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 certified health coaches will work with you and your support network 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 exercise-based 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. The program is offered at no-cost to participants and includes a household membership to the Y for the session’s duration. You do not have to be a Y-member to join LIVESTRONG.  

Diabetes Prevention and Management

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) at the Y

This 12-month, supportive, virtual/classroom-based program focuses on the skills needed to move away from the type 2 diabetes border. Key program components include support for weight loss via healthy eating strategies, increased physical activity, tolls to 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.

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Health Coaching

Health Coaching is the use of evidence-based skillful conversation, client-focused interventions and strategies to actively and safely engage participants in health behavior change. Health coaching is especially beneficial to those who feel "stuck" or are having a hard time reaching their goals, changing lifestyle habits or simply need that extra support and accountability.  Fee-based programs provide one-on-one sessions both in-person or virtual; one-time fresh-start package available.  All sessions are offered in 30 or 60 minute intervals in English or Spanish.  

Healthy Aging & Fall Prevention Initiatives

  • Moving for Better Balance – 12-week evidence-based falls prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help older adults increase strength, improve their balance, and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities. Fee-based program, financial assistance is available.
  • Parkinson's Disease Programming- Pedaling for Parkinson’s, PWR!Moves and Rock Steady Boxing are all designed to empower adults living with degenerative movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other neuromuscular disorders. Fee-based programs with financial assistance available.  


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 the community 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.