Free HealthEASE Community Presentations at The Gateway Family YMCA in May

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Gateway Family and Shaping Eastern Union County will be hosting a series of free community HealthEASE educational presentations during Older Americans Month this May.  The event is sponsored through the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the County’s Human Services Department.

The free series will be offered on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30pm at The Gateway Family YMCA – Wellness Center Branch, 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union and presented by Susan Butler, Director of WISE Adult Day Services at The Gateway Family YMCA

The Older American’s Month free HealthEASE presentation topics include:

  • – Keeping Up the Beat – Heart Disease, Blood Pressure and Heart Health
  • – Keep Your Mind Sharp – Effects of Aging, Brain Function and “Senior Moments”
  • – Be Wise About Your Medications – Generic, Interactions and Reactions
  • – Move to Get F.I.T. –  Benefits of Exercise, Recommendations and Strategies to Keep Motivated

Pre-registration is recommended but not required by calling 908-349-9622 or registering online at Light refreshments will be provided.  Non-members must provide photo identification to enter the YMCA.

The HealthEASE educational series was developed by the NJ Institute for Successful Aging and is sponsored by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services.  In addition to the presentations, the YMCA will provide additional health information and resources, facility tours and information on low and no cost senior membership options with YMCA staff.  Participants are encouraged to bring their medical insurance card to determine eligibility for various membership programs.  

“The YMCA is one place where everyone can participate, get healthy and make new friends.  We offer trained, knowledgeable instructors and Wellness Coaches to partner with our members in their path to better health, including specially tailored programs for older adults,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA.

Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski added: “The Freeholder Board is proud to be a sponsor of these events, and to assist our Older Americans with their fitness goals. Union County is one of the state’s healthiest communities, and one of the reasons is because we have active seniors who continue to reside here during their golden years.”

Serving communities in Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County since 1900, The Gateway Family YMCA specializes in health and wellness options for those with chronic disease and anyone who needs a little extra support.  “In addition to many programs and services offered free to the community, The Gateway Family YMCA provides Financial Assistance ensuring that everyone in need can benefit,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO 

The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility.  The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities. 

Shaping Eastern Union County is committed to improving the health and well-being of county residents and creating strategies to support improved health, nutrition and physical activity for all.  The Shaping Eastern Union County Initiative is sponsored by the County of Union. 

For more information about programs and services provided by The Gateway Family YMCA or the HealthEASE presentations, visit or contact the Wellness Center Branch at 908-349-9622.

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