Below you will find our legislative priorities and recommendations for the 131st General Assembly (2015-2016).

WE HELP OHIOANS PREVENT AND MANAGE CHRONIC DISEASE

Our mission of healthy living encompasses not only physical activity, but also additional tools to help our communities prevent and combat chronic disease, such as diabetes and cancer.

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

For Ohioans at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help pre-diabetics adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles that will reduce the chance of developing diabetes.  This program already is the cornerstone of Ohio’s chronic disease state plan, and must be a part of Ohio’s Health Care Innovation Plan as a critical community-based support.  Ohio YMCAs already offer the program in over 88 communities, and continue to grow each year.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity, and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for added support to help maintain your progress.  The program’s goals are to reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

After over two years of administering the program nationwide, an independent study by United Health Foundation shows the Ys are hitting the program goals, and saving lives and dollars.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

At the Y, we believe in freely providing the gift of hope to the people in our community who are experiencing cancer.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA allows cancer survivors with the opportunity to come to the Y to heal.  We believe in partnering with people experiencing cancer to create a safe, loving, and caring environment.  Cancer knows no boundaries, but we believe in the strength of community and that every survivor deserves unconditional support, a chance to belong and an opportunity to feel “normal” as they regain their strength.

At no cost, cancer survivors will have the opportunity twice each week to engage in a proven physical activity program under the guidance of qualified instructors trained in the LIVESTRONG curriculum.  Each survivor and their family will also be provided a membership to the Y during the 12-week program.

We believe in the power of relationships and belonging to heal.  We believe in supporting the cancer survivor with the hope that this is the beginning of their relationship with the Y.  Human connection heals and it is critical that we build small communities of cancer survivors at all YMCA branches.

WE TEACH KIDS HOW TO SWIM, BE HEALTHY, AND BE SELF-CONFIDENT

At the Y, we don’t just have swimming pools.  We teach safety, support healthy bodies, and give children lifelong confidence by teaching them how to swim.  We also encourage a child's parents to learn to swim, and by doing so we can help keep the whole family safe in the water.

Housing the largest amount of swimming pools of any place in Ohio, YMCAs recognize the importance of keeping kids and adults safe in pools, spas, and spray grounds.  Yet, as nonprofits, we ask to find a balance between regulation, cost, and flexibility.

Everyday we ensure our pools are safe for our community, but the cost of over-regulation severely strains our budget, thus hampering our mission of healthy living.  We need the flexibility in statute and rules to provide the utmost safety yet continue our work.

We ask policymakers to find this workable balance.

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