Support Groups

The Support You Need

Our mission is centered on balance to bring families closer together, encourage good health and foster connections through fitness, sports, and fun. At the Y, people across the First Coast are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.

The Y is more than just a gym. Our focus in healthy living allows us to offer resources and guidance to help children, adults and families across the First Coast maintain or improve their physical activity, health and wellness.

We recognize that change is hard work. That’s why we offer support groups for different needs. On this journey we walk with you, as you take the steps to live healthier, and set a good example for your family, friends and community.

Diabetes Support Groups

We are currently in the process of rescheduling and structuring our support groups to better support our members and the community.

For more information on how to become a support group facilitator or feedback on support groups, please contact:

Lisa Peacock, ACSM- CPT, CHES
Director of Healthy Living Innovations: Chronic Disease Prevention

Weight Loss Support Groups

In the Y’s Weight Loss Support Groups, you’ll learn about nutrition and diet tips, exchange recipes, hear from health coaches about helpful exercises and much more. This support group is free and open to everyone in the community. It occurs the 2nd Friday of every month from 12:00-1:00pm at our Brooks Family YMCA.

For more information, please contact:

Sara Glenn, MEd.
Director of Strategic Development of Healthy Living Innovations: Nutrition & Obesity

Resource Center

For those with diabetes, prediabetes or at high risk for diabetes, the following resources are available to help you with support and continued care. You may also search DiabetesPro to find a Recognized Education Program in your area.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

8384 Baymeadows Road, Suite 10
Jacksonville, FL 32256

ADA programs

  • Family Link – Mentoring families are paired with those who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
  • Stop Diabetes in the Workplace
  • Camp JADA – For children with diabetes
  • Living with Type 2 Diabetes Program

ADA Education Program
This site is sponsored by the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. It’s for those with diabetes, family members, diabetes teachers and others to learn about diabetes and take a test  to receive a certificate indicating you have participated in Diabetes University.

On-line tool to find a program by zip code

On-line tool to find a program by state

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.