Healthy Lifestyles Programs

At the Y, we believe healthy living is about more than just physical health. That's why we offer programs to support healthy lifestyle changes in spirit, mind, and body. From chronic disease prevention initiatives like the Diabetes Prevention Program to support for cancer survivors like the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program to resources for navigating life's challenges in our  Life University small group classes, and programs to help you start a new exercise routine, like the  FitPath program, the Y is your partner in healthy living. Expand each section below to learn more about our Healthy Lifestyles programs.

ACT! Actively Changing Together

ACT! is for children ages 8-14 and their parents. ACT! is a 12 week program promoting healthy nutrition, activity and lifestyles developed in partnership with providers and professionals. The ACT! Program appeals to children and parents alike by providing engaging, fun and unique activities. By actively changing together, parents and kids can learn how to form healthy lifestyle habits as a family.

Specially trained Y staff offer guidance and encouragement for eating well, playing often and preventing health conditions associated with being overweight. Referrals are welcome year-round.


Bryce Ogren at 253-460-8938

Journey to Healthy Living (Life University)

If you are struggling with your relationship to food and your body, Journey to Healthy Living provides support to help you achieve peace with your body and lifestyle.

This eight-week class meets twice a week and includes moderate physical activity, book discussion, journaling, and food education within a supportive environment.This group presents a new way of thinking about the way food and body image interact with your mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

$50 YMCA member
$65 Community member

Class Information: 
October 16 - December 13
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Amy Boheman at or 253-460-8924 



For most of her life, JacQuie struggled with her feelings of self-worth, and relied on eating as a form of control. Recognizing that she needed help breaking unhealthy habits, she decided to participate in Journey to Freedom Healthy Living.

Journey to Healthy Living_2015_JacQuie Blake“I had a place to go where we were all safe to talk,” said JacQuie. “Everyone could say their thoughts and feelings uninterrupted and unchallenged, and that was encouraging.”

Journey to Healthy Living provides group support for those searching to find freedom from food issues, eating disorders, and negative body image.

This small group guides participants to achieve peace with their bodies and lifestyle.Since completing Journey to Freedom, JacQuie has been able to take control of her eating and enjoys making disciplined choices for nourishment. She has even begun taking care of her brother to help him make healthy eating choices.

“I am a different person now,” said JacQuie. “I get such happiness when I say no to unhealthy choices, and yes to healthy ones. Now that’s empowerment!”


LFY livestrong summer crop 2016LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal". The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.

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Nelson Brewer at 253-460-8909

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn how to eat healthy and increase their physical activity to reduce their risk for developing diabetes.

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

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Susan Buell at 253-460-8912.

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