Chronic Disease Prevention Programs

Evidence-based health initiatives

Lakeland Hills Family YMCA is pleased to offer six specific programs designed to help prevent chronic disease.

  • Meet health care professionals from all levels and multiple specialties – ask your questions!
  • Free health screenings including blood pressure, balance, body fat, and hearing
  • Free prescription medication advice and consultations with pharmacists
  • Free consultations with beauty experts trained to help manage internal and visible side effects of cancer treatments
  • Learn about our Chronic Disease Prevention programs that are offered at no or low cost with no membership needed.
  • Talk with others who successfully manage their chronic disease
  • Enjoy light refreshments

Pre-registration preferred in person, by calling the Y, or by clicking here.

Please contact our fitness directors for more information:

Anthony Shovlowsky


Darlene Kievit


Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

Four-month program includes 10-minute consultations with Healthy Heart Ambassador during drop-in office hours, weekly check-ins by phone, email or text, and monthly nutrition education programs. The support you receive will help develop the habit of self-monitoring to lower or better manage your blood pressure. Offered at no cost and no Y membership required. Each participant receives a personal blood pressure cuff at no charge.

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Cardiac Care Maintenance

The program is designed to help heart patients maintain the best possible cardiovascular health following a heart attack or other cardiac procedures. Y membership and a signed clearance form from your doctor or rehab center are required before starting your maintenance program. In person registration only.

Contact Fitness Director Anthony Shovlowsky with any questions or for more information.

If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps overweight adults at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. This program provides a supportive environment where participants work together to achieve the program goals of reducing individual weight by 7% and building up to 150 minutes of moderate (the equivalent of brisk walking) physical activity per week for the purpose of reducing their risk for developing diabetes. The program is delivered over a 12-month period in a classroom setting and can be offered in any community location to participants who meet qualification criteria putting them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.


• 25 sessions delivered over the course of one year

• Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach

• A group that offers motivation and support

Change is tough, but we can help.  And, thanks to a grant from Y-USA, there is no fee.

In addition to completing your online or in-person registration you will need to complete the list of forms below and submit them no later than the first day of class.



EnhanceFitness helps older adults become more active, energized, and empowered for independent living. With aerobic, strength, flexibility and balance training, this program is especially beneficial for older adults living with arthritis.

Many programs claim to improve the health of older adults. Few can demonstrate real results based on sound scientific research. Our specially trained staff are committed to your successful outcome! This program is backed by years of solid scientific research and has been identified as a Falls Prevention program at the highest level federally by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program Review Council.

Free with full membership but registration is required. Contact Darlene Kievit for more information.

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Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected, The Y and LIVESTRONG have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer – in spirit, mind and body.

Program is offered at no cost to cancer survivors and individuals currently undergoing treatment. Y membership not required. For more information, contact Darlene Kievit, Group Fitness & Wellness Director.

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In partnership with the National MS Society, the One Step Program is a 7-week wellness course designed for adults medically diagnosed with MS. Participants are provided a comfortable and accessible environment to encourage therapeutic exercise addressing the issues of fatigue, mobility, weakness, and depression. Medical clearance required. The class is FREE for members  and non-members welcome for a fee, but all must register. For more information, contact Darlene Kievit.

One Step MS Survey

One Step at the YMCA Medical Clearance Form

Falls Efficacy Scale


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