Chronic Disease Programs

A Community Partner in Your Health Journey

As a key part of our mission, the Meadowlands YMCA subsidizes programs for chronic disease prevention and support. These programs increase access to disease prevention and management resources that might not otherwise by available to all of our local residents. By partnering with community leaders, we're able to empower our local residents strive towards reaching their full potential in mind, body, and spirit. 

We know that focusing on building long-term relationships and peer support are essential to overcoming chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. With 7 out of 10 leading causes of death and 86% of healthcare spending are related to chronic disease, we know that there is a severe need for change. We can extend the goals and values of chronic disease prevention and support by reaching more people with long-term, face-to-face support. 

Diabetes Prevention & Management Programs 

Diabetes is often called the "silent killer" because of its easy-to-miss symptoms. We are in the mist of a devastating epidemic that is affects more than 100 million people in the US alone. 

Diabetes can result in an array of altering side effects that can lead to serious complications. 

  • Heart and blood vessel damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Loss of vision
  • Hearing impairment
  • Skin infections
  • Alzheimer's disease

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Our Diabetes Prevention Program gets to the root of the diabetes epidemic by helping those at high risk of developing the disease make lifestyle changes. The program focuses on healthy eating, increased physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight.

More than 200 Ys across the country help thousands of people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes with the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This small-group program helps people with pre-diabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight, which can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at risk of developing the disease to make positive lifestyle changes through nutritious eating, increased physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight. This program empowers participants in workshop setting to start a supportive shared journey that will create a sustainable plan for improving key health metrics.

Program Goals

  • Lose 5 – 7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150-minutes per week.

The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year.

Download the quiz below. 


Register Today! For enrollment information, contact Wellness Director, Chris Gonzalez at

MoveWell Today Diabetes Exercise Program 

The MoveWell Today Diabetes Exercise Program is a 12-week fitness intervention program designed for anyone diagnosed as a pre-diabetic or with Type 2 diabetes. This program follows the American College of Sports Medicine and American Diabetes Association guidelines for aerobic exercise and resistance training specific for coaching participants with diabetes.

The program features...

  • 12-week cardio/resistance exercise program
  • Individualized participant orientation and exercise prescription
  • Pre- and post- exercise glucose checks each class
  • Program Pre- and post-HbA1c outcomes
  • Physical activity programming for lifetime management of diabetes
  • Instruction by nationally certified fitness instructors

Contact Wellness Director, Chris Gonzalez

Find Out if You're at Risk for Diabetes

Don't be left in the dark. Find out if you're at risk for diabetes today by taking the quick quiz below.