW Certified Lifestyle & Behavior Coach and has completed Core 100 with Robbins-Madanes Training.

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