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.


LOVE YOUR HEART

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.


THE Y CAN HELP

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.


MODERATE-IMPACT CLASSES FOR HIGH-IMPACT RESULTS

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!


TAKING ACTION, CHANGING ODDS

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.


DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL

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.


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