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The Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA is a leading community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving people’s health. This is possible through two currently offered disease prevention programs; LiveSTRONG at the YMCA and National Diabetes Prevention Program.

LiveSTRONG.

One of the programs offered is LiveSTRONG at the YMCA. The main goal of this program is to empower survivors to rebuild well-being. This is a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals.

This program is available to cancer survivors in our community and is a free 12-week small group program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis guiding them through safe physical activity, helping them build supportive relationships, and reducing stress — leading to an improved quality of life.

This program meets twice a week for 60-90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease you back into fitness and help you maintain a healthy weight. You’ll focus on building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance and improving confidence and self-esteem. Just as important, LiveSTRONG at the YMCA encourages a warm spirit of community — a safe, comfortable place for you to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.

National Diabetes Prevention Program

Another program offered is National Diabetes Prevention Program. The main goal of this program is prevention of Type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a relatively new term. It is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

You may be at risk for prediabetes if you are an adult, overweight, have a family history of diabetes, or have been told by a health care professional that you have prediabetes, borderline diabetes, or high blood sugar. Or consult with your physician or health care provider and ask if you’re at risk. Although many risk factors for Type 2 diabetes are not modifiable, three are: weight, food choices and level of physical activity. So, although Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, it is also preventable in many cases.

This free program meets for one hour a week every week for the first 16 sessions, then one hour every other week for sessions 17-26. The goal of the first six months is for each participant is to lose at least 5 to 7 percent of their starting weight and to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week, at a moderate pace or more. The second six months, the goal for each participant is to keep off the weight they have lost, keep working toward their goal weight (if they haven’t reached it), lose more weight if they wish and keep getting at least 150 minutes of activity each week.

In addition to specific chronic disease prevention programs, the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA also provides over 40, both free and paid, weekly fitness classes, in the pool, on land and off-site each week in order to provide opportunities to get healthier.

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, improve your mental health and mood, improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult. From seated low-impact classes to high-intensity interval training to core work to flexibility. You may join in a class with three other people or you may be among 50 or more people, like in the YWalk class. Personalized services are also offered including having Wellness Coaches available during busy times in the Lifestyle Center, fitness assessments, and providing the option of working with a Certified Personal Trainer however fee based.

Not only is the Y’s mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all; it’s our social responsibility. That is why the Y offers the variety of programs and services it does. To give our community the most options to be healthy, together.

To learn more about the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA’s LiveSTRONG at the YMCA, National Diabetes Prevention Program or other offerings, contact Kristen Weglarz, Healthy Living Director, at 906-863-9983 or email Kristen@mmymca.org or check out our website at www.mmymca.org.