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Health and Wellness

We have the latest fitness classes, health and wellness seminars, personalized training programs, and sports leagues for all ages and abilities.

Healthy Living Initiatives

In communities across the nation, the Y is the leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, millions of youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.


Partner in Healthy Living - It’s a proven fact that a healthy workforce is a more productive workforce. The YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo in partnership with The University of Toledo invites you to embrace the Partner in Healthy Living (PHL) program, through improved work site wellness program. Employees will be connected with the resources necessary to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle for themselves and their families. Ultimately, the employer will benefit from a healthier workforce, while at the same time experiencing less absenteeism and lower health care costs.As a Partner in Healthy Living, employers will have access to on-site healthy living classes, discounted max membership rates for employees, trial max memberships, access to all 10 YMCA/JCC locations, reduced program fees, and much more.For more information, contact Wilma DiManna


Worksite Wellness –On-site Health screenings, Executive Evaluations, Lunch n Learn


Partners In Healthy Living – Employer Benefits


Healthy Living for Life

The Y/J, Healthy Living for Life program is designed with the goal of reducing risk factors for disease and to focus on healthy living through proper nutrition education, motivation and healthy activity.The entire program will be led by a Registered, Licensed Dietitian and Exercise Specialist.For more information, contact Sarah Bucher, Director of Healthy Living,


YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is helping reduce the burden of chronic disease in communities across the nation. The program helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. Contact Susan Ruff, YMCA’s Diabetes Program Coordinator, for more details. Take the Diabetes Risk Assessment. 


Diabetes Program

The Y offers a free, 8-week program designed to provide diabetes education for individuals previously diagnosed or at high risk for developing the disease. Through local collaborations in the community, the Y/J offers weekly classes led by health professionals including a Certified Diabetes Educator, Licensed Dietitian and a YMCA Wellness Center Manager. Along with classes, each participant is eligible for a free 12-week individual max membership. Contact Susan Ruff, YMCA’s Diabetes Program Coordinator, for more details.


Kids in Motion

Description of the Program: 

To combat childhood obesity, The Y/J is working with local community partners to teach nutrition and physical activity in Y/J facilities through a program called Kids in Motion. Through community partners and experts in the health field, curriculum has been developed to lead and engage children in physical activity and nutrition programs. Kids in Motion participants learn that fitness, nutrition and health are fun! Children exercise their muscles, play fun games, and meet new friends all while learning about healthy living and developing lifelong healthy habits.  Contact Susan Ruff at for more information.


The LEAP Clinic – South Y at the Morse Center

Description of the Program:

The University of Toledo Department of Pediatrics and Lifestyle, Eating, Activities and Attitudes Program (LEAP)  is dedicated to helping children, adolescents and young adults achieve and maintain an optimal weight through lifestyle changes, dietary adjustments, physical activity and counseling. The following services are offered through LEAP:  Initial exam, lab screenings, nutrition counseling, individualized exercise routine, and assessments of emotional issues that affect eating habits and self image. Any child under the age of 21 is eligible to participate.  Entrance into the program requires a referral from UT Department of Pediatrics.  For more information call 419-383-3771.


Nutrition Counseling – All YMCA/JCC locations

Description of the Program:

The Y/J wants to ensure our members are to be able to make healthy decisions in the way they eat.A Registered, Licensed Dietitian will teach you simple ways to make healthy choices, help in tackling specific issues and help design a specific program to meet your needs.For more information, contact Heather Harris at 419-251-9622.


Community Initiatives

Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities Initiative – Live Well Greater Toledo


Description of the Program:

Toledo was chosen to be part one of sixteen YMCA’s from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the YMCA of the USA’s Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative to reduce childhood obesity. Early in 2011, leaders from the YMCA/JCC, ProMedica, Mercy Children’s Hospital, Lucas County Commissioners, United Way of Greater Toledo, Toledo Community Foundation, Toledo Public Schools, University of Toledo and Toledo Lucas County Health Department, along with the Mayor of the City of Toledo and three youth advocates, attended a conference in Washington D.C. to help greater Toledo create solutions to improve nutrition and physical activity. The group is currently established a community action plan which will focus on 4 key areas including improving access to fruits and vegetables and healthier food as well as improving areas for physical activity such as walking and biking.  To learn more about how to be a part of this opportunity, log on to the website at  or contact Live Well at


Walking Bus Toolkit

Walking Buses are being implemented in the Greater Toledo area where volunteers are trained on how to conduct a Walking Bus program to assist in walking children to and from the school as well as to and from YMCA programs.  If you are interested in conducting a Walking Bus in your area, contact Live Well at


Family Programs

Learn, laugh, and spend time together during fun activities that promote health and well-being for everyone.


Maintain or improve your health through cardio, strength and flexibility programs with guidance from Y staff. The YMCA supports healthy lifestyles by reaching out to and engaging all those who seek well-being of spirit, mind and body. Fitness requires a well rounded approach; including cardio, strength and flexibility. YMCA staff can help you select the right fitness workouts, classes and training that is right for you and your family.


Selecting a sport program to participate in can be as simple as selecting one you have enjoyed as a fan. However, sometimes it makes sense to think through about your fitness goals and what you enjoy doing. Sports offer the opportunity to participate individually or as a team. Each sport challenges the participant in different ways through endurance, speed, mental toughness, teamwork, strength, coordination and countless other ways.


Through various aquatic programs, the Y not only helps develop swimming and water safety skills, but also focuses on members' needs, as well as those of the community. From preschoolers to adults, overcoming fear of the water and developing water and swimming skills are rewarding. And, it promotes better health as a physical activity that can be performed throughout life.

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