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Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Programs



The YMCA of Youngstown is a provider of the nationally recognized LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program thanks to an implementation grant from YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the Y’s national resource office, in partnership with the LIVESTRONG® Foundation. The 12-week physical activity and well-being initiative helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. Additionally, programs like LIVESTRONG at the YMCA are part of the Y’s overall commitment to help cancer survivors recover in a safe and supportive environment.

We offer the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program at NO COST to participants. You can also send an email to Meri Fetkovich at or call 330-742-4788. Want to donate to the cause? Donate now!

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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 84 million people had prediabetes in 2015. People with diabetes are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the US population has aged and become more overweight.

Contact Meri Fetkovich at or call 330-742-4788 for more information.

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EnhanceFitness is an arthritis management program that is a low-cost, evidence-based group exercise and falls prevention program. It helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives.

Contact Meri Fetkovich at or call 330-480-5656 ext 236 for more information.

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Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half (46%) of adults have high blood pressure in this country. High blood pressure is a key, modifiable, risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Contact Meri Fetkovich at or call 330-742-4788 for more information.

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Healthy Weight and Your Child

Creating healthy habits with children and their families. Healthy Weight and Your Child is an evidence-based program for children who fall in the greater than 95% range. The family-based weight-management program focuses on nutrition education and physical activity to encourage healthier eating habits and an active lifestyle to reach a healthy weight.

Contact Meri Fetkovich at or call 330-742-4788 for more information.


Delay the Disease

Helping Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients manage their symptoms and maintain a quality of life is one of the many reasons we offer OhioHealth Delay the Disease™. OhioHealth's Delay the Disease fitness program is designed to empower people with PD to take control of the disease with daily exercise.

The empowering results of our Delay the Disease exercise program can help participants:

  • Move about with ease and confidence in a crowd
  • Get out of bed or rise from a chair independently
  • Improve handwriting; Dress independently
  • Diminish worry that stiffness, slow steps and other symptoms are obvious
  • Regain a sense of moving with normality.

Contact Meri Fetkovich at or call 330-480-5656 ext 236 for more information.