Our community's health struggles are well chronicled with the rise of obesity, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer and other life-altering conditions. The Y is dedicated to helping people understand their risks, and provide the support needed to fight chronic disease, improve mobility and lead healthier lives. Through our community health programs, the Stephens Family YMCA is committed to changing the outcome for people facing significant health challenges and improving quality of life for our whole community.

Learn more about our community health programs below:

Form Check >

As trainers we see common form errors that can lead to injuries. If you have questions about the exercises you perform, join Kevin Khan at times below for a quick form check. No registration required.

Cost: Free for members

Ages: All Ages

Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-10:30am
                  Mondays & Wednesdays 3-4pm 

Parkinson’s Fit Classes >

Our Parkinson's Exercise Program is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson's Disease (PD) by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms. Each class includes exercises to improve cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.

Ability Based Exercise and Movement classes FREE for members and guests who are living with Parkinson’s disease.

Current Session:

1PM Seated Yoga
Modified yoga poses are provided so they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand, lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions, or want a quick break from other physical activity.

1PM Functional Chair Fitness
Not your average seated class! A mixture of cardio with the use of weights and resistance bands, this class is designed to improved daily movement and increase your energy.

1PM Strength & Balance
Focusing on your larger muscles, you will build strength with the use of hand weights through basic movement. Additionally, working on standing balance with the use of a chair for assistance.

1PM Functional Chair Fitness
Not your average seated class! A mixture of cardio with the use of weights and resistance bands, this class is designed to improved daily movement and increase your energy.

1PM Standing Functional Fitness
A mixture of low impact cardio with the use of weights and resistance bands, this class is designed to improve daily movement and increase your energy.

Diabetes Prevention Program >

More than 200 Ys across the country help thousands of people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes with YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness.

Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Prediabetes affects an estimated 86 million Americans aged 20 or older but only 10% know they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.


If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health. This ground-breaking program is designed to help adults at risk for developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk through adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating healthier and increasing physical activity. During the program, participants will receive support and encouragement from both a trained Lifestyle Coach and fellow participants. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year.

As a Participant, You’ll Enjoy

  • A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
  • Making new friends who will support you as you trade old habits for healthier new ones.
  • Working as a group. You don’t have to figure this out alone.
  • The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.

Program Goals

  • Reduce participant’s body weight by 7%
  • Gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

Based on research by the National Institutes of Health, programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in individuals over age 60.

Do I Qualify?
To qualify for the program, you must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Overweight (BMI > 25)
  • Demonstrate a risk for developing type 2 Diabetes through one of the three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes

*If you do not have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score.

Encouragement goes a long way when you are making big changes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills and support needed to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes. Change is tough but we can help.

The Nancy Yanello Cancer Program >

The Yoerk Family, Richard and Lynn, along with Express Employment are teaming up with the Stephens Family YMCA bringing Nancy Yanello’s Cancer Program to cancer survivors. Nancy was born in Streator, IL on September 3rd, 1942, marrying the love of her life Jerry Yanello on December 1st, 1962. Jerry and Nancy had three children Jerry (Julie) Yanello Jr. of Houston, Texas, Lynn (Richard) Yoerk of Mahomet, IL, and Bob (Kim) Yanello of Joliet, IL. Along with a full-time career and family, Nancy found time to give back to her community of Streator as a volunteer softball and swim coach at the Streator YMCA. Nancy was employed at St. Mary’s Hospital as a Lab Technician before retiring from the Red Cross. The NYC Program was established to continue Nancy’s legacy. This program will build a foundation with survivor’s of all ages, providing an atmosphere for success.

How Does the Program Work?
Survivors participate in a one-on-one customized exercise regimen developed by a Cancer Exercise Specialist. A medical referral (Dr., PA., NP., or PT) and clearance from a physician are required for admittance into this program.

Program Details
• Eight week program
• Two, 30-45 minute sessions per week (16 sessions)
• Each session is with a Cancer Exercise Specialist
• Instruct flexibility, strength training and cardiovascular conditioning
• Assessments pre and post participation available upon request

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