Healthy Lifestyles Programs
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 for YMCA members
$65 for community membersClass Information:No classes currently available at the Tacoma Center Y. Find other Journey to Freedom classes at another YMCA branches near you. (PDF class schedule)
Contact TG Gorospe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 460-8873 to be notified when new classes become available.
JACQUIE FINDS ENCOURAGEMENT THROUGH JOURNEY TO HEALTHY LIVING
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.
“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!”
LIVESTRONG 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.
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.
This year-long program begins December 13, 2016 at 5:30-6:30pm at the Tacoma Center YMCA Board Room. Approved applications are being accepted until January 24, 2017. If you are interested in applying, please submit an Interest Form below.
Risk Factors for Diabetes
- Being overweight or obese (i.e., BMI of 25 or higher)
- First-degree family history of diabetes
- Being age 45 or older
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Low HDL Cholesterol (35 mg/dl; 0.09 mmol/l) and high triglycerides (250 mg/dl;2.82 mmol/l)
- High blood pressure (consistent reading of 140/90mmHg or higher)
- History of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- Belonging to one of the following ethnic populations: African Americans, Native American Indians, Latinos, Asian, Americans, and Pacific Islanders
- Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Having a history of vascular disease
- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
Contact Susan Buell at email@example.com or 253-460-8912 for information about program fees. Insurance and financial assistance options may apply.
Contact Deb Haywood at 253-460-8869. Fax line for referrals: 253-948-4998