Healthy Living


Improving the nation's health and well-being.

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.

Healthy Living Initiatives

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 Beth Deakins, the YMCA’s director of Healthy Living, at bdeakins@ymcatoledo.org for more details.

Diabetes Program
The Y offers a free, 6-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 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 YMCA membership. Contact Beth Deakins, the YMCA’s director of Healthy Living, at bdeakins@ymcatoledo.org  for more details.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body.  Recent research from the Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute confirmed that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants experience improved fitness and quality of life as well as significant decreases in cancer-related fatigue. To learn more: https://www.ymcatoledo.org/forms/healthy-living-initiatives-inquiry/   

Community Initiatives

Live Well Greater Toledo
Live Well Greater Toledo is a diverse collaboration of community leaders and organizations working together to promote policy, systems and environmental change for a healthier community. Our focus offers opportunities to individuals in underserved areas of our community to increase physical activity and improve eating habits, which leads to improved health and well-being. The work of Live Well is in concert with a state-wide network of communities, organizations, and individuals advocating for improved nutrition and physical activity. To learn more about how to be a part of this opportunity, visit  livewelltoledo.org or contact Live Well at livewell@ymcatoledo.org.

Safe Routes to School                              
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to engage in active transportation, such as walking and bicycling to and from schools. For more information, contact Jenny Hansen, SRTS Plan Coordinator at jhansen@ymcatoledo.org

Corporate Wellness Partners are employers who partner with the Y in a program that connects employers and their employees with the resources they need to create a more healthy and balanced lifestyle for themselves and their families.  Participating employers can ultimately benefit from the program with a healthier workforce, a reduced absenteeism rate, and lower health care costs.

With options for both big and small business alike the YMCA has options to help all businesses achieve their wellness goals.  

For more information, contact Executive Director of Membership, BJ Duckworth at bduckworth@ymcatoledo.org.

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

  • Parent and Child Programs - Play time and interaction with parents is critical to the development of our youth. Parent and child programs involve families and their preschool age children. These programs include family camps, parent/child swim lessons, and parent/child movement classes. We even offer some special classes specifically for new parents and their infants.
  • Special Family Events - Y family events are wonderful opportunities to spend time with your family. Events include Family Fun Nights, Holiday Celebrations, Health Fairs and our annual Healthy Kids Day event.