Doctor's Referral

Do you require permission or referral from your doctor to take part in a LiveWell program? 

McMaster Aging Portal

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

As part of our LiveWell partnership, McMaster has set up a link specific for the YMCA to view the Optimal Aging Portal. This fantastic site is filled with evidence based information on health and aging.

The Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA pool will be closed for annual maintenance from December 15 to 26. All swim lessons, lane/open swims and AquaFit classes will be cancelled. The pool will reopen on Friday, December 27. Thanks for your understanding.

Les Chater Family YMCA

This 12-week supervised exercise and education program is for people with an type of cancer at any stage. Whether you've been recently diagnosed, are in the middle of treatment or in remission, this 12-week exercise and education program can help. CanWell is offered through a partnership between the YMCA, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. You will be supported by specially-trained YMCA staff including a kinesiologist. Hamilton Health Sciences provides a physiotherapist and advance practice nurse.

Group exercise sessions can help you increase strength and improve range of motion and endurance. Education sessions cover topics including the benefits of exercise, what to expect post-treatment, healthy eating and nutrition, community resources and post cancer transition. You'll be asked to do an intake interview at the beginning of the program with a YMCA staff which will include your medical history and goal setting. You can self-refer to CanWell or be referred by your doctor. Your doctor's clearance is required to participate. The YMCA will provide you with a referral form to take to your doctor for approval.

The CanWell program will allow participants access to,

  • Pilates classes and individualized exercise plans on the fitness floor with assistance from YMCA staff.
  • Access to a nurse practitioner from the Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Les Chater Family YMCA

View Larger Map 356 Rymal Road East
Hamilton, ON L9B 1C2
Phone: 905.667.1515
Fax: 905.667.5879
  • Aquatic Certifications
  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Aquatic Specialty
  • Aquatics
  • Child Care
  • Health & Fitness
  • Health Management
  • Swim Lessons
  • Swim Times
  • YThrive

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