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LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

In 2008, Y-USA and The LIVESTRONG Foundation® joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.

Nutrition Programs

Nutrition Programs

The Y’s Nutrition Department distributes healthy food, offers nutrition education, and provides cooking demonstrations in Buncombe, McDowell, and Henderson counties. Through the Healthy Living Pantry, Mobile Kitchens, and Mobile Market, fresh food is distributed to local families, along with practical, cost-effective cooking demonstrations to make a lasting impact on our community.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by encouraging participants to eat healthier, increase physical activity and lose a modest amount of weight in a supportive, small group environment. By making and maintaining these modest and achievable lifestyle changes, a participant can reduce the chances of developing diabetes. Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.

Moving For Better Balance

Moving For Better Balance

Moving For Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based falls prevention program recognized by the CDC, National Council on Aging (NCOAO), U.S. Administration on Aging, (AoA) and various state Falls Prevention Coalitions and Department of Health and Human Services. The principles and movements of Tai Chi are used to help older adults increase their strength, improve their balance, and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities.

Healthy Living in Western North Carolina

Healthy Living in Western North Carolina

There are so many great ways to stay active in Western North Carolina. Follow the link to find more resources on where and how to get moving and maintain your health.

Taking Control of Type 2

Taking Control of Type 2

The Taking Control of Type 2 diabetes program (TCT2) is an innovative and evidence-based, yearlong, 28-session program that empowers participants to embrace a balanced approach to diabetes self-care. Guidance, support, and education are provided by registered nurses, certified diabetes educators, registered dieticians, pharmacists, and physical therapists. That instruction is complemented by a YMCA curriculum that covers motivation, goal setting, balanced eating, and achieving a healthy weight.



Mission Statement: To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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