Disease Prevention Programs

The YMCA offers programs that are specifically targeted to help those with chronic diseases, both to help alleviate symptoms and to aid in recovery. From obesity and heart disease to cancer and Parkinsons, the Y is here to better the health of our entire community.


Lynch/van Otterloo, Greater Beverly & Haverhill YMCAs
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer—body, mind and spirit. Join fellow survivors and a caring community of staff at the YMCA, specially trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve your goals. 

12 week program BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER!
FREE due to the generosity of our donors.
INCLUDES a complimentary 12-week YMCA membership. 

  • Build muscle mass and strength 
  • Improve day-to-day life 
  • Increase flexibility and endurance 
  • Reduce the severity of therapy side effects 
  • Prevent unwanted weight changes 
  • Improve energy levels and self esteem 

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Diabetes Prevention Program (Ages 18 and up)

This innovative lifestyle modification program will enable adults with pre-diabetes to make lifestyle changes that will improve overall health and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Learn more »

Fit-astic Kids: Free for members and community
Ages 10-14

(Childhood Obesity)
A personalized 8 week healthy lifestyle program, developed in collaboration with Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beverly Hospital and Beverly Hospital at Danvers, focused on increasing physical activity and good family nutrition practices to establish and maintain a healthy weight. A Certified Personal Trainer guides each participant as they set and achieve healthy lifestyle goals. This 8 week program with flexible scheduling options can begin at anytime. An 8 week Y membership is included when participating in this program.


Ipswich Family

Tufts Strong Men & Women Program (Ages 40 and up)
Tuesdays 11am, Free for members
(Obesity, Arthritis, Heart Disease)

This is a class for those who have been relatively sedentary or inactive for the past few years and are interested in improving their health, vitality and well-being.

Lynch/van Otterloo

Parkinson's Wellness Recovery Training
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30am, Free to members as a drop-in class
(Parkinson's Disease or Multiple Sclerosis)

This program is great for anyone with Parkinson’s or Mutiple Sclerosis, or for anyone who knows of someone affected by these diseases. Led by Gail Perry Borden, PWR! Fitness Professional and Parkinsonian, the class focuses on researched based exercise specifically for Parkinson’s that is neuroplasticity principled, and holds promise to slow disease progression, restore motor function, increase longevity & quality of life.


Cardio Care 
Tues/Thur from 7:00am-8:30am, Free for members
(Heart Disease)

A class for people who have had a heart attack or other cardiac problems.  Work out both in a group and individually on various aerobics equipment.  Chart your program to ensure safety.  Participants must have completed a cardiac rehabilitation program and/or have a note from a physician.  Blood pressure will be taken weekly.

(Heart Disease, Osteoperosis)

A 1-hour class geared toward older adults. It combines the three key components of fitness: strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning. It's open to all, members and community, for free.