Dealing with ongoing chronic health conditions can make achieving an active life challenging. YMCA-YWCA Healthy Living Programs are community based small group training designed to help you enhance your physical and mental health.

The Healthy Living Program Initiative is much more than a simple exercise program! Developed in collaboration with BC Cancer Society, MS Society, and the University of Ottawa’s Heart Wise Initiative, our Healthy Living programs will provide you with a safe and supportive environment surrounded by fellow members whom share in your experiences. Each Healthy Living Program will:

  • Improve Quality of Life
  • Promote self-management
  • Maintain and/or Improve physical abilities
  • Provide peer-support
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Reduce overall fatigue and improve sleep quality

Registration / Information

All Healthy Living programs are held at Westhills Y in Langford, located up the road from the Westhills Stadium at 1319 Westhills Drive. This location provides participants with accessibility options for each level of the building, Handy-Dart/ BC Transit drop off and free parking!

All Healthy Living programs require an Intake Assessment for eligibility into our Healthy Living programs prior to taking part.

Healthy Living Programs are free for all YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island members after an eligibility assessment is completed.  Financial Assistance is available.

Breathe Fit

A small group training program designed for people living with/recovering from heart and lung conditions; including but not limited to COPD, chronic asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, heart health risk factors, high/low blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, etc. This functional exercise maintenance program provides a safe environment for participants to continue and/or begin their active lifestyle through a cardiovascular and muscular strengthening program..

Program Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30pm-1:25pm.  In person and virtual options available.

R.E.C. Fit

Restore-Evolve-Change (R.E.C) Fitness offers a community-based cancer survivor fitness program that is committed to helping you become stronger, breathe better, reduce body-mind fatigue, and improve mental health.

Program Session:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00pm – 2:55pm. In person and virtual options available.

Fit For Bones

A small group training program tailored to help those living with Osteoperosis, Osteopenia, low bone density and/or muscle atrophy from sedentary lifestyles. This program aims to provide safe and effective exercises for individuals looking to reduce risk of falls and fractures; improve joint functions, bone density and balance; all while increasing your confidence and building social connections.

Program Session:

Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00pm – 3:00pm. In person and virtual options available.

Renew Fit

A small group training program tailored to help those living with &/or pre-disposed to Diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or diagnosed overweight/obese by their physician. This adaptable program works to improve your stability, coordination, stamina and functional strength by utilizing a variety of training measures that will leave you feeling revitalized.

Program Session:

Currently unavailable. Will return in September 2021.

Heart Wise Small Group Exercise Classes


Physical activity is an important part of your overall health and well being. Heart Wise small group programs are certified fitness classes appropriate for participants who want to improve their health and who may be living with a chronic health condition. These classes are designed to promote a safe and appropriate environment that encourages daily aerobic exercise, allows participants to workout at a safe level and take part in the Y classes you love with no hesitation!

The following classes require an active membership and program registration for desired class enrolled on your membership by the Healthy Living Coordinator. No daily class registration required.

Healthy Living: Stretch Fit

This small group class will provide a unique dual Y trainer experience! The first trainer will take you through a 15 min workout involving low-moderate intensity training to improve both core and balance. The second trainer – our stretch specialist – in final 25 min will focus on a deeper full body stretch that leaves you feeling energized and refreshed!

Program Session: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:15am – 11:55am. In person and virtual options available.

MS Fitness at the Y

Neuro Fitness at the Y


A specialized small group training experience that is designed for people living with MS and recovering from a stroke, who are more independent in their physical activity. This program will provide a enjoyable and adaptable fitness session focusing on improving and/or maintaining your strength, balance, and core strength through functional fitness, all while meeting fellow Y members sharing in your experiences.

Program Session: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 12:30 pm – 1:25 pm.  Currently only available in-person.

Choose To Move

Making a change to become more active can be tougher than it seems. It’s hard to do it alone without support. Here at the Y, helping adults experience optimal health as they age is our top priority.

Are you over the age of 65 and physically inactive? Do you want to learn how to build physical activity into your lifestyle to support your health and over all well-being? Are you interested in meeting new people and being part of a safe and supportive community?

Choose to Move is a three-month choice based wellness program, based on research from the Active Aging research team which helps break down barriers to physical inactivity. Working with a certified Activity Coach, participants design a personalized physical activity program based on their interests, goals and abilities. Participants are supported throughout the program with opportunities to connect with other Choose to Move participants through ongoing motivational meetings held at our Westhills Y with their Activity Coach. In this new environment, our programs are held both in person and with virtual alternative for any individual not feeling safe to take part in person.

Participants benefit from:

  • A personalized physical activity action plan
  • One-on-one check-ins with a certified Activity Coach
  • Weekly to bi-weekly meetings with program participants
  • Resources and tools to keep participants on track

To participate in the program you must be:

  • 65 years or older
  • Physically sedentary or minimally inactive
  • Medically cleared to exercise by your physician
  • Not a current member of the Y or a previous participant in the Choose to Move program

 Information Sessions:

These information sessions will be completed virtually for all party’s safety.

To book your private information session please contact our Activity Coach at:

Next Program Session starts : September 24, 2020



For more information and to register for these programs, contact:

YMCA-YWCA Healthy Living Coordinator


P: (250) 386.7511 extension 223

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