The YMCA Healthy Living Center (Y-HLC) is a partnership between the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and Mercy Medical Center. The Y-HLC also partners with many other health organizations on a referral and programming basis as we address the needs of our entire community. Browse the Y-HLC's medical programs and services.
If you have been advised by your doctor to start exercising and get healthier because you demonstrate health risks and/or because you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, we have medical program staff that can support and encourage you throughout your journey. Physical therapists are part of your wellness team and create individualized programs specifically customized for you and your goals. For more information, contact the YMCA Physical Therapy Clinic at 515-645-3350. Services are available at the Indianola YMCA, Wellmark YMCA and YMCA Healthy Living Center.
Optimal Living for Cancer Survivors
Brought to you by Above + Beyond Cancer and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, Optimal Living for Cancer Survivors elevates lives by strengthening one’s mind, body and spirit, providing free cancer survivorship programs, empowering cancer patients and survivors, and advocating for cancer prevention.
Livestrong Fitness is a great all-around fitness class designed to target balance, core strength, stretching and overall conditioning building on the basics of walking, with the long-term goal being community walking events. This class requires a referral through the Livestrong program at the YMCA.
4 Weeks to a Healthier You
The healthy lifestyle program 4 Weeks to a Healthier You is for people experiencing early signs of health risk factors for chronic disease such as diabetes or heart disease. Check in with your local branch to see if they currently have a session running.
Move Well Today
Are you living with type 2 diabetes? Are you pre-diabetic or have risk factors for the disease? Our Move Well Today program is an evidence-based fitness and education intervention designed to help you manage your diabetes and track changes in your glucose levels and fitness parameters.
Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)
Diabetes self-management education is a proven intervention for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. The American Association of Diabetes Educators supports the use of this program as a quality evidence-based curriculum that has been shown to empower individuals to take charge of their diabetes, avoid complications from the disease and improve self-management skills.
EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based exercise program designed to help older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives. Classes are led by a certified instructor who has completed the EnhanceFitness training. Progress is measured with a follow-up fitness check after four months of class attendance.
Delay the Disease
Delay the Disease is a Parkinson's specific exercise program designed to help ease symptoms.
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
Tai chi is an internationally used, evidence-based form of exercise used to relieve pain, improve health and relieve stress. It is approved by the Centers for Disease Control as a fall prevention program and is easy to learn and appropriate for all ages.
Our nine branches are always adding new programs and services to help community members live their best lives — check in with your local branch to see what new offerings are available.
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309