Prevention & Wellness

prevention and wellness logoLifeWays Prevention & Wellness Team support the connection between mental health and physical health. Our wellness programs are designed around the Eight Dimensions of Wellness:

  • eight dimensions of wellnessPhysical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
  • Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
  • Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life
  • Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  • Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  • Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
  • Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  • Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships

Wellness Wednesdays

This is an 8-week program focuses on nutrition and exercise for healthy living. This class requires registration for the whole course. Weekly attendance is important for success. This program begins with an educational wellness class followed by a fitness class.

  • 11:00am to 1:00pm - Session 1
  • 1:00pm to 1:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30pm to 3:30pm - Session 2

Classes are held at the YMCA of Jackson Downtown, 127 W. Wesley St., Jackson, MI 49201. Registration required and consumers must attend all 8 sessions. Consumers may choose between session 1 or 2. A new session starts every 4 weeks. All participants get lunch. Please wear or bring athletic shoes. 

Register with Chad Lige at 517.780.3380.

Stress Less

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Stress affects us all but with the right coping skills we can decrease the negative effect on our mental health. Come join LifeWays in our weekly stress less activities including music therapy and art classes to reduce stress. Participate in fun activities, eat healthy snacks and learn about community resources to decrease stress!
Each class is different. This is a drop-in style class. No reservations are required. Open to the public!

Every Thursday
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
LifeWays Meeting Rooms. Entrance in the back of the building. Look for Meeting Rooms awning.

For more information, please contact Julia Grescowle at 517-796-4533

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Tobacco & You: Learn How to Quit Smoking

This 10-week drop-in style group focuses on the effects of smoking to help you quit. Open to the public.

Every Thursday
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
LifeWays Meeting Rooms
Entrance at the back of the building. Look for "Meeting Rooms" awning.

For more information please contact Chad Lige at 517.780.3380


inSHAPE is an individualized wellness program. All appointments are made individually with a Wellness Coach. Through this program, individuals receive free personal training sessions, education and support to work towards healthy goals.This program is exclusively for HealthyMe participants.

For more information contact Chad Lige or 517.780.3380

Wellness Coaching

Work as a team with a wellness coach to develop health goals and receive support during your wellness journey. This program is for consumers enrolled in HealthyMe.

For more information contact Chad Lige or 517.780.3380

Dining with Diabetes

Dining with Diabetes is a fun and interactive course series targeting individuals with prediabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, members of their support system and/or anyone interested in learning more. Participants learn to make healthy food choices and incorporate balanced menus into the family dining experience. Classes include research-based education, cooking demonstrations and healthy recipe tasting. Join the program of four classes!!!

Collaboration with MSU Extension. Will be offered again. Stay tuned.


Eat Healthy, Be Active

Learn how to eat healthy and get tips on budgeting food in 5 sessions. Class includes group discussions, food tastings, recipes, and activities that will help you:

  • Reach and maintain a healhty weight
  • Prepare quick, healthy, budget-friendly meals and snacks
  • Make healthy Eating and regular activity a lifestyle

Collaboration with MSU Extenstion. Will be offered again. Stay Tuned.