The Alliance of New York State YMCAs supports a host of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Programs across the state. 

By offering programs that promote wellness and manage chronic diseases such as hypertension, arthritis, diabetes and cancer, the YMCA aims to improve the nation’s health and well-being, reduce risk for disease and help individuals reclaim their health.  


Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

Diabetes Prevention Program


Healthy Weight and Your Child 


Moving For Better Balance

Walk With Ease


To learn more about a Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Program at a YMCA near you, contact Martha Petteys, director of Healthy Living at mpetteys@ymcanys.org


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Enhance Fitness Digital Story Book

EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based group exercise program developed by Sound Generations, Inc. that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate older adults to stay active throughout their lives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended EnhanceFitness as an effective arthritis management intervention, and while the Y’s EnhanceFitness program is geared toward supporting those who struggle with arthritis, the program may be suitable for any older adult.

According to the CDC, arthritis affects 54.4 million US adults, more than 1 of 4. The program is facilitated by certified Instructors with training in group exercise, arthritis conditions, and the EnhanceFitness program curriculum and is conducted in a small, supportive group setting. The instructor will safely lead the class through an hour of dynamic exercises at a pace that’s right for the participants.

In a class, participants will experience a:

  • Certified Instructor with special training in bringing out the physical best from older adults
  • 5-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
  • 20-minute aerobics workout that gets participants moving, or a walking workout to lively music that the class chooses
  • 5-minute cool-down
  • 20-minute strength training workout with soft ankle & wrist weights (0-20 pounds)
  • 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible
  • Balance exercises throughout the class
  • An atmosphere that encourages social interaction, which is a vital part of health and well-being for older adults

In studies, participants experienced:

  • 13% improvement in social functioning
  • 35% improvement in physical functioning
  • 53% improvement in depression
  • 26% decreased risk of a fall
  • fewer hospitalizations and $945 less in health care costs per year than non-participants