Wellness Wednesdays

Featuring professional guest speakers on health & wellness topics offered twice a month during the daytime and evening hours. All workshops and special health events take place at the Ridgewood YMCA.  These workshops are provided free to the community, but you must RSVP.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the RSVP link.  Thank you!

Spring Workshops Flyer

homecare and working with the medically frail/dementia - Presented by joanne siegel, paralegal; healthcare consultant

 Joanne Siegel speaks from both professional and personal experience as a former case worker with the developmentally disabled, paralegal in an Elder Care law firm and having been a caretaker herself for a family member with dementia and other medical conditions.

This is an interactive workshop designed to provide participants with information on the legal aspects of the medically frail and being an advocate for them. Joanne will also speak to the basics of caretaking in the home setting and offer resources and tips on these topics. Bring your list of questions on this topic!

Date Hour
Wednesday, April 4 12 noon


rotisserie chicken challenge

 Interested in what to do with your store bought rotisserie chicken?  Join us as we create healthy and new ways to serve rotisserie chicken using mediterranean, mexican and asian influenced ingredients.  This is a hands on fun class and we will be doing meal prep and preparing the chicken recipes in the Y's kitchen!  Come hungry!

Join us as we welcome Caroline Schmalz, RD (registered dietician) who will facilitate this workshop as we create healthy chicken dishes and share ideas among a community of health seekers!

Date Hour
Wednesday,  April 18 6:30pm


four major health concerns every parent of a tween should know about

Learn the challenges that face your preteen and teenager at home and school.   How does technology, diet, sports and social challenges affect our children?  What can we do to minimize and prevent the impact?   Dr. David DeOliveira will cover all these topics and more!

Dr. David DeOliveira has been practicing Chiropractic for over a decade and speaking on all the health challenges facing our communities over the last several years.  He strives to promote health through optimizing proper nutrition, positive mindset and a strong body.

Date Hour
Wednesday, April 25 7:00pm


bergen county special services -overview of resources for special needs community

 Learn about the BCSS CAPE Resource Center. The Center serves the special needs community by providing access to information, resources, services, educational opportunities, and referrals. Learn about the many features, services and benefits that the Center brings to the special needs community.

Presented by Linda Wieseneck, L.C.S.W. & Director of the Cape Resource Center at Bergen County Special Services

Date Hour
Wednesday, May 2 12 noon


medication management - presented by ridgewood walgreens pharmacy

The Ridgewood YMCA has partnered with the Ridgewood Walgreens (formerly Rite-Aid) to offer workshops on important health topics presented by Walgreens phamacists.

Many people take medications to make them feel better and prevent/manage secondary conditions. It is important to become your own self-advocate for care, and to know what questions to ask your pharmacist and physicians about your medications. This workshop will provide you with information on how you can take control of your medications and work with health care professionals to achieve your health goals. You should expect your pharmacist to: • Tell you the name and purpose of all medications • Tell you how to take medications such as if you should avoid foods or alcohol and what to do if you miss a dose • Tell you what good and bad effects to expect from medications • Let you know if all your medications can be used together • Help you make decisions about over-the-counter medications • Provide accommodations such as easy-open caps, large font labels or other special packaging • 

Date Hour
Wednesday, May 9 12 noon


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