CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAMS

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At the Y, a supportive community is a big part of wellness.

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At every age and every level of activity, you’ll find people just like you looking to live a little bit healthier. Members and program participants often cite the support and enthusiasm of fellow participants and staff as some of the key factors in their achievement of greater well-being. We offer classes and programs for those dealing with chronic disease, fall prevention, blood pressure self-monitoring, and cancer survivorship.

Program Offerings

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a one year, community-based program where participants work in a small groups with a trained Lifestyle coach in a relaxed, class room setting. In 25 sessions, participants learn how to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives.

One in three American adults has high blood pressure, which puts them at risk for stroke and heart disease, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.The Y’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program offers personalized support as participants develop the habit of monitoring their blood pressure. Research shows that the process of recording blood pressure at least twice a month over a period of four months can lower blood pressure in many people with high blood pressure.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring is one part of Y-USA’s suite of evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs.

In the United States, falls related injuries are a major public health concern for individuals over 65 as well as those living with chronic conditions such as heart disease.

Moving For Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based group exercise program developed by researchers at the Oregon Research Institute. The program, based on the principles of Tai Chi, is led by a qualified instructor and teaches eight movements modified especially for falls prevention.

The program works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility to enhance overall physical health, which leads to better functioning in daily activities. Participation in the program may also result in better mental health, reduced stress, improved memory and cognition, and increased self-esteem.

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What Participants Are Saying

"In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, you give and get encouragement and motivation from others as you learn practical ways to take control of your health."
Wade, Program Participant
"Moving for Better Balance has saved my life. Before this program, I was becoming increasingly afraid of falling as my body became more unsteady. The program has increased by confidence in walking in and around my home and my community and I am now fall free!"
Nancy, Program Participant
“Once you start, you’re not going to want to stop. So, just try it one time –just give yourself one month. The Heart Ambassadors will teach you and before you know it you’re doing it on your own and think- look where I am now!”
Lorraine, Program Participant