CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAMS

The Y aims to improve the nation’s health and well-being by providing programs and activities that promote wellness, reduce the risk for disease and help others reclaim their health. These programs and everything else the Y does are in service of making us—our Ys and our communities—better. The result is a nation that values health, and communities that support healthy choices. The Y.™ For a better us.

Diabetes

This 6-week education program is for those living with diabetes. One-hour sessions include discussions about food, physical activity, medications, and self-care. Guest speakers include a pharmacist and a registered dietician. Open to all individuals (18+) diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. 

 This 6-week education program is for those living with diabetes. One-hour sessions include discussions about food, physical activity, medications, and self-care. Guest speakers include a pharmacist and a registered dietician. Open to all individuals (18+) diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. 

Blood Pressure and Heart Health

This 12-week program guides adults ages 18 and up through sustainable lifestyle changes to achieve a healthier weight. Weekly one-hour discussions cover food and nutrition, physical activity, stress, sleep, and other topics. Progress is measured through strategic goal setting, food, and physical activity tracking, and weekly weigh-ins.

This 12-week program guides adults ages 18 and up through sustainable lifestyle changes to achieve a healthier weight. Weekly one-hour discussions cover food and nutrition, physical activity, stress, sleep, and other topics. Progress is measured through strategic goal setting, food, and physical activity tracking, and weekly weigh-ins.

Weight Management

This 25-session evidence-based program for children with obesity meets twice week for 90 minutes for 10 weeks, then once a week for 5 weeks. This family-based weight-management program focuses on nutrition education and physical activity to encourage healthier eating habits and an active lifestyle to reach a healthy weight. Eligible individuals: children ages 7-13 with a BMI in the 95th percentile. Must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at each session. 

For teens ages 14 to 19 with a BMI in the 95th percentile. Class meets weekly for 12 weeks. Sessions include 30 minutes of activity and a 30-minute discussion about topics related to a healthy lifestyle.  

This 12-week program guides adults ages 18 and up through sustainable lifestyle changes to achieve a healthier weight. Weekly one-hour discussions cover food and nutrition, physical activity, stress, sleep, and other topics. Progress is measured through strategic goal setting, food, and physical activity tracking, and weekly weigh-ins.

Healthy Lifestyles For All

Exercise Class for Parkinson’s Disease This ongoing class meets twice a week for people with Parkinson’s to improve gait, balance, strength, and cognitive function. This class is led by personal trainers with experience teaching exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s. Periodic physical assessments are included.

 

LIVESTRONG® at The YMCA Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. LiveSTRONG® at the YMCA is the result of these two organizations joining forces to offer a research-based physical activity and well-being program to adult cancer survivors designed to help them reclaim their total health. Y staff, trained in supportive cancer care, help participants to achieve their goals such as; building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, the program focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where individuals affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. Classes meet twice a week for 12 weeks, with physical assessments in weeks 1 and 12.