To help people manage and prevent chronic disease, we provide classes, programs, health assessments and wellness coaching. Opportunities include the Y’s healthy living program for cancer survivors, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program for people diagnosed with prediabetes, Moving to Wellness for those looking to make positive lifestyle changes related to eating habits and physical activity, and more!
YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of 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.
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s
Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes
by 58% and 71% in adults over age 60.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will facilitate a small group of
participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior
changes over 25 sessions. The year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions and
three sessions every other week during the first six months followed by 6 monthly
sessions in the second six months.
- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Participants who qualify for the program must be at least 18 years old, overweight
(BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a
confirmatory blood value† or a clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during
previous pregnancy. If a blood value or diagnosis is not available, a qualifying risk
score may be used to enroll.
Participants will receive a notebook which contains worksheets and handouts for them
to use in each of the sessions of the lifestyle intervention. Participants will also receive
a weekly journal and be asked to track their food and physical activity during the
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC)-approved curriculum in the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition
The 16 Weekly Sessions Include the Following Topics:
Session 1 – Welcome to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. In this session,
participants are introduced to each other, their Lifestyle Coach, and the purpose and goals of
Session 2 – Be a Fat Detective. Participants learn how to begin keeping an accurate food
Session 3 – Ways to Eat Less Fat. Participants learn to use available resources (such as
food labels) to identify healthier options.
Session 4 – Healthy Eating. Participants discuss the food groups and meal planning.
Session 5 – Move Those Muscles. The physical activity goal is introduced in this session.
Participants explore ways to add physical activity to their daily routine.
Session 6 – Being Active - A Way of Life. Participants learn the difference between
purposeful physical activity and lifestyle physical activity.
Session 7 – Tip the Calorie Balance. Participants explore the principles behind “calories in
verses calories out.”
Session 8 – Take Charge of What’s around You. Participants discuss the physical cues in
their environment that trigger certain behaviors around eating and physical activity.
Session 9 – Problem Solving. Participants practice using the five steps involved in solving a
Session 10 – Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out. Participants discuss tips for making
healthier choices when eating out and practice selecting and ordering meals that fit in their
Session 11 – Talk Back to Negative Thoughts. In this session, participants practice
recognizing when they use negative self-talk. Then, they practice talking back to those
negative thoughts with more positive ones.
Session 12 – The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change. Participants practice identifying
typical barriers that cause them to slip from their plan. Then they create action plans to
recover from these slips.
Session 13 – Jump Start Your Activity Plan. This session has participants explore new
activities they wish to try in order to avoid boredom in their physical activity routine.
Session 14 – Make Social Cues Work for You. This session allows participants to explore
the way that other people affect their choices around eating and physical activity.
Session 15 – You Can Manage Stress. Participants recognize how stress affects their bodies
and minds as well as their choices. They learn methods for both avoiding stress and coping
Session 16 – Ways to Stay Motivated. Participants discuss methods they will use to stay
motivated to maintain the healthy habits they have worked to create.
Moving to Wellness
This program is made up of people looking to make positive lifestyle changes related to eating habits and physical activity, which may lead to health improvement, weight loss, and feeling better! Through the support and enthusiasm of our instructors, you will learn to create and achieve goals to make permanent lifestyle changes. At each session, a topic of discussion and a workout will be provided. Also included is three private sessions with a health coach.
Offered at both branches! Please contact Member Services for details.
|Member: $165||Non-Member: $340|
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
This 12-week exercise program and support group is for cancer survivors to help achieve improved wellness at no cost to them or their family. Participants of the program meet twice weekly with certified instructors and personal trainers who have undergone specialized training in the elements of supportive cancer care.
Offered at both branches! Please contact Member Services for details.
STAYSTRONG at the YMCA
This exercise program is for LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA alumni so that they may catch up with former classmates at no cost! You’ll continue the physical activity component and experience new options and opportunities at each class.
Fitness Options for Parkinson's
The YMCA will help everyone reach their health and wellness goals so they may live their best life. Disabilities can interfere with this, but we provide solutions to combat that interference. For Parkinson’s Disease, we offer specialized fitness classes led by trained professionals.
You can take control of your PD through the exercise and support provided by our fitness classes. These structured routines will focus on large, repetitive movements in order to improve motor skills, balance, voice, and most important of all, confidence and quality of life.
Call or visit Member Service for pricing. Classes run for 7-week sessions.
You may choose two—or all three—classes to attend weekly for one session. There will be two trained instructors in each class, and we welcome the caregiver to join us!
Each 7-week session will include a pre- and post-assessment with the same indicators used by Lakeland Health’s therapy programs to measure various improvements. $150 /7-week session.
Whether seated in a chair or standing, this class starts with large repetitive and rhythmic movement to different styles of music. Ends with a relaxing restorative chair stretch.
NB: Mondays 2:45–3:45 PM
BHSJ: Fridays 2:00-3:00 PM
This class will build aerobic endurance in a fun, energetic environment by using basic boxing skills, in or out of a chair. Gloves will be provided.
NB: Wednesdays 2:45–3:45 PM
BHSJ: Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00–3:00 PM
CARDIO & STRENGTH
This class is designed to strengthen all the major muscles using a variety of equipment options including wrist and ankle weights. It will improve cardiovascular endurance with low-impact exercises.
NB: Fridays 2:45-3:45pm