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. 

Healthy Living Initiatives

Diabetes Prevention Program
The program is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting delivered over a one-year period, 25 one-hour sessions in all. Research by the National Institutes of Health has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in adults age 60 and over. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDCapproved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. Eligible individuals (18+):A1c 5.7-6.4%, pre-diabetes diagnosis, fasting plasma glucose 100-125mg/dL, gestational diabetes during previous pregnancy. 

Diabetes Program
Diabetes Management is also addressed at the YMCA of Greater Toledo. We are beginning our 8th year of offering a 6-week education program for those living with diabetes. Health professionals from across the area discuss different topics of diabetes management each week. Open to all individuals (18+) diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
Self-monitoring is the first step in managing high blood pressure and medications. Participants in this program will attend bi-monthly office visits, and monthly nutrition education seminars. Healthy Heart Ambassadors will provide support and encouragement to help encourage this new lifestyle change. Open to individuals with hypertension that have not experienced a recent cardiac event.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA 
Everyone has a different cancer journey and participants come to the program with different physical challenges and goals. Instructors focus on the whole person, not the disease, and use traditional exercise methods to ease survivors back into fitness. Over the course of the 12-week program, participants can expect to improve muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility while also improving confidence and self-esteem. Open to all individuals (18+) who have been diagnosed with cancer of any type during their life.

Freedom from Smoking 
Join the American Lung Association’s 8-week quit smoking program, conveniently held at the YMCA of Greater Toledo. Hundreds of thousands of people have become smoke free through a Freedom From Smoking® Group Clinic, which offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting smoking. Open to individuals (18+) who are interested in quitting tobacco.

Healthy Weight & Your Child
Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 25-session evidence-based program for children with obesity, delivered over 4 months. 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.

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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.  

Corporate Wellness Program Information

For more information, contact Executive Director of Membership 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.