The Wilton Family YMCA branch is holding its 2nd Annual Zumba Beach Party benefitting chronic disease prevention programs on Friday, Aug. 12 from 6:30–8 p.m..  The Zumba Beach Party will be held on the Kiwanis pond beach at the Wilton Family YMCA.

The Zumba Beach Party fundraiser will feature an evening of dance from the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program Zumba Fitness and will be hosted by local Zumba Dance instructors. Participants are encouraged to bring a $25.00 donation paid in advance or a $30 donation at the door, which will benefit the chronic disease management programs offered at the Wilton Family YMCA.

As a leader in preventative health care, the Wilton Family YMCA offers a broad range of research-based programs that target specific health issues. A YMCA press release states, “All of our programs are people-centric and are designed to help each individual reach a personal best. YMCA certified instructors are there to guide and support each participant while fostering a community where individuals are open to share with other participants.”

Chronic Disease Management programs held at the Wilton Family YMCA include:  LIVESTRONG, Delay the Disease for Parkinson’s, Freedom from Smoking, Diabetes Prevention Program, Blood Pressure Management, Enhanced Fitness and Healthy Weight and Your Child.

The Zumba Beach Party fundraiser will support participants, such as Morlee Miller, Y member and Livestrong participant, who says having the available program was crucial to her recovery after cancer.

“In addition to the physical improvements brought about by the Livestrong program, it is also very important for cancer survivors to have an accessible place to go like the Wilton Family YMCA where we can socialize with others in a healthy, lively environment with all types of people – men and women of various ages, personalities and abilities. That really made a big difference compared to a hospital or rehab center atmosphere. I wouldn’t be where I am today, health-wise, without the Y’s Livestrong program.”

To register for the Zumba Beach Party, list the Wilton Family YMCA website or contact Mary Ann Genuario, by email or by calling 203.762.8384, ext. 282.

The Wilton Family Y is located at 404 Danbury Rd..