Chronic Disease Prevention: Tools for Healthy Living

Last updated: April 16, 2024, at 2:40 p.m. PT

Originally published: December 15, 2016, at 3:12 p.m. PT

At the YMCA of Greater Seattle we’re committed to helping everyone become their best selves, including preventing chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. We’ve helped hundreds of people reduce their risk of health problems related to chronic diseases, and we’re here to support you too.

Thousands of people are living with undiagnosed pre-diabetes, increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years without making lifestyle changes. To find out if you or someone you know may be at risk, take this quick survey.

Our YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, led by a trained lifestyle coach, provides the support to help you adopt habits for healthy eating, physical activity, and increasing your overall well-being. Scott, a program participant, describes his experience:

“When I joined the Y, I was just looking to use the pool. My weight made it difficult for me to move around and I was hoping to find relief and exercise in the water. The Y’s membership director suggested the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

I walked in my first class, on a cane, unsure of what to expect. What I learned in the program saved my life. It outlined a lifestyle change, promoted making good choices, and the support I received from my group really helped push me. It was not a diet.

My life is so different now. I once had limited mobility and struggled to leave my couch, now I am traveling back and forth to my new job a few times a week and looking forward to a more active future. When I started the program, I needed a cane; when I finished the program, I walked out 102 pounds lighter. My cane was at home.”

In our efforts to better serve the community and promote sustainable lifestyle changes, we offer a variety of wellness classes and programs for people wanting to prevent or who are dealing with chronic disease. Programs like LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, Wellness for Life, and Pedaling for Parkinson’s provide both wellness education and safe exercise plans for long-term health. To find out more and when these programs are available, click here.