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Diabetes Prevention, LIVESTRONG, and Boxing for Parkinson's at the YMCA

Upcoming programs at the Whatcom Family YMCA target diabetes prevention, holistic health for cancer survivors, and empowerment for people with Parkinson's disease to fight back.


YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Are you at risk? You can take control with the help of the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.


New Spring Session!

DATES: Begins April 25

DAYS: Thursday

TIMES: 12:00-1:00pm

LOCATION: Unity Care NW (220 Unity St, Bellingham)

For more information, contact Tara, 360-354-5000 or

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults 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.

If you would like information on next session of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please click here for our contact form or email your contact information to Tara Marshall, or call, 360-354-5000.

Diagnosis of prediabetes required.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program generously supported by PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Bellingham WA


This FREE physical activity and well-being program helps adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.


By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind, and body.

Offered for FREE at our Bellingham and Lynden centers, this 12-week program (two 90-minute sessions each week) helps cancer survivors build muscle mass and strength; increases flexibility and endurance; improves confidence and self-esteem; and fosters a community of support. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve goals, and they will develop their own fitness plan, so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.

Bellingham LiveStrong

May 6 - July 29 (no class May 27)

Mondays & Wednesdays


Contact Tammy Bennett for more information: 360-255-0490 or

Lynden LiveStrong

April 16 - July 9 (NEW DATES!)

Tuesdays & Thursdays


Contact Paula Williams for more information: 360-354-5000 or

“When I came to LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, it was with awareness that I could no longer do my highly active job. I felt my treatment-damaged muscles were ruined forever. But at the end of the 12 weeks, I was able to do a few hours a week. After a second 12 weeks, I was strong enough to accept as much work as I wanted to.” –Whatcom Family Y LIVESTRONG participant

Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's

The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back.


We are learning every day that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and even build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better.

Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.

Tuesdays & Thursdays


Bellingham YMCA Racquetball Courts 2&3

$100/month (includes YMCA Membership)

Financial Assistance is available

For more information, contact Tracy Diehl, or 360-255-0445.

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