Chronic Disease Prevention

The best cure to anything is usually prevention. That’s why we offer programs in the Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania area designed to support heart health, manage your weight, and encourage healthy habits through regular exercise and healthy dieting. Check out the many ways the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA can help you prevent chronic diseases.


Our heart health program, ran by our in-house RN, aims to help you increase your physical health and well-being through practical exercise, nutrition and lifestyle management support. Under the guidance of the nurse and a team of trainers, this program includes regular physical activity sessions tailored to your needs and fitness level. Learn more about our Nurse Facilitated Programs.


More than 200 Ys across the country help thousands of people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes with the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity, and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Learn more about Diabetes Prevention.


We are proud to join a growing number of YMCA associations that offer Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life. Join our program!


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body.  Recent research from the Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute confirmed that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants experience improved fitness and quality of life as well as significant decreases in cancer-related fatigue. Learn more about LIVESTRONG at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.


Diabetes, heart disease, and many other common chronic diseases can be treated and even prevented with proper dieting and exercise. That’s why the Y offers a variety of fitness programs designed to combat chronic illness and get you back to your healthy self. It’s one of the many benefits of regular exercise. Check out our list of fitness programs and our schedule to get started on your road to prevention and recovery.

Download our Provider Referral From

Text Alerts

Text FILLMEIN to 84483 to receive Facility alerts.

Text WBYCW to 84483 to receive Child Watch alerts.

Text OUTDOOREX to 84483 to receive Outdoor Goup Exercise alerts.

Text GROUPEX to 84483 to receive Indoor Group Exercise alerts.

Text YGYMS to 84483 to receive Gym Alerts alerts.

Text YCHILDCARE to 84483 to receive Childcare alerts.

Text WBFAM to 84483 to receive Youth and Family Programming alerts.

Text WBKIDS to 84483 to receive School Age Child Care alerts.

Text YTEEN to 84483 to receive Teen Programming alerts.

Text YMCAOFF to 84483 to receive Summer O.F.F. alerts.

Text YCKDAY to 84483 to receive Day Camp alerts.

Text YCKOVERNIGHT to 84483 to receive Overnight Camp alerts.

Text YCKFAMILIES to 84483 to receive YCK Families alerts.

Text POOLALERTS to 84483 to receive Mericle Pool alerts.

Text WBYST to 84483 to receive WBY Swim Team alerts.