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YMCA offers classes for healthy living

Classes can help prevent diabetes and obesity, or help cancer survivors recover muscle mass


The YMCA of Snohomish County offers three classes to support healthy living on a continual basis, with diabetes prevention classes, Livestrong classes and ACT classes for youth and their parents.

There is rolling open enrollment for these programs and as soon as enough participants sign-up the class is offered.

Diabetes Prevention Program

This class designed to prevent diabetes is led by a trained lifestyle coach in a classroom setting.

Over the course of one year the program includes 16 weekly sessions followed up by monthly maintenance.

Participants learn strategies to eat better, increase their physical activity and make healthy choices.

Diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure and blindness. An estimated 79 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, a potentially reversible condition if interventions are applied.

Livestrong at the YMCA

The YMCA partners with the Livestrong Foundation to help cancer survivors with their recovery.

Adults affected by cancer can find a supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities.

The free, 12-week program meets twice a week for 90 minutes.

Traditional exercise methods are used to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and improve confidence.

Exercise routines are designed to ease survivors back into fitness and maintain a healthy weight.

Actively Changing Together

The “ACT!” classes are meant for youth, ages 8 to 14, and their parents to learn about healthy lifestyles together.

The YMCA’s Health & Well-Being team teaches fun ways to be active, eat and create healthy lifestyles.

The YMCA of Snohomish County partners with the Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Everett Clinic and Providence Physicians Group to put on the program.

The program is meant for youth who are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.

Additional information about these classes is available at For information about fees, financial assistance or to see if you qualify for a program, contact Andrea Weiler at 360-453-2190.


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