Community Health

The Y is dedicated to improving the overall health of the community. Our Community Health team takes several approaches to improving health outcomes for people with chronic conditions or diseases. Our team of lifestyle coaches and health navigators will work with you and your primary care provider to better manage your conditions and improve your health.


Cancer Support

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the whole person, not the disease. This research-based 12-week program offers survivors a supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work toward improved muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility, all within a caring community of health seekers. Offered at no cost.

Diabetes Prevention and Management

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) at the Y

This 12-month, supportive, classroom-based program focuses on the skills needed to lose weight, be more physically active, overcome barriers and manage stress. Through funding provided by NC State University, the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the WNC Bridge Foundation serving McDowell County, this program is currently offered at no-cost. English and Spanish classes; focused classes for minority groups.

Taking Control of Type 2 (TCT2) Diabetes Management Program

In partnership with medical professionals, guidance from a facilitator, and support from fellow participants, TCT2 provides the tools for individuals to self-manage their type 2 diabetes. This 6-month program provides a balanced approach of medical management, healthful eating, and physical activity related to type 2 diabetes. Fee-based program (Buncombe/ Henderson County) with financial assistance available. Thanks to funding through the WNC Bridge Foundation serving McDowell County, this program is offered at no cost to McDowell County residents.



Healthy Aging Initiatives

  • Enhance® Fitness - exercise program for those with limited mobility/all fitness levels
  • Moving for Better Balance – fall prevention, gentle exercise program
  • A Matter of Balance – classroom-based fall prevention program
  • Adult Adaptative Wellness Recovery Programs - designed to empower adults with degenerative movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease
  • Living with Chronic Pain Self-Management Program - helps people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives


Reaching and maintaining a healthier weight is important for everyone's overall health and well-being. People who are significantly overweight have a greater risk of developing many diseases, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer. For obese adults, even losing a few pounds or preventing further weight gain has health benefits. At the Y, we’re here to support your wellness journey so you can get to a healthier weight.

The YMCA of WNC also brings free, healthy, and nutritious meals to children and families year-round with mobile food distributions and cooking demonstrations. Learn more about our nutrition outreach.


For more information, please email the Community Health team, call 828 251 5910, or complete a program interest form.