Mindful Health

Mindful Health: Strategies for a Healthier You

The Y is committed to improving the health, nutrition and well-being of people in our community. This commitment goes beyond coming to our fitness facilities to exercise, we want to keep people healthy wherever they may be. When you are with the Y, it gives you access to much more than the gym, it connects you to a health movement that looks to create a profound impact on fitness, disease prevention, and adherence to a healthy lifestyle, all to better the overall health of our region. While many of our members are at-home, the Y is offering virtual health, nutrition and wellness programs to provide support and motivation to help you reach your health goals.

Natalie DeNardo and Nicole Wade guide participants through times of stress, like a pandemic, with strategies for creating and achieving reasonable goals, managing and avoiding stress eating, and troubleshoot challenges to staying healthy!  Join us for our Mindful Health: Strategies for a Healthier You virtual health coaching series Tuesdays at 7:00pm this summer.


Achieving your Health Goals during the Pandemic
Over the past few months we have faced unique challenges that impact our daily routine and take a toll on our mental health and overall well-being.  Health coach, Natalie DeNardo, talk about creating and achieving reasonable goals during this time to and stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
Tuesday July 21 at 7:00pm

Forming Healthy Eating Habits
Health Coach, Natalie DeNardo will discuss how the pandemic may have affected our eating habits.  In this webinar, we will talk about specific strategies on how to form healthy eating habits and troubleshoot any challenges with achieving your goals during this stressful time.
Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00pm

The Impact of Stress on Your Body
While some short term stress can actually be beneficial, chronic, long term stress has far reaching negative health implications. In this session, we’ll talk about the different types of stress, how stress manifests in the body, what the risks are, and how mindfulness practices can help.
Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00pm

Calorie Counting, Macro Tracking, & Intuitive Eating
If you’re interested in the core differences between calories, macros, and intuitive eating, this session is for you. We’ll talk about the benefits of each, how to set macros, and pairing a combination of methods to reach your goals.
Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00pm

Natalie DeNardo

Natalie is a board certified behavior analyst with over 15 years of creating positive behavior support plans for children with special needs and training adults and educators on implementing these plans. Natalie also has a health coaching certificate and has been coaching for the Melrose YMCA since the summer of 2019.




Nicole Wade

Nicole Wade is a researcher, certified personal trainer, holistic nutritionist, Pilates instructor, and long distance running coach. She is passionate about the many paths to wellness through healing arts, the role of personal narrative, and changing the stories we tell ourselves about who we are.