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Wellness Coordinator

Phone: (860) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Connecticut , United States
Valley-Shore YMCA
P.O. Box 694 201
Westbrook , Connecticut 06498
United States

Company Description: The Valley-Shore YMCA provides over 7000 people living its twelve town service area with programs for children, teens, adults, senior citizens and families. We...   more

Employment History


  • Daniel Hand High School
  • University of Maine
  • bachelor , recreation management
  • associate's degree , outdoor education
Web References
Association Leadership | Valley-Shore YMCA, 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
Dana Duncan Health & Wellness Director
Dana Duncan proves that fitness ..., 8 Mar 2007 [cached]
Dana Duncan proves that fitness is far more than sports and exercise.It is life.Dana is the adult fitness and wellness coordinator at the Valley Shore YMCA in Westbrook and a resident of Chester.
Dana began working part-time at the Y in 1993 and became its first personal trainer.She started the personal training program and saw it grow into a major department.She now runs the training program and coordinates health activities, specializing in the active elderly adult population.
"Fitness and wellness have basically been my life," says Dana.
Dana has been a trainer for 20 years.A runner and outdoor enthusiast while she was growing up in Madison, Dana graduated from Daniel Hand High School and went to the University of Maine.She initially studied business but after realizing it was not for her, she switched to outdoor education.
"My passion was the outdoors, not business," says Dana.
Dana received an associate's degree in outdoor education and a bachelor's in recreation management.While working with injured athletes at Maine, Dana decided to become a personal trainer.
As a trainer, Dana emphasizes a "whole wellness perspective that fitness is as much about attitude as it is activity."She starts each new trainee with a fitness evaluation and screens for health issues.After a series of physical tests, she helps devise a program based on the person's goals and works on building core strength by working the major muscle groups.While she works mostly with the active elderly adult population, Dana trains people of all different ages and fitness goals.
Dana teaches five classes in her 40-plus hours a week at the Y including Silver Sneakers, a chair class in which its participants perform the exercises sitting.The class is geared toward the active elderly group and works on strength, flexibility, and range of motion to increase the quality of life in day to day activities such as getting around and lifting things around the house.Dana ends each week with a Breathe and Relax class each Friday that teaches relaxation techniques.
In addition to training, Dana is a certified nutritionist, trained by American Health Science University in Colorado.Dana discourages dieting and instead promotes a balanced diet and slower eating.
"One of the biggest problems is that people eat too fast," says Dana.
"I've always had a relationship with plants," says Dana."The key is to work rhythms with nature and make food your medicine."
Dana recently gave a lecture at the Deep River library titled Eat Your Weedies, highlighting many unconventional yet beneficial natural delicacies.Dana maintains a garden where she grows herbs and as much produce as possible using organic methods.She has been a vegetarian since she was 15.
Another one of Dana's interests is yoga.She practices sbvadhyaya, one of yoga's niyama, or internal, disciplines that promotes self-awareness and reflection.She also teaches yoga at the Y.
"Team sports weren't my thing," she says.
While not a competitive athlete, Dana is an avid hiker and outdoors person.She also enjoys cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.She encourages such activities with the people she trains because they are fun and can include families.
"You need to enjoy exercise and the best way is to do fun activities with other people," Dana says.
Valley Shore Programs, 19 Jan 2009 [cached]
Dana Duncan
Valley Shore YMCA, 4 Oct 2008 [cached]
Dana Duncan,Health & Wellness Coordinator
Contact Dana at
Dana Duncan proves that fitness ..., 17 Mar 2007 [cached]
Dana Duncan proves that fitness is far more than sports and exercise.It is life.Dana is the adult fitness and wellness coordinator at the Valley Shore YMCA in Westbrook and a resident of Chester.
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