YMCA Chronic Disease Programs

YMCA Chronic Disease Programs

Through programs like these below, the Y helps manage a range of health conditions. Regular exercise and healthy eating are a must, but creating a support group through difficult health journeys is invaluable. 


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month program that educates individuals on how to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It is specifically for people who are overweight and have "pre-diabetes" or are at risk for acquiring Type 2 diabetes. Open to members and non-members. Learn more: Risk AssessmentOffered at 4 branches: Downtown, Hamilton, North River, and Cleveland. Cost is $429 for the year-long program. Participant will also have access to the YMCA during this time, provided they continue to attend class. Contact Megan Vermeer, 423-877-3517 for more info.


LIVESTRONG at the Y exists to help cancer survivors along their health journeys both physically and emotionally. It is a 12-week program designed for the period survivors go through between completing treatment and feeling strong enough to return to normal life. Learn more.  Available at 4 branch sites at no cost: Downtown, Hamilton, North River, and Cleveland. For more information, contact Michelle McDougal, 423-877-3517.  


Many older adults experience a fear of falling which may cause them to limit activities, resulting in physical weakness--making the risk of falling even greater. This program designed for people ages 60 or older and includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable; set goals for increasing activity; make changes to reduce fall risk; exercise to increase strength and balance. Offered at 4 branch sites: Downtown, Hamilton, Cleveland and North River. Free to members. Contact April Turk, 423-877-3517 for more info.


Research has shown that physical activity can help alleviate some of the symptoms of this disease such as tremors, stiff muscles, slow movement, and trouble with balance or walking. This program is designed to improve the quality of life of Parkinson's patients and their caregivers. It also educates patients, caregivers and the public on the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a diagnosis. Participants must be 30-75 years old; diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease; complete and provide a signed consent form and medical clearance.  Offered at North River. It is free to members and $5 for non-members. Contact Megan Vermeer, 423-877-3517 for more info.


Evidence based Fitness Intervention designed to help manage diabetes and track changes in glucose levels and fitness parameters. The program is designed for individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and provides group instructions, supervision, and motivation. Offered at the North River branch. Cost is $200 for members; $300 for non-members. Contact Megan Vermeer, 423-877-3517 for more info.


The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and non-contact boxing, led by experienced trainers/coaches.  This program serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability, giving people with Parkinson’s disease hope and improved quality of life. Offered at the North River branch. $50 initial evaluation fee; $50/month for members; $75/month for non-members. Contact Megan Vermeer, 423-877-3517 for more info.


Please contact 1-800-237-4942 to determine insurance provider eligibility.  If you are not covered by insurance these programs are still available to you. 

If you are interested in participating in these programs, please contact Megan Vermeer (423) 877-3517, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator

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