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Welcome to YHealth – a free healthy community program for adults across Canada! YHealth programs are instructed by professionals and/or YMCA certified fitness instructors.

YHealth programs are intended for adults only and are designed to improve the quality of life for those living with chronic disease and/or experiencing health and wellness challenges. Learning how to become and stay healthy are important parts of our lives. Make YHealth part of your day for a healthier you and a healthier Canada!

YHealth programs are not a substitute for the advice and/or direction of certified medical professionals.Before beginning a YHealth program the YMCA recommends that you consult your physician and read our health and safety statement at the bottom of the page.

Introduction to YHealth Diabetes Prevention Series

Join Dr. Mary Jung, Ph. D from Small Steps for Big Changes as we dive into our YHealth Diabetes Prevention series. In this series, we will teach you how to prevent type 2 diabetes, learn if you might be at risk for type 2 diabetes, and how you can stick to healthy behaviors! Stay tuned for more videos in this series, and remember small steps can lead to big changes!

Overcoming Slips: Practices for Healthy Changes with Kaela, MSc, PhD Student

Making healthy lifestyle changes is a journey and we can guarantee things won’t always go as planned. So what do we do when we have “slips”? Today Kaela, MSc, PhD Student, leads us through tips and advice on how we can prepare ourselves for slips.

YHealth: How to Create an Achievable Action Plan with Dr. Sean Locke, PhD

Starting and sticking to regular exercise can be challenging for many of us, and that’s OK! Today, Dr. Sean Locke, PhD will be talking about action planning. When you’re struggling to be regularly active one of the best things you can do is to create an action plan. Action plans help you to commit and stay accountable!

YHealth: Commitment to Change with Tineke Dineen, MSc, PhD Candidate

Making diet and exercise changes can help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes but getting started and sticking to them can be tough. Today Tineke talks about getting started and understanding your motivations for change. Have a pen and paper handy for writing prompts and questions!

Health Disclaimer & Safety Warning

Limitation of Liability

While YMCA staff and instructors make every reasonable effort to minimize exposure to known risks, the YMCA recommends that you consult with your physician and/or mental health professional before using this video content, participating in any YMCA program or activity, using any equipment, and/or YMCA facilities. Neither the YMCA nor its staff, instructors or volunteers are licensed medical care and/or mental health providers and have no expertise in determining the effect of any specific program such as an activity, exercise program, or equipment on a medical and/or health condition. You understand and agree that in using this video content, participating in a YMCA program or activity, using any equipment, and/or YMCA facilities, you may be involved in a physical activity or other forms of activity, and that with any form of activity, there is a risk of injury. By using this video content, participating in YMCA programs or activities, using any equipment, and/or YMCA facilities, you agree that you are participating voluntarily and do so at your own risk and you agree to fully release the YMCA and its officers, directors, agents, staff, instructors, and volunteers from all claims or lawsuits for any injuries, death, property damage or theft, losses, or any other liability of any kind, arising directly or indirectly out of your participation in the use of this video content, YMCA programs or activities, use of any equipment and/or YMCA facilities.