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Prevention/Chronic Disease Management

Achieve personal wellness goals through specialty classes that provide opportunities for balance in spirit, mind and body.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Featuring a CDC-approved curriculum, this year-long program includes 16 weekly sessions and additional monthly sessions that combine nutritional education and physical activity. The goal for each participant is to reduce weight by seven percent and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

To qualify, you must be 18 years or older, overweight (BMI ≥ 25), and diagnosed with prediabetes via blood test or previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.

FEE: $200
YMCA membership is not required.

For more information, contact Danielle Nachtigall at 630.547.2009 or dnachtigall@ryallymca.org.


This 12-week program helps adult cancer survivors to reclaim their health and well-being after a cancer diagnosis. Survivors can improve strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships and improve quality of life. Individuals must complete an intake screening. Class size is limited. YMCA membership is not required. For information about the next session, contact Danielle Nachtigall at 630.547.2009.

Funders are needed to help subsidize program costs and ensure no cost for participants. If you are interested in donating, please contact Kelly Coffey at 630.547.2020.

Moving for Better Balance

Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based program developed by the Oregon Research Institute. Based on principles of Tai Chi, the program teaches movements—modified for fall prevention—to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility for enhanced health and better functioning in daily activities. Moving for Better Balance includes two classes and two-plus hours of at-home practice per week.

Tuesdays, Thursdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.

FEE: $150 member or $250 non-member

Parkinson's classes

Exercising with Parkinson’s
Led by an instructor trained in Community Exercise for People with Parkinson’s, this class works the body and mind. Drop in for flexibility, aerobic activity and strengthening. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome.

Fridays 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s
Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic cited a 35 percent reduction in symptoms just by pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace.

Mondays, Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

FEE: FREE member or $50 per session non-member