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The Williams YMCA of Avery County

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Evidence-Based Health Intervention



What are Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Programs?

They are low or no-cost programs that help adults prevent the onset of a chronic condition or help adults with a chronic disease learn how to manage and improve their health. Programs include interactive activities that promote a healthy and active lifesyles and focus on problems that are common to individuals dealing with or preventing a chronic disease. The programs can improve your quality of life while reducing your health care costs if you have a chronic disease by preventing or minimizing the effects of a disease.

Currently the Williams YMCA of Avery County hosts four Chronic Disease Prevention and Management programs - The Delay the Disease Program for persons living with Parkinson's and the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program.  In 2018, we plan to expand the programs to include the Diabetes Prevention Program.  Program Descriptions (For expanded information click on the links at the right):

Delay the Disease

Research suggests that intense exercise results in neuroprotection & thereby slows, stops, or reverses the progression of Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Coordination of movement, flexibility, strength, cardio respiratory fitness and balance is the focus.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring

One in three American Adults have high blood pressure. Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program.


A proven senior fitness and arthritis management program. It helps older adults become more active, energized, and empowered for independent living. EnhanceFitness has been nationally recognized by the CDC, Dept. of Health & Human Services, Department on Aging, and the National Council on Aging. The program focuses on cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance which can help reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms in an atmosphere that encourages social interaction - a vital part of health and well-being for older adults.


a small-group, 12-week evidence-based program with two 90-minute sessions per week.  It is designed to helps adult cancer survivors from the point of diagnosis through the balance of life reclaim their health and well-being. The program creates a welcoming community in which survivors can improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, and develop supportive relationships to improve their quality of life.  Instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care. Recent research from the Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute confirmed that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants experience improved fitness and quality of life and significant decreases in cancer-related fatigue.

Diabetes Prevention

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year.  Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60.  Adults 18+ at risk for or who have been diagnosed with Prediabetes are referred by their physician based on BMI, fasting or 2-hour Plasma Glucose, A1c level, or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes. If blood test are not available, a qualifying risk score is based on a combination of risk factors.  The program meets the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) diabetes prevention recognition program standards.