YMCA Center for Healthy Living Programs
The Harrisburg Area YMCA’s new YMCA Center for Healthy Living offers a variety of programs and services to impact the health and wellbeing of our Harrisburg Area community members. Throughout the year, we are currently providing our National Diabetes Prevention Program that helps serve adults who are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes or have been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes, as well as our Tobacco Cessation and LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA programs, serving cancer survivors.
The YMCA Center for Healthy Living programs are expanding in order to help serve our community. With healthy living as a core focus of everything we do, it is our goal to provide you with programs that offer results, but also help you feel welcome, safe, and encouraged throughout the course of the program.
Here For You
Our trainers and instructors are certified and offer excellent support and advice for your health journey. We understand that everyone comes from a unique background and has their own story to tell. Whether you are trying to quit smoking or seeking to reclaim your health after cancer treatments, we have programs that help strengthen, support, and champion your health goals.
Feel inspired with our YMCA Center for Healthy Living Programs at the Harrisburg Area YMCA. Currently, our programs are offered in a group class setting, so you can make connections with others and ultimately create lasting friendships. Our goal is to provide community support so you don’t feel that you’re going through your journey alone.
Are you interested in one of our programs? Are you a medical professional who would like to complete a referral? Open and download the forms you need, all of which can be filled out online or on paper. Completed forms can be faxed to the YMCA Center For Healthy Living at 717-232-2127.
Healthy Living Programs
Explore our website to find out what programs are available from our YMCA Center of Healthy Living, today! The YMCA Center for Healthy Living offers healthy living, chronic disease prevention, and wellness programs for the community. Learn more by clicking on the program listings below:
Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring
Take action to improve heart health! Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring is one part of Y-USA’s suite of evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs.
- Take and record their blood pressure at least two times per month
- Attend two consultations a month with a Healthy Heart Ambassador
- Attend monthly nutrition education seminars
Contact Amy Jacobs at 717-232-3113 for more information and to register. Participants will be added to the call and scheduling list at their desired location. Healthy Heart Ambassadors will schedule appointments for their consultations monthly that will take place during select time slots.
Enhance®Fitness is a proven senior fitness and arthritis control program that helps older adults become more active, lively, and enabled for independent living.
This program is made up of three 60-minute classes per week, offering aerobic and strength training exercises that will help reduce pain, improve functioning, and elevate mood.
Healthy Weight and Your Child
Healthy Weight and Your Child creates a safe, fun, and active environment for children and families to explore proven methods of living a healthier lifestyle.
Who is eligible?
- Children carrying excess weight (95th or greater BMI percentile)
- 7-13 years of age
- Cleared by a health care provider
- Adult able to attend sessions
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is an evidence-based program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis. We create a welcoming area in which survivors can improve their strength and physical fitness, lessen the harshness of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships, and improve their quality of life.
Tobacco Cessation Programs
The Harrisburg Area YMCA provides Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs throughout the year. They help youth, adults, and families to stop smoking. The programs are funded by the PA Department of Health through the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.
YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 7% and increase your physical activity by at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program. Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes and improve your health for life!
As a participant, you’ll enjoy:
- A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
- Making new friends. You will support each other as you all trade old habits for healthier new ones.
- Working as a group. You don’t have to figure this out alone.
- The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.
YMCA Nutrition Counseling Program
The YMCA Nutrition Counseling Program helps adults find a healthier way of eating that’s right for them. Together, the dietitian and client will:
- Assess current nutritional status and discuss desired health and lifestyle outcomes.
- Design a personalized nutrition care plan that is aligned with needs and wants.
- Collaborate on S.M.A.R.T. goals for changing behaviors and building habits.
- Select evidence-based information, tools, strategies, and support for each step of the journey.
YMCA Weight Loss Program
Reach your wellness goals with us! Looking to make a healthy change? The YMCA Weight Loss Program is designed to help people seeking a healthier weight by making small changes to daily behaviors and forming sustainable, healthy habits.