Mondays will bring fresh produce, fitness classes, health programs and live music to Lebanon, courtesy of the new Mondays’ Market program to be held at the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA.
WellSpan Health and the YMCA have partnered to offer the innovative wellness program. The first Monday’s Market of the summer season will be this Monday, June 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the YMCA Train Depot on North Eighth St., adjacent to the YMCA, 201 N. Seventh St., Lebanon. They will continue every subsequent Monday at the same time through August.
“The market brings healthy food, activities and information to Lebanon residents in a fun, summertime setting,” said Melanie Wells, community health and wellness coordinator for WellSpan, in a prepared statement. “WellSpan hopes the market helps people to make healthy choices in their lives. We are grateful for our partnership with the YMCA in these efforts.”
Mondays’ Market will feature fresh seasonal produce available from local vendors, including the YMCA’s community garden and the Youth Advocate Program’s garden in Lebanon. There also will be a swap table where gardeners can trade their homegrown produce for other available produce items.
“Our community garden seeks to be a source for fresh, local produce. We also want to show local residents how they can grow their own vegetables, and how good those vegetables can taste,” said Phil Tipton, chief executive officer of the YMCA, in a statement released to the media.
Also, the program will feature a regular schedule of free fitness classes to be held at 6 p.m. in the staff parking lot behind the YMCA. Each week, market-goers also can talk to experts about a particular topic or undergo a free health assessment.
The schedule of fitness classes and health topics is:
- First Monday: Pilates class and nutrition discussions.
- Second Monday: Zumba class and blood pressure checks.
- Third Monday: Boot Camp class and talk with a physician or clinician.
- Fourth Monday: Yoga class and fitness assessments.
Mondays’ Market also will feature free special programs, to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the train depot. The programs include: a canning demonstration, June 18; financial wellness, June 25 and July 2; container gardening, July 2; simple meal planning for diabetes, July 9; functional fitness, Aug. 6; and heart rhythm meditation, Aug. 20.
Mondays’ Market will be held rain or shine.