Through programs like these below, the Y helps manage a range of health conditions. Regular exercise and healthy eating are a must, but creating a support group through difficult health journeys is invaluable. 

The cost of Chronic Disease accounts for 95% of our nation's healthcare costs. In fact, one in two older adults has two or more health conditions. 

If you are interested in participating in these programs, please contact Megan Vermeer (423) 877-3517, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator. 


Food RX

Join us for this evidence-based program towards a plant-based diet. A journey towards a Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle. Food Rx: Using Food as Medicine!


LIVESTRONG at the Y exists to help cancer survivors along their health journeys both physically and emotionally. It is a 12-week program designed for the period survivors go through between completing treatment and feeling strong enough to return to normal life.

Matter of Balance

Many older adults experience a fear of falling which may cause them to limit activities, resulting in physical weakness--making the risk of falling even greater. This program designed for people ages 60 or older and includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator.

North River Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing based curriculum serving individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Through rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movements, balance, core strength, and rhythm, RSB is providing hope, enabling people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back and favorably impact their range of motion, gait, flexibility, posture, activities of daily living and overall quality of life.

Pedaling for Parkinson's

Research has shown that physical activity can help alleviate some of the symptoms of this disease such as tremors, stiff muscles, slow movement, and trouble with balance or walking. This program is designed to improve the quality of life of Parkinson's patients and their caregivers. It also educates patients, caregivers and the public on the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a diagnosis.

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

Our Mission to Inclusion: At the YMCA, we strongly believe we should all work together toward achieving a member environment that is welcoming for individuals, regardless of age, religion, abilities, gender or socioeconomic status. To achieve our mission of empowering all people to reach their full potential, the Y is committed to providing an environment that embodies our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.