Helping The Community Thrive
The Harrisburg Area YMCA has an extensive history of leading tobacco cessation programs, nutrition classes, and many other healthy lifestyle services. Two years ago, the YMCA expanded its healthy living initiatives by offering the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program and dramatically expanded the scope of its tobacco cessation program. And most recently, initiated its LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program to serve cancer survivors and Enhance®Fitness for older adults.
As our organization’s efforts to address healthy living and chronic disease issues have grown, so have our developing partnerships with other organizations including the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and various health serving organizations.
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and cancer have changed the face of American medicine. The CDC reports that 7 out of 10 people die of a chronic disease, and the US Department of Heath and Human Services found that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., resulting in more than 480,000 deaths per year. These are shocking, overwhelming facts that seem impossible to overcome. And yet, the YMCA has emerged with a comprehensive program to support, encourage, and improve the health of those who suffer with chronic disease: the YMCA Center for Healthy Living.
YMCA Center for Healthy Living
Founded in 2016, the YMCA Center for Healthy Living is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and facilitates programs in central Pennsylvania and beyond. The vision of the Center is to provide programming and community to those suffering with chronic diseases, and to help educate the community about healthy habits that prevent chronic diseases from taking hold.
The YMCA Center for Healthy Living works hand-in-hand with YMCAs in Pennsylvania to provide programs where the community can come in and take advantage of the YMCA facilities. “The YMCA is the perfect partner for those recovering from or trying to prevent a chronic disease,” said Susan Jacobs, Executive Director of Healthy Living at the Harrisburg Area YMCA, “The programs are provided for free or at a low cost, which allows us to help bridge the gap between doctor care and regular life. The YMCA has the equipment and spaces to provide high-quality programs and the YMCA of the USA training allows our staff to become experts in developing healthy habits.”
The YMCA isn’t just a gym. The YMCA is a place where community comes together to lead healthy lives and better themselves. That’s why the YMCA has jumped in to the work of addressing and preventing chronic disease. Please join us as we seek to build community, teach healthy habits, and make sure that everyone has the ability to thrive.