The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

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Community Health Outreach Programs


YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program – (Adults 18+)

 The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program was developed to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes through educational classes about maintaining a healthy sustainable lifestyle.  Goals for the program are to reduce your body weight by 7% and perform 150 minutes of physical activity each week.  It’s a year-long program.  For the first 16 week members will meet once per week for 1 hour.  After that, they will meet once per month for 8 months.


Who is eligible?  Anyone who is considered pre diabetic and is overweight (BMI of 25 or higher).  Participants must have a pre-diabetic blood glucose value of fasting 100-125mg/dl  or A1C of 5.7-6.4%


Get up and Go by Children’s Health – (Families with children 6-14 years old)

 This is a free doctor-referred program for children and their families.  The child must have a BMI in  85% or higher.  The program meets for 10 weeks once a week for 1.5 hours.   The reoccurring motto is 5210 which stands for 5 fruits and veggies, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity daily and 0 sugary drinks. Participants learn the difference between healthy eating habits by categorizing food eaten into three categories (SLOW, WHOA, GO Foods).   


Salsa, Sabor y Salud - (Families with children 4-12 years old)

 Salsa, Sabor y Salud was developed to improve awareness of habits leading to better nutrition and increased physical activity for Latino families with children 12 and younger. Families participate actively in a series of eight sessions that reinforce the importance of achieving “energy balance” through healthier food choices and increased levels of physical activity.


Structure of the Program

The entire family participates in a series of eight, 1.5 hour sessions.

Every session reinforces four key messages:

•         Eat foods from each of the food groups every day

•         Be sensible about portions

•         Be physically active every day

•         Take small steps for success


FIT Program (Families with children 8-12 years old)

 A 12 week program designed to promote healthier lifestyles and increased physical activity. Fit for Health (FIT), was developed through University of North Texas and the University of South Carolina. It draws from research in Family Systems Theory and Self-Determination Theory which suggests that family dynamics and self-motivation in youth can have significant influences on health and weight management (Kitzman-Ulrich et al, 2011). Therefore, FIT incorporates additional programming elements designed to improve family dynamics through positive parenting styles and increase motivation for youth to eat healthy and exercise by giving them more autonomy and allowing them to take ownership of their health.

The FIT program has been shown to be effective in both the Hispanic and African American communities and places great emphasis on positive parenting styles and the development of self-efficacy and self-motivation in youth. The program consists of:

  • Calorie Goals
  • Self-monitoring
  • Autonomy
  • Promotion of competence
  • Positive Parenting Styles


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA (Adults 18+)

 The YMCA has partnered with LIVESTRONG to participate in a cancer survivorship collaborative program which focuses on the specific wants, needs and interests of cancer survivors by offering a 12 week Wellness Enhancement Program that meets twice a week. Oncologist's referral is required.


Our Wellness Enhancement Program implements:

  • Exercise programs
  • Educational materials


Instructors of the Wellness Enhancement Program are trained by Stanford University Health Improvement Program with the YMCA to give personal individualized instruction to program participants with an emphasis in the elements associated with cancer:

  • Post-rehabilitation exercise
  • Supportive cancer care



Tracey Burns                                                                Julio Abonza

Director of Healthy Lifestyles                                  Community Health Outreach Director

214-561-1509                                                             469-515-5763