The YMCA understands that staying healthy involves more than working out.  Our Healthy Living Programs focus on the entire family’s health, while providing a variety of fitness and wellness programs to serve each individual’s unique needs.

All of these healthy living programs are described in detail below.  Some of these programs are free and others are funded by grants and incur no cost to the participant.  For those not funded by a grant, the YMCA of MEWSA can provide financial assistance to qualified individuals so that everyone has the opportunity to pursue and reach their fitness goals, regardless of their current fitness level or their ability to pay.

If you are interested in one of our healthy living programs, please fill out the Healthy Living Program Interest Form and someone will reach out to you shortly.

Livestrong YMCA


Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG® have joined together to create LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough 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.

Participants will perform exercises that help to improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance and strength, flexibility and balance.

Blood Pressure YMCA

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program 

BPSM’s goal is to instill healthier habits for participants and help them learn ways to reduce their blood pressure.

Working with a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador for the duration of the four-month program, participants will:

• Take and record their blood pressure at least two times per month.
• Attend two virtual consultations a month with a Healthy Heart Ambassador.
• Attend monthly virtual nutrition education seminars.

Diabetes Prevention YMCA

Diabetes Prevention Program

Our Diabetes Prevention Program is for people who are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes to help them 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.  The program is a lifestyle behavior intervention with 25 sessions delivered virtually over the course of one year.  Participants do not need to be members to enroll.

Healthy Weight Child YMCA

Healthy Weight & Your Child

Healthy Weight & Your Child is a weight management program that focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and behavior change to empower children and their families to live a healthier active lifestyle.

Families will work with trained leaders through 25 sessions while they learn about healthy eating, physical activity, portion control, internal and external triggers, food label reading and goal setting and rewards. Clearance from a health care provider to participate in physical activity is required. An adult must attend every session with the participating child.


Knockout Parkinsons YMCA


Knockout PD is a 10-week program that combines various modes of exercise, including non-contact boxing, that have demonstrated success in suppressing and even reversing symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease.