The proceeds from the 2021 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot will support YMCA Community Health programs which provide access to a healthier lifestyle for North Texans. Our chronic disease prevention and childhood obesity prevention programs are critical to long-term health. The Y will support community health programs by contributing funds from this year’s Trot to families who need our services the most.

We serve Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Southern Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, and Cooke counties.


YMCA Kamp Kaana
Kamp K'aana

Kamp K’aana is a two-week resident camp experience for youth and teens who pre-diabetic and physician referred. The campers stay at YMCA Camp Grady Spruce during the summer in a small group cohort. Activities include nutrition education, food journaling, food communication, outdoor physical activity and traditional camp activities, such as horseback riding, lake swimming and hiking. The parents/guardians of the campers also participate in a class on how to support their child when they return from camp, which includes healthy eating habits and recipe guides. A reunion is offered following camp to remain engaged with participants and their health journey. Almost all of the campers qualify for and receive a scholarship to attend Kamp K'aana. A portion of the proceeds and donations received from The Trot help to cover the $1600 per child cost of camp.

FIT for Health Sprouts Tour
FIT for Health

The Families Improving Together (FIT) for Health program is geared toward families with children who struggle with nutrition, diet and time management in making healthy eating choices. This 11-week program is geared toward low-to-moderate income communities and is offered at no cost, in hopes to provide education in food communication, portion size, label reading and menu decision-making. A registered dietician and health coach provide instruction to the family and create small-group discussion to overcome household challenges. The class is complemented by a grocery store tour and a series of four-week cooking classes to put classroom learnings into action.  A portion of the proceeds and donations received from The Trot help to keep this program free for the families that need it the most.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program builds a small-group environment for education and development of long-term healthy lifestyles. This one-year program includes 25 one-hour sessions led by a certified lifestyle coach that individualizes topics during facilitation of the program. This program has received full recognition by the CDC as an effective program to prevent the onset of diabetes. The regular cost paid by individuals is $429 for the year-long program, so a portion of the proceeds and donations received by The Trot will make it possible for the YMCA to scholarship individuals who may not be able to afford this life-changing program.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring

The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self Monitoring program is offered in key communities where active older adults struggle with high blood pressure. Adult participants with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure in this four-month program. The focus is on proper measuring technique, regular home self-monitoring, and adoption of healthier habits in nutrition and physical activity. Healthy Heart Ambassadors offer support through bi-weekly, one-on-one consultations. Participants also attend monthly nutrition education seminars offering practical, dietary solutions for better blood pressure management. A portion of the proceeds and donations received from The Trot will help keep this $220 program free for the senior members of our community.

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