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Healthy Living - Community Health Challenges


Our nation’s health struggles are well chronicled with the rise of obesity, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer and other life-altering conditions. The Y is dedicated to helping people understand their risks, and we provide the support needed to fight chronic disease, improve mobility and lead healthier lives. Through our healthy living programs, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte is committed to changing the outcome for people facing significant health challenges and improving quality of life for our whole community.

A Supportive Community

With more than 133,000 members and five million branch visits each year, a supportive community is a big part of wellness at the Y. Members and program participants often cite the support and enthusiasm of fellow participants and staff as some of the key factors in their achievement of greater well-being. Our team of highly-trained and caring health professionals supports individuals and families at every age and every level of activity.


Increasing Access to Care

As we aim to improve the nation’s health and well-being, the Y is also focused on community integrated health strategies that strengthen the linkage between traditional health care and community-based prevention initiatives in order to help individuals prevent, delay or live better with chronic conditions. It’s already happening across our branches in the Greater Charlotte community as we work to improve quality of life for all through our suite of chronic disease prevention programs, including YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, Parkinson’s at the YMCA, Check. Change. Control.®, Enhance Fitness®, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA and EMPOWER. Many of these life-changing programs are offered at no cost in order to provide access for all.


Community Health and Wellness
For Healthy Living

Basic Life Support Classes

Learn to provide lifesaving skills as an individual or a group. Our American Safety & Health Institute-endorsed instructors provide training at our branches or take our program to your group. Our customized approach will provide the right class and timeline to fit your needs.


More than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity and obesity-related conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer - some of the leading causes of preventable death.

The YMCA is committed to help fight the epidemic of obesity through our Weight Loss Program which promotes the adoption of healthier eating habits, an increase in daily physical activity, improved self-esteem and confidence, increased quality of life, and weight loss.


The Y and LIVESTRONG® joined together to create LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.

By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Type 2 diabetes affects more than 26 million individuals across the country and more than one million people in the Carolinas. Pre-diabetes is a serious health condition and a precursor to developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease that can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and other complications.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and nutrition coaching helps adults at high risk reduce their chances of developing the disease by adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles focused on eating better and increasing physical activity.