National Senior Health & Fitness Day at the YMCA –

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The Gateway Family YMCA will join local groups nationwide to celebrate the 29th Anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD) on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, along with local community partners from Shaping Eastern Union County. The YMCA is hosting a Community Open House with events like Swimming, Group Exercise, Water Exercise, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, Health Screenings and Community Health Fairs with information at Y branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union. For details on individual Y branch, classes, events and times, visit
According to Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA, “Our YMCA is committed to assisting individuals achieve their personal goals, whether these include socialization, mental health, wellness, nutrition or chronic disease management. National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the perfect opportunity for seniors to make, renew, and revitalize their commitment to lead healthier lives.”
“Social isolation and sedentary behavior during the pandemic have increased wellness concerns throughout the past few years, and the Y is here as a resource and partner. We are happy to open our doors to all and invite the community into the Y,” stated Melynda A. Disla, EVP/COO, The Gateway Family YMCA, “For those individuals who are not ready, or are unable to visit the Y in person, we offer a variety of live virtual programs allowing individuals to join us from home.”
###a name=”_Hlk116555711″>All events listed below are available to the community. Advance registration is not required, and all events are first come, first serve. It is suggested that first time visitors join the Y as a free Community Member at
The Gateway Family YMCA – Elizabeth Branch, 135 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth:
The Elizabeth Branch is also offering basketball, strength and weight training, fitness and wellness center access during scheduled hours.
The Gateway Family YMCA – Five Points Branch, 201 Tucker Avenue, Union:
The Five Points Branch is also offering swimming and basketball during scheduled hours.
The Gateway Family YMCA – Rahway Branch, 1564 Irving Street, Rahway:
The Rahway Branch is also offering swimming, basketball, strength and weight training, fitness and wellness center access, as well as a Community Health Fair including partners like Humana and United Healthcare during scheduled hours.
The Gateway Family YMCA – Wellness Center Branch, 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union:
The Wellness Center Branch is also offering strength and weight training, kinesis, fitness and wellness center access during schedule hours, as well as a Community Health Fair during scheduled hours.
The Gateway Family YMCA – Virtual Programs open to the community include:
Registration is required for Virtual Programs in order to provide the Zoom link at Membership is not required for the programs listed on October 26, although a free Community Membership is suggested.
In addition, throughout the day on October 26th, the community is invited to visit The Gateway Family YMCA’s Facebook page for helpful resources, information and updates and discussions at
“Older adults at all levels of physical fitness are encouraged to participate in National Senior Health & Fitness Day,” says Patricia Henze, National Senior Health & Fitness Day program manager. “Our event goals are to increase awareness of the benefits of regular exercise, and to encourage all older adults to take advantage of the many health and fitness activities offered in their communities, as well as online.”
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.
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. Shaping Elizabeth, Shaping Rahway and Shaping Union are also sponsoring this event.
There are now two National Senior Health & Fitness Day events every year—Spring and Fall. The events, the largest of their kind, are organized by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for professionals who work with older adults.
For more information on National Senior Health and Fitness Day at The Gateway Family YMCA visit or contact The Gateway Family YMCA at 908-349-9622 or
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