The Y is for Healthy Living

The Y supports thousands of youth, adults, and families by providing guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, and body.

Diabetes Programs

Enjoy the fun and excitement of a group of supporting health seekers while you strive towards meeting your wellness goals.


This is an inspiring 12-week course, designed by the American Diabetes Association ideal for anyone interested in educating themselves or loved ones about diabetes. Each weekly meeting emphasizes various factors related to Diabetes including heart health, nutrition, medications, and emotional well-being. Enrollment in the program includes access to use the YMCA wellness center after class and on your own. Start today! It’s never too late to begin living an empowered lifestyle.

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Enrollment in the program includes:

  • Participants can earn a YMCA membership for 12 weeks (non-members), Personal Training
  • Educational materials along with a Personal Wellness Profile and Calorie King Book
  • Grocery store tour with a $40 gift card and an in class cooking demonstration

Upcoming Classes

July 10, 2014 Northside Family YMCA 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
August 26, 2014 Downtown YMCA 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
August 26, 2014 Petersburg Family YMCA 6 - 7:30 p.m.
September 10, 2014 DowntownYMCA 6 - 7:30 p.m.
September 18, 2014 Manchester Family YMCA 6 - 7:30 p.m.
October 1, 2014 Downtown YMCA 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


    To qualify for the Live Empowered Diabetes Wellness program, participants must be a current diabetic (verified by lab work) and complete the intake form.

    For More Information:
    For more information or to enroll, contact Ramona Taylor-Edwards, by email at taylor-edwardsr at ymcarichmond dot org or by phone at 804.474.4405.


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.
About the Program

The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance. You will learn strategies for eating healthier, increasing your physical activity and making other changes that will improve your overall health and well-being. National Institutes of Health research has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%.

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Upcoming Classes


 July 16, 2014  Northside Family YMCA    6 - 7 p.m.
August 12, 2014 Appotomattox Health and Wellness Center** - Petersburg, VA 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
September 17, 2014 Downtown YMCA 6 - 7 p.m.

**Even though this class is not at the Petersburg YMCA we are encouraging all Petersburg residents to attend. When they earn their membership they will be going to the Petersburg YMCA facility.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Who Can Participate?
In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value†, prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy, or a qualifying risk score.
*Asian individual(s) BMI > 22
†Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

For More Information:
For more information or to see if you qualify, contact Ramona Taylor-Edwards, by email at taylor-edwardsr at ymcarichmond dot org or by phone at 804.474.4405.

Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from properly using energy from food. It occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin, or when the pancreas produces insulin, but it is resisted by the body.

What are the main types of Diabetes?

Pre-diabetes, is a condition where your blood sugar level elevates to a level higher than the normal range for most people, but is still low enough not to be considered diabetes. People who have pre-diabetes are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life if they do not monitor their condition carefully. People who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes can help keep from progressing to a full blown diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes by watching their weight, exercising and eating the right foods.

Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease

Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.

For more information about this diabetes programs at specific branch locations, visit the Medically Based Classes pages at our branch locations by clicking the links in the column on the right.