Fit For Life is a targeted fitness program of The Men’s Health League, designed to help men decrease their risk of heart disease and diabetes. The program was originally created by the Men of Color Health Initiative in 2002.
Who can join Fit For Life?
Men who are at risk of developing heart disease or diabetes are eligible to join Fit For Life. Men who are overweight or who have a family history of these chronic diseases are encouraged to apply for the program.
How does Fit For Life work?
Fit For Life is a 12-week program, based at the Cambridge Family YMCA. Participants are assigned a mentor from the Men’s Health Team who has been trained on basic healthy lifestyle skills and men’s health issues. The participant first meets with his mentor to set goals for the program, and completes an initial screening. Next, the participant and his mentor tour the YMCA facilities with a staff member from the gym. After a training regimen is designed, the participant and his mentor plan a schedule of workouts, some of which are together, some on his own. Over the course of the 12-week program, the participant will also attend a weekly workshop on fitness, nutrition and men’s health, as well as a weekly group workout. At the end of the 12 weeks, a final screening is conducted.
How can someone sign up for Fit For Life?
A potential participant can call The Men’s Health League at (617) 665-3677 and request an application. Because of the 12-week YMCA membership, space is limited.
What is the benefit of joining the Fit For Life program?
There are numerous benefits: weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, support for lifestyle changes, access to the YMCA, and education about health topics.
For more information about the Fit For Life program, please contact:
Men's Health League Program Manual
Men's Health Report