Y Healthy Living Center offers new classes


The Ponte Vedra YMCA will host several events in its Y Healthy Living Center aimed at promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Prenatal Yoga

The Y Healthy Living Center will host prenatal yoga through the month of May. Guests are invited to join a yoga class that teaches meditation and guided visualization safe for women at all stages of pregnancy, though participants are asked to get permission from their healthcare provider prior to attending. Those who wish to participate must bring a yoga mat, towel and water. Prenatal yoga classes will be held May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6 to 7 p.m. There is a $13 fee for this class.

“Moms Matter” Support Group

Guests are welcome to join fellow mothers of newborns and infants who are experiencing any type of pregnancy or postpartum mood issue at the Y’s “Mom’s Matter” support group. In this group, held May 3 and 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, guests will receive support from others with similar experiences and learn skills to help alleviate symptoms. This support group is free to attend.

Childbirth Education

The Y Healthy Living Center will host childbirth education classes April 29 and June 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In this comprehensive series, guests and their coaches will build confidence in the birthing process as they gain a better understanding of what to expect. The series includes information on stages and phases of labor, pain management, cesarean birth, postpartum care and normal newborn characteristics. Classes are $65 per couple.

“Do Your Part for a Healthy Heart”

Join Matthew Modansky, MD, from Baptist Primary Care May 10 from noon to 1 p.m. for a discussion on heart disease. Dr. Modansky will identify the causes of heart disease, discuss the importance of prevention and share ways to reduce risk.

“Safe Sitter”

The Y’s Healthy Living Center will present a “safe sitter” class June 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Students should bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration is $50 and is required by June 1, 2017.

For more information or to register for classes, visit www.baptistjax.com/hlc.