Chronic Disease Prevention Programs

Evidence-based health initiatives

Chronic Disease Programs

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

This program is intended to target hypertension and Healthy Heart Ambassadors will guide the participant in using an automatic blood pressure cuff that will be given to them to keep. The goal is to educate participants on the importance of self-monitoring and encourage blood pressure checks at least twice per month. Program is free to members and non-members and has ongoing enrollment.

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This program helps heart patients maintain the best possible cardiovascular health following a heart attack or other cardiac procedure through cardiovascular and strength exercises. This program does not take the place of rehabilitation, but it will keep you on track to prevent further issues and help you feel at ease with exercise in a relaxed social setting. Our nurse is on hand with the help of assistants to guide patients and maintain proper heart rate.

Contact Health and Wellness Director Darlene Kievit 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.

This class targets diabetes prevention and runs in a classroom setting for 25 sessions spanning almost a full year. Led by a trained Lifestyle coach who facilitates a group to work together and support each other in making healthy lifestyle changes. The overall goal is to lose 7% body weight and increase physical activity by 150 minutes per week. The emphasis is on tracking and lower fat grams rather than calories. No membership is required.


• 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.


Enhance®Fitness is a proven community-based senior fitness and arthritis management program. It helps older adults become more active, energized, and empowered for independent living. The program uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life. Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises and the fostering of strong social relationships between participants.

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

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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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LIVESTRONG® FOR LIFE is a program designed for the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA graduate to continue their journey of health and wellness through exercise. This 10-week program will offer a variety of total body workouts to help continue to build strength, balance, and flexibility. The class will offer personalized attention in a group setting, at no cost to members.

10-week session begins this Fall:
Tuesdays 5:45-6:15pm

Program is offered at no cost to members

To learn more about LIVESTRONG® FOR LIFE, contact:

Darlene Kievit, Wellness Director


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In partnership with the National MS Society, the One Step Program is a 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.

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

Please contact our Health and Wellness Director,

Darlene Kievit