Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Lifestyles

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, the Y is your partner in healthy living.

ACT! Actively Changing Together Registration Required

The ACT! Actively Changing Together program is for children ages 8-14 and their parents. This 12-week program promotes 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.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program Registration Required

Did you know 1 out of 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure? According to the American Hearth Association, nearly 80 million adults have high blood pressure. Less than half have it under control. High blood pressure is often referred to as "the Silent Killer" because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms. It is also a key, modifiable risk factor for both heart disease and stroke.

To address the issue of high blood pressure, the Y designed an evidenced-based, self-monitoring program to help participants better manage their blood pressure. Participants receive support from trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors during the four-month program. During this time participants are encouraged to:

  • Measure and record their blood pressure at least two times per month
  • Attend two personalized consultations per month
  • Attend monthly Nutrition Education Seminars Program


  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Better blood pressure management
  • Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
  • Enhanced knowledge to develop healthier eating habits.
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Diabetes 101 Workshops Ages 18+ | Drop-in Class

Are you or a loved one living with diabetes? In partnership with NovoNordisk, the YMCA is excited to offer a free introductory workshop for individuals seeking more information about diabetes. You're invited to join this free class to learn how to optimally manage your diabetes. Curriculum includes: basic diabetes information and terminology, tips for eating healthy and staying active, and reviews the fundamentals of diabetes medications.

Journey to Healthy Living Registration Required

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.

Lazyman Ironman Registration Required

Challenge yourself to complete an Ironman competition in six weeks. Participants track their progress and conduct a weekly check-in to finish the equivalent of an Ironman event. Fee includes welcome packet, weekly check-ins, and T-shirt.
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LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Registration Required

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. Conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.

Making Change Stick Workshop Registration Required

Designed to offer tools to support life change in spirit, mind and body, this workshop helps you learn the research-based process of holistic change and the ingredients to achieve sustainable change.

Women's Wellness Weekend Other

A weekend of instructional classes at YMCA Camp Seymour including yoga, arts and crafts, kayaking, archery, and climbing designed to help women grow in mind and body.

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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Ages 18+ | Registration Required

The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained lifestyle coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance. 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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YMCA Weight Loss Program Registration Required

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of up to 16 participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 12 one-hour sessions. The program introduces participants to behaviors that have been shown to lead to sustained weight loss, and help participants develop those behaviors in ways that fit into their personal lifestyle. With the tools provided in the program, along with the knowledge and support of the group, participants develop their own nutrition and exercise plans that work for them.