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 Susan Ruff, YMCA's Diabetes Program Coordinator, 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 Susan Ruff, YMCA’s Diabetes Program Coordinator, for more details.

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 or contact Live Well at

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

Partners in Healthy Living is a work-site wellness 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.

Membership Benefits for Partners in Healthy Living employees:
No joiner fee, a $50 value
Membership rates based on household income for those who qualify
Two-week trial pass
Access to nine area YMCA and JCC locations
Free access to nationwide membership
Free fitness classes
Free babysitting while you work out
Four family adventure centers
Programs at YMCA Storer Camps
Reduced prices on YMCA Child Care
Healthy Living initiatives

For more information, contact BJ Duckworth at

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.