The Y is committed to ensuring healthy living across the region through programs that support those who’ve been diagnosed or are at risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinsons, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Chronic Disease Programs categories

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

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LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for people of all ages and backgrounds. Receiving a diagnosis and going through various forms of treatment can take a serious toll on a person both physically and emotionally. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA provides support and guidance to help survivors rebuild and gain strength. This 12-week program for adult cancer survivors meets twice a week.

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Mammography Van

The Siteman Cancer Center mammography van is scheduling breast cancer screenings at YMCAs in St. Louis city and county and St. Charles County. The Siteman mammography van offers advanced technology including 3D mammography, which captures images of the breast from multiple angles, often reducing the need for additional imaging.

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Exercise for Parkinson's

The Gateway Region YMCA is excited to partner with the American Parkinson Disease Association to launch a class designed specifically for individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson Disease. This class will include 30 minutes of cycling and 30 minutes of land-based fitness class.

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Healthy Weight and Your Child

Healthy Weight and Your Child engages the whole family to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. It creates a safe, fun and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle.

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Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

According to the American Heart Association, 80 million American adults (that's 1 in 3!) have high blood pressure, but less than half have it under control. Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure in some people with hypertension.

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Alzheimer's Association Workshops

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

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Women Empowered to End Disparities in Obesity

Women Empowered to End Disparities in Obesity (WEDO) is bringing together moms and other female caregivers in the Ferguson-Florissant, Normandy, and Riverview Gardens school districts to create positive and healthy changes in their homes. Through free programs and events that support healthy eating, physical activity, and stress management behaviors the females in our program gain the knowledge and skills needed to make healthier cho

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Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities empowers communities to build a healthier future for children and families across Missouri. We bring together schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and residents to identify and push for changes that increase access to healthy food and physical activity where our kids live, learn and play throughout communities in North St. Louis County. 

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