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Healthy Living

Helping you be your best self


The Community Wellness Department combines our knowledge, resources and passion to support all community members in their journey to health and well-being.

Meet the Healthy Living Team:

Diabetes Prevention

In a supportive environment, a trained Lifestyle Coach encourages healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior modification to reduce the onset of type 2 diabetes. We are passionate and devoted to your health through this 12-month program. 

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Rachel LaValley

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program 

Health Intervention Director

Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC)

PHC focuses on eating well and moving more. The mission statement states, “PHC is the spark that creates change to support healthy living.”

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Jill Miller

Community Outreach Coordinator

Cancer Survivor Programs

The La Crosse Area Family YMCA offers two cancer survivor programs. "A New Direction" is designed for youth and young adults (birth to 30 years old) and the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for ages 18+. 

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Rachel LaValley 

Cancer Survivorship 

Health Intervention Director