Prevention Research Center In the Department of Medicine

Stanford Healthy Lifestyles Program at the YMCA

The Stanford Healthy Lifestyle Program is a ten month 22 session behavior modification program seeking to change lifestyle based risk factors.  The program uses a group support model and behavior change strategies that have been shown to be effective in research projects tested by SPRC.  The program began with faculty and staff and over the past five years HPRC has trained community educators and wellness coaches to lead programs. 

Program Widens its Reach
 The most successful endeavor has been with the YMCA of the USA, where staff at approximately 30 branches have received training and currently deliver the program to members and non-members of their community.  One very successful experience was in Rhode Island, where HIP trained YMCA staff in Providence.  The program's success led to the Governor asking if staff from every YMCA in Rhode Island could be trained to work with teachers.  Money from the No Child Left Behind Act was used to pay for the training and implementation. 

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